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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:43 am
Tue February 10, 2009

Anheuser-Busch consultant sentenced for theft

St. Louis, MO – A former consultant for Anheuser-Busch has been convicted of transporting nearly $400,000 of stolen computer hardware belonging to his employer over state lines. Jack Walter Barrett, Jr. reportedly took the expensive hardware shortly after he began working for Anheuser-Busch in 2006.

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison for auctioning the goods off on eBay and transporting them around the country, United States Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway announced Tuesday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:05 am
Mon February 9, 2009

County police approve collective bargaining

St. Louis – St. Louis County police officers have voted to have the county's Police Association should represent them in contract negotiations.

It is the first collective bargaining agreement for the department.

Police Association president Bob Frohne said civilian authorities in all governments often try to micro-manage police departments they know little about.

"It gives us an opportunity to get a seat at the table and provide a little additional input," Frohne said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:38 am
Mon February 9, 2009

Mo. Gov. Nixon proposes capital bill plan

Gov. Jay Nixon (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has released a list of state construction and maintenance projects he wants to see completed over the next two years.

The $225-million list includes $18 million for upgrades to the Bellefountaine Rehabilitation Center in St. Louis, $46 million for various Department of Conservation projects, and $12 million for projects at state parks.

Nixon spokesman Jack Cardetti says this year's capital improvement budget is not as large as in past years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:56 am
Mon February 9, 2009

Lawmakers consider cell phone tax for 911

Jefferson City, Mo. – State lawmakers faced with a growing need for 911 services may ask voters to approve a new tax on cell phones.

Many county governments favor the proposed ballot initiative, but it would likely lead to consolidating some of the state's emergency call centers.

There are 174 individual call centers around Missouri. Republican State Sen. Jason Crowell said many need to consolidate.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:21 am
Mon February 9, 2009

Genomic test aids breast cancer treatment

St. Louis – Researchers say a new breast cancer test should help doctors tailor treatment according to which type of cancer a patient has. The test identifies the four known types of breast cancer using a set of 50 genes.

Washington University breast cancer specialist Dr. Matthew Ellis co-authored the study with researchers from three other universities. Ellis says the test will identify several types of breast cancer. One of them, basal breast cancer, grows quickly and doesn't respond to hormonal therapy.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:03 am
Mon February 9, 2009

Mo. Roundtable for Life sues Robin Carnahan

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Roundtable for Life has filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Robin Carnahan over language used in a ballot initiative regarding funding for abortion services and human cloning.

The group says it wanted the language to read in part that it would be unlawful to expend, pay, or grant public funds for abortion services, human cloning, and prohibited human research.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:02 am
Mon February 9, 2009

Metro bracing riders for service cuts

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St. Louis, MO – Public transit riders in the St. Louis region will soon see signs popping up at bus and Metrolink stops warning of impending service cut backs.

As of Monday signs are going up at more than 2,000 bus stops that will be out of service on March 30th.

Metro President Bob Baer says he hasn't been able to find a source of short-term bridge funds to use for operating costs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:39 am
Mon February 9, 2009

The 50th Anniversary of the deadly St. Louis tornado

St. Louis, MO – The great flood of '93 was among the region's worst natural disasters, but tornadoes have proven far more deadly.

Fifty years ago tomorrow a twister formed in west St. Louis County and tore its way toward the Mississippi River.


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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:00 am
Mon February 9, 2009

Bond will join most Republicans in opposing Senate stimulus plan

Sen. Kit Bond addresses the media before leaving for DC to start voting on the $800 billion stimulus plan
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St. Louis, MO – Missouri Republican Kit Bond is calling the pending passage of the Senate stimulus package "a sad day" for the country.

The Senator spoke briefly to the media Monday before flying back to Washington, DC to start voting on the proposal.

Bond says he supports the provisions in the $827 billion stimulus plan that reduce the alternative minimum tax and provide federal dollars for "shovel-ready" construction projects.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:43 am
Mon February 9, 2009

I-64 workers damage gas main

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