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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:15 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

Federal government rejects Mo. unemployment expansion

Jefferson City, MO – The federal government has denied Missouri's request to use $133 million in federal stimulus money to expand unemployment benefits.

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The Economy Project
10:43 am
Wed August 19, 2009

Federal government rejects Missouri's request for extra unemployment funds

Jefferson City, Mo. – Federal officials have rejected Missouri's request for $133 million in federal stimulus dollars to boost unemployment benefits.

The federal stimulus includes $7 billion for states to expand eligibility for unemployment benefits. The eligibility expansion must be permanent and in effect before stimulus money can be awarded.

Earlier this year, Missouri lawmakers expanded eligibility for jobless benefits to those leaving jobs for family various reasons.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:38 am
Wed August 19, 2009

Boy, 13, dies after football practice

St. Louis – An eighth-grader died Tuesday after collapsing during football practice at McCluer South-Berkeley High School.

Anthony Troupe, 13, was rushed to a hospital and died at 7:35 p.m. He was a student at Berkeley Middle School, but he was not playing on a school-sponsored team.

Berkeley Middle School will have crisis counselors on hand Wednesday for students and staff.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:49 am
Wed August 19, 2009

State funeral held for Mo. Gov. Hearnes

Jefferson City, MO –

Hundreds of people gathered inside the Capitol Rotunda today to attend the state funeral of former Missouri Governor Warren Hearnes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:27 pm
Tue August 18, 2009

Researchers say estrogen could be used to treat metastatic breast cancer

St. Louis, MO –

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis said they have used a cycle of lowering and raising estrogen levels in women with advanced breast cancer to slow tumor growth.

Doctors traditionally give patients with metastatic, or advanced, breast cancer estrogen-lowering drugs to keep tumors from growing.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:46 pm
Tue August 18, 2009

Mo. jobless rate holds steady

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's unemployment rate held steady for the second month in a row at 9.3 percent.

On average, Missouri lost about 700 non-farming jobs in July, but that number is considered insignificant.

John Fougere is spokesman for the Department of Economic Development.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:37 pm
Tue August 18, 2009

Former Major Leaguer adds voice to push for insurance coverage for autism

Former Major League Baseball star Darryl Strawberry announces his support for efforts to pass an autism coverage mandate in Missouri
(KWMU photo/Rachel Lippmann)

St. Louis – Supporters of legislation that would require insurance companies to cover treatment for autism spectrum disorders have launched a grassroots push to get the bill through the Missouri General Assembly next year.

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has already said passing autism insurance legislation will be a priority of his. A bill cleared the Republican-controlled Senate easily lat year, but never got a vote in the state House, which is also under GOP control.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:48 am
Tue August 18, 2009

Gladney wants NAACP investigation; group says it never received complaint

St. Louis – Kenneth Gladney, the African American man who says he was beaten up by members of the Service Employees International Union, wants the NAACP to investigate his case.

Gladney has been held up as a symbol by some opponents of a health care overhaul as proof that the Obama Administration is using union members as thugs.

Gladney said he was beaten while selling flags at a town hall meeting on health care in St. Louis County two weeks ago, a claim he repeated at a news conference Monday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:34 am
Tue August 18, 2009

Nation's biggest cement plant opens in Missouri

St. Louis – The largest cement plant in the nation has opened in Missouri, about 50 miles south of St. Louis in Ste. Genevieve County. The $1 billion plant was built by Holcim. Production began Monday.

Demand for cement is down because of the economic downturn. Holcim recently closed plants in Michigan and Clarksville, Mo., and suspended production at plants in Iowa and Mississippi. But the company says it's looking forward to better times.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:32 am
Tue August 18, 2009

City schools resolve some lead paint problems, but windows will wait

St. Louis – The St. Louis public school district has resolved some lead-paint problems at 25 elementary schools, but not all the work has been done in time for the start of classes Thursday.

District spokesman Patrick Wallace said about $420,000 has been spent on lead-paint abatement in school rooms used by children 6 and under.

Young children are the most at risk for health problems from ingesting lead paint chips or dust.

The project also called for replacing windows, but bids for that work came in higher than expected.

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