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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:57 am
Thu February 12, 2009

St. Louis lawmaker denied committee seat

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri House Speaker Ron Richard (R, Joplin) is standing firm on his decision not to reappoint a St. Louis Democrat as the ranking minority member on the Children and Families Committee.

Jeanette Mott Oxford served on the committee for four years, and says she doesn't know why the new House Speaker chose not to reappoint her.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:28 am
Thu February 12, 2009

Recession being felt by young scientists

St. Louis – You can count scientists and researchers among the growing ranks of workers affected by the global economic crisis.

Historically, jobs in science and academia have been resistant to fluctuations in the economy because of continued federal support for research.

A decade ago, record numbers of graduate students entered programs to train for jobs, which these days are becoming scarce.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:48 am
Thu February 12, 2009

UMSL receives gift from Anheuser-Busch

Anheuser-Busch president David Peacock presents a $2.5 million check to UMSL Chancellor Thomas George.
(KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – Anheuser-Busch is giving the University of Missouri-St. Louis $2.5 million for its new College of Business Administration building.

University officials say the project -- which is just getting off the ground -- will cost between $25-30 million. Anheuser-Busch President David Peacock says the company remains committed to supporting local institutions, particularly those that deal with education, economic development and the environment.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:41 am
Wed February 11, 2009

Mo. Senate endorses life without parole for child rapists

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Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Senate has endorsed a bill that could send some violent sex offenders away for life.

The bill would give prosecutors the option of pursuing a life without parole sentence for anyone convicted of violently raping or sodomizing a child age eleven or younger.

It's sponsored by State Senator Jack Goodman (R, Mt. Vernon).

"Under current law, even if you get a life sentence, you're eligible for parole after 30 years," Goodman said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:57 am
Wed February 11, 2009

Sewer collapse closes Salisbury Street

St. Louis, MO – Salisbury Street between 11th and 14th streets in the city will be closed for at least a week after the failure of a 140-year-old sewer line caused the road to collapse.

A truck traveling north on Salisbury fell into the hole caused by the collapse. The driver escaped without injury, and the truck was extracted about seven hours after the accident.

Drivers are being asked to use 11th Street to get around the damaged section of Salisbury. Entrance to the McKinley Bridge is not affected.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:22 am
Wed February 11, 2009

Saint Louis Zoo elephant contracts herpes

St. Louis – Saint Louis Zoo veterinarians are treating the Zoo's 23-month-old Asian elephant, Jade, for herpes. Zoo staffers noticed the elephant was lethargic on Sunday. A blood sample indicated she had contracted herpes. She remains in guarded condition Thursday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:50 am
Wed February 11, 2009

Primary seat belt enforcement bill filed

Jefferson City, MO – A former opponent of primary seat belt enforcement today filed a bill in the Missouri House sponsoring it.

State Representative Bill Deeken (R, Jefferson City) says allowing law officers to pull over motorists simply for not buckling up will not only save lives, but will also enable the state to draw down up to $20 million from Washington.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:41 am
Wed February 11, 2009

Mo. House passes resolution opposing FOCA

Missouri State Capitol.

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has passed a resolution opposing the federal Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which could overrule state laws that restrict access to abortions.

The resolution was sponsored by State Representative Bob Dixon (R, Springfield). He says if the Freedom of Choice bill passes Congress, abortion rates will go off the charts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:28 am
Wed February 11, 2009

Recession worsens funding problems for St. Louis scientists

St. Louis – Banks and households aren't the only sectors of our economy straining under the weight of the recession.

Federal funding for science and research tapered off years before the downturn.

While the negative impacts may not be as obvious or immediate as the fallout from the housing and credit markets, the implications for future jobs and innovation may be just as dire.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:46 am
Tue February 10, 2009

Hearing over proposed change to Mo.'s CWIP law

Callaway plant in Fulton (company photo)

Jefferson City, MO – A Missouri Senate committee spent about four hours Tuesday afternoon and evening, hearing testimony on a bill that would allow utility companies to charge customers for new power plants while they're under construction.

If the bill becomes law, St. Louis-based AmerenUE may consider building a second nuclear reactor at its plant near Fulton.

The utility's president and CEO, Tom Voss, testified that being allowed to bill customers while building it is the only way they can afford a new reactor.

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