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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:53 am
Thu February 5, 2009

Crash involving wrong-way driver kills three

St. Louis, MO – The Madison County coroner has identified the three victims of an early-morning wrong-way crash on Route 255 near Interstate 270.

Twenty-eight year old Jon L. Moss and 32-year-old Tawanda Jackson, along with Jackson's nine year old son Arnold, were killed when a Pontiac Grand Am driven by 46-year-old Newton Keene hit their Chevrolet Aveo around 1:30 this morning. Keene and Jackson's 11-year-old daughter Takia remain hospitalized.

Police say Keene has a previous DWI and was driving without a license.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:15 am
Thu February 5, 2009

Starbucks thief pleads guilty in death

St. Louis, MO – A Georgia man pleads guilty in a case of a stolen tip jar and the death of a Good Samaritan who tried to intervene.

Aaron Poisson, of Cumming, Georgia, pleaded guilty today to involuntary manslaughter, stealing and leaving the scene of an accident.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:28 am
Wed February 4, 2009

Nixon to return $10,000 to potential state contractor

(UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon says he'll return a $10,000 contribution from Motorola.

After taking office Jan. 12, Nixon put a hold on the company's $80 million contract to construct a new emergency radio system because of budget problems. But campaign finance reports show Nixon received $10,000 from Motorola last week.

After the Associated Press asked about the money Tuesday, Nixon campaign manager Ken Morley said it would be refunded because of Motorola's pending state contract.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:46 am
Wed February 4, 2009

Power line repairs in southeast Missouri could take 45 days

St. Louis – The state coordinator for mutual aid said power restoration in southern Missouri is slow-going because the storm that struck the region destroyed the infrastructure.

Mike Conyers said it may be another week before crews from an out-of-state power association arrive to rebuild transmission lines, and the work could take as long as 45 days.

About 26,000 homes and businesses in the region still are without power, but in some counties, shelter operations are winding down and schools are reopening.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:44 am
Wed February 4, 2009

Propane leak repaired in Franklin County

St. Louis – Highway workers have reopened Route 100 in Franklin County after a propane pipeline ruptured Tuesday.

The leak forced residents of 70 homes near Gray Summit to spend the night elsewhere while the line was repaired.

A bulldozer being used in a highway widening project ruptured the Conoco Phillips pipeline, and the company paid for hotel rooms for evacuees.

Propane shot 50 feet into the air, and repair crews had to wait for the line to drain. They also monitored the air for potentially explosive levels of gas.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:12 am
Wed February 4, 2009

Mo. may get $500 million-plus in federal highway money

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri transportation officials continue to wait and see how much money President Obama's economic stimulus package may contain for the Show-me State's roads.

The exact amount of money Missouri may get from the economic stimulus package remains unknown.

But MoDOT Director Pete Rahn told reporters Wednesday that if the House of Representatives' version holds true, the state's transportation department would get more than half a billion dollars.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:33 am
Wed February 4, 2009

Mo. House gives 1st round approval to jobs bill

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a job creation bill.

It includes renewal of former Governor Matt Blunt's Quality Jobs program, where participating companies agree to pay half the cost of health care coverage for their workers.

State Representative Rachel Storch (D, St. Louis) sponsored an amendment to the bill that contains $10 million in tax credits for biotechnology research and development.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:41 am
Wed February 4, 2009

Madison County settles Sheltered Care lawsuit

St. Louis, MO – Madison County has settled a lawsuit over its decision to close a facility for the developmentally disabled and mentally ill.

Under the agreement reached last month and unveiled Wednesday, the county will shutter its Sheltered Care Home on Friday. In exchange, the county will provide any additional financial support the residents need over the next ten years in their new placements, which will be funded using any money that isn't spent this year on a new facility in Collinsville.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:19 am
Wed February 4, 2009

Former opponent of tougher seat belt bill now sponsors it

Jefferson City, MO – Supporters of attempts to upgrade Missouri's seat belt law to primary enforcement say they may meet with more success this year.

Under current law, motorists can only be ticketed for not buckling up if they're pulled over for some other offense.

State Representative Bill Deeken (R, Jefferson City), a long-time opponent of primary enforcement, is now sponsoring it.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:19 am
Tue February 3, 2009

Robin Carnahan to run for U.S. Senate

Mo. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan hugs her mother, former U.S. Senator Jean Carnahan, on Jan. 12, 2009.
(UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt/FILES)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has announced she will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Kit Bond next year.

Carnahan's announcement was videotaped and posted to YouTube and to her newly-unveiled campaign website, robincarnahan.com.

"It's time we had elected leaders ready to stop the bickering and start solving problems, like rebuilding our economy so that it works for everyone, and making government accountable for every nickel it spends," Carnahan said.

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