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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:45 am
Mon August 24, 2009

Dealers fear financial problems if government doesn't follow through on 'clunkers' program

St. Louis – St. Louis auto dealers say they're still unsure whether the federal government will reimburse them for the rebates they gave customers under the "Cash for Clunkers" program.

The popular program ends tonight (Monday 8/24) at 7. It allows drivers to receive up to $4,500 if they trade in a car and purchase one that gets better gas mileage.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:36 am
Mon August 24, 2009

Missouri lawmakers ban wrong plastic

Jefferson City, Mo. – A law taking effect this week could make criminals out of people who bring Tupperware onto many Missouri rivers.

The law was intended to reduce the floating debris from discarded foam coolers. But lawmakers confused their chemistry and barred the wrong plastic.

The white foam coolers commonly called "Styrofoam" are made from expanded polystyrene. But the law bars polypropylene instead. That's a plastic found dishwasher-safe plastic containers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:34 am
Mon August 24, 2009

McCaskill hosts more health care forums

St. Louis – U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is hosting another round of forums on the Obama administration's plans to overhaul the nation's health care system.

The Democrat will appear at gatherings Monday in Hannibal, Moberly and
Kansas City.

A number of forums around the country have been boisterous. Six people were arrested earlier this month in St. Louis County at a forum hosted by Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:33 am
Mon August 24, 2009

Child athlete's death revives heart testing debate

St. Louis – The death of an overweight eighth-grader during football practice has revived the debate over testing of children's hearts before they engage in sports or other strenuous activity.

Anthony Troupe Jr. collapsed last week on a suburban St. Louis football field.
The 13-year-old known as "Big Ant" for his 6-foot-2-inch, 383-pound body was pronounced dead at a local hospital an hour later.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:33 pm
Fri August 21, 2009

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visits Mo.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack addresses a town hall meeting in Sedalia, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio)

Sedalia, MO – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack paid a visit to Missouri today.

He held a town hall meeting at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, just west of the fairgrounds. More than a hundred farmers and agricultural officials attended.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:28 pm
Fri August 21, 2009

Missouri rolls out program to combat theft of license plate stickers

Bill Greenblatt (UPI)

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was in St. Louis on Friday to announce a pilot program aimed at stopping the theft of license plate tabs.

The theft resistant tab program will print the actual license plate number on the tab itself making it possible for police to note a tab that has been stolen and affixed to another plate.

Governor Nixon says the new program is so simple that is a wonder it wasn't implemented sooner.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:32 pm
Thu August 20, 2009

Nixon cuts state agency spending by $60 million

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

Jefferson City, MO – The belt-tightening process continues for Missouri state government.

Governor Jay Nixon has made good on a promise to cut spending by state agencies by $60 million, after revenues came up short this summer.

Scott Holste is Press Secretary for Governor Jay Nixon.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:02 pm
Thu August 20, 2009

McKee says he is solvent, despite bank failure

St. Louis, MO – Developer Paul McKee says his controversial northside development project is fiscally solvent, despite the failure of one of his lenders.

Cornbelt Bank and Trust, based in Pittsfield, Illinois was seized by the FDIC in February. McKee's companies had taken out mortgages through Cornbelt totaling nearly $15 million.

Keith Marquard is a CPA and board member of the Northside Community Benefits Alliance, which has been critical of McKee's project.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:16 pm
Thu August 20, 2009

Tests show no elevated E. coli levels at Lake of the Ozarks

Jefferson City, MO – The latest water samples from the Lake of the Ozarks show no elevated levels of E. Coli bacteria.

Samples were taken from 59 sites at the Lake, and all of them tested well below federal standards for swimming beaches.

Mark Templeton is Director of the Department of Natural Resources.

"A lot of different things can affect the results...significant, heavy rainfall impacted the May results, or at least it was highly correlated...this time the results are lower," Templeton said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:03 pm
Thu August 20, 2009

Supporters of health care overhaul try to gain traction, attention

St. Louis – Local supporters of the push to overhaul the nation's health care system used a panel discussion Thursday to try and break into the noisy debate.

As it has throughout the nation, the debate over health care in Missouri has been dominated by confrontations at congressional town hall meetings. The panel sponsored by the Missouri Budget Project, a liberal advocacy group, was designed to show the wide range of support for an overhaul, said the Project's executive director, Amy Blouin.

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