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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:20 am
Tue August 25, 2009

Two former elected officials, Democratic operative plead guilty to federal charges

Sen. Jeff Smith

St. Louis – Two St. Louis-area Democratic politicians - including one considered a rising star in the party - and a party operative pleaded guilty on Tuesday to lying to cover up illegal campaign activities in a 2004 primary for U.S. Representative.

Former State Senator Jeff Smith and former State Representative Steve Brown submitted their resignations Tuesday. Brown advised Smith's 2004 campaign, in a race eventually won by Russ Carnahan. Nicholas Adams, the third man to plead guilty, was the campaign's treasurer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:21 am
Tue August 25, 2009

Search continues for St. Clair County jail escapee

Belleville, Ill. – A search is under way for an inmate who managed to trick his way out of a Metro East jail.

St. Clair County jail officials said 60-year-old Elijah Muhammad of St. Louis bolted Monday afternoon from the Belleville jail.

He'd been jailed since Friday on $400,000 bond on charges of aggravated battery and home invasion. The alleged crimes took place in Alorton.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:47 am
Tue August 25, 2009

Democratic operative suspected in October parking garage bombing

Skip Ohlsen III

St. Louis – Federal investigators looking into a parking garage bombing in Clayton last year searched the home of a one-time Democratic Party operative.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:18 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

Doctors say liver fat levels could determine disease risk

St. Louis, MO –

St. Louis researchers said they've completed a study that shows measuring liver fat may be a better way to determine a person's risk for developing diabetes and heart disease than measuring belly fat.

Washington University's Dr. Samuel Klein led a study of obese people with varying amounts of belly and liver fat. He said those who had excess liver fat were more likely to develop metabolic problems that lead to diabetes and heart disease, than those who did not.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:49 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

Cap-and-trade dominates electricity summit

Jefferson City, MO – A conference today to explore the state of electricity in Missouri turned into a debate over the federal cap-and-trade bill in Washington.

One of the conference speakers, Dylan Sullivan of the Natural Resources Defense Council, told the audience that passing cap-and-trade would most likely result in lower electric bills for Missouri residents.

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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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