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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:49 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Poll shows dead heat in Missouri U.S. Senate race

St. Louis – The vote to replace Missouri Republican Kit Bond in the U.S. Senate is almost a year away, but a
survey released Wednesday
by a Democratic polling organization shows a statistical dead heat between the leading candidates: Democrat Robin Carnahan and Republican Roy Blunt.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:47 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Army Corps finds leaks in Metro East levee

St. Louis – Engineers say they've found an "urgent" problem with a Metro East levee.

The

Post-Dispatch
reported Thursday that there is no imminent threat, but a failure of the 60-year-old levee during a Mississippi River flood would cause major damage in Alton, East Alton and Wood River.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:54 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

Teen murder suspect to be tried as an adult

A photo of Alyssa Bustamante from her Facebook profile.
KRCG-TV

Jefferson City, Mo. – A Cole County judge has decided that a teenage girl will be tried as an adult for the murder of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten.

With today's ruling, the suspect's identity has been released: 15-year-old Alyssa Bustamante, a resident of St. Martins and a sophomore at Jefferson City High School.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:27 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

American Airlines flight attendants stage mock strike

St. Louis – Flight attendants at American Airlines have a message for the company - a strike could be disruptive.

Hundreds of flight crews wore red buttons Wednesday indicating that if a strike occurred, that particular flight would not take off. The "red flights" are an effort to put pressure on the company in contract negotiations.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:03 am
Wed November 18, 2009

Audit slams north St. Louis County fire department

The headquarters of the Northeast Ambulance and Fire Protection District at 7100 Natural Bridge Rd.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – Millions of dollars in unaccounted funds, illegal budget maneuvering and cronyism are just some of the allegations state auditors have leveled against leaders of a suburban St. Louis fire department.

Auditor Susan Montee has sent her review of the Northeast Ambulance and Fire Protection District to prosecutors for further investigation.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:43 am
Wed November 18, 2009

'New Urbanism' popular despite housing slump

New Town At St. Charles

St. Charles, MO – 2009 will go down as the worst year for real estate since the Great Depression.

Advocates of so-called "New Urbanist" communities, such as the one in St. Charles County,called "New Town at St. Charles", claim that home sales are doing quite well despite the housing slump.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:40 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Slay signs legislation for northside redevelopment

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed legislation Tuesday authorizing Paul McKee's 1,500-acre, $8 billion redevelopment for North City and the use of tax increment financing (TIF).

Slay admitted that McKee's plan will be difficult to implement, but said that the city will do everything it can to help it succeed.

"We've got somebody with the money and [who] certainly has a great reputation in terms of ability to get big projects done..." he said. "If anybody can get it done, it's Paul McKee."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:41 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Jeff Smith sentenced to one year in prison

Former Missouri Senator Jeff Smith
(KWMU file photo)

St. Louis, MO – A former state Senator from St. Louis will spend a year and a day in prison for lying to federal authorities about illegal campaign activities in 2004.

The sentence handed down Tuesday to Jeff Smith marks the end of a rapid fall from grace for the Democrat, who represented most of the western half of the city.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:22 am
Tue November 17, 2009

St. Louis Library to get $3 million in tax breaks

Downtown St. Louis Public Library

Jefferson City, Mo. – The state of Missouri has awarded $3 million in tax credits to help spur a fundraising drive for the historic St. Louis Public Library.

The state's Development Finance Board approved the credits today. The improvements at the 97-year-old downtown library will include a new heating, ventilating and air conditioning system, protective caseworks for rare books and documents, and a new north-side entrance that will include ceiling-to-floor glass windows.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:53 am
Tue November 17, 2009

Illinois Republicans speak out against possible detainee transfer

Chicago – Federal officials toured a maximum security state prison in western Illinois Monday. They're considering using the facility to house terrorism suspects being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But several Illinois Republican Congressmen continue to denounce the plan.

Illinois' Democratic governor and U.S. senators have backed a plan to use the mostly vacant Thomson Correctional Center to house some Guantanamo inmates.

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