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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:24 am
Fri August 14, 2009

Alton High School band director charged with sex crimes

Alton, Ill. – The band director at Alton high school is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student.

On Thursday Madison County prosecutors charged Matthew Lang, 36, with criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Sheriff's deputies said they began investigating Tuesday after hearing Lang might have had an inappropriate relationship with the student.

Authorities said they later confirmed Lang had sex with the student more than once at school during school hours. Lang is jailed on a $250,000 bond.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:41 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Koster clears DNR of Sunshine Law complaint

Chris Koster
(file)

Jefferson City, MO – Attorney General Chris Koster has cleared the Missouri Department of Natural Resources of an ethics complaint over its delayed release of an E. coli report from the Lake of the Ozarks.

The findings showed E-Coli levels at two separate spots on May 26th to be 19 times higher than the state standard.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:33 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Researchers use bee venom, nanoparticles to kill cancer cells

St. Louis, MO –

St. Louis researchers say they've found a new way to treat cancer tumors by attaching a toxin from bee venom to nanoparticles.

Washington University researchers attached the toxin melettin to nanoparticles. Nanoparticles are miniscule materials that can travel through the blood stream directly to a tumor.

Lead researcher Dr. Sam Wickline said when mice were treated with nanoparticles containing melettin, their cancer tumors shrunk.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:15 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Mounted patrol moves horses from Forest Park after tests find high lead levels in stable

St. Louis – The St. Louis Metropolitan Police have moved the 10 horses in the department's mounted patrol division after tests found elevated levels of lead in the stable's floor and loft.

The department occasionally stored hay in the loft at the stables, located near the Science Center in Forest Park. Lead levels in the air were not elevated, but the horses, and 22 officers, will be screened as a precaution.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:06 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Teen found guilty in young policeman's murder

St. Louis – A teenager has been found guilty in the shooting death of a rookie St. Louis police officer.

Seventeen-year-old Antonio Andrews was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 22-year-old officer Norvelle Brown.

Brown was shot while patrolling alone on the city's north side on Aug. 15, 2007.

Prosecutors said that Andrews made a "spur of the moment" decision to shoot Brown.

Andrews, who was 15 at the time, will be sentenced to life in prison without parole on Oct. 9.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:00 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Officer pleads not guilty in wreck that killed four

Clayton, MO – A suburban St. Louis police officer has pleaded not guilty to charges for the alleged drunk-driving wreck that killed four students from India.

Christine Miller was arraigned Wednesday. She was off duty from her job as a Sunset Hills police officer when the accident happened in March.

Miller is charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of second-degree assault/driving while intoxicated.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:00 am
Thu August 13, 2009

IDA's offer alternative to subprime loans

St. Louis, MO –

There is pride in Umar Mamakhov's voice as he shows off the 1300-sq. ft., four-bedroom ranch house he owns in south St. Louis County.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:45 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

Demonstrators want Skelton to hold health care town hall meetings

Protestors demonstrate outside the Jefferson City office of Mo. Congressman Ike Skelton (D, 4th U.S. District).
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Protesters are criticizing central Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton for not holding any town hall meetings on the current health care debate.

Nearly a hundred people held signs and demonstrated outside of Congressman Skelton's Jefferson City office early Wednesday evening.

They spoke out against House legislation that would create a government-operated health care plan, and accused the Democrat from Lexingon of deliberately ignoring their concerns.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:29 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

Nixon seeks $142 million for broadband expansion

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Governor Jay Nixon is seeking $142 million in federal stimulus cash to expand broadband access to rural portions of Missouri.

If approved, about 91 percent of Missouri's population would have high-speed Internet access.

Scott Holste is Governor Nixon's Press Secretary:

"We still have large parts of Missouri that are not served by broadband...this is going to insure that small businesses in every part of the state are able to compete on a level playing field," Holste said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:53 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

Civil rights lawyer Margaret Bush Wilson dies

St. Louis, MO – Pioneering civil rights lawyer Margaret Bush
Wilson, a former national chair of the NAACP, has died in her
native St. Louis. She was 90.

Wilson had continued practicing law until June. Her son, Robert
E. Wilson III, said she died Tuesday at Barnes-Jewish Hospital of
multiple organ failure.

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