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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:37 pm
Tue August 18, 2009

Former Major Leaguer adds voice to push for insurance coverage for autism

Former Major League Baseball star Darryl Strawberry announces his support for efforts to pass an autism coverage mandate in Missouri
(KWMU photo/Rachel Lippmann)

St. Louis – Supporters of legislation that would require insurance companies to cover treatment for autism spectrum disorders have launched a grassroots push to get the bill through the Missouri General Assembly next year.

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has already said passing autism insurance legislation will be a priority of his. A bill cleared the Republican-controlled Senate easily lat year, but never got a vote in the state House, which is also under GOP control.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:48 am
Tue August 18, 2009

Gladney wants NAACP investigation; group says it never received complaint

St. Louis – Kenneth Gladney, the African American man who says he was beaten up by members of the Service Employees International Union, wants the NAACP to investigate his case.

Gladney has been held up as a symbol by some opponents of a health care overhaul as proof that the Obama Administration is using union members as thugs.

Gladney said he was beaten while selling flags at a town hall meeting on health care in St. Louis County two weeks ago, a claim he repeated at a news conference Monday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:34 am
Tue August 18, 2009

Nation's biggest cement plant opens in Missouri

St. Louis – The largest cement plant in the nation has opened in Missouri, about 50 miles south of St. Louis in Ste. Genevieve County. The $1 billion plant was built by Holcim. Production began Monday.

Demand for cement is down because of the economic downturn. Holcim recently closed plants in Michigan and Clarksville, Mo., and suspended production at plants in Iowa and Mississippi. But the company says it's looking forward to better times.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:32 am
Tue August 18, 2009

City schools resolve some lead paint problems, but windows will wait

St. Louis – The St. Louis public school district has resolved some lead-paint problems at 25 elementary schools, but not all the work has been done in time for the start of classes Thursday.

District spokesman Patrick Wallace said about $420,000 has been spent on lead-paint abatement in school rooms used by children 6 and under.

Young children are the most at risk for health problems from ingesting lead paint chips or dust.

The project also called for replacing windows, but bids for that work came in higher than expected.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:44 pm
Mon August 17, 2009

Former governor Warren Hearnes dies at 86

Gov. Warren Hearnes

Jefferson City, Mo. – Former Missouri Governor Warren Hearnes has died. A spokesman for his family says Hearnes passed away around 11 p.m. Sunday after being seriously ill for several days. He was 86 years old.

Hearnes served in the Legislature for a decade, and was Missouri secretary of State before becoming governor in 1965.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:19 pm
Mon August 17, 2009

State funeral to be held for Hearnes

Members of a Mo. National Guard Color Guard unit rehearse before Wednesday's state funeral for former Gov. Warren Hearnes.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – A state funeral will be held in Jefferson City Wednesday for former Governor Warren Hearnes.

The southeast Missouri Democrat passed away Sunday at his home in Charleston at the age of 86.

Scott Holste is Press Secretary for Governor Jay Nixon. He says thousands of people are expected to attend.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:03 pm
Mon August 17, 2009

Environmentalists raise concerns about truck-only interstate lanes

Kansas City, Mo. – Environmentalists are raising safety questions about the state's plan to add truck-only lanes to Interstate 70.

MODOT wants to trucks travel on two sets of interior lanes separated from general traffic by a grass median.

The Sierra Club says while separating car and truck traffic is a good idea, the state may be overselling the safety benefits

The group says trucks still have to cross the primary lanes to exit the interstate, and cars would be in the trucks' blind spots.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:49 am
Mon August 17, 2009

School officials visit churches to push first-day attendance

St. Louis – Students in the St. Louis Public Schools return from summer break on Thursday, and on Sunday the district's leader and his top staff fanned out to about 20 area churches to stress the importance of first-day attendance.

Superintendent Kelvin Adams said adults have a responsibility to see that kids go to class.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:12 pm
Fri August 14, 2009

Bond denies seeking firing of ex-U.S. Attorney

U.S. Senator Kit Bond talks to reporters at the Mo. State Fair in Sedalia.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Sedalia, MO – Missouri U.S. Senator Kit Bond says he never sought the removal of former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves.

In Sedalia today, Bond told reporters that he asked the White House to allow Graves to stay on the job.

"Karl Rove, I believe it was, told me at the time that they had their own reasons (for firing Graves)...so it came as a surprise to me, and I tried to intervene on (Graves') behalf," Bond said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:03 pm
Fri August 14, 2009

Afghan agricultural official visits Mo. State Fair

(l-r) Safi Muhammad Hussein and Mo. U.S. Senator Kit Bond dine on barbecue at the Missouri State Fair.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Sedalia, MO – The agriculture director for Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province paid a visit today to the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

Safi Muhammad Hussein toured the fair exhibits with Missouri U.S. Senator Kit Bond and State Agriculture Director Jon Hagler.

Part of the reason behind Safi's visit was to thank the Missouri National Guard for its assistance in helping improve agricultural conditions in the Nangarhar Province.

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