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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:50 pm
Thu August 20, 2009

K-8 Schools Expand Services to Struggling Parents

Principal Ingrid Iskali in the new career center at Lyon @ Blow.
(Maria Altman, KWMU)

St. Louis – This year, 13 St. Louis public schools will become "full service schools," which are one-stop centers where families can get help with housing, employment, and even health care.

School officials say helping families, especially in the current economy, helps students.

The classrooms at Lyon @ Blow School on the city's south side will be full this year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:48 am
Thu August 20, 2009

Jeff Smith leaves Washington University teaching job

Jeff Smith (file photo)

St. Louis – A Missouri state senator who has been a part-time lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis has canceled plans to teach a class this fall.

Democratic Sen. Jeff Smith of St. Louis was to teach a course about St. Louis politics, culture and society. But the university said Wednesday that Smith asked last week to be relieved of those duties.

Smith is facing a federal inquiry related to his unsuccessful 2004 congressional campaign. He has declined to comment to The Associated Press.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:30 am
Thu August 20, 2009

Missouri man returns home after imprisonment in Myanmar

Chicago – John Yettaw has returned to his home state of Missouri with no regrets about his improbable odyssey to the home of Myanmar's detained democracy leader.

Yettaw spoke to The Associated Press yesterday before he boarded a plane from Chicago to Springfield, Mo.

He was sentenced to hard labor for visiting the home of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. But Yettaw was allowed to leave the country Sunday after a U.S. senator intervened.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:15 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

Federal government rejects Mo. unemployment expansion

Jefferson City, MO – The federal government has denied Missouri's request to use $133 million in federal stimulus money to expand unemployment benefits.

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The Economy Project
10:43 am
Wed August 19, 2009

Federal government rejects Missouri's request for extra unemployment funds

Jefferson City, Mo. – Federal officials have rejected Missouri's request for $133 million in federal stimulus dollars to boost unemployment benefits.

The federal stimulus includes $7 billion for states to expand eligibility for unemployment benefits. The eligibility expansion must be permanent and in effect before stimulus money can be awarded.

Earlier this year, Missouri lawmakers expanded eligibility for jobless benefits to those leaving jobs for family various reasons.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:38 am
Wed August 19, 2009

Boy, 13, dies after football practice

St. Louis – An eighth-grader died Tuesday after collapsing during football practice at McCluer South-Berkeley High School.

Anthony Troupe, 13, was rushed to a hospital and died at 7:35 p.m. He was a student at Berkeley Middle School, but he was not playing on a school-sponsored team.

Berkeley Middle School will have crisis counselors on hand Wednesday for students and staff.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:49 am
Wed August 19, 2009

State funeral held for Mo. Gov. Hearnes

Jefferson City, MO –

Hundreds of people gathered inside the Capitol Rotunda today to attend the state funeral of former Missouri Governor Warren Hearnes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:27 pm
Tue August 18, 2009

Researchers say estrogen could be used to treat metastatic breast cancer

St. Louis, MO –

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis said they have used a cycle of lowering and raising estrogen levels in women with advanced breast cancer to slow tumor growth.

Doctors traditionally give patients with metastatic, or advanced, breast cancer estrogen-lowering drugs to keep tumors from growing.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:46 pm
Tue August 18, 2009

Mo. jobless rate holds steady

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's unemployment rate held steady for the second month in a row at 9.3 percent.

On average, Missouri lost about 700 non-farming jobs in July, but that number is considered insignificant.

John Fougere is spokesman for the Department of Economic Development.

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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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