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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:52 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

Swine flu vaccine trials begin at St. Louis University

Nicholas Sarakas of St. Peters, MO, is one of several hundred people participating in swine flu vaccine trials at St. Louis University.
Courtesy St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

St. Louis, MO –

Clinical trials of a vaccine for swine flu began at St. Louis University Monday. The Center for Vaccine Development is one of eight U.S. sites testing dosage amounts and whether the vaccine can be given along with a yearly flu shot.

Lead investigator Dr. Sharon Frey said initial results could be available in a few weeks and a vaccine could be ready by early fall.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:28 am
Mon August 10, 2009

After 36 years, veterans, archvists still dealing with effects of records center fire

Most of the fire and water damage was on the sixth floor of the National Personnel Records Center. (photo courtesy NPRC) Click to enlarge.

St. Louis – In 1973, a five-alarm fire at the National Personnel Records Center in the St. Louis suburb of Overland destroyed the service records of some 17 million soldiers and airmen.

In addition to providing a written record of some of the most significant events in modern American history, service records are essential for veterans claiming government benefits.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:48 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Missouri license office contracts still controversial

Jefferson City, Mo. – Partisan rancor continues to surround the selection of agents to run Missouri's motor vehicle offices, despite efforts to reshape the process and remove the politics.

For decades, governors from both parties have used license offices to reward allies and campaign donors. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has pledged to change that and is using competitive bidding instead. But that has not eliminated the controversy.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:45 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Protestors demand justice for man injured at health care forum

St. Louis – Protesters are demanding justice for a man who claims he was injured during a melee that erupted at Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan's health care forum last week.

Six people were arrested after the event Thursday in Mehlville, including a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter.

Kenneth Gladney of St. Louis claims members of the Service Employees International Union attacked him. However members of the union, which supports President Obama's health care plans, say the politically conservative Gladney initiated the fight.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:41 am
Mon August 10, 2009

McCaskill welcomes 'polite' criticism at health care forums

(UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – Health insurance will be the focus of a series of public forums Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill is holding around Missouri this week.

Similar events by members of Congress have been met by angry crowds, speakers being shouted down, and some arrests.

McCaskill said she welcomes criticism, as long as it's respectful.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:15 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Opposition fierce to proposed North County casino

Clayton, MO – A proposed casino project in north St. Louis County is pitting resident groups, churches and conservationists against unions and government bodies in the region.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:09 pm
Fri August 7, 2009

Mo. sales tax holiday underway

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Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's back-to-school sales tax holiday is underway.

The state sales tax is suspended through Sunday on clothing priced at $100 or less, and on school supplies that don't exceed $50 per purchase.

Personal computers and computer peripheral devises not exceeding $3,500 and software not exceeding $350 are also exempt.

David Overfelt is President of the Missouri Retailers Association.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:54 pm
Fri August 7, 2009

St. Louis Zoo sea lion dies

Alex the sea lion
(Photo courtesy of St. Louis Zoo)

St. Louis, MO – A popular sea lion who starred for nearly two
decades in the St. Louis Zoo's Sea Lion Show has died.

Alex, an 18-year-old sea lion, died today while undergoing
anesthesia. He had been inactive on Thursday, with little appetite,
the zoo said. An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:32 am
Fri August 7, 2009

Indictments issued in massive funeral scheme

St. Louis, MO – A Chesterfield man has been indicted on federal charges that he defrauded customers who had purchased prepaid funerals from his company.

Acting U.S. attorney Michael Reap announced the charges against 63-year-old Randall Sutton on Friday. Sutton was the top official at National Prearranged Services in Clayton, which sold the prepaid funeral plans in 19 states. The plans allow customers to pay upfront with the promise that no additional payments will be required when a funeral is needed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:04 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Mo. Attorney General website now also in Spanish

Chris Koster
(file)

Jefferson City, MO – The website for the Missouri Attorney General's office now has a Spanish-language option.

Links at the top and bottom of the agency's page connect people to the new site.

Attorney General Chris Koster says the Spanish-language website does not violate the constitutional amendment that requires governmental business be conducted in English.

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