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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:05 am
Tue January 27, 2009

St. Louis worst place to live for asthmatics

St. Louis, MO – A recent study of the country's 100-largest cities ranked St. Louis as the worst place to live for people suffering from asthma.

The study was conducted by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Dr. Mario Castro is a professor of medicine and pediatrics at the Washington University School of Medicine. He says St. Louis moved from the ninth position to number one for several reasons.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:26 am
Tue January 27, 2009

Missouri regulators OK $162.6M rate bump for Ameren

St. Louis, MO – Missouri utility regulators have approved a roughly $163 million rate increase for customers of AmerenUE, the state's largest electricity provider.
Public Service Commission staff estimate the average residential consumer will pay $5.88 more per month, an increase of about 8.1 percent.
Before the rate increase becomes effective, the commission plans to consider any post-decision appeals. It's unclear exactly how long that will take, but commission Chairman Robert M. Clayton III says he plans to finish the process quickly.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:02 am
Tue January 27, 2009

State of the State Preview

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will deliver his first State of the State Address tonight. The core of the speech is expected to focus on crafting a state budget in hard economic times. Republican Allen Icet of St. Louis County, who chairs the House Budget Committee, said that "the governor has to withhold at least 3 to 400 million in the 2010 Fiscal Year, and depending on some factors beyond all of our control, it may actually turn out to be a little bit more than that."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:50 am
Tue January 27, 2009

Mo. Gov. Nixon to deliver first State of the State Address

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Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon delivers his first State of the State Address tonight (Tuesday).

The core of Nixon's speech to the General Assembly is expected to focus on putting together a budget despite a decline in tax revenues. Allen Icet (R, Wildwood) chairs the House Budget Committee.

"The governor has to withhold at least $300-400 million in the 2010 Fiscal Year, and depending on some factors beyond all of our control it may actually turn out to be a little bit more than that," Icet said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:05 am
Tue January 27, 2009

2009 Tour of Missouri will start in St. Louis

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton at the announcement of the route of the 2009 Tour of Missouri
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St. Louis, MO – The city of St. Louis will once again have a starring role in the 2009 Tour of Missouri.

Organizers of the international race - one of the top in North America - have flipped the start and finish sites of the last two years. The 2009 Tour will start September 7th with a circuit race through St. Louis and finish in Kansas City.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:33 am
Tue January 27, 2009

Tapes played during Blagojevich trial

Springfield, IL – The voice of Gov. Rod Blagojevich boomed through the Illinois Senate chambers as senators listened to secretly recorded conversations in which Blagojevich appears to talk about pressuring people for campaign donations.

The senators conducting the governor's impeachment trial listened intently to the few minutes of tape Tuesday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:12 am
Tue January 27, 2009

Mo. House votes "no" to raises for elected officials

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Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has passed a resolution that would block pay raises for elected officials and most of the state's judges.

A special citizens' commission on salaries for judges and elected officials had recommended giving them the same raises that state workers get.

Virtually every Republican and most Democrats voted for the resolution, saying allowing politicians to get raises during economic hard times sends the wrong message.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:34 am
Mon January 26, 2009

What's that stench?

St. Louis – St. Louis-area residents are smelling an unpleasant odor that firefighters are working to identify.

St. Louis Fire Department Capt. Bob Keuss said calls started coming in Sunday morning. He said crews have gone out several times in the hopes of identifying the stench, but its source remained a mystery Monday morning.

Keuss said air quality tests have ruled out natural gas and there doesn't appear to be any danger to the public.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:25 am
Mon January 26, 2009

Forest Park Forever switches focus to maintenance

A rendering of Government Hill in Forest Park. Forest Park Forever directed the restoration of several sites in the park, including Government Hill

St. Louis, MO – Forest Park Forever has approved a new strategic plan that directs the private group's energy toward maintaining the park it helped renovate.

The group approved the new strategic plan on Monday. It will focus on, among other things, finding a sustainable source of funding to maintain the 1300 acre park, which costs about $15 million to run. The city and Forest Park Forever raise about $10 million a year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:18 am
Mon January 26, 2009

After drop in fuel prices, ethanol advocates regroup in St. Louis

St. Louis – Following a difficult year for the ethanol industry, advocates for the corn-based fuel are gathering in St. Louis for a two-day meeting.

Interest in ethanol rises when gas prices surge. But when prices at the pump dropped last year, so did interest in the biofuel.

In addition, tightening credit markets put some ethanol producers out of business or severely damaged their stock value.

Michelle Kautz with the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition says the future is brighter

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