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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:43 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Lori Drew allowed back on Internet

Megan Meier
(UPI photo)

Los Angeles, CA – A woman who went on trial for her role in a MySpace hoax directed at a 13-year-old Missouri girl who committed suicide has been granted permission to use the Internet again.

The lawyer for Lori Drew, formerly of St. Charles County, says she has been offered a job that requires her to use a computer and the Internet. A federal judge in California on Thursday modified Drew's bail so she can. The lawyer's filing said government prosecutors did not take a position on the request.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:36 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

AmerenUE seeks federal stimulus funds

St. Louis, MO – The utility company AmerenUE is seeking $140
million in federal stimulus money, hoping to get funding to improve
reliability of electrical service for its Missouri customers.

The St. Louis-based company says most of the money would be used
to modernize delivery systems. AmerenUE officials say it would help
avoid service disruptions and improve outage restoration times.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:18 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Mo. State Flag postage stamp unveiled

Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – U.S. postal officials have unveiled a new stamp showcasing Missouri's state flag.

It's the latest in the Flags of our Nation stamp series.

First Lady Georganne Nixon helped unveil the new stamp during a ceremony in the State Capitol.

"It may be difficult to believe, but Missouri went through almost 100 years of statehood without an official state flag...the flag we commemorate today on this stamp was designed in 1908," Mrs. Nixon said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:19 am
Thu August 6, 2009

New southern entrance planned for St. Louis Zoo

(KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – Wells Dr. in front of the St. Louis Zoo will close for three months next week for the construction of a pedestrian bridge from the parking lot to the Zoo.

The Zoo designed the new entrance after a drunken driver struck and killed a 7-year-old boy in 2001.

Safety is the main goal, said David McGuire, the Zoo's vice president of architecture and design. But the updates will also spruce up the south lot.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:05 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

Missouri seeks $200 million for rail projects

file photo

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission voted today to seek $200 million in federal funding for several railroad projects.

The projects are designed to improve Amtrak service between St. Louis and Kansas City.

Brian Weiler of MoDOT says they include $50 million in "shovel ready" projects.

"Completing a second rail bridge over the Osage River...this would remove the last single-track bottleneck between Jefferson City and St. Louis," Weiler said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:01 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

Bond will vote for Sotomayor confirmation

St. Louis, MO – U.S. Senator Kit Bond of Missouri will not join the majority of his fellow Republicans in opposing Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

Bond, who's retiring next year, says he'll vote to confirm her nomination. Bond would be one of just seven G-O-P senators who have said they'll support Sotomayor.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:41 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

McCaskill wavering on Cash for Clunkers

St. Louis, MO – The Senate is expected to approve more funding to extend the "Cash for Clunkers" program this week.

But the Democratic majority may not have the support of Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri. She says she's worried that the program may hurt General Motors and Chrysler, which may not have enough inventory on hand for car buyers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:01 pm
Tue August 4, 2009

Protesters target St. Louis Democrats on spending

Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan
Adam Allington (KWMU)

St. Louis, MO – Police were sent to deal with protesters at a south St. Louis car dealership earlier on Tuesday.

Dozens of picketers came to McMahon Ford on Gravois to protest a Cash for Clunkers press conference with St. Louis Congressman Russ Carnahan.

Carnahan says the Cash for Clunkers program has been a huge success by a variety of measures and has also received broad bipartisan support, receiving over 300 votes in the House.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:42 pm
Tue August 4, 2009

Mo. Medicaid rolls grow

Jefferson City, MO – The number of Missourians on Medicaid has increased by nearly five percent over the past year.

More than 871,000 residents were enrolled in Missouri HealthNet, the state's Medicaid program, as of June 2009. That's 39,000 more than in June of last year.

Scott Rowson is with the Department of Social Services.

"Certainly it's an indicator of the poor state of the economy...I think there are just a lot of families out there hurting, and unfortunately, qualifying for Medicaid," Rowson said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:34 pm
Tue August 4, 2009

Akin hosts "Freedom Conference" on Obama proposals

Republican Cong. Todd Akin addresses a crowd of mostly GOP loyalists at Maryville University
(KWMU photo/Rachel Lippmann)

Town and Country, MO – An overwhelmingly Republican crowd filled an auditorium at Maryville University in St. Louis County Tuesday to hear why they should continue to oppose President Obama's health care and energy plans.

Congressman Todd Akin billed the "Freedom Conference" as an opportunity for his constituents in St. Louis County to get more information about President Obama's proposals to change the nation's health care and energy policies.

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