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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:58 am
Thu July 30, 2009

Airliner makes emergency landing after bird strike

St. Louis – An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing moments after taking off from St. Louis when a bird was sucked into an engine.

The MD-80 was heading from Lambert Airport to Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon.

An American Airlines spokeswoman says the pilot noticed a bird, believed to be a red-tailed hawk, flying into the right engine as the plane took off shortly after 2 p.m.

The captain declared an emergency and landed without incident a few minutes later.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:47 pm
Wed July 29, 2009

Advocates say social services can't be cut

St. Louis, MO – Social service advocates are asking Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to make cuts elsewhere.

The Democrat asked state departments to come up with 60 million dollars in cuts.

The Department of Social Services and the Department of Health and Senior Services have recommended a combined 25-million dollars in cutbacks to their departments.

Bradley Harmon works in children services and is the president of the State Workers Union. He says one million Missourians are on food stamps more than ever before.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:08 pm
Wed July 29, 2009

Shields: Mo. special session unlikely

Missouri State Capitol.

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's top-ranking State Senator doesn't think there'll be a special legislative session this year.

Senate President Pro-tem Charlie Shields (R, St. Joseph) says so far, there is no consensus on the two most likely issues a special session would cover: Health care and infrastructure.

"We're looking at, right now, going into August, and if we're not there within a relatively short amount of time, it (would) probably just make sense to wait till the regular session," Shields said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:48 pm
Wed July 29, 2009

Loop trolley takes small step forward

St. Louis, MO – The area's regional planning agency Wednesday gave its approval to the route and basic design of a proposed trolley through the Delmar Loop. The route approved by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments would run from the History Museum in Forest Park to a stop just east of University City's city hall.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:47 pm
Tue July 28, 2009

County starts another debate on smoking ban

Clayton, MO – The St. Louis County Council is once again discussing a ban on smoking in most public places.

The Council narrowly defeated a ban in 2005 and 2006. The effort now is to put a ban on the November 2009 ballot.

A vote will likely come next week; the sponsor, Councilwoman Barbara Fraser from the Fifth District has not decided whether she will exempt casinos and bars that make less than 25 percent of their money from the sale of foods.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:19 pm
Tue July 28, 2009

Local doctors, plant scientists create program to fight hunger

St. Louis, MO –

St. Louis doctors and plant scientists have started a new program to prevent hunger in Africa.

The Global Harvest Alliance combines an existing project to feed children with efforts to grow genetically engineered, vitamin-rich plants.

Project leader Dr. Mark Manary says the goal is to give kids a food supplement long enough to get them healthy, and to develop the plants as a future food source to prevent malnutrition.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:49 pm
Tue July 28, 2009

Missouri summer camp sends 31 kids home with flu-like symptoms

Lesterville, MO –

Thirty one children at a summer camp in Lesterville, Missouri, have been sent home with flu-like symptoms, and five have tested positive for Type A influenza.

Swine flu belongs to the Type A category.

Missouri Department of Health spokesman Kit Wagar said it's possible some of the kids could have swine flu.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:02 pm
Tue July 28, 2009

St. Louis police avoid layoffs

St. Louis – The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has received enough federal money to prevent 105 officers from losing their jobs.

The department generally employed about 1380 officers. But the city's budget for fiscal year 2010 provided funding for just 1295 officers. The department was able to cut 37 positions through attrition, and the $8.7 million in federal Community-Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, grants will prevent any further job losses.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:11 am
Tue July 28, 2009

Alleged Ponzi scheme leaves farming community with questions

(photo: Matt Sepic/KWMU)

Mexico, Mo. – A rural community in central Missouri has learned the hard way that multimillion dollar fraud schemes are not just a Wall Street problem.

Missouri prosecutors say a grain dealer stole tens of millions of dollars from farmers in a classic Ponzi scheme. And the ordeal has many farmers rethinking their business culture.

KWMU's Matt Sepic reports.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:16 pm
Mon July 27, 2009

Slay signs minoirty participation jobs bill into law

Slay signs bill
Adam Allington (KWMU)

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed a bill into law on Monday that sets hiring quotas for minority and women participation in public works projects.

The ordinance will apply to city works projects with a base value of $1 million or more, which amounts to about 40 percent of all city construction.

25 percent of all labor hours are to be completed by minorities, 5 percent by women and 15 percent by apprentices from recognized training programs.

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