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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:02 pm
Tue August 11, 2009

McCaskill town hall meeting relatively peaceful

Hillsboro, MO – Shouts frequently disrupted a town hall meeting on health care reform hosted by Sen. Claire McCaskill, prompting her to admonish some in the crowd for being rude.

The Democrat hosted the forum today in the eastern Missouri town of Hillsboro. About a thousand people turned out for the sometimes boisterous meeting.

At times, the crowd shouted out comments to McCaskill. At one point, she paused and told the crowd, "I don't understand this rudeness. I honestly don't get it."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:51 pm
Tue August 11, 2009

Health Department recommends pneumonia vaccines for flu season

St. Louis, MO –

The St. Louis County Health Department is encouraging people in high risk groups to get vaccinated against pneumonia this flu season. Officials are concerned the new swine flu strain could lead to more pneumonia cases than normal.

The department recommends children five years and younger and adults older than 65 get vaccinated. It is making the recommendations in accord with the Centers for Disease Control.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:58 am
Tue August 11, 2009

McCaskill faces jeers at health care forum

McCaskill (file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Poplar Bluff, Mo. – A town hall forum on health care that U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill held Monday in southeastern Missouri started with a standing ovation from the overflow crowd. But almost immediately, the event was punctuated with shouts and jeers.

The Democrat spent much of her time in Poplar Bluff trying to reassure wary constituents that the federal government will not run roughshod over the nation's health care system.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:41 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

Former St. Louis police officer pleads guilty in tow lot scandal

St. Louis, MO – A former St. Louis police detective has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes to falsify vehicle titles for a city tow lot.

Kevin Shade pleaded guilty on Monday to committing mail fraud for
S & H Parking Systems.

The fraudulent inspections allowed S & H to get regular titles -- rather than salvage titles -- for vehicles that had been damaged. Shade took kickbacks in exchange for this service.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:40 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

New full service grocery store for downtown St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – Schnucks Markets is opening Culinaria Tuesday on the ground floor of the Ninth Street Garage at the corner of 9th and Olive Streets. The 27,000 square foot facility is the first of its kind downtown since 1985.

Kevin Farrell with the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis says the new store is a big step for the downtown region - and it's 12,000 residents.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:15 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

MOSERS pays bonuses to staff

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri retirement system, also known as MOSERS, will pay out $160,000 in performance incentives to its staff members.

The decision to do so was delayed after media reports that the bonuses were going forward, even though investments made by MOSERS lost money in 2008.

Executive Director Gary Findlay says that they're legally required to pay the bonuses, and suggests they're good for morale.

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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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