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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:18 am
Tue January 20, 2009

Mitchell says Mideast peace will require renewed confidence

St. Louis – Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell of Maine has experience with two of the most intractable conflicts in recent centuries - Northern Ireland and the Middle East.

He's in town Tuesday (Jan. 20) for Maryville University's St. Louis Speakers Series.

Mitchell told KWMU's Rachel Lippmann that ongoing fighting in Gaza leads many people to believe the conflict there cannot be resolved.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:49 am
Tue January 20, 2009

Big screen viewing, black-tie ball part of inaugural festivities in St. Louis

St. Louis – St. Louis city leaders will celebrate the swearing-in of Barack Obama this evening with a black-tie dinner in the City Hall rotunda, just one of many inaugural events in the area today.

The St. Louis Science Center will show TV coverage of the ceremonies on its giant Omnimax screen from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tickets are free, and will be given on a first-come first-served basis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:43 am
Tue January 20, 2009

St. Louisans react to Obama inaguration

St. Louis, MO – First-time voters and foreign students were part of the varied crowd gathered at the University of Missouri - St. Louis' student center today to watch the historic inauguration of Barack Obama. The 150 students, faculty, staff and guests applauded wildly every time President Obama appeared on TV, and stood as he took the oath of office.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:35 am
Tue January 20, 2009

Mo. Black Caucus thrilled with Obama becoming president

Jefferson City, MO – Barack Obama's inauguration as America's first African-American president is hitting high notes with the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus.

State Representative Martin Rucker (D, St. Joseph), chair of the caucus, says Obama's ascension to the U.S. presidency indicates that the country is becoming what it's supposed to be: "If he's successful, as I know he should be, it will break a barrier that says that you can't put him in that position because of the color of his skin," Rucker said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:27 am
Tue January 20, 2009

Nixon orders review of long-term state contracts

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Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has ordered the Office of Administration to review all current long-term state contracts, and those currently up for bid.

Scott Holste, Governor Nixon's Press Secretary, said the review has been ordered to make sure the state is getting its money's worth in tough economic times.

"If there are contracts that are found to be either unnecessary or not economically beneficial to taxpayers, those contracts could be cancelled or they may be delayed," Holste said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:28 am
Tue January 20, 2009

White powder in Charter mailroom found harmless

Town & Country, Mo. – A white powder found in an envelope at Charter Cable's offices in Town & Country turned out to be harmless.

An employee discovered the substance Monday afternoon while opening mail at a customer service and call center.

Authorities would not let about 300 workers leave the building for more than two hours while the substance was examined. Arriving workers were not allowed to enter the building either.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:27 am
Tue January 20, 2009

Fire forces evacuation of MetroLink train

St. Louis – Several MetroLink passengers had to take a bus Monday evening after a small fire broke out aboard a train.

The fire was extinguished quickly and no injuries were reported.

It started around 5 p.m. near the Maplewood station.

Fire officials suspect an electrical malfunction.

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Missouri Statehouse
7:44 am
Tue January 20, 2009

Job growth top legislative priority for St. Louis RCGA

Jefferson City, MO – Economic growth, particularly job growth, remains the top priority for the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association for the 2009 legislative session.

Dick Fleming, President and CEO of the St. Louis RCGA, hopes Governor Nixon and lawmakers will pursue policies to keep what works in place.

"The historic tax credits, the Brownfields, the Quality Jobs legislation...sustaining those and continuing to have resources with which to grow jobs in companies that are already here," Fleming said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:13 am
Mon January 19, 2009

State senator wants to ban 'admitted terrorists' from teaching at Illinois colleges

Springfield, Ill. – A State Senator in Illinois has introduced a measure that would forbid "admitted terrorists" from working at any public college or university in the state.

Republican Senator Larry Bomke said the idea came when he learned Bill Ayers is a professor working for the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In the 1960s, Ayers was involved with the radical anti-Vietnam War group the Weather Underground, which was responsible for several bombings and other violent acts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:27 am
Mon January 19, 2009

GKN workers approve new contract

St. Louis – Workers at GKN Aerospace in St. Louis have accepted the company's latest contract offer.

Eighty-nine percent of the employees who voted Sunday approved the three-year proposal, a week after they rejected an earlier offer and authorized union leaders to call a strike if necessary.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said the main sticking points were pension benefits and overtime rules.

The GKN plant in Hazelwood makes parts for Boeing and other companies.

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