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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

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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:42 am
Tue August 4, 2009

News site tackles issue of race in St. Louis

St. Louis – The issue of race is the focus of a new year-long series by the on-line media outlet the St. Louis Beacon.

The Beacon's writers and editors are looking at how race affects all facets of business, education, politics and personal relationships in the St. Louis region.

The Missouri History Museum and KETC-Channel 9 are partners in the effort.
Beacon writer Kristen Hare tells KWMU's Bill Raack that the topic was something they've been wanting to explore for a long time.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:17 am
Tue August 4, 2009

Illinois to eliminate 419 state prison jobs

Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Corrections is laying off more than 400 employees because of budget cuts.

Department spokeswoman Januari Smith says 419 employees at six
prisons will be let go by Sept. 30.

The layoffs include correctional officers, maintenance workers and food service employees.

Smith said the corrections department plans to lay off more than 1,000 employees to try to save $125 million.

The cuts are part of an effort to close an $11.6 billion budget deficit.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:53 am
Tue August 4, 2009

38 St. Louis-area post offices on list for possible closure

St. Louis – The U.S. Postal Service is reviewing more than three dozen St. Louis area post offices for possible closure or consolidation. It's part of a nationwide effort to reduce costs.

The Postal Regulatory Commission has listed 38 area post offices that could be closed.

Those include post offices in Clayton, West St. Louis County, and north St. Louis.

The postal service is also considering consolidating some of its processing centers, cutting office hours, and ending Saturday delivery.

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