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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:59 am
Mon January 19, 2009

Thousands turn out to honor King, Obama

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St. Louis, MO – The excitement over President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration on Tuesday found an outlet with Monday's celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's birthday.

Thousands of St. Louisans braved the cold weather on Monday to march from downtown St. Louis to midtown in honor of Dr. King.

The holiday comes as people in Washington D.C. are already gathering at the Lincoln Memorial for Tuesday's historic inauguration.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:04 am
Mon January 19, 2009

Rams hope for turnaround with new head coach

Spagnuolo (UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – The St. Louis Rams introduced their new head coach Monday.

Steve Spagnuolo comes to St. Louis from New York, where he was defensive coordinator for the Giants. Before that he spent eight seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

While defense has been his specialty, Spagnuolo said he's ready to be head coach.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:52 am
Mon January 19, 2009

King Day observance in St. Louis includes tribute to Obama

St. Louis – A celebration of Barack Obama's inauguration is part of the main Martin Luther King Day observance Monday in St. Louis.

The activities start at 10 a.m. at the Old Court House. A march to Powell Symphony Hall will follow, where an interfaith service is scheduled for 12:30.

Organizer Nigel Word said the inauguration of the nation's first African American president Tuesday gives the King Day observance added significance.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:21 am
Fri January 16, 2009

Retirement fund for Mo. state workers tapped by Madoff

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's State Employees' Retirement System has lost around $3.5 million to a massive scam allegedly run by New York investor Bernie Madoff.

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel, who took office earlier this week, says he was informed Thursday that the investment firm Silver Creek Capital Management had fed money from the retirement fund, also known as MOSERS, to Madoff.

He also says the state should consider legal action.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:23 am
Fri January 16, 2009

GKN machinists to vote on second contract

Union members count strike votes on January 11th. They will vote again Sunday on a new contract
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St. Louis, MO – Machinists at GKN Aerospace in Hazelwood will vote this weekend on a second contract offer from the aerospace parts company.

The members of The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 837 rejected the company's first contract offer on Sunday over changes to pensions, health insurance and overtime. Union spokesman Tom Pinski says the new contract appears to address the members' concerns.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:19 am
Fri January 16, 2009

Cold weather causes power outage in Metro East

St. Louis, MO – Ameren power crews have restored service to all but a handful of customers in the Metro East.

Ameren utilities spokeswoman Victoria Busch says about 770 customers in the Alton area lost power around 6:30 am when the cold weather brought down a transmission line.

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8:24 am
Thu January 15, 2009

Blagojevich encounters awkward silence at start of Illinois Senate

Blagojevich (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Springfield, Ill. – Governor Rod Blagojevich returned to the Illinois Capitol Wednesday for the first time since his arrest on corruption charges.

He visited Springfield to swear in the Illinois Senate. Lawmakers greeted him with an awkward silence, and a few hours later, those same senators began Blagojevich's impeachment trail.

Amanda Vinicky reports.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:20 am
Thu January 15, 2009

Life sciences lawsuit dismissed again

An ampoule containing a medium for stem cell storage. (Reuters photo/Peter Macdiarmid)

Jefferson City, MO – For the second time in two months, a Cole County judge has rejected a lawsuit from critics of embryonic stem cell research seeking to block state funding of life science grants.

Missouri Roundtable for Life was seeking to bar the Life Sciences Research Trust Fund from transferring $21 million to the Life Sciences Research Board.

The group claims that a constitutional amendment passed in 2006 allows for embryonic stem cell research, despite a 2003 law banning funding for such use.

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