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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:37 pm
Wed July 22, 2009

St. Louis University to test swine flu vaccines

Dr. Sharon Frey will lead trials of swine flu vaccines at St. Louis University this summer.
KWMU

St. Louis, MO –

St. Louis University is one of eight U.S. institutions chosen by the National Institutes of Health to test the safety of swine flu vaccines this summer.

The clinical trials are expected to begin in August and to include hundreds of people, ranging from babies and children to the elderly. Doctors will study how the vaccines affect the immune system and if they can be given with a yearly flu shot.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:57 pm
Wed July 22, 2009

Humane Society to evaluate 400 pit bulls

St. Louis, MO – More than 400 dogs were rescued two weeks ago in Missouri and Illinois as part of the largest raid on dog fighting in U.S. history.

The Humane Society of Missouri helped spur the investigation and now it's caring for and evaluating the dogs, which are almost all pit bulls, at a temporary shelter.

Tim Rickey is the director of the organization's Animal Cruelty Task Force.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:47 pm
Wed July 22, 2009

Penalties rejected in Lambert asbestos case

St. Louis – A federal judge has refused to penalize the city of St. Louis for using an improper asbestos control method while building the new runway at Lambert Airport.

District judge Carol Jackson ruled in September that the city violated federal clean air regulations by using a spray of water on homes it was demolishing to control the release of asbestos. The so-called "wet method" is allowed in some circumstances.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:59 pm
Tue July 21, 2009

Food safety summit to recommend new legislation

Jefferson City, MO – Health officials from across Missouri are focusing on ways to improve food safety.

A summit in Jefferson City is covering several issues, from protecting school kids from food-borne allergies to safeguarding food supplies from bio-terrorism.

Mary Fandrey is with the Department of Health and Senior Services.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:37 pm
Tue July 21, 2009

Monsanto receives EPA approval for SmartStax corn seeds

St. Louis, MO –

St. Louis-based Monsanto and partner Dow AgroSciences have gotten approval from the EPA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to sell SmartStax corn seeds.

Officials from Monsanto and Dow said it's the first time eight genes have been stacked to make seeds that resist herbicides and multiple insects.

Dow AgriSciences' Tom Wiltrout said farmers could see a two-to-four percent higher yield because the seeds kill more bugs in different ways.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:21 pm
Tue July 21, 2009

SLPS to create 13 "full service schools"

St. Louis, MO – Thirteen St. Louis Public schools will transition into Full Service Schools beginning this fall.

The goal is to provide not only education, but family support including assistance with child rearing, employment, and health care.

District spokeswoman Julie Linder says the district's Division of Community Education has created strong partnerships within St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:48 am
Tue July 21, 2009

On anniversary of shooting, Maplewood fireman to be honored with vigil

Ryan Hummert (handout)

St. Louis – Maplewood firefighter Ryan Hummert will be honored with a candlelight vigil tonight, on the anniversary of his death.

The 22-year-old rookie was killed by a man who set his vehicle on fire and then shot at emergency responders. Two police officers were wounded, and the shooter committed suicide.

Maplewood Fire Chief Terry Merrell said Hummert's youthful enthusiasm was an inspiration to everyone in the department.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:44 am
Tue July 21, 2009

Judge orders Joyce Meyer Ministries to release Coleman's employment records

St. Louis – A Metro East judge says St. Louis-based Joyce Meyer Ministries may not keep Christopher Coleman's employment history secret.

Coleman has been charged with first-degree murder in the strangling deaths of his wife Sheri and their two young sons.

Coleman worked as a bodyguard for Meyer, and traveled with her frequently.
Monday's ruling was part of the wrongful death suit Sheri Coleman's family has filed. It's not part of the criminal case.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:42 am
Tue July 21, 2009

Illness outbreak forces closure of YMCA camp

Potosi, Mo. – Officials at a YMCA camp south of St. Louis say all buildings will be cleaned thoroughly after a wave of illnesses forced the facility to close.

About 70 campers and counselors at Camp Lakewood near Potosi reported nausea, vomiting and diarrhea over the past several days.

The camp shut down Monday and will remain closed through Saturday.

Health officials and doctors who have been working with the camp do not suspect H1N1 swine flu.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:40 am
Tue July 21, 2009

City-federal effort takes down north St. Louis gang

St. Louis – A joint effort between St. Louis police and three federal agencies has broken up a violent gang in north St. Louis city.

Fourteen members of the JeffVanderLou Bloods were indicted Tuesday on federal drugs and weapons charges. Forty more have been arrested and face state charges. Overall, the city's Violent Offenders Unit has arrested more than 100 people in six months. All have records of criminal violence.

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