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12:37 am
Thu January 15, 2009

Temperature still hasn't broken local record at Lambert

St. Louis – This week's weather is close to breaking low temperature records set a decade ago, but the thermometer at Lambert Airport still has not dipped below zero.

National Weather Service meteorologist Thomas Spriggs said people just outside the St. Louis metro area did see negative temperatures Wednesday night.

Parts of northern Missouri experienced temperatures as low as -13.

Spriggs said urban areas are generally warmer, and the lack of snow has kept the mercury from dipping further at Lambert.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:31 am
Thu January 15, 2009

St. Louis Symphony financial maestro dies at 64

St. Louis – The man credited with saving the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra from bankruptcy has died.

The symphony said William Randolph "Randy" Adams died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer.

Adams, 64, served as the symphony's president and executive director from August 2001 to June 2007.

He jumped in when the institution was facing possible bankruptcy and its endowment had dipped to a dangerously low $18 million.

He led the organization to financial health and raised the
endowment to $134 million.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:59 am
Wed January 14, 2009

Arctic cold expected to hit the region

St. Louis, MO – Missourians should bundle up--or stay inside if they can--as a southbound arctic air mass threatens wind chill readings of 20 below zero or colder.

The National Weather Service has posted wind chill advisories for much of Missouri from later today through tomorrow morning. Temperatures will fall as the day progresses and are likely to drop below zero by midnight.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:18 am
Wed January 14, 2009

Renaissance Grand Hotel in foreclosure

St. Louis, MO – The hotel that was supposed to be St. Louis's premier convention facility has entered the foreclosure process.

In December, the owners of the Marriott Renaissance Grand defaulted on an interest payment on $98 million worth of bonds. On Tuesday, the bondholders filed a legal notice that will put the hotel up for sale at a February auction.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:50 am
Wed January 14, 2009

Mo. Gov. Nixon bids out driver's license fee offices

Jefferson City, MO – Governor Jay Nixon has begun bidding out control of Missouri's driver's license fee offices.

In the past, political favoritism was the deciding factor in who got to run the offices, in which the license holders get to keep a percentage of the fees.

Nixon says six fee offices, located in Springfield, Columbia, Liberty, St. Charles, Mexico and Moberly, have been put up for competitive bid.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:50 am
Wed January 14, 2009

One of FBI's top ten fugitives arrested in St. Louis

William Goodlow
(photo courtesy of SLPD)

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested William Goodlow, known as "Goodsie" on the street.

Goodlow was among the FBI's top ten local fugitives after he was indicted in July, 2007 on drug related offenses. It was part of a ten-person indictment related to the investigation of the Desoto Hustlers, a gang operating in north St. Louis.

The FBI says Goodlow was an "enforcer" for the gang and is connected to multiple violent shootings in north St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:15 am
Tue January 13, 2009

Nixon caps off first day in office with Inaugural Ball

Jefferson City, MO – Several hundred revelers packed into the State Capitol Rotunda Monday night for Governor Jay Nixon's Inaugural Ball.

The event began with a nearly two-hour grand march by House and Senate members, statewide elected officials, significant others, and finally the Governor and First Lady Georganne.

The First Couple danced the first dance, to The Missouri Waltz, the official state song. Before the song ended, the Nixons were joined on the dance floor by several other state officials and their guests.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:27 am
Tue January 13, 2009

U.S. Senate accepts Blagojevich appointee

Burris appeared on the Today Show Tuesday. (NBC)

Washington – In a television interview Tuesday morning, Roland Burris said he never doubted he would be seated in the U.S. Senate.

Reversing course Monday, U.S. Senate Democrats grudgingly accepted Gov. Rod Blagojevich's Senate appointee. It is expected that Burris will be sworn in as Illinois' junior senator later this week.

Asked on NBC's "Today" show about President-elect Barack Obama's role in persuading Senate Democratic leaders Harry Reid and Dick Durbin to soften their opposition to his seating, Burris said he knew of none.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:19 am
Tue January 13, 2009

Nixon rescinds 200 Blunt appointees

Gov. Jay Nixon takes the oath of office. (UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Nixon's first official action was to rescind nearly 200 appointments made by his Republican predecessor.

Under Missouri law, gubernatorial appointees named while the Legislature is not in session begin their duties immediately but still must be confirmed when senators reconvene.

Barely an hour after Nixon was sworn in, he rescinded all the appointments Governor Matt Blunt made since May.

It's common for new governors to withdraw some, or all, of the appointees of their predecessors.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:15 am
Tue January 13, 2009

St. Louis homeless shelters brace for cold

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis regional homeless shelters are expanding capacity in advance of an arctic cold snap expected to drop below zero with the wind chill over the next several days.

Bill Siedhoff is the Director of Human Services for the city. He says most shelter beds were already taken before the weather but they have an overflow capacity of around 20 beds.

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