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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:58 am
Mon July 27, 2009

Bernanke holds campaign-style town hall meeting in Kansas City

Kansas City – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says he had to "hold his nose" over last year's taxpayer-financed bailouts of big financial companies. But he insists the action had to be taken to avoid a major meltdown of the U.S. financial system
and the broader economy.

Bernanke's comments came during a town-hall style meeting in Kansas City, Mo. It's to be aired this week in three installments on PBS' "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:51 am
Mon July 27, 2009

University City residents push for state audit

University City, MO – A group of University City residents has launched an effort to get a state audit of the budget for their city.

The petition drive will need to gather 2,233 valid signatures to get state auditor Susan Montee to review the city's spending plan. University City would pay the $80,000 cost.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:51 am
Mon July 27, 2009

Suspect in Berkeley shooting turns himself in

St. Louis – A teen suspected of shooting a suburban St. Louis police officer turned himself in Monday.

Sixteen year old Devante Thomas had eluded police since last Wednesday when he allegedly shot a Berkely police officer.

Officials say Thomas spent time with friends at a University City home but when the homeowner learned Thomas was wanted he convinced the teen to turn himself in.

Berkeley Police Chief Frank McCall says he breathed a sigh of relief.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:09 pm
Fri July 24, 2009

Mo. minimum wage rises with national wage

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's minimum wage of $7.05 an hour was surpassed today with the rise of the national minimum wage to $7.25 an hour.

The higher minimum wage is not welcome news to the state's business interests.

David Overfelt, President of the Missouri Retailers Association, says it will force companies to cut back the number of available positions.

"The job market is tough as it is, and this is going to hurt anybody that is looking to get into the work force," Overfelt said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:46 pm
Fri July 24, 2009

Ameren asks to raise rates 18 percent

St. Louis, MO – AmerenUE wants to raise electric rates for Missouri customers by 18 percent.

The rate hike request, which is one of the largest the St. Louis-based utility has made in two decades, would mean an additional $180 a year for the average customer.

Ameren president Warner Baxter says the $400 million request is not related to the company's inability to get a legislative vote this year on a new nuclear reactor in mid-Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:25 pm
Fri July 24, 2009

Neighborhood watchdogs keep tabs on vacant, foreclosed homes

St. Louis – In neighborhoods where foreclosures have left homes vacant and boarded-up, property values drop, the tax base erodes and crime may take root.

But what if residents fight back? What if people are aggressive in combating foreclosures by keeping an eye on houses that are abandoned?

As part of the KWMU series "Facing the Mortgage Crisis," Repps Hudson spoke with some St. Louis residents who are trying to protect their neighborhoods.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:20 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

Reginald Clemons supporters rally at Mo. Capitol

Poster of Reginald Clemons at a rally in the State Capitol, Jefferson City.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Supporters of Missouri Death Row Inmate Reginald Clemons rallied today at the State Capitol in Jefferson City.

Nearly 50 people attended the rally in support of Clemons, whose scheduled execution last month was halted by a federal appeals court.

They began by demonstrating in front of the State Supreme Court building, then marching around the State Capitol before gathering inside the Rotunda.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:56 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

Mo. Senate to hold hearing into DNR e-coli report

Jefferson City, MO – A State Senate committee will hold a hearing on the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' handling of a report on e-coli levels at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Brad Lager (R, Savannah) chairs the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy, and the Environment.

He said in a press release this afternoon that it is appropriate for the Senate to look into why the release of the report was delayed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:35 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

Police offer reward in search for juvenile gunman

Devante Thomas (handout)

St. Louis – St. Louis County Police are offering a $2000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a 16-year-old boy in the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley Wednesday.

St. Louis County police say the officer is alert and in serious but stable condition at a hospital.

He was shot while attempting to talk with the suspect Wednesday afternoon at a cemetery.

Police have identified the suspect as Devante Thomas, an African-American male approximately 5'8" tall and 170 lbs. Police say Thomas remains armed and dangerous.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:47 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

State Senator to run for federal office

St. Louis, MO – A Republican state Senator known for wearing bolo ties and cowboy boots on the floor will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Kit Bond.

When he's not in Jefferson City, Chuck Purgason operates an 800-acre hunting preserve in the southern Missouri district he's represented since 2004; he served in the state House before that.

Purgason has gained a reputation as a fiscal conservative, and plans to make that a central part of his campaign.

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