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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:57 am
Tue June 13, 2006

Violent crime on the rise in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis saw an increase in violent crime last year.

According to the FBI, violent crime rates in St. Louis rose 20% in 2005.

Also in St. Louis, murder rates grew 16%, aggravated assault rose 22%, and forcible rape increased by 61%

Kansas City's crime rates also rose from last year. The city saw a 42% murder rate increase and an overall 1.3% rise in violent crimes.

Nationally, violent crimes rose 2.5%.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:03 am
Tue June 13, 2006

The Biome in Your Belly

St. Louis, MO – This week at Washington University, scientists presented new results that suggests the obesity epidemic in the U.S. may be due in part to the environment within the body.

The results show that microbes within the digestive tract work together to digest food more efficiently than the body can alone, and that they really like high fructose corn syrup.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:21 am
Tue June 13, 2006

Heartland claims rights violated by raid

St. Louis, MO. – A Christian reform school is alleging its rights were violated during a raid in 2001.

Heartland Academy filed suit in federal court today against the Missouri Department of Social Services. In 2001, the state removed all 115 student residents from Heartland Academy over concerns about child abuse.

Charles Sharpe, a millionaire insurance executive, built the sprawling 18,000 acre Heartland campus in the middle of cornfields in Lewis County in the late 1990s.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:00 am
Tue June 13, 2006

MODOT forms I-64 advisory committee

St. Louis, MO – The I-64 Connection Committee is made up of regional civic leaders who'll serve as the department's link to citizens and businesses.

MODOT district engineer Ed Hassinger says the 16-member panel will help identify concerns ranging from traffic flow to job site access.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:40 am
Mon June 12, 2006

Investigation finds widespread abuse in Missouri mental institutions

St. Louis, MO – All told, the newspaper says there have been nearly 2,300 confirmed cases of abuse and neglect of residents since 2000.

Those resulted in 323 injuries and 21 deaths.

Among the deaths were residents who drowned, choked and drank turpentine.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the facilities broke the law more than
half the time by not notifying authorities of serious allegations
of mistreatment.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:37 am
Mon June 12, 2006

Calhoun Co. Chief Deputy Sheriff dies from car accident injuries

Michael, Calhoun Co, IL – Thirty-three-old Brian Gibbons of Kampsville was injured Friday night on his way home from work.

Gibbons had served as chief deputy for about a year.

He won the Republican nomination for Calhoun County sheriff in the March primary. He would have faced Democrat Bill Heffington in the November general election.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:29 am
Mon June 12, 2006

Blagojevich favors ethanol research center expansion

(KWMU Photo)

Edwardsville, IL – Blagojevich has written a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy arguing against using federal money to build a new ethanol research plant.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the governor makes a case in the letter that the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center in Edwardsville should be upgraded instead.

The three-year-old research center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was built in part with $14 million in federal money.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:04 am
Mon June 12, 2006

Police Commissioners to clarify Civilian Review Board order

St. Louis, MO. – A police watchdog group says unauthorized changes were made to the Civilian Review Board after the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners approved it in April.

The Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression contends 13 changes were made after the board voted. The group had sought the Civilian Review Board, which will investigate complaints of police misconduct.

The Coalition's John Chasnoff says the group has contacted the Missouri Attorney General's office about the alleged changes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:44 am
Mon June 12, 2006

Praxair will move to Cahokia

Praxair, June 24, 2005.
UPI.

St. Louis, MO. – Praxair announced Monday it will permanently relocate its industrial gas distribution operation to Cahokia.

The decision comes nearly one year after a massive explosion at the company's former site damaged several homes in St. Louis' Lafayette Square neighborhood.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay's administration tried for months to keep Praxair in the city, and had even offered a location near the airport.

But now, Slay's chief of staff Jeff Rainford says the news is good for both parties.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:37 am
Fri June 9, 2006

SLU to get $30 million gift for research building

The new SLU research building, being built in south St. Louis (photo from Clayco)

St. Louis, MO – Saint Louis University will get a $30 million gift from the family of the late Edward Doisy, the only SLU professor to ever win a Nobel Prize.

The money will help pay for the university's new biomedical research building, and it will take his name.

The scientist, and former longtime professor at Saint Louis University, was renowned for his work in biochemistry. He won the 1943 Nobel Prize for discovering the chemical nature of vitamin K.

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