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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:27 am
Thu June 8, 2006

A study on prisons finds turnover high

St. Louis, MO. – Missouri corrections officials say a national report on prison safety reflects some of their main concerns.

The study by the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons found retaining a qualified workforce is essential to maintaining order.

The Missouri Department of Corrections experiences a high staff turnover rate especially in the first two years of employment.

Spokeswoman Wanda Seeney says better pay makes a difference:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:16 am
Wed June 7, 2006

Ballwin girl bitten by a shark in South Carolina

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC – A 7-year-old girl from Ballwin was bitten by a shark while playing in two feet of water, according to deputies in Beaufort County, South Carolina.

The girl suffered puncture wounds to her foot and buttocks in the attack Wednesday afternoon, but deputies say the injuries were not life threatening.

Lifeguards and others on the beach first thought the girl had been stung by a stingray, but the doctor who treated her found a shark tooth embedded in her foot, authorities said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:32 am
Wed June 7, 2006

STL rapper Chingy sued over contract claim

St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis man says is suing Chingy over a broken contract he says was signed years before the rapper made it big.


Ronald R. Gavin is seeking more than $250,000 in damages from Chingy and his record producers for breaking an exclusive contract that was signed in 1999.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:26 am
Wed June 7, 2006

Movie-making bustling in Missouri

St. Louis, MO. – As filming takes place on a major motion picture in St. Louis the Missouri Film Commission says it's been a banner year.

The movie Bill began production last week. It stars Jessica Alba and Aaron Eckhardt.

The movie received about $350,000 in tax credits from the state.

Missouri Film Commission assistant director Andrea Sporcic says the annual tax credit cap of $1.5 million already has been used.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:24 am
Wed June 7, 2006

St. Louis helicopter tours to begin again

St. Louis, MO. – Sometime in the next two weeks, helicopter tours will return to downtown St. Louis.

The transit agency Metro has hired Gateway Air Tours to provide the service from a barge near the Arch.

Metro used a $255,000 grant to pay for the barge. Sales manager Tara Creamer says two types of copter tours will be offered

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:23 am
Wed June 7, 2006

New tactic in trying to keep Rolla mapping office open

Washington, DC – There's a new tactic being tried by Missouri lawmakers to stop the federal government from closing its mapping center in Rolla.

U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Cape Girardeau) has included language in the U.S. Interior Department's 2007 budget bill that requires the agency to spend $13 million dollars to keep open the Rolla office. The U.S. Geological Survey opend its office there in 1921.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:15 am
Wed June 7, 2006

Lambert considers selling back land to Kinloch

St. Louis, MO. – Lambert Airport officials will recommend that the city of St. Louis authorize it to sell a plot of land back to the original seller.

Nearly 20 years ago, Kinloch city residents sold their homes to the airport for noise mitigation. But Lambert didn't need it for that purpose.

Now it plans to sell the nearly 18 acres back. The city hopes to build more homes on the plot.

Kinloch Mayor Keith Conway says it's a chance for some long overdue revitalization.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:59 am
Wed June 7, 2006

Nixon won't recuse himself from Taum Sauk investigation

Attorney General Jay Nixon.
UPI.

St. Louis, MO. – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon says he will not take himself out of the investigation of the Taum Sauk reservoir.

Missouri Department Of Natural Resources chief Doyle Childers sent a letter to Nixon today. That's after he learned that the attorney general's campaign had indirectly received 19-thousand dollars from the reservoir's operator, Ameren Corporation.

Nixon says Childers is "ill informed" about the matter.

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

Registered sex offender arrested in murder of Ladue woman

Tiffany Marie Souers was recently laid to rest. (UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Greenville, SC – Police have arrested a man who they think killed a woman from Ladue who was going to Clemson University. Jerry Buck Inman, 35, was arrested in Tennessee Tuesday night during a traffic stop near his parents' home near Knoxville.

This (Wed) morning, he was in court and agreed to return to South Carolina to face charges.

He is wanted on murder, rape and kidnapping charges in the death of Clemson University junior Tiffany Souers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:15 am
Tue June 6, 2006

DNR might ask Nixon to be removed from Ameren case

Attorney General Jay Nixon.
UPI.

St. Louis, MO. – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources might ask Jay Nixon to remove himself from legal action over the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse.

That's because the attorney general accepted more than $19,000 indirectly from Ameren Corporation.

DNR director Doyle Childers says he's losing faith in Nixon's ability to represent the state in its case against Ameren, which delayed repairs at Taum Sauk before it collapsed.

Nixon says any contributions from Ameren would not affect his investigation.

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