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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:49 am
Fri October 27, 2006

<img src=http://www.kwmu.org/pic/speakersm.gif border=0> Minimum wage boost on the ballot in Missouri

St. Louis, MO – Missourians will decide on Election Day whether to raise the state's minimum wage to $6.50.

It's currently the same as the federal level of $5.15, which Congress has not raised since 1997. Since then, 23 states have pushed their minimum wage above the federal level.

But Missouri's proposition would not only increase the wage but also tie it to the Consumer Price Index.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:58 am
Fri October 27, 2006

<img src=http://www.kwmu.org/pic/speakersm.gif border=0> Deal reached on Ballpark Village development

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says his office has reached an agreement with a developer for Ballpark Village, the patch of land next to the new Busch Stadium.

The Cordish Company, of Baltimore, will build a $387 million development on six blocks of land. It will include stores, condos, restaurants, and even a grocery store and bowling alley.

Slay also says the deal keeps the Cardinals to their promise to develop the land because the company was brought in by the team.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:31 am
Fri October 27, 2006

Aldermen call for death penalty moratorium

St. Louis, MO. – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen went on record today in favor of a moratorium on the death penalty in Missouri.

The board unanimously approved a non-binding resolution calling on the state to put an end to executions and for a commission to study the use of the death penalty.

Margaret Phillips with the group, Missourians To Abolish the Death Penalty, says St. Louis is the 150th municipality to pass such a resolution

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:18 am
Fri October 27, 2006

<img src=http://www.kwmu.org/pic/speakersm.gif border=0> Eckstein's four hits get Cards to within a game of World Series crown

David Eckstein hits an RBI double against the Tigers in the eighth inning Thursday. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Cardinals are one win from being World Series champions after beating the Detroit Tigers last (Thu.) night 5-4.

Shortstop David Eckstein had four hits and knocked in two runs, including what would be the game winner in the eighth.

The Tigers had a 3-2 lead in the sixth, but two errors allowed the Redbirds to score twice - including a throwing error by Tigers relief pitcher Fernando Rodney. It was the fourth error by a Tigers pitcher in four games.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:07 am
Fri October 27, 2006

Developers announce Ballpark Village plans

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St. Louis – As the Cardinals prepared for game 5 of the World Series, team officials and city leaders announced plans Friday for a major real estate development near Busch Stadium.

After negotiating for the better part of a year, the city, the Cardinals, and a Baltimore developer have agreed on plans for Ballpark Village.

Phase one of the project will cost $387 million, and will include retail, residential and office space.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:00 am
Fri October 27, 2006

Amtrak and CN Railway reach deal

Springfield, Ill. – Amtrak and Canadian National Railway reached a deal Thursday night that will allow additional passenger train trips through Illinois.

Canadian National, which owns the tracks, had put the breaks on Amtrak's plan to add two additional trains between Chicago and St. Louis.

The service is set to begin Monday.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin had threatened to flex federal legislative muscle if there wasn't a resolution to the situation.

He calls the agreement a good result.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:43 am
Thu October 26, 2006

Natural gas prices going down for some Missourians; up for some

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Public Service Commission said Thursday that natural gas prices for more than 130,000 Missouri customers are changing.

The rate for nearly 100,000 central Missouri AmerenUE customers are expected to fall about 9%, starting Wednesday. The drop reflects changes in wholesale costs of natural gas and adjustments in the company's tool for handling under- or overcharges for gas costs.

Residential customers' rates will go from $0.95 to $0.87 per 100 cubic feet of gas.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:29 am
Thu October 26, 2006

Postal workers in St. Louis protest consolidation plan

St. Louis – Postal workers in the St. Louis area spent their lunch hours on the informational picket line Thursday.

They are warning of long mail delivery delays if a Postal Service consolidation plan goes through.

The agency wants to consolidate postal facilities in order to offset higher fuel and employee costs.

But Tony Harris, vice-president of the St. Louis local of the American Postal Workers Union, said that is a bad idea.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:27 am
Thu October 26, 2006

<img src=http://www.kwmu.org/pic/speakersm.gif border=0> Missouri's Medicaid makeover

St. Louis, MO – Last year, Missouri went from being one of the best states for insuring its citizens to one of the worst.

Now, it's scrapping its Medicaid system and starting over.

Hillary Wicai prepared this report for the Marketplace Morning Report on Thursday.

To hear the report, click here.

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7:57 am
Thu October 26, 2006

A World Series money boost for St. Louis, Detroit

St. Louis Cardinals Scott Rolen (L) and Albert Pujols celebrate after being driven home on a double by Jim Edmonds in the fourth inning during Game 3 World Series against the Detroit Tigers. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Detroit, MI – St. Louis and Detroit both have baseball teams in the World Series -- St. Louis leads the series 2-1 after a victory Tuesday night.

The series is likely to be a sorely needed financial boost for both home cities.

Celeste Headlee reports from Detroit.

Click here to link to the story at npr.org.

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