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O'Fallon Ex-CIA officer
3:13 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Ex-CIA officer from O'Fallon accused of leak waives extradition

The Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. Ex-CIA agent Jeffrey Sterling of O'Fallon, Mo. waived extradition here today. (via Wikimedia Commons/Matthew Black)

A former CIA operative accused of disclosing confidential documents to a New York Times reporter has agreed to be returned to Virginia to face prosecution.

Jeffrey Sterling of O'Fallon, Mo., waived extradition Monday during a brief federal court appearance in St. Louis. The timing of his flight back to Virginia is unclear. Sterling recently had a knee replaced and he will be returned to Virginia as soon as it is medically possible.

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Snow in St. Louis
1:41 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Snow headed for St. Louis again, MoDOT asking motorists to minimize travel

Snow plows stand at the ready for the Missouri Department of Transportation. The National Weather Service is predicting another snowfall of 3-6 inches for the St. Louis area beginning this afternoon. (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Don't put your boots or ice scraper away, snow is coming again to St. Louis -- and soon.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has prepared area roadways for the 3 to 6 inches of snow that is forecasted for the St. Louis metropolitan area.

MoDOT crews began treating roads last night with a salt brine mix. Bruce Pettus, maintenance superintendent for MoDOT, says as the snow begins to fall, conditions will begin to deteriorate during rush hour traffic, making it difficult for crews to clear the roads.

"That's why we're asking the motorists to minimize travel, maybe leave a little early from work. And make that commute before we get accumulating snow. And then this evening, do the same thing, minimize travel. We're gonna have all of our forces on the road, but it'll just allow us more space to work."

Pettus says MoDOT will have over 200 trucks on the road once the snow begins to accumulate.

Dog fighting
1:19 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Court upholds dog-fighting sentences

A veterinarian at the Humane Society of Missouri points to a picture of a rescued fighting dog's wounds. Over 400 pit bulls were rescued by the Society after the raid in which Hackman and and Kiriakidis were charged. (Maria Altman, St. Louis Public Radio)

A federal appeals court in Missouri has upheld the sentences of two men who were involved in the one of the largest dog-fighting rings ever broken up in the United States.

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Quinn Sworn In
12:18 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Quinn sworn in as Ill. governor

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Jr. takes the oath of office during inauguration ceremonies at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois on January 10, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Democrat Pat Quinn has been sworn in to a full term as governor of Illinois, two years after he got the job when his predecessor, the much-discussed Rod Blagojevich, was kicked out of office.

Quinn was sworn in Monday in Springfield amid an immense budget crisis.

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Morning round-up
9:16 am
Mon January 10, 2011

Morning headlines: Snow on the way, St. Stanislaus Kostka trial begins, Mo. Baptist Convention executive director resigns

The St. Stanislaus church in St. Louis. A trial to decide the fate of the church starts today. (via Wikimedia Commons/Mateusz Szymkiewicz)
  • The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the St. Louis region from noon today to noon tomorrow. Snow accumulations of 3-to-6 inches are expected. Meteorologist Laura Kanofsky says the snow could cause problems on the road. The snow should reach the St. Louis metro area by late afternoon or early evening.

"Because the snow is going to be lighter and fluffier, it's going to blow around a lot easier. And so with some winds picking up behind the system as it departs, some blowing and drifting snow could cause some areas of low visibility."

  • The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the trial to decide the fate of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church is beginning today. The trial in St. Louis Circuit Court is expected to last about three weeks. The church and archdiocese have been in conflict since 2004, when the parish board refused a demand by former Archbishop Raymond Burke to follow the same legal and financial rules as other parishes. When the board appointed its own pastor, Burke stripped the church of its standing as a Roman Catholic parish.
  • The Missouri Baptist Convention says its executive director has resigned due to what it calls "immoral behavior with a woman." The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday that the Rev. David Tolliver had led the 600,000-member state arm of the Southern Baptist Convention since February 2009. The organization said in a news release Friday that his departure is immediate. Jay Hughes, one of the organization's leaders will fill in as executive director until a permanent replacement is named.

Saint Louis Science Center
6:36 pm
Sun January 9, 2011

Climate change exhibition opens at Saint Louis Science Center

Burning fossil fuels, like oil and coal, produces pollutants — including carbon dioxide, which contributes to climate change (© Kenn W. Kiser/Morguefile)

An exhibition on climate change has opened at the Saint Louis Science Center.

The exhibition stays away from political controversies, focusing on the science of climate change and its human and environmental implications.

Through text, diagrams, interactive stations, and videos, the exhibition shows how human activities are producing greenhouse gasses and contributing to climate change.

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Photo of the Week
5:41 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Droplets on Vine Stems

Photo by "David Carriel" on www.flickr.com.

Join the St. Louis Public Radio Flickr group to see interesting photos from the St. Louis region and submit your own. Each week, we feature on our Web site one outstanding photo from the group.

from Cityscape
5:31 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Two St. Louis stage productions open tonight

Bryan Terrell Clark as Tempest Landry and Corey Allen as Joshua Angel in Walter Mosely's "The Fall of Heaven", opening tonight at the St. Louis Rep.

Less than a week into 2011, St. Louis theater goers have two brand new productions to take in, both St. Louis premiers.  We had the chance to preview both today on Cityscape.

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Daniel Boone Bridge
4:27 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Boone bridge westbound lanes closed this weekend

The Daniel Boone Bridge as seen on Google Maps' streetview (St. Louis Public Radio via Google Maps)

More headaches for those driving west on I-64 into St. Charles County. The westbound lanes of the Daniel Boone Bridge will be closed again this weekend, from 8 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. Monday.

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