St. Louis Public Library Remodel
5:58 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

St. Louis Public Library remodel on time and budget

The headquarters building of the St. Louis Public Library is undergoing a $70 million restoration.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

On time, and on budget.

Those are the five words St. Louis Public Library executive director Waller McGuire is most excited to say about the $70 million renovation of the library's headquarters building.

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Stop Repair Bills Complaints
5:25 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

Stop Repair Bills gets over 200 complaints, garners "F" grade from BBB

An extended auto warranty marketing company in St. Peters, Mo. has been given an "F" grade by the Better Business Bureau. (via Flickr/alisdair)

The Better Business Bureau received more than 200 complaints nationwide about an auto warranty marketer based in suburban St. Louis.

Stop Repair Bills of St. Peters also is getting an "F" grade from the Better Business Bureau.

The company markets auto repair plans, but Bill Smith, a trade practice investigator with the BBB, says customers are missing the fine print.

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Monsanto Research
4:38 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

Monsanto announces progress on genetically-engineered crops projects

A field of soybean plants in Illinois. Herbicide-resistant soybeans are the subject of one of nine projects Monsanto discussed on a conference call with reporters today. (via Flickr/jasonippolito)
(via Flickr/jasonippolito)

Monsanto today announced progress on nine of its research projects on genetically-engineered crops.

Speaking on a conference call with reporters, Monsanto's vice president of biotechnology, Steve Padgette, said several collaborations with the Germany-based BASF Plant Science will be moving forward in 2011.

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East St. Louis police
4:25 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

East St. Louis cops reject offer to avoid layoffs

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

The Belleville News-Democrat is reporting that the union representing East St. Louis police has rejected a deal that would have trimmed salaries to save 16 jobs.

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MO Statehouse
4:19 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

St. Louis lawmaker seeks to block pay raises for judges

Legislation that would block pay raises for judges in Missouri has been introduced in the State Senate.

The raises were recommended by a special commission to bring salaries for state judges closer to their federal counterparts.

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St. Louis Volunteen
3:38 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

St. Louis Volunteen founder Bernstein selected as Huffington Post's "Greatest Person of the Day"

Simone Bernstein, founder of St. Louis Volunteen, was named as The Huffington Post's "Greatest Person of the Day" (Maria Altman, St. Louis Public Radio)

You'd think being designated as a L'Oreal "Women of Worth" finalist and starting her own organization would be impressive enough for 18-year-old Simone Bernstein.

Well, now Bernstein can add another item to her list of accomplishments - today she was named The Huffington Post's "Greatest Person of the Day."

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ACLU on execution Drug Supply
3:27 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

ACLU says Mo. running out of execution drug

Mo. deathrow inmate Richard Clay. The ACLU says that the state is running out of one of the drugs used in executions. Clay is scheduled to be executed next week. (Missouri Department of Corrections)

The ACLU of Eastern Missouri says it has learned that the state is running out of its supply of one of the three drugs used in executions.

The ACLU says the state has 50 units of sodium thiopental, but it expires March 1.

The state is preparing for the execution of Richard Clay next week.

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O'Fallon Ex-CIA officer
2:00 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

Ex-CIA agent from O'Fallon, Mo. charged with leak to New York Times

The seal of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency inlaid in the floor of the main lobby of the original headquarters building. (via Wikimedia Commons/Duffman)

A former CIA officer from O'Fallon, Mo. is under indictment, accused of leaking classified information about Iran to a New York Times reporter.

Federal prosecutors charged Jeffrey Sterling with 10 counts related to improperly keeping and disclosing national security information.

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Judicial Pay Raises
1:29 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

Mo. lawmaker Lembke trying to block judicial pay raise

Republican Sen. Jim Lembke, of St. Louis, on April 13, 2010. (via Flickr/ FiredUpMissouri)

The Missouri state budget is already due for more cuts this year, and that's the reason Republican Sen. Jim Lembke, of St. Louis, cites for filing a resolution to block a recommended pay raise for judges.

The Associated Press reports that "Judges have argued for several years that higher salaries are needed to persuade qualified people to serve as judges instead of working as private-sector attorneys where they might earn more money."

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Soulard Mardi Gras
12:03 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

12th Night kicks off Mardi Gras festivities in Soulard

The Soulard Mardi Gras flag will be unfurled tonight during the 12th Night Festivities. (via Mardi Gras, Inc.)

Get your beads and masks ready!

The massive party season known as Mardi Gras starts tonight  in Soulard with the celebration of the "Twelfth Night" after Christmas, also known as "Epiphany" or "Kings Day."

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