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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:08 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Blagojevich guilty on one count

Former Governor Rod Blagojevich.
(file)

Chicago/St. Louis – A federal judge has declared a mistrial on all but one count in the political corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The jury found Blagojevich guilty of one count of lying to federal agents.

The maximum sentence for that count is five years.

There were 23 other counts against Blagojevich and four against his brother. The jury could not reach a decision on any of those counts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:54 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Design teams unveil plans for Gateway Arch

Behnisch Team, Arch Museum view
Behnisch Architekten

St. Louis, MO – The five design team finalists in the St. Louis Gateway Arch competition unveiled their proposals on Tuesday.

Several plans include a green cap, or lid, over Interstate 70 in downtown St. Louis, another creates an expansive park on the Illinois side. One plan would turn the old MacArthur rail bridge into a bike and footpath, another would build a gondola.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says he's not going to endorse a particular plan, and he's confident that the funds can be raised.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:19 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Mo. universities facing more budget cuts, higher tuition

file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon says Missouri's universities should expect more budget cuts next year, and that students should expect higher tuition.

Those announcements came today at a summit of higher education leaders at the State Capitol. Nixon blames the state's continuing budget woes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:10 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Water quality symposium at Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is hosting a symposium to highlight water quality issues at the Lake of the Ozarks.

It comes a year after the controversy surrounding the delayed the release of test results that showed elevated E. coli levels at the Lake.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:55 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Blunt gets nod from Mo., US Chambers of Commerce

St. Louis – Congressman Roy Blunt is focusing his campaign for the U.S. Senate on economic issues.

Blunt was at an auto parts factory in St. Louis Tuesday morning to unveil his plans to create more private sector jobs in St. Louis and pick up the endorsements of the US and Missouri Chambers of Commerce.

The proposal included cuts to government spending, increased access to credit for small businesses, and a boost to exports.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:54 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Graffiti vandalism grows, businesses fight back

Peat Wollaeger paints over his work
(photo: St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis, MO – Though some graffiti is considered art, most graffiti is considered vandalism. With only an over-painted floodwall for a canvas, St. Louis artists are looking for new places to paint--whether it's legal or not. Meanwhile, local businesses are trying to keep up appearances. Graffiti drives down property values and makes some neighborhoods look unsafe.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:30 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Smoking ban passes in Brentwood

St. Louis – Aldermen in the St. Louis suburb of Brentwood have passed an indoor smoking ban.

The board approved the measure 7-1 Monday; it goes into effect January first.

The Brentwood ordinance includes fewer exemptions than a similar ban for all of St. Louis county that takes effect the following day. A smoking ban in St. Louis city also starts at the beginning of the year.

Kirkwood, Clayton, and several other suburbs already prohibit smoking in most indoor public places.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:28 am
Tue August 17, 2010

St. Louis FBI boss to take over security at SLU

St. Louis – The head of the FBI office in St. Louis is retiring from his government job and taking over as security chief at Saint Louis University.

Roland Corvington will start work at SLU on September 7th. He's been with the FBI since 1987, and was incident commander of the United Flight 93 crime scene on September 11th.

In a news release SLU President Father Lawrence Biondi says the campus is safe, but Corvington will help make it even safer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:30 pm
Mon August 16, 2010

Stimulus project bridge opens in central Missouri

The new S.R. 17 bridge runs parallel to the old bridge over the Osage River in Miller County.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – A 970-foot bridge touted as the first project in the nation to be funded by President Obama's federal stimulus package opened today in central Missouri.

The bridge carries State Route 17 over the Osage River in Miller County, near the town of Tuscumbia. Missouri Dept. of Transportation (MoDOT) officials credit the stimulus funds for enabling them to move the $8.3 million project forward.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:17 pm
Mon August 16, 2010

Casino Queen developer unveils plans for St. Louis facility

St. Louis – The St. Louis development company that built, owns and operates the Casino Queen in East St. Louis has unveiled its plans for a facility in St. Louis.

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