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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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St. Louis
3:37 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

State of St. Louis breakfast focuses on jobs

St. Clair County (IL) executive Mark Kern delivers his opening remarks to the State of St. Louis breakfast on January 7, 2011. (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

The subject of jobs and how to create them was front and center at the sixth annual State of St. Louis breakfast this morning.

The chief executives of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and St. Clair County Illinois all say they expect a better economy in 2011 than 2010.

They all trumpeted the need to cooperate to ensure that happens.

St. Clair County executive Mark Kern wants to see the focus on one industry in particular.

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St. Louis Science Center
2:09 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

St. Louis Science Center names interim CEO

Dr. Philip Needleman was named the new interim CEO of the St. Louis Science Center today. (Photo: St. Louis Science Center)

The St. Louis Science Center has named an interim CEO after its former CEO, Doug King, left for the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Dr. Philip Needleman is a former practicing scientist at Washington University in Pharmacology and later at Monsanto as Chief Scientist.

Most recently, Needleman was the interim president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

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University of Missouri System
11:21 am
Fri January 7, 2011

University of Missouri system president Forsee resigns

University of Missouri system president Gary Forsee in 2008. Forsee announced his resignation today (St. Louis Public Radio)

Via an internal memo this morning, University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee announced that he is resigning.


In the announcement Forsee calls three years serving as system president "an honor," and pledges to help in any way possible.

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Nixon Car Accident
11:03 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Mo. Gov. Nixon evaluated at hospital following car accident

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been treated and released from a hospital after being involved in a traffic accident.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Nixon was a passenger in a Chevrolet Suburban driven by a patrol trooper that was rear-ended Friday morning in a three-vehicle accident. The crash occurred on U.S. Highway 50 in Jefferson City, just a few blocks south of the Capitol.

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George Ryan
10:56 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Former Ill. Gov. Ryan allowed to leave prison to visit ailing wife

Lura Lynn Ryan, the former governor's ailing wife, with Illinois State Police troopers in 2007. (via Flickr/spsarge)

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that former Ill. Gov. George Ryan, currently in prison, was allowed to leave prison Wednesday to visit his very ill wife, Lura Lynn.

The paper says that the visit was revealed when prosecutors filed response to a motion made by Ryan's lawyers  to let their client out on bail.

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Danforth Foundation
10:20 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Danforth Foundation "closing its doors" May 31

Dr. James Carrington, incoming president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center gives his remarks while former U.S. Senator John Danforth and his brother William Danforth (R) look on at the announcement of the ending of the Danforth Foundation.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

In a press conference this morning, the Danforth Foundation announced that it is closing after 84 years of operation at the end of this fiscal year, May 31, 2011.

The foundation's last act will be a $70 million donation to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

The last donation is the largest in foundation's history, which has contributed $226 million to the Plant Science Center over the years.

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Morning round-up
9:26 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Morning headlines: Former CIA agent jailed, Mo. legislators want to limit minimum wage, Early voting summary approved, Boone bridge closed this weekend

The seal of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. An ex-agent of the agency has been charged with allegedly leaking classified information to a New York Times reporter. (via Flickr/ Jonathan Narvey)
  • A former CIA agent is jailed after allegedly leaking classified information about Iran to a New York Times reporter. Jeffrey Sterling, 43, of O'Fallon, Mo. is charged in a ten count indictment. The federal indictment charges Sterling with unauthorized disclosure of national defense information. The indictment did not specify what he leaked, but The Associated Press reports the leaks were to Pulitizer Prize winning journalist James Risen for his 2008 book State of War. The book details information about the CIA's covert spy war in Iran.
  • Some Missouri legislators want to limit the growth of the state's minimum wage. A 2006 law approved by Missouri voters requires the state's minimum wage to be adjusted annually with inflation. But if the federal minimum wage is higher, then that is used instead. Republic House member Jerry Nolte, of Gladstone, has filed legislation prohibiting the Missouri minimum wage from rising above the federal one. The bill has the backing of several other Republicans, as well as a coalition of business groups. Nolte says it's important for Missouri businesses to keep wages comparable to those of most neighboring states. Missouri currently follows the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. The state labor department says Missouri's wage this year would otherwise be $7.00 per hour.
  • People who want a state ballot initiative that could lead to early voting have a green light from the  state to start gathering signatures. The Missouri secretary of state's office approved a summary of the initiative petition yesterday. Supporters must collect between 91,800 and 99,600 signatures, and the question would appear on the 2012 ballot. The proposal would change Missouri law to let voters cast ballots in person before federal general elections.
  • The Missouri Department of Transportation says the westbound lanes of the Daniel Boone bridge will close for maintenance from about 8 or 9 p.m. tonight until around 5 a.m. Monday. The bridge carries Interstate 64 traffic over the Missouri River. Drivers are encouraged to use one of three other bridges that cross the river in the St. Louis area - on Interstate 70, Route 364 or Highway 370. The work is preventative maintenance on the Boone bridge, which carries about 75,000 cars daily.

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