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10:49 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Monsanto posts gains in first quarter

St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. says higher sales of corn, soybean, vegetable and cotton seeds helped the company earn a profit in the first quarter of the fiscal year.

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Southwestern Illinois Levees
9:59 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Trial set in suit over southwestern Ill. levees

A levee in Granite City, Ill. Granite City is one of the areas where FEMA says the levees do not meet its minimum threshold for certification. (St. Louis Public Radio)

The case of three southwestern Illinois counties suing to block the U.S. government from declaring the region's levees functionally useless could be headed for trial in a federal court this spring.

A judge has scheduled the trial to begin April 16 in Benton on the lawsuit the counties filed in November over the mapping change that Madison, St. Clair and Monroe counties say could saddle thousands of property owners with higher, unaffordable insurance rates.

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Morning round-up
8:45 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Morning headlines: Initial autopsy results in Martin death investigation, Ryan awaiting appeals court decision, Mo. lottery changes drawings

Adrienne Martin (Bill Greenblatt/UPI)
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
  • According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, an initial autopsy of 27 year-old Adrienne Martin did not reveal any signs of disease. St. Louis County medical examiner Dr. Mary Case, also said that Martin's cremation won't hurt the investigation of her death. Martin was found dead Dec. 19 in the Huntleigh home of former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV. Case says tissue samples were taken from Martin's organs to help determine the cause of her death.
  • An Illinois appeals court will decide whether imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan will be able to visit his ailing wife. Lura Lynn Ryan is in intensive care suffering complications from chemotherapy. The ex-governor's attorneys asked the court to release him yesterday in an emergency motion.
  • The Missouri lottery is moving its evening drawings back more than two hours so more people will have time buy tickets. Sales currently end at 6:45 p.m. for the daily drawings for Pick 3, Pick 4, Show Me Cash, and for Missouri lotto on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Starting Monday, sales for the drawings will end at 8:59 p.m., and the Lottery says numbers will be drawn between then and 9:15 p.m.

MO Statehouse
6:53 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Tea Party rally at Mo. State Capitol

Lawmakers weren't the only ones filing into the Missouri Capitol today.


Around 200 people attended a Tea Party rally inside the Capitol Rotunda.  Most of the speakers sounded off on national issues, primarily taxes and the Democratic agenda.


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MO Statehouse
5:38 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Mo. General Assembly begins 2011 session

Lawmakers in the Missouri House of Representatives greet each other as the 2011 session opens. (Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri General Assembly has begun its annual legislative session in Jefferson City.

New Republican leaders in both chambers emphasized job growth as their top priorities.

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Roy Blunt
5:36 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Blunt sworn in as Missouri's junior U.S. Senator

A photo of now U.S. Senator Roy Blunt's swearing-in ceremony today in Washington, D.C. Pictured above from left: Andy Blunt (Son); Senator Blunt, Charlie Blunt (Son), Abigail Blunt (Wife), Vice President Biden. (via Office of Sen. Roy Blunt)

With the departure of Kit Bond, Missouri has both a new senior senator, Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill, and a new junior senator, Republican Roy Blunt. 

Blunt took his oath with vice president Joe Biden today to make it official.

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From St. Louis on the Air
5:09 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Local, national notables remember Max Starkloff

Today's show was about remembering disability rights advocate Max Starkloff, who passed away Dec. 27, 2010. Starkloff is photographed here receiving his star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame on June 20, 2008. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Today's show was a discussion about the life and legacy of Paraquad founder Max Starkloff and his many contributions to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. For more on Starkloff, see our previous story about his memorial.

We heard from some of these voices during the show, but here are some more local and national notables sharing their stories about Starkloff:

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Northside Regeneration Initiative
3:28 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

NorthSide developer McKee releases "open letter" to St. Louis

Paul McKee, Jr. of McEagle Properties, LLC. McKee released an open letter today to the people of St. Louis about his NorthSide development project. (St. Louis Public Radio)
(St. Louis Public Radio)

NorthSide developer Paul McKee, Jr. has released "An Open Letter to the People of St. Louis" regarding the progress, process and questions surrounding the Northside Regeneration Initiative.

This comes with the announcement that McKee has gotten an additional $8 million in state tax credits for the $8 billion, that's billion with a "B," Northside project.

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mark McGwire
2:35 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

McGwire fails to make baseball Hall of Fame for fifth time

Former Cardinal slugger Mark McGwire in August of 2000. McGwire failed to be elected to baseball's Hall of Fame for the fifth time today. (Via UPI / Bill Greenblatt)

Looks like the fifth time isn't the charm for former Cardinals baseball slugger Mark McGwire. 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that not only was it the fifth unsuccessful bid for McGwire, but also his worst vote total showing yet. This coming after McGwire admitted that he used steroids.

The Post-Dispatch has the vote totals:

McGwire was named on 115 of the 581 ballots cast, or 19.8 percent. He received 23.7 pct. of the votes cast in 2010 and 21.9 percent -- his previous low -- in 2009. Roberto Alomar (90 pct.) and Bert Blyleven (79.7 pct.) earned election this year.

East St. Louis
1:06 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

East St. Louis police layoff dispute making progress

The ongoing process in East St. Louis concerning 16 police officer layoffs has gone back and forth, but the discussion between police union leaders and city officials seems to have made some significant progress.

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