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3:56 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

History, comedy, and baseball meet in Bobby Norfolk's "Shadowball"

Bobby Norfolk at St. Louis Public Radio
photo by Aaron Doerr

Bobby Norfolk was driving somewhere in 2009 when NPR's Fresh Air stopped him in his tracks.  He remembers the interview with author Larry Tye as "the most compelling hour of listening" he's ever experienced. Tye's biography of Negro League pitcher Satchel Paige started Norfolk on a journey that's culminated in his latest one man show,  Shadowball: The Negro Baseball Leagues.

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Cracking Down on Animal Abuse
3:32 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

City of St. Louis, Stray Rescue fighting animal abuse

Gulliver, a dog rescued this week, was used as a "bait dog" in dogfighting. Dogfighting, and other animal abuses, will be carrying heftier fines for the offenders soon.
(Julie Bierach, St. Louis Public Radio)

The City of St. Louis and Stray Rescue are taking additional measures to encourage responsible pet ownership in the City of St. Louis.

This week, the City's Animal Control Officers will begin issuing tickets for fines from $100 to $500 for those who violate city animal laws and ordinances. The City will also enforce animal abuse violations, including illegal chaining and dogfighting.

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Firemen's Retirement System
2:45 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

New St. Louis fire department proposal increases minimum retirement age, but no layoffs

File photo

The City of St. Louis announced a proposal to reduce Fire Department expenditures today, but it did not include any layoffs.

The Firemen's Retirement System (FRS) currently provides one of the best emergency services retirement plans in the country - but that's not without a huge cost to taxpayers.

Some facts about the plan contained in the city's press release:

  • The fire department budget has gone up by more than 40% in the last decade.

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Brussel's Ferry closed
12:49 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

Brussels Ferry closed due to ice on the Illinois River

The Brussels Ferry isn't operating right now due to ice on the Illinois River.
(Photo couresy of the Alton Regional Convention and Visitor's Bureau)

It happens at this time of year -- rivers freeze. Well, ice on the Illinois River has again shut down the Brussels Ferry.


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Morning News Roundup
10:02 am
Wed December 15, 2010

Beer Mad at Baseball / Smoking Ban / Towing Scandal

Inside the Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis, Mo.
(Flickr Creative Commons User nan palmero)

Good morning! Here's a look at the headlines:

St. Louis Public Radio News
6:47 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Ameren to build coal ash landfill in Missouri River floodplain? No way, say some Franklin County residents.

This diagram is an excerpt of ?figure 1? from Ameren?s ?Detailed Site Investigation,\" showing the location of the company?s proposed coal ash landfill near Labadie, Missouri. (Expand photo to see more clearly).
(Ameren Missouri website)

ST. LOUIS –

Ameren operates a coal-fired power plant in Labadie, Mo., about 35 miles west of St. Louis, and wants to build a 400-acre landfill near the plant to store coal waste.

Some Franklin County residents are definitely not happy about a possible landfill in the Missouri River floodplain and the effects it might have on drinking water.

Tonight they will once again be voicing their opposition to proposed regulations that would allow Ameren to go ahead with their plan.

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Coal Landfill in Franklin County
5:32 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Ameren to build coal ash landfill in Missouri River floodplain? No way, say Franklin County residents.

This diagram is an excerpt of “figure 1” from Ameren’s “Detailed Site Investigation”, showing the location of the company’s proposed coal ash landfill near Labadie, Missouri.
(Ameren Missouri website)

Ameren operates a coal-fired power plant in Labadie, Mo., about 35 miles west of St. Louis, and wants to build a 400-acre landfill near the plant to store coal waste.

Some Franklin County residents are definitely not happy about a possible landfill in the Missouri River floodplain and the effects it might have on drinking water.

Tonight they will once again be voicing their opposition to proposed regulations that would allow Ameren to go ahead with their plan.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:29 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Police: Springfield mayor Davlin found dead in home

Springfield, Ill. mayor Tim Davlin speaking at the Capital City Bicentennial Celebration in 2009. Davlin was found dead in his home today.
(Flickr Creative Commons User aka Kath)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –

UPDATED 4:20 p.m. Dec. 14:

In a press release, the Illinois State Police announced that they have been asked by the Springfield Police Department to conduct an investigation into Davlin's death. The Illinois State Police will also be performing the autopsy on Dec. 15.

UPDATED 3:54 p.m. Dec. 14: From the Associated Press:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:49 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Bond bids Senate farewell

St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis –

"There's nothing like being eulogized while you're still breathing," Sen. Kit Bond said Tuesday as he stepped to a podium in the U.S. Senate to say farewell to the chamber where he has served for 24 years.

On the best way to solve the nation's problems:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:38 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Nixon calls for Missouri prescription program for seniors, disabled to continue

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon outlines how he will ask the General Assembly to reauthorize Missouri Rx, the state program that provides prescription drug assistance to low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities, for five more years.
(Bill Greenblatt/UPI)

ST. LOUIS –

Often programs called "important" and "a blessing" by lawmakers on both sides of the isle aren't in much danger of elimination, but this time might be different.

207,000 low-income seniors and disabled people in Missouri participate in the Missouri Rx prescription drug assistance program. Well, at least until it expires in August 2011.

Unless the Missouri General Assembly reauthorizes it.

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