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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:51 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Telemarketers in "auto warranty" scam plead guilty in East St. Louis

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. –

Two men pleaded guilty to federal charges today in East St. Louis in an auto contract robo-calling scheme that had 15,000 victims in all 50 states. Here's a breakdown of the people, places and charges involved:

These two men were the president and vice president of Transcontinental Warranty...

- Christopher D. Cowart, 49 of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and

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Department of Natural Resources
6:13 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Nixon names new Dept. of Natural Resources director

Sarah Parker Pauley, the woman picked by Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon to become the next director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
(Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio)

Governor Jay Nixon has picked a new Director for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Sarah Parker Pauley, 45, will succeed former Director Mark Templeton, who left the DNR to run a trust fund for victims of the BP oil spill. She told reporters her priorities include promoting clean energy use.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:58 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Nixon names new Mo. DNR chief

Sarah Parker Pauley, Gov. Jay Nixon's choice to head the Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon has picked a new Director for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Sarah Parker Pauley, 45, will succeed former Director Mark Templeton, who left the DNR to run a trust fund for victims of the BP oil spill. She told reporters her priorities include promoting clean energy use.

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Auto Warranty Scam
5:44 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Telemarketers in "auto warranty" scam plead guilty in East St. Louis

Two men pleaded guilty to federal charges today in East St. Louis in an auto contract robo-calling scheme that had 15,000 victims in all 50 states. Here's a breakdown of the people, places and charges involved:

These two men were the president and vice president of Transcontinental Warranty...

- Christopher D. Cowart, 49 of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and

- Cris D. Saganelli, 45, of Boca Raton, Florida

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:20 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Uncertainty plagues end-of-year tax planning

Lance Weiss, CPA and Tax Partner with Shaprio, Flom & Company
Aaron Doerr

The Senate voted this afternoon to move ahead with Obama's compromise tax cut package.  A final Senate vote is expected Tuesday. But the bill still faces an uncertain future in the House. 

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:10 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Helmig, murder conviction tossed, to be freed

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –

Dale Helmig's conviction status has been on the Missouri news radar since 2005, when his 1996 conviction for murdering his mother was thrown out, citing that jurors were given material during their deliberations that wasn't introduced in trial as evidence.

Today, he could be free on bond. But what happened between 2005 and now? A quick timeline:

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Crime
2:40 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Helmig, murder conviction tossed, to be freed

Dale Helmig's conviction status has been on the Missouri news radar since 2005, when his 1996 conviction for murdering his mother was thrown out, citing that jurors were given material during their deliberations that wasn't introduced in trial as evidence.

Today, he could be free on bond. But what happened between 2005 and now? A quick timeline:

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Top Movies of 2010
2:28 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

St. Louis film critics reveal their top picks of 2010

Natalie Portman, a "Best Actress" nominee in the "Best Picture"-nominated film, "Black Swan."
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Film critics in St. Louis are getting a jump on the foreign journalists that decide the Golden Globe award winners. While the nominees for 2010 Globes will be announced tomorrow, the St. Louis Film Critics have announced their list today.

The St. Louis nominees for Best Picture are:

  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • The Social Network

Best Actor nominees are:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:51 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Dangerously cold temperatures hit St. Louis area

You might want to take a page from this woman's book and bundle up today - temperatures are only reaching into the mid-teens with wind-chills below zero.
(Flickr Creative Commons User meddygarnet)

ST. LOUIS –

We're sure you know it's pretty cold outside. But just how cold is what's surprising. And dangerous.

But hey, we're not the only ones feeling the freeze. And it could be worse.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:39 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Feds set to take legal action against auto warranty companies

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St. Louis –

The first federal salvo in the legal battle over the sales of extended auto service warranties will be fired by Stephen R. Wigginton, the federal prosecutor for the southern district of Illinois.

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