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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:45 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

Nationwide Janitorial exec. faces indictment

A familiar set of tools of the janitorial trade. Herman Schamber is being charged with embezzlement from the janitorial business for which he worked.
(Flickr Creative Commons User Robert S. Donovan)

ST. LOUIS –

The president of Custom Janitorial Services and Supplies is facing federal charges alleging he embezzled nearly $1 million.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:24 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

Tractor trailer accident kills one

St. Louis – Update: As of 3:10 pm, all lanes of Interstate 270 across the Chain of Rocks bridge were cleared.

Update: As of 1:30 pm, all lanes of westbound 270 across the Chain of Rocks bridge are open. Eastbound lanes remain closed.

Update: As of 10:45 am, one lane of traffic on westbound Interstate 270 across the Chain of Rocks bridge was open. The eastbound lanes remain closed.

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National Janitorial
3:40 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

Nationwide Janitorial exec. faces indictment

A familiar set of tools of the janitorial trade. Herman Schamber is being charged with embezzlement from the janitorial business for which he worked.
(Flickr Creative Commons User Robert S. Donovan)

The president of Custom Janitorial Services and Supplies is facing federal charges alleging he embezzled nearly $1 million.

The St. Louis Business Journal reports that 54-year-old Herman Schamber of St. Louis worked out of the main Alexandria, Va. office of National Janitorial Services Inc.  and also owned and operated the another company, Custom Janitorial Services, out of the East Rutherford, N.J. area. The Business Journal explains:

 

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:51 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Mo. entities could get $2.6M in BofA settlement

(Flickr Creative Commons User taberandrew)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –

Bank of America is the largest bank in the United States, but they've also landed themselves in $137 million worth of trouble.

The bank's problems may be Missouri's gain.

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Bank of America
10:47 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Bank of America bond settlement could pay to Missouri

A clock in Lawrenceville, Va. sports the Bank of America logo. Bank of America, the nation's largest bank is to pay $137 million nationally as part of several settlements.
(Flickr Creative Commons User taberandrew)

Bank of America is the largest bank in the United States, but they've also landed themselves in $137 million worth of trouble.

The bank's problems may be Missouri's gain.

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Health
10:35 am
Wed December 8, 2010

“Whooping cough” on the rise in St. Louis County

Vaccination can help protect against pertussis.
Judy Schmidt, James Gathany CDC

Saint Louis County is seeing a surge in cases of pertussis.

More commonly known as “whooping cough,” pertussis is highly contagious, spreading through the air via small droplets when infected people cough, sneeze or talk.

One hundred and eighty-five cases have been reported in the county so far this year – two-thirds of them in the past six weeks.

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accident
9:53 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Tractor trailer accident kills one

Update: As of 1:30 pm, all lanes of traffic on westbouund Interstate 270 across the Chain of Rocks bridge were open. Both eastbound lanes remain closed.

Update: As of 10:45 am, crews had re-opened one lane of Interstate 270 traveling westbound across the Chain of Rocks bridge. All eastbound lanes remain closed.

A man trying to push his disabled car out of traffic on the Chain of Rocks bridge Wednesday morning is dead after being struck by a tractor trailer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:20 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

City GOP elections chief headed to Kosovo -- temporarily

By Central Intellegence Agency (Kosovo) via Wikimedia Commons

ST. LOUIS – The man credited with helping improve elections in St. Louis city will be in Kosovo later this month to help the small Balkan nation run its first general election since independence.

Scott Leiendecker, the Republican elections director for the city of St. Louis, is one of about 40 volunteers working with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems. They will be providing staff for about a dozen polling places in Kosovo which the country's electoral commission cannot fill on its own.

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Unemployment
5:05 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

Unemployment numbers released for St. Louis

An arial photo of downtown St. Louis. Employment rose in St. Louis this year, but not as much as it did nationally.
(Flickr Creative Commons User Daniel Leininger)

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released data today about the state of unemployment over the past year for the St. Louis Mo.-Ill metropolitan area. We have some of the highlights for you:

  • St. Louis Mo.-Ill. registered an unemployment rate of 9.3 percent in October 2010 (not seasonally adjusted).
  • Nationally, the unemployment rate was 9.0 percent in October 2010, not seasonally adjusted.
  • Employment rose in St. Louis at a rate of 0.1 percent, but not as much as it did nationally, 0.5 percent.

So who was getting hired?

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