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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:42 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Federal Government holds local hearing on new mining rule

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ST. LOUIS – The federal government is requiring coal mines to do more to prevent explosions.

Patricia Silvey of the Mine Safety and Health Administration led a hearing on the issue Tuesday in St. Louis.

Inflammable rock dust has long been used to prevent coal explosions in mines.

Silvey said the new standard would require companies to apply more rock dust in their mines.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:23 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Mo. election turnout expected to be 51 percent

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri election officials are predicting 51 percent voter turnout in next week's statewide election.

Missouri has more than 4 million registered voters. If the projections hold true, about 2.1 million ballots would be cast.

Laura Egerdal with the Secretary of State's office says the 51 percent projection is about average for a non-presidential election year. But she also warns that long lines are possible late in the day.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:47 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Nixon mostly avoiding campaign trail

file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon made a rare campaign appearance Monday for fellow Democrat Robin Carnahan at an event in Excelsior Springs, near Kansas City.

The governor has been mostly avoiding the campaign trail this year, which he suggests can also be a winning strategy. Nixon says he can best help Democrats running for office by doing his job as governor.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:44 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Soldier from Columbia dies from war wounds

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A mid-Missouri soldier has died from wounds he suffered earlier this month while serving in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced Tuesday that 34-year-old
Sgt. 1st Class Charles M. Sadell died Sunday at National Naval
Medical Center in Maryland.

Sadell was wounded Oct. 5 at Arif Kala, Afghanistan, when
insurgents used an improvised explosive device to attack his unit.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:37 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Mo. authorities find hunter's body in river

ALTON, Ill. – Searchers of the Mississippi River north of St. Louis have found the body of a suburban St. Louis duck hunter who went missing Monday after the boat he occupied with another man capsized.

The Missouri Water Patrol and Coast Guard say 25-year-old
Kristopher Van Meter of DeSoto died after the boat overturned near
the Alton, Ill., river bridge.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:51 am
Tue October 26, 2010

Martin challenges democratic tradition in Mo. third district

Russ Carnahan, left, and Ed Martin.

ST. LOUIS – (Transcript)

Missouri's Third District is about as blue as you get.

The GOP hasn't held the seat since William Cole was ousted in 1948. Just five Republicans have represented the Third since the end of the Civil War.

But a newcomer to elected office is making the race a little less comfortable for the Democratic incumbent this year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:49 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

Proposition F could change city maximum fine

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ST. LOUIS – One of the ballot measures St. Louis City voters will decide next week is whether to raise the maximum fine from $500 to $1,000.

Alderman Ken Ortmann co-sponsored the board bill to get Proposition F on the ballot. Ortmann said that the fine often is not high enough to force people to abide by city ordinances on illegal dumping or vacant buildings.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:52 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

Ex-Mo. speaker's assault trial set for February

Former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton.

NEW MADRID, Mo. – The trial of former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton on a charge of second-degree assault has been rescheduled for February.

The 43-year-old Republican had been set to go on trial Thursday
but requested a delay, citing what his lawyer called new evidence.

Online court records Monday show the trial now is set to start Feb.
3 in New Madrid County on a chage of venue from Scott
County.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:33 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

Sex offender email alert system launched in Mo.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri residents can now receive email alerts if a registered sex offender moves into their neighborhood.

The email alert system is operated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which manages the state's sex offender registry. Captain Tim Hull says subscribers will receive an email within 24 hours of an offender changing addresses.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:01 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

Sex offender email alert system launched in Mo.

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri residents can now receive email alerts if a registered sex offender moves into their neighborhood.

The email alert system is operated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which manages the state's sex offender registry. Captain Tim Hull says subscribers will receive an email within 24 hours of an offender changing addresses.

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