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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:29 pm
Thu April 29, 2010

Chinese biotech leaders pay a visit to St. Louis

Chinese biotech leaders gather at the RCGA in St. Louis.
(Photo credit: V. LaCapra)

St. Louis, MO – A delegation of about 40 Chinese biotech company leaders and investors are in St. Louis this week, looking for potential business and partnering opportunities.

Dr. Jun Ren is the CEO of the Shanghai Newsummit Biopharma Group, and the spokesperson for the Chinese biotech delegation.

He says he hopes the trip will strengthen the relationship between St. Louis and China in the life sciences and biotech industries.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:06 pm
Thu April 29, 2010

Republicans seek alliance with city Dems on historic tax credits

Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder
Brett Blume, KMOX

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is taking heat from both Republicans and Democrats for saying that tax credits in Missouri have gotten out of control.

Republican Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder stood side-by-side with city Democrats in downtown St. Louis on Thursday, extolling the job-creating virtues historic tax credits have played in the city over the years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:37 am
Thu April 29, 2010

At-large suspect charged with murder of Metro East mayor

Authorities say Aaron B. Jackson has had multiple arrests in the past. (handout)

Belleville, Ill. – Authorities in the Metro East are searching for a man accused in the shooting death of Washington Park's mayor.

A warrant issued Wednesday in St. Clair County accuses 34-year-old Aaron B. Jackson of murder; his bond was set at $1 million.

Mayor John Thornton was killed in his car after he left work.

Jackson and another man were questioned later that day as "persons of interest," but they were released when the time authorities could legally detain someone without charges had lapsed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:33 pm
Wed April 28, 2010

Mo. House debates state budget

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House spent most of the day debating the state budget for next year.

Ten of the 13 budget bills were approved today, including the bill for the state's K-12 school system. It does not fully fund the foundation formula for the state's public schools, although funding was restored for a program that supplements pay for teachers who take on extra duties.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:42 pm
Wed April 28, 2010

Homeless continue efforts to secure land for new encampment

The homeless encampment residents have started calling \"Hopeville\" is in the way of a major road project
(photo by Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – Homeless St. Louisans who have been living in a railway tunnel are continuing to push the city to give them a new place to live.

The homeless have camped in the tunnel that runs under Tucker Blvd. for years, but the structure is dangerously unstable, and a major project to fill the tunnel in and rebuild the roadway over it will be underway in less than 30 days.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:39 pm
Wed April 28, 2010

President Obama visits Missouri

President Obama speaks to employees at POET Biorefining in Macon, Mo.
(photo courtesy of KBIA)

Macon, Mo. – President Obama used a stop in northeast Missouri Wednesday to restate his commitment to increasing the use of alternatives fuels.

Mr. Obama told a group of dignitaries and employees at the POET Biorefining Plant in Macon, Mo. that he wants the U.S. to triple its biofuels production in the next 12 years. The energy security plan, he said, will save 700,00 jobs by the end of 2012.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:11 pm
Wed April 28, 2010

Kinder's health care lawsuit is delayed

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder says his legal challenge to the federal health care overhaul will be delayed.

Kinder, a Republican, said Wednesday that the lawsuit will be filed in late May or early June. He initially said he planned to sue by the end of April.

"We are proceeding in painstaking fashion through the 2,000-something page bill and making sure we have all our allegations and complaints in the petition that we file," Kinder said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:15 am
Wed April 28, 2010

Four hurt in grain terminal blast

Chester, Ill. – Three workers suffered serious injuries Tuesday in an explosion and fire at a southern Illinois grain terminal. A fourth person suffered a leg injury.

It happened around 4 p.m. at the ConAgra plant in Chester, a Mississippi River town about 60 miles south of St. Louis. The silo smoldered into the morning.

Contractors were cleaning it at the time. Investigators have not narrowed down the cause. But dry grain dust is highly flammable.

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9:45 am
Wed April 28, 2010

McCaskill blasts Goldman execs at Senate hearing

St. Louis – Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., was among the lawmakers who blasted executives from Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs, as they testified before Congress Tuesday.

McCaskill accused Goldman of deceiving its clients by bundling securities that it thought would fail, and then selling those instruments as if they were good investments.

McCaskill said the bankers were nothing more than "bookies" taking bets.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:06 pm
Tue April 27, 2010

Democrats move ethics bill to Mo. House floor

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Democrats in the Missouri House have taken an unusual step to keep alive an ethics bill that would restore limits on campaign contributions.

A House committee recently voted to send the bill back to another committee in order to remove the provision to cap contributions. But today, three Republicans joined 56 Democrats on the House floor in authorizing a discharge petition, which removes the bill from the committee process and sends it directly to the floor for debate.

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