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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:17 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

Weekend car wreck kills St. Louis-area student

ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis-area high school is mourning the death of a 16-year-old student killed in a weekend car accident.

Authorities say Ella Neier of Washington died after the vehicle she was driving Friday night left a Warren County road and went into a pond.

Neier attended St. Francis Borgia High School, where she played basketball and soccer. She's the daughter of the school's basketball coach and physical education teacher.

Friends recall her love for music and dancing.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:38 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

2 arrested in death in Columbia before MU game

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Two men have been arrested in the shooting death of a man who was in Columbia to watch the Missouri-Oklahoma football game.

The victim, Aaron Hobson, was a cousin of Missouri football
player Trey Hobson.

Columbia police say Aaron Hobson was shot Saturday during a
robbery attempt at a convenience store.

Three suspects have been arrested and police are looking for two
other suspects.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:02 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Labor Department plans hearing on rock dust danger

ST. LOUIS – The U.S. Department of Labor will hold a hearing in St. Louis that could set new safety standards for miners.

The public hearing Tuesday will look at dangers from rock dust
that can build up in mine shafts. At certain concentrations the
dust can explode.

The hearing could help set new federal safety standards for the
amount of rock dust allowed in underground mines. Tuesday's hearing
is the first of four on the topic.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:50 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Mo. college officials to award $1.6M in grants

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri higher education officials are awarding grants to fund projects that help low-income students pay for college.

The Department of Higher Education has about $1.6 million to
distribute and the maximum grants will be $100,000.

Not-for-profit and charitable organizations are eligible for the
grants. The money is designed to help students who are at risk of
not enrolling or completing college.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:41 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Developers say Prop A could hurt St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – Several local developers spoke out Monday against Proposition A. They said that uncertainty from the statewide proposal, which would put the city's earning tax up for a vote every five years, could make it harder to attract businesses.

"We think about it as a dangerous experiment, moving forward not knowing what the future will bring in terms of taxation and in terms of services from the city of St. Louis," said Steve Smith, president of The Lawrence Group.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:31 pm
Fri October 22, 2010

Symbolic "Prop L" about city police control added to ballot

ST. LOUIS – Voters in St. Louis will have a chance to weigh in on the future of the St. Louis City Police Department next month.

A non-binding measure known as "Proposition L" has been added to the city ballot, asking voters if they want authority over the police department to return to local control.

Control of the department was handed to the Jefferson City Legislature at the onset of the Civil War.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:21 pm
Fri October 22, 2010

Two of three constitutional amendments on ballot affect taxes

ST. LOUIS – Next month Missouri voters will be faced with a number of ballot questions, including three constitutional amendments.

Proposition A on the earnings tax has gotten the most attention, but two of three constitutional amendments on the ballot also deal with taxes.

Constitutional Amendment 2 asks whether former Prisoners of War disabled during their service should be exempt from property taxes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:09 pm
Fri October 22, 2010

Northside development denied reconsideration for public financing

ST. LOUIS – A massive city development project in North St. Louis has received another setback. City judge Robert Dierker will not reconsider developer Paul McKee's request for public financing.

Dierker ruled in July that McKee's plan was too vague when the St. Louis Board of Alderman voted to grant McKee $390 million in Tax Increment Financing.

Today, Dierker rejected McKee's request to introduce more specific plans.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:57 pm
Fri October 22, 2010

MOBOT to study the effects of climate change on Midwest plants

Ouachita Mountain goldenrod (Solidago ouachitensis), a rare species native to Arkansas and Oklahoma.
(Casey Galvin/Center for Plant Conservation)

St. Louis, MO – The Missouri Botanical Garden is investigating how plants in the Midwest could respond to climate change.

The research will be funded by a $300,000 grant to the Garden from the federal government.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:54 pm
Fri October 22, 2010

State control over St. Louis schools likely to last several years

(l-r) State Education Board members Peter Herschend, David Liechti, Mo. Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – It will likely be several years before the city of St. Louis can regain control of its public schools, based on a report made today before the State Board of Education.

A special advisory committee is recommending that an elected school board be put back in place after the St. Louis School district regains accreditation, and only gradually over a number of years.

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