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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:19 am
Mon April 26, 2010

Sinkhole causes traffic headaches in University City

St. Louis – Many St. Louis-area commuters are being forced to find alternative routes after a huge sinkhole closed a busy intersection.

The southbound lanes of Big Bend Boulevard near Forest Park Parkway in University City were shut down Sunday because of the sinkhole, and crews aren't sure when the road will reopen.

St. Louis County crews are still trying to figure out what caused the sinkhole, though one possibility is heavy rain that has hit the region over the past several days.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:18 am
Mon April 26, 2010

Weather service confirms twister in St. Louis suburb

Jeanette Kelly inspects damage to a bedroom window on her home in Des Peres after Saturday's storm. (photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – The National Weather Service says a small tornado touched down in West St. Louis County Saturday afternoon.

An assessment team surveyed the Des Peres area Sunday. Meteorologists confirmed a twister hit the ground with winds of up to 80 mph.

No one was hurt but power lines and trees were knocked down near the West County mall, and some homes had roof damage.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:30 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

Former police officer gets prison time for stealing government property

St. Louis – A former St. Louis police officer will spend 18 months in federal prison and pay part of about $1,500 in restitution for stealing government property.

Ronald Jackson, 58, was on patrol in north St. Louis in July when he learned that a female individual who had stolen electronic equipment from a Best Buy store was at a gas station parking lot. Jackson shared the information with another officer, Christan Brezill, and both responded to the report.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:43 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

Electrical malfunction causes early morning fire in downtown

Flames shoot out of a window at 720 Olive, which houses offices for Laclede Gas
(photo by Kelsey Volkmann/St. Louis Business Journal)

St. Louis – Investigators with the St. Louis Fire Department say an electrical malfunction is to blame for a three-alarm fire that forced the evacuation Friday morning of the building that houses the main offices of Laclede Gas.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:39 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Whitney Harris, prosecutor at Nuremberg, dies at 97

Whitney Harris (photo: Terry Ballard)

Whitney Harris was the last surviving courtroom prosecutor from the first Nuremberg Trial after World War Two. He died Wednesday in St. Louis at the age of 97.

St. Louis – The world has lost a key player in an event that reshaped modern international law. Whitney Harris was the last surviving courtroom prosecutor from the first Nuremberg Trial after World War Two. He died Wednesday in St. Louis at the age of 97.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:27 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Nixon cuts Mo. budget again

file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon has again cut the state budget for the current fiscal year, which began in July of 2009.

Budget Director Linda Luebbering says about $45.5 million has been withheld because revenues for April are coming in lower than originally projected.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:27 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Mo. Senate passes education merger

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Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would combine the two departments that oversee education into one state agency.

The resolution would merge the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), which oversees K-12 schools, and Higher Education, which oversees universities and community colleges, into a new agency to be called the Department of Education.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:17 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Metro loses $4 million in state money

St. Louis – The head of St. Louis' mass transit agency says the state budget cuts announced Thursday will not slow down service restoration.

Slumping revenue forced Governor Jay Nixon to make another $45 million in cuts, which included eliminating the last $4 million of the $12 million in emergency state aid that helped Metro avoid drastic service reductions when a half-cent sales tax increase failed in 2008.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:52 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Missouri Gaming Commission director resigns

St. Louis – The executive director of the Missouri Gaming Commission has resigned.

Gene McNary, a former Republican St. Louis County executive, and the commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service during the presidency of George H.W. Bush, will leave office on July 1. He's served since July 2006.

McNary's resignation comes a day after Governor Jay Nixon appointed two new members to the Commission, and as the state is beginning the process of re-awarding the license currently held by the President Casino.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:17 am
Thu April 22, 2010

Thousands rally at Illinois Capitol to call for tax hike

(photo: Sean Powers, Illinois Public Radio)

Springfield, Ill. – The threat of drastic budget cuts prompted the largest statehouse rally in recent history.

An estimated 15,000 people came to Springfield to protest impending cuts to education, programs for the mentally ill, and home care services.

They came to press state legislators to ward off the cuts by passing a tax increase. William McNary, head of Citizen Action Illinois, stirred up the crowd.

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