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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:15 pm
Tue October 12, 2010

Bellefontaine to get Mo. housing agency money

The Bellefontaine Habilitation Center.
UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Housing Development Commission has reversed itself and approved using unspent tax credit money to pay for improvements at a St. Louis-area facility for the developmentally disabled.

Nearly $10 million from the Home Ownership Purchase Enhancement (HOPE) program will be used to fund expansion of the Bellefontaine Habilitation Center.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:38 pm
Tue October 12, 2010

Flu shot demand down this year

ST. LOUIS – Healthcare providers in St. Louis say they're seeing less demand for flu shots so far this year.

Last week BJC Hospital gave out almost 29,000 flu shots, down slightly from 2009.

Another organization, the Visiting Nurse Association, said that it's given far fewer vaccinations than expected. Pam Breitweiser of the VNA said that people may be less sensitive to the issue after the focus on H1N1 last year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:15 pm
Tue October 12, 2010

St. Louis Real estate developer gets 6-year sentence

ST. LOUIS – A suburban St. Louis real estate developer has been sentenced to six years in prison for a fraud scheme that also included his son.

The U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis announced the sentence for 65-year-old Gary Rickert Sr. of Creve Coeur. His son,30-year-old Brian Rickert, also pleaded guilty earlier this year.

He was sentenced to more than two years in prison.

The men also agreed to forfeit property purchased with proceeds of the crime.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:13 pm
Mon October 11, 2010

Report on court costs and the poor includes Missouri

St. Louis, MO. – Poor defendants can wind up in jail in Missouri if they are unable to pay the state for court costs and other fees.

Missouri was one of 15 states highlighted in a report this month by the New York University School of Law's Brennan Center for Justice.

One of the authors, Rebeka Diller, says states are applying more pressure on defendants to pay, even those who are represented by public defenders.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:22 pm
Mon October 11, 2010

Clay supports foreclosure freeze, shares views on Tea Party

Missouri Congressman William Lacy Clay

ST. LOUIS – Missouri Congressman William Lacy Clay said that he would support a freeze on home foreclosures.

Clay spoke Monday on St. Louis on the Air. He is a member of the House Financial Services Committee.

"Wouldn't it be better to work out something with the homeowner to keep those families in homes, even if you have to rent to them?" Clay said, "It doesn't help that family nor the bank if that home sits empty."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:27 pm
Mon October 11, 2010

Prosecutor seeks investigation of Pine Lawn police chief

PINE LAWN, Mo. – St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Bob McCulloch is seeking an investigation into allegations that Pine Lawn's police chief fired a shot at a driver.

McCulloch on Monday asked the county police department to investigate the allegation against Pine Lawn chief Rickey Collins. Detectives from the Division of Criminal Investigation will handle the inquiry.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:04 pm
Mon October 11, 2010

New bike restrictions likely to pass in St. Charles

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St. Louis – The St. Charles County Council is expected approve legislation on Tuesday that puts new restrictions on cyclists in the county.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:26 pm
Mon October 11, 2010

SLU to study best flu vaccine dose for young children

(Photo: CDC/ Judy Schmidt/James Gathany)

St. Louis, MO – Saint Louis University is participating in a study to determine the best flu vaccine dose for young children.

Currently, children between 6 and 35 months of age receive a dose of 0.25 ml - half the dose given to older children and adults.

But SLU lead researcher Dr. Edwin Anderson says no study has ever been done to show that young children should get a lower dose.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:57 pm
Mon October 11, 2010

Giannoulias explains debate comment

CHICAGO – Democrat Alexi Giannoulias is explaining comments he made during a weekend debate with his Republican opponent on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Giannoulias on Monday said his comments during the debate don't
differ from what he's been saying about at least two criminal
figures who borrowed money from his family's failed bank.

During the debate Sunday, the Chicago Democrat said the bank
knew the men had been in legal trouble but "didn't know the extent
of that activity."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:18 pm
Mon October 11, 2010

St. Louis County teen accused of sexual assaults, another suspect at large

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. – A St. Louis County teenager faces 12 charges for attacks on two women.

Authorities believe the victims were chosen at random. The attacks happened earlier this month.

Police say one of the women was in a parked car waiting for her friend at an apartment complex. As the friend walked to the car, two men followed her and robbed both women at gunpoint.

The men ordered the driver to go to another location, where one woman was raped and the other sexually assaulted.

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