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6:43 pm
Fri October 8, 2010

St. Louis Public Schools to remain in control of board pending re-accreditation

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ST. LOUIS – A commission is recommending St. Louis Public Schools remain under the control of an appointed board until the district reaches accreditation.

The Special Advisory Commission, which suggested the state takeover back in 2006, voted unanimously Friday to make the recommendation to the state.

The commission praised the current three-member Special Administrative Board and Superintendent Kelvin Adams. The three-member appointed board's authority is due to expire in June of next year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:41 pm
Fri October 8, 2010

Doe Run to pay $65 million for clean up of Missouri lead sites

Doe Run lead smelter in Herculaneum, Mo.
(Photo: UPI)

St. Louis, MO – The Doe Run Company has agreed to spend $65 million to clean up ten of its lead mining, milling, and smelting facilities in Southeast Missouri.

North America's largest lead producer also plans to close its Herculaneum smelter by the end of 2013, three years ahead of schedule.

Doe Run Chief Operating Officer Jerry Pyatt says the decision to close the smelter was driven by the recent tightening of federal air quality standards for lead and sulfur.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:13 pm
Fri October 8, 2010

EPA: Doe Run agrees to $65M cleanup of Mo. lead sites

The lead smelter in Herculaneum, Mo. run by Doe Run Resources.
(UPI)

ST. LOUIS – A Missouri lead producer will pay $65 million to clean up lead waste at several sites in southeast Missouri.

The regional office of the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that suburban St. Louis-based Doe Run Resources also will pay a $7 million fine for environmental violations at 10 of its lead facilities in southeast Missouri.

The EPA said Doe Run will also close its lead smelter in Herculaneum by Dec. 31, 2013.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:27 pm
Fri October 8, 2010

Kit Bond on China currency war, jobs, midterm elections

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

ST. LOUIS – Retiring US Senator Kit Bond said that he's worried that Congressional action to force China to revalue its currency could jeopardize efforts to make St. Louis a hub for Chinese cargo.

The US House last week approved a measure that would place tariffs on Chinese goods if the country does not allow for greater changes in the value of its currency, the Yuan.

Bond, a Republican, said that the US needs to focus on its own trade policies first.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:53 pm
Fri October 8, 2010

Mo. suspends annual test because of budget crunch

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri education officials are skipping the writing and complex problem assessments on state exams to save money.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education estimates that suspending those parts of the tests will save about $1.3 million per year. Administering the standardized tests costs more than $8 million per year. The sections will return in the 2012-2013 year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:30 pm
Fri October 8, 2010

Blunt, Carnahan differ on various social issues

Roy Blunt, left, and Robin Carnahan

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Democrat Robin Carnahan and Republican Roy Blunt are taking opposite positions on variety of social issues in Missouri's U.S. Senate race.

Carnahan supports the expansion of federally funded human embryonic stem cell research; Blunt does not.

Blunt supports a proposed U.S. constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage; Carnahan does not, preferring to leave the matter to states.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:41 pm
Fri October 8, 2010

Quinn extends tax credits to US Cellular

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn

ST. LOUIS – Illinois is giving cell phone provider U.S. Cellular a $7.1 million tax credit package so it stays in the state.

In exchange, the company will create 25 new jobs and retain
nearly 1,100 others at its Illinois facilities.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the investment package Friday. He says
the state has to do what it can to keep jobs in Illinois. He says
he didn't want U.S. Cellular to move to Oklahoma or any other
state.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:32 pm
Thu October 7, 2010

Teen murder suspect appeals to Mo. Supreme Court

Alyssa Bustamante

Jefferson City, Mo. – A Cole County teenage girl charged with murder is asking the Missouri Supreme Court to allow her to continue her education while she awaits trial.

Sixteen-year-old Alyssa Bustamante of St. Martins has been in jail for nearly a year since being charged with killing her 9-year-old neighbor, Elizabeth Olten.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:19 pm
Thu October 7, 2010

Corrigan opposes a city-county merger

Bill Corrigan, candidate for St. Louis County Executive, was a guest on St. Louis on the Air.
(Libby Franklin, St. Louis Public Radio)

ST. LOUIS – Bill Corrigan, the Republican candidate for St. Louis County Executive, spoke out this week against any proposed merger between St. Louis City and County.

"Inheriting all the economic problems that exist in the city, and the funding liabilities that the county would incur by merging the two,it would be an economic disaster for the county," Corrigan said during Thursday's edition of St. Louis on The Air.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:35 pm
Thu October 7, 2010

Lambert Airport adds new X-ray screeners

A photo of the image TSA screeners at St. Louis' Lambert International Airport see when air passengers walk through the new, full-body scanners.
(Transportation Security Administration)

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis' Lambert Airport will begin using full-body imaging machines at one of its security checkpoints Friday.

The Transportation Security Administration began rolling out the machines last year, and they're now in nearly 60 airports.

The first machines in Lambert will be located in Terminal 2, and others are expected to follow.

TSA spokesman Jim Fotenos said that passengers in any US airport can opt out of the scan.

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