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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:36 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

La Russa coming back as Cardinals manager

Tony LaRussa
(Wikimedia Commons via Flickr user SD Dirk)

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Cardinals have brought back Tony La Russa for a 16th year as manager.

The team announced the deal Monday and said it includes a mutual option for the 2012 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 66-year-old La Russa has a franchise-record 1,318 wins since joining the team as manager in 1996. He has led the Cardinals to eight division titles, two National League pennants and a World Series title in 2006.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:28 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Boeing pares employee plan

The Boeing Phantom Ray unmanned airborne system (UAS) during an unveiling ceremony in St. Louis on May 10, 2010.
(UPI/Boeing Aircraft Handout)

WASHINGTON – The big aircraft maker Boeing Co. says "cost pressures" from the new health care law are part of the reason it's asking employees to pay more for their medical benefits next year.

In a letter mailed to employees late last week, Boeing said
deductibles and copayments are going up significantly for some
90,000 nonunion workers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:53 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Equipment failure causes delays on I-64

ST. LOUIS – A contractor for the Missouri Department of Transportation is facing fines after causing major traffic delays in downtown St. Louis Monday.

Thomas Industrial Coating is painting the double-decker section of Interstate 64 through downtown St. Louis. When a piece of equipment that collects lead paint failed around midnight, workers had to do the job by hand.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:52 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Federal judge stays Nunley execution

ST. LOUIS – URGENT
Federal judge stays Nunley execution
Eds: Substitutes second paragraph to restore dropped reference to
judge's last name, updates with state AG's office reviewing the
ruling. APNewsNow. Will be updated.
A federal judge says Missouri must hold off on executing a man condemned in the 1989 killing of a Kansas City-area teenager until issues involving his sentencing are sorted out.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:37 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Mo. soldier dies in Iraq; was based at Colo. post

FORT CARSON, Colo. – A soldier from Springfield, Mo., who was assigned to a unit at Fort Carson, Colo., has died in Iraq.

The Defense Department said Monday that 24-year-old Pfc. Dylan
T. Reid died Saturday in a non-combat-related incident in Amarah,
Iraq.

He was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, part of Fort
Carson's 4th Infantry Division.

Reid joined the Army in September 2008 and went to Iraq in March
of this year. It was his first deployment.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:42 pm
Fri October 15, 2010

Blunt, Carnahan clash in final debate

(l-r) Robin Carnahan (D) and Roy Blunt (R), minutes before their final debate at The Lodge of Four Seasons resort.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's two leading U.S. Senate candidates held their final face-to-face debate today before the November 2nd general election.

Democrat Robin Carnahan came out swinging, using much of her opening statement to bash Republican Roy Blunt's record in Congress.

"Our economy's gotten wrecked, Wall Street got a bailout, special interests made out like bandits, and we got stuck with the bill," Carnahan said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:08 pm
Fri October 15, 2010

Helicoper crash kills Highway Patrol pilot

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Joseph G. Schuengel
(Missouri State Highway Patrol)

St. Louis – A Missouri State Highway Patrol pilot is dead after a helicopter crash in west St. Louis County.

Forty-seven year old Joseph Schuengel of St. Louis was returning from a traffic patrol operation along I-55 and had just dropped off two other troopers before heading back to Spirit of St. Louis Airport when the accident occurred, according to Sgt. Al Nothum, the spokesman for Troop C.

Nothum said that Schuengel was a first rate pilot and there is no indication why the helicopter crashed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:35 pm
Fri October 15, 2010

Missouri Conservation Commission approves elk restoration plan

A male elk, or \"bull.\"
Missouri Department of Conservation

ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Conservation Commission has approved a plan to restore wild elk to Missouri.

The plan calls for releasing up to 150 elk in a 346-square-mile area in the southeastern part of the state, including parts of Shannon, Carter, and Reynolds counties.

The Missouri Farm Bureau's director of state and local governmental affairs, Leslie Holloway, said the elk will damage crops and property, and put motorists at risk.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:29 am
Fri October 15, 2010

July court ruling forces budget cuts at metropolitan sewer district

A \"manhole,\" or sewer entrance.
(Flickr creative commons user Joe Shlabotnik)

St. Louis – The Metropolitan Sewer District has cut nearly $16 million from its fiscal year 2011 budget, the result of a court ruling on a new fee for storm water services.

A judge in July ruled that the fee, based on how much of a piece of property could not absorb water, was a tax and should have been approved by voters. The ruling means MSD has to revert to an old system of a flat fee and individual taxing sub-districts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:59 pm
Thu October 14, 2010

Carnahan, Blunt square off in first debate

Roy Blunt and Robin Carnahan

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri Senate hopeful Robin Carnahan went on the attack in Thursday's debate against front-runner Roy Blunt in Kansas City.

Congressman Blunt responded that she was twisting his record and not talking about the issues Missourians care most about.


Robin Carnahan, who's currently Secretary of State, tried to paint Roy Blunt as a Washington insider, who's been in Congress for 14 years.

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