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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:57 pm
Tue April 6, 2010

Nixon plans to cut 1,000 state employees

Kansas City, MO. – Another 1,000 Missouri state employees will lose their jobs.

Governor Jay Nixon talked about the latest plan to reduce government spending Tuesday while speaking at the University of Missouri Kansas City.

Eighteen hundred state employees have been trimmed since the Democrat took office.

The state is facing $500 million shortfall in the budget for next fiscal year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:14 pm
Tue April 6, 2010

SLU researchers recommend adding new strain to flu vaccine

UPI.

St. Louis, MO. – Researchers at Saint Louis University say flu vaccines would work better if they included two strains of influenza B virus.

Current vaccines include two types of influenza A, but only one of influenza B.

Dr. Robert Belshe, director of the Center for Vaccine Development at SLU, says that since the late 1980s, the influenza B virus has evolved into two different strains.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:17 am
Tue April 6, 2010

Suspect dead after police chase

St. Louis – A suspect is dead after a police chase in St. Louis County.

The chase began late Monday in St. Ann. It ended in University City when the car being chased struck a parked tractor-trailer.

Two suspects were in the car being chased. One died and one was injured.

St. Ann police say the incident began when an officer tried to stop the car for a traffic violation. The driver refused to stop, and a chase began. Police say a records check indicated the car had been stolen.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:14 am
Tue April 6, 2010

Voters decide Metro sales tax

St. Louis – St. Louis County elections officials are expecting about a fifth of registered voters to cast ballots Tuesday.

Among other things, voters will decide a half-cent sales tax proposal for the transit agency Metro.

Democratic elections director Joe Donahue said Proposition A will probably boost voter turnout by several percentage points.

"I would venture to say it'll draw about three to five percent more," Donahue said. "So I would say our guess is between 17 and 21 percent."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:41 am
Tue April 6, 2010

Ham radio growing in the age of Twitter

Stanley Hardman, an amateur radio operator, and his family look at transmitting equipment in 1939. (Fox Photos/Getty Images)

St. Louis – Only a few years ago, blogs listed ham radio alongside 35mm film and VHS tape as technologies slated to disappear.

They were wrong.

Nearly 700,000 Americans have ham radio licenses up 60 percent from 1981, a generation ago. And the number is growing.

Ham radio will never have the sex appeal of the iPhone, but it does have a certain nerd appeal, says Allen Weiner, an analyst at the technology research firm Gartner.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:09 pm
Mon April 5, 2010

Need for food pantries is up in the region

St. Louis, MO – Demand is up for assistance from area food pantries.

The Circle of Concern in Valley Park is reporting a 21 percent increase in the number of people it fed in the first quarter of this year over last year.

The facility, which assists families in the western third of St. Louis County, has also seen financial assistance to those in need more than double this year. Director Glenn Koenen says he never imagined that so people would need their help.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:38 pm
Mon April 5, 2010

Rams release QB Marc Bulger

Former Rams QB Marc Bulger
(photo courtesy of the St. Louis Rams via UPI)

St. Louis – The St. Louis Rams have released veteran quarterback Marc Bulger.

The move may clear the way for the Rams, who went 1-15 last season, to draft Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with the first overall pick in the NFL draft, which starts April 22nd.

Coach Steve Spagnuolo said in a release that it was difficult to
make the move and wished the 33-year-old Bulger well. Last month the Rams signed A.J. Feeley, presumably as a back-up to Bradford or another signal-caller.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:04 pm
Mon April 5, 2010

Mo. Senate bill would lift food stamp ban

Jefferson City, Mo. – Legislation in the State Senate would remove a lifetime ban on food stamp eligibility for those convicted of drug crimes in Missouri.

Under the federal welfare reform act passed in the 1990's, anyone convicted of a felony drug offense is forever barred from receiving food stamps. States are allowed to opt out of the ban, but Missouri is one of several that have not.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:43 am
Mon April 5, 2010

More Republicans than Democrats running for office in Missouri

Jefferson City, Mo. – Many more of Missouri's political candidates are calling themselves Republicans than Democrats this year.

But what isn't clear is whether the high number of GOP candidates is a result of term limits or a general frustration with government.

There are 211 Republicans and 171 Democrats running in Missouri House races.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:01 am
Mon April 5, 2010

Brain-wasting disesase not found in Missouri deer

St. Louis – Missouri conservation officials say a sampling of the state's wild deer population has found no signs of chronic wasting disease.

The neurological disease affects deer, elk and moose. A white-tailed deer that was part of a captive herd in northern Missouri's Linn County tested positive for the disease earlier this year.

But the Department of Conservation says tests on wild deer from three counties found no cases of the ailment - which is similar to mad cow disease.

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