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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:55 am
Wed October 6, 2010

MU review targets "low-producing" degrees

\"The quad\" and its famous columns at the University of Missouri.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri's flagship campus is reviewing 75 degree programs for possible elimination under a statewide cost-cutting edict.

The state Department of Higher Education defines such "low-producing" programs as those awarding fewer than 10 bachelor's degrees a year on average. The cutoff is five graduates for master's programs and three graduates for doctoral programs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:32 am
Wed October 6, 2010

Fairview Heights man indicted for Sept. standoff

Benton, Ill – A federal grand jury southern Illinois has indicted a Fairview Heights man on two counts for allegedly threatening area Muslims and threatening to blow up his home.

Roman Conaway, 50, has been charged with one count of falsely threatening to detonate an explosive device and a count of influencing a federal officer by threat. Conaway faces jail time and fines for each count.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:46 pm
Tue October 5, 2010

"Puppy mill" ballot measure advocates and opponents speak out

Facility of Beverly Fields, B & B Kennel, of Galt Missouri. Fields is a MoFed PAC contributor and puppy mill operator with more than 150 dogs and puppies as of Oct 2009, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
(Humane Society of the United States)

ST. LOUIS – Proponents of tougher laws regulating Missouri puppy mills are stepping up their media campaign to reach Missouri voters.

According to a report from the Humane Society, Missouri produces 40 percent of all puppies sold in the United States.

Wayne Pacelle is President of Humane Society of the United States. Pacelle said that Proposition B would help insure bad dog breeders are closed down.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:09 pm
Tue October 5, 2010

Audit faults Mo. labor agency employer oversight

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri has done a poor job of identifying employers who misclassify employees as independent contractors. That's the finding of a new audit released today.

The state Department of Labor and Industrial relations ranked second to last nationwide between 2005 and 2009 when it came to mislabeling employees as contractors. State Auditor Susan Montee says one reason why is the number of auditors employed by Labor dropped dramatically during those four years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:25 pm
Tue October 5, 2010

St. Louis receives federal grant for mental health services

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ST. LOUIS – The city of St. Louis will receive $3.7 million over the next five years to improve mental health services in the city.

The federal grant will be used to provide housing for the mentally ill and offer intensive treatment programs the city currently cannot afford.

More importantly, according to St. Louis Mental Health Board executive director Don Cuvo, the city will be able to provide employment support to mentally ill people who often want to work.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:22 pm
Tue October 5, 2010

Ameren MO works to protect migrating swans

The yellow spirals make power lines more visible to migrating birds.
(U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

ST. LOUIS – On Monday, workers began installing devices to keep migrating swans away from high-voltage power lines in the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, near West Alton.

In previous years, migrating trumpeter swans flew into the lines and were killed or injured. Nearly 500 trumpeter swans stay in the sanctuary from November through March.

Tim Santel of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the birds couldn't avoid the lines once they were close enough to see them.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:28 pm
Tue October 5, 2010

Accused cigarette smuggler facing more felonies

ST. LOUIS – A man who federal agents say led a cigarette-smuggling operation that profited from differing sales taxes on smokes in Missouri and Illinois is facing more felony counts.

A federal grand jury in St. Louis has indicted 43-three-year-old Ghalib Shahjamaluddin of St. Louis on four counts accusing him of illegally possessing, shipping, transporting and distributing contraband cigarettes.

The indictment replaces a federal complaint that charged him with a conspiracy count.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:48 pm
Tue October 5, 2010

Elk restoration plan calls for release of 150 animals

Jefferson City, MO –

UPDATE: The plan to release 150 elk into three southern Missouri counties next year was approved on Oct. 15.

The Missouri Department of Conservation has tentative plans to release 150 elk into three southern Missouri counties next year in an effort to restore the state's elk population.

Elk were native to Missouri, but were killed off in the wild by hunting and habitat destruction.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:16 am
Tue October 5, 2010

Police bust car-clouting ring in St. Louis County

St. Louis – St. Louis County police have arrested four people they believe are responsible for a series of car break-ins throughout the St. Louis area.

The 40 incidents led to 75 victims. Under FBI crime reporting rules, several similar crimes occurring in the same area are counted as one incident with multiple victims.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:38 pm
Mon October 4, 2010

U.S.S. Missouri recognized at State Capitol

Commander T.A. Rexrode, captain of the U.S.S. Missouri.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – A ceremony honoring the latest U.S. Navy ship to bear the name "Missouri" was held today at the State Capitol.

The new U.S.S. Missouri (SSN-780) is a nuclear-powered submarine. It was commissioned this summer and has been undergoing testing out at sea.

Commander T.A. Rexrode is the U.S.S. Missouri's skipper.

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