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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:10 am
Tue September 28, 2010

State appeals court rejects education request for teenager charged with murder

Alyssa Bustamante
Cole County Sheriff's Dept.

Jefferson City, MO – A Missouri appeals court has once again denied a teenager's request to continue her education while waiting to be tried as an adult on murder charges.

The ruling issued last week marked the third time a court has refused to allow 16-year-old Alyssa Bustamente to finish high school through a distance-learning program. The ruling was issued without explanation.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:06 pm
Mon September 27, 2010

Missouri stands to lose congressional seat after 2012 election

The U.S. Capitol building
(Wikimedia Commons user Raul654)

ST. LOUIS – A new report released yesterday shows Missouri losing one of its nine Congressional seats after the 2012 presidential election.

According to the report from Election Data Services, six states stand to gain seats and eight stand to lose, including one seat in Missouri and one in Illinois.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:50 pm
Mon September 27, 2010

No delays for Mo. crop harvests, yet

flooded corn field

Jefferson City, Mo. – The heavy rainfall and flooding in parts of the Midwest have so far not delayed crop harvests in Missouri.

Nearly half of the Show-Me State's corn crop this year has been harvested, which Gene Danekas with the U.S.D.A. says is the normal pace. But he adds that any more heavy rain could wreak havoc with corn and other crops.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:06 pm
Mon September 27, 2010

Cape Girardeau residents split over possible new casino

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Gaming Commission was in Cape Girardeau for the first of four public hearings today. The southeast Missouri city is under consideration for the state's 13th gaming license, along with three other locations.

City leaders, business owners, and some downtown residents voiced their support to the commission, arguing that a casino would provide an economic boost to the downtown district.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:39 pm
Mon September 27, 2010

Madison County calls for inquiry into tax sales

ST. LOUIS – Madison County officials are asking the Illinois Attorney General to investigate possible wrongdoing by their former county treasurer.

A report published Sunday in the Belleville News Democrat questioned the way former treasurer Fred Bathon auctioned off late property taxes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:45 pm
Mon September 27, 2010

Forsee expects tuition hike at Missouri campuses

The pyramid on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. UMSL is one of the four campuses in the University of Missouri system that will experience a tuition hike in 2011.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Students at the four-campus University of Missouri system can expect a tuition increase in 2011 for the first time in three years.

The Columbia Missourian reported Monday that university system President Gary Forsee called an increase inevitable during a Board of Curators meeting last week.

State law limits tuition increases to the annual inflation rate.

But the state Department of Higher Education can waive that limitation at the curators' request.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:54 am
Mon September 27, 2010

Peabody looks to expand southern Ill. coal mine

Peabody Energy company is based in St. Louis and fuels 10 percent of U.S. power and 2 percent of electricity worldwide.
(UPI)

ST. LOUIS – Peabody Energy says it expects to spend $175 million to expand one of its southern Illinois coal mines by 40 percent, if regulators sign off on the deal.

The St. Louis-based company, one of the world's biggest coal producers, looks to tap the additional 280 million tons of coal reserves it says the Gateway Mine near Coulterville in Randolph County has.

Peabody says the move will extend the mine's life by at least 16 years, boosting the site's annual capacity to 4.5 million tons within years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:50 am
Mon September 27, 2010

Southwest Airlines to buy AirTran for $1.4B

The control tower at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The airport's largest airline, Southwest, has acquired AirTran, a smaller airline, for about $1.4 billion.

DALLAS – Southwest Airlines, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport's largest airline, is buying AirTran for about $1.4 billion as it seeks entry into a number of smaller markets.

The announcement comes about a week after Continental Airlines and UAL Corp. combined amid an industry-wide consolidation.

The companies said Monday that the new Southwest-Airtran operation would operate from more than 100 different airports and serve more than 100 million customers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:35 am
Mon September 27, 2010

Carnahan, Martin face off in second debate

ARNOLD, Mo. –

A heavily Republican, standing-room only crowd ignored repeated requests not to applaud Sunday as three of the four candidates running for the 3rd Congressional District faced off in the second of two forums sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

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Arts & Culture
4:27 pm
Fri September 24, 2010

Strange Folk Craft Festival celebrates five years

Katie Miller, \"indie\" jewelry designer.
(David Weinberg)

O'Fallon, Ill –

The Strange Craft Folk Festival celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. Attendance has doubled in size every year since Autumn Wiggins founded the festival in 2005; 15,000 people showed up last year.

The success of Strange Folk has inspired Wiggins to launch several new projects, some of which aim to completely change the way good are bought and sold.

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