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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:30 am
Thu September 23, 2010

New design at Arch grounds requires balancing act

Maria Altman.

St. Louis, MO – The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, better known as the Gateway Arch,is entering a new era.

This week landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh and his team were named the winner of an international design competition.

Their design includes a green lid over Interstate 70 to reconnect the downtown to the monument,a new west facing entrance for the museum, and a few additions to the grounds, including an ice rink and Urban Ecology Center.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:03 pm
Wed September 22, 2010

McCaskill calls for Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal

Sen. Claire McCaskill
(UPI)

St. Louis – Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill said that now is the right time to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, the policy that prevents gay soldiers from serving openly.

Republican senators blocked debate yesterday on the annual defense bill, saying the amendment to repeal DADT should be removed. They want to wait until the military finishes its study on the topic, expected later this year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:41 pm
Wed September 22, 2010

Big Brothers, Big Sisters shows state board the impact of mentoring

St. Louis – Officials with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri said that they hope a presentation made to the state Board of Education on Wednesday will start a conversation about how the state can help the mentoring agency.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:12 pm
Wed September 22, 2010

Groups discuss Mo. economic development ideas

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –

Gov. Jay Nixon wants business, labor,education and other officials to help develop a plan for expanding Missouri's economy.

Nixon says there are important choices to be made about which new businesses and technologies to focus upon and what strategies to use for enticing economic development. Six local advisory groups are meeting across the state to offer their recommendations. Nixon spoke Wednesday to a panel focused on central Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:07 pm
Wed September 22, 2010

Saudi arms deal could pump up St. Louis economy

Senator Kit Bond, (R-Mo)
(UPI)

ST. LOUIS – A planned U.S. arms deal with Saudi Arabia could pump up the St. Louis economy, if Congress approves it.

The $60 billion package could include more than 80 Boeing F-15 fighters, manufactured in St. Louis. Boeing says the sale would support nearly 80,000 jobs nationwide.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:19 pm
Tue September 21, 2010

Koster wants backpage.com to cut adult ads

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said that he and 20 other attorneys general are asking the online classified ads website backpage.com to drop its adult services section.

Koster said that they are concerned that the backpage.com section is being used to promote prostitution.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:56 pm
Tue September 21, 2010

Red-light cameras may have face-recognition in Jefferson County

A red light camera.
(file)

ST. LOUIS – The Jefferson County Board of Executives wants to change the way that possible red light camera violations would be enforced in unincorporated areas of the county.

Red light camera tickets are traditionally sent to the car owner, whether or not that person was driving the car at the time. The three-person board wants to add facial recognition software that would check red light photos against registered vehicle owners.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:49 pm
Tue September 21, 2010

Report: Missourian smoking rate much higher than national average

ST. LOUIS – A new report from Washington University is calling for an increase in statewide tobacco-control efforts.

Based on a 2007 survey of 50,000 people, the report shows Missourians smoke at a rate far higher than the national average. Medicare recipients, the uninsured and gay Missourians showed the highest levels of smoking.

Sarah Shelton is a researcher with the Center for Tobacco Policy Research. She says those with little education or income have few resources to help them quit.

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1:14 pm
Tue September 21, 2010

Civil suit filed in highly publicized Mo. raid

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –

A civil suit has been filed in connection to a February drug raid that led to the shooting death of a homeowner's dog.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that the suit was filed
Monday in federal court in Jefferson City against the city of
Columbia and 13 other defendants.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:31 pm
Tue September 21, 2010

Troubled nightclub loses its liquor license

St. Louis – The owners of a downtown St. Louis nightclub say they will appeal after a judge revoked the club's liquor license.

Municipal Judge Margaret Walsh reached the decision Monday in the case of the Lure nightclub. Citations included accusations it was a "disorderly place" and had recurring "improper acts."

Unless the decision is overturned, the nightclub stands to lose its liquor license effective Oct. 17.

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