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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:49 pm
Wed October 6, 2010

History Museum saves on greener cooling

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:15 pm
Wed October 6, 2010

Monsanto posts smaller loss in fourth quarter

St. Louis – St. Louis-based agriculture giant Monsanto lost less money in the fourth quarter this fiscal year than it did last year.

The company posted a 26-cent-per-share loss in the quarter that ended Aug. 31. That compares to 43 cents a share a year ago. Fourth quarter losses are typical for the company, which makes most of its money in the spring and summer when farmers are ordering seed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:42 pm
Wed October 6, 2010

Mo. AG Koster as cartoon to promote Internet safety

A screen-shot of Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's official state website, now with the cartoon version of Koster as an advocate of Internet safety for children.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster has turned himself into a cartoon character to promote Internet safety to children.

Koster's state website now includes a cartoon depiction of himself on a surfboard, about to be attacked by a giant shark. It directs viewers to a web page offering tips about Internet safety to parents, educators, young children and teenagers.

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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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