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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:41 am
Mon October 4, 2010

Court won't spare Apex from oil spill clean up

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court won't stop the government from making Apex Oil Company Inc. clean up pollutants from the soil and groundwater near its former refinery in Illinois.

The high court refused to hear the appeal from Apex Oil of
Hartford, Ill., on Monday.

The government sued to make Apex Oil clean up land under its
former refinery, located about 20 miles north of St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:41 pm
Fri October 1, 2010

Wash U hosts international energy symposium, draws criticism from local activists

(Photo: V. LaCapra)

St. Louis, MO – Washington University in St. Louis is hosting an international symposium on the global future of energy.

U.S. Under Secretary for Energy Kristina Johnson spoke at the symposium's opening event.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:04 pm
Fri October 1, 2010

Fungus, insects may dull some of Mo.'s fall foliage

Mo. Dept. of Conservation

Jefferson City, Mo. – Some of Missouri's fall foliage could be affected by fungus and insects, though state officials say it's too early to predict a bland season overall.

White Oak trees in central Missouri, particularly from Springfield to Rolla to Jefferson City, were hit hard by a tree fungus and by a bug named Jumping Oak Gall. Justine Gartner with the Department of Conservation says the two resulted in turning leaves from White Oaks brown during the summer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:08 pm
Fri October 1, 2010

Belleville wheel tax penalties kick in Monday

Belleville, Ill – Residents in Belleville are running out of time to pay the city's new vehicle registration fee without penalty.

The wheel tax costs the average resident $20 per registered vehicle, though discounts are available to seniors, the disabled, and for antique cars that are not driven much. The revenue will partially offset the $1.3 million the state of Illinois owes Belleville in a variety of back payments and withheld tax revenue, and help the city avoid cutting police and fire.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:27 pm
Fri October 1, 2010

Swan song for Ernie Hays

Ernie Hays retires on Sunday as the Cardinals organist.
Kelsey Proud, St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis – Can you name the only person to ever play for the football Cardinals, the baseball Cardinals, and the St. Louis Blues in the same season?

A hint: think about the different meanings of the word "play."

Still can't figure it out? Take your mind to Busch Stadium, 7th inning stretch. Clydesdales on the scoreboard.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:33 pm
Thu September 30, 2010

Judge selection to become more transparent

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St. Louis, MO. – Missouri's chief justice is making changes to the system for choosing judges, some groups fight to do away with it altogether.

Justice William Ray Price, Jr., said the state's method for choosing judges keeps politics out of the courts, but he said the Missouri Plan could be more transparent.

Currently a commission of lawyers and citizens chooses three nominees for a judgeship that are then sent to the governor.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:11 pm
Thu September 30, 2010

New partnership to aid developmentally disabled in Mo.

Jefferson City, Mo. – A new partnership funded by county, state and federal money will allow Missourians with developmental disabilities to receive services while living at home.

The program will enable around 470 people to live at home with their families while receiving such services as speech, behavioral and physical therapy and personal assistance. Roger Garlich is with the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:03 pm
Thu September 30, 2010

Explosion injures three in Jefferson County

ST. LOUIS – Three people are hospitalized after an industrial explosion in Jefferson County.

The explosion happened Thursday morning outside of Innovative Energies in Cedar Hill.

The State Fire Marshall's office is investigating what caused the blast.

"There was a fire but we're not sure at what sequence, whether the fire occurred first and then the explosion, or the explosion and then the fire," said Terry Soer, Cedar Hill fire chief.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:45 pm
Wed September 29, 2010

Mo. congressional candidates added to website

Jefferson City, Mo. – A national website designed to clue voters in on where U.S. House and Senate candidates stand on issues has added Missouri's slate of congressional hopefuls to its database.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:53 pm
Wed September 29, 2010

New bill would increase oversight at Arlington

Sen. Claire McCaskill
(UPI)

ST. LOUIS – Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill has introduced legislation to address problems with gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery.

The bill would increase Congressional oversight of the cemetery, where an Army investigation this summer found hundreds of unmarked or mislabeled graves.

McCaskill said the bill could also give the Department of Veterans Affairs control of Arlington's daily operation.

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