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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:57 pm
Thu September 23, 2010

Insurance changes required by health care act help children

Ryan Patrick and his parents Wade and Amy.
(Photo: V. LaCapra)

St. Louis – The first major changes to insurance coverage under the new health care law went into effect on Thursday.

Young people can now stay on a family policy until age 26, and there are no more lifetime limits on coverage.

That means a lot to Danelle Humphreys of Elkville, Illinois, a small town about two hours southeast of St. Louis. Her three-year old son has hemophilia.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:28 pm
Thu September 23, 2010

St. Louis group works on state economic plans

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon addresses the St. Louis regional economic-planning meeting at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in St. Louis on September 23, 2010.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – Business, political and educational professionals met today to discuss ways to promote Missouri's long-term economic growth.

The committee is one of six advisory groups around the state put together by Governor Jay Nixon. He's asked the groups to come up with preliminary recommendations by December 1.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:59 pm
Thu September 23, 2010

UMSL study indicates high yields for possible "Casino Celebration" site

Proposed design of the Celebration casino.
(Casino Celebration)

ST. LOUIS – A company seeking to build a casino at the site of the old Chain of Rocks Bridge in North St. Louis said that their location would earn the most money for Missouri.

The company, Casino Celebration purchased an economic impact study from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Greg Smith is an attorney representing Casino Celebration. He said that the data from the study indicates that Alton's Argosy casino would be their primary competitor.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:57 pm
Thu September 23, 2010

DEA sponsors first-ever national prescription drug take-back event

St. Louis, MO – On Saturday, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is sponsoring a nationwide prescription drug take-back event.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., unwanted or expired medications can be turned in to any of more than thirty-four hundred sites across the country.

Participating locations include law enforcement agencies, pharmacies, supermarkets, and community organizations.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:53 pm
Thu September 23, 2010

Audit: Changes to Prop. A violate the intent of voters

Missouri Auditor Susan Montee in 2008
(file)

St. Louis – State auditor Susan Montee said that changes the General Assembly made to 2008's voter-approved Proposition A cost the state's schools $21 million this fiscal year.

Proposition A removed the $500 loss limit at the state's casinos and froze the number of gaming licenses at 13. In exchange, the gaming companies agreed to increase their winnings tax by a percentage point. Any additional revenue from that increase was to be considered additional funding for schools.

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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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