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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:46 am
Tue September 21, 2010

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates wins Arch redesign competition

A presentation image of MVVA's plans for a historic landscape pond on the Arch grounds.
(CityArchRiver Website)

ST. LOUIS –

Organizers of the competition to redesign the grounds of the Gateway Arch have chosen Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. for the project

CityArchRiver made the announcement three days early after several media outlets, including Urban STL, broke the news. Team leaders will be introduced on Friday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:42 am
Tue September 21, 2010

Missing Marissa teen found dead

Christopher Harthorne
(National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)

Marissa, Ill – A Marissa, Illinois teen missing since Saturday has been found dead.

According to the St. Clair County sheriff's office, a farmer found the partially clad body of 15-year-old Christopher Harthorne on his property. The teen's clothes were located nearby. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday, but police do not suspect foul play.

Christopher had a habit of running away, but his parents told police he had never disappeared for so long. The teen took daily medication for bipolar disorder.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:46 pm
Mon September 20, 2010

Healthcare professionals from Belarus visit St. Louis

The Republic of Belarus

St. Louis, MO – A group of healthcare professionals from the Eastern European country of Belarus is visiting St. Louis to learn about U.S. health programs.

The group stopped at St. Luke's hospital in Chesterfield today.

Dr. Iryna Vinogradova said that despite the differences between the U.S. and Belarusian healthcare systems, she thinks the group will learn a lot from their visit.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:44 pm
Mon September 20, 2010

Health officials urge early flu vaccinations

ST. LOUIS – Flu season is just around the corner, and health officials say it's not too soon to get vaccinated.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of six months get the influenza vaccine.

St. Louis County Department of Health epidemiology specialist Eleanor Peters said that this year, the seasonal influenza vaccine contains the 2009 H1N1 flu strain.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:27 pm
Mon September 20, 2010

Debate about benefits of high speed rail

ST. LOUIS –

A new study has been released touting the economic and environmental benefits of high speed rail in the Midwest.

The study by the public interest advocacy group MoPIRG finds that a Midwest high-speed rail network would create thousands of jobs while reducing traffic congestion and air pollution.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:55 pm
Mon September 20, 2010

Aerospace parts maker to expand in eastern Mo.

WASHINGTON, Mo. –

An aerospace manufacturer is expanding in eastern Missouri with the aid of about $3.3 million in state incentives.

Gov. Jay Nixon attended a groundbreaking Monday for a new facility for Valent Aerostructures in Washington, Mo. He says the new plant will help keep 120 jobs in Missouri and could lead to 100 additional jobs over the next three years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:49 pm
Mon September 20, 2010

Structural study of Gateway Arch planned

ST. LOUIS –

The National Park Service has awarded a contract for a structural study of the Gateway Arch. The study comes after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported about corrosion problems in the 45-year-old, 630-foot-tall monument to westward expansion.

Officials for the Park Service said Monday that the Northbrook,Ill.-based structural engineering firm Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates will perform the study.

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