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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:39 am
Thu March 18, 2010

Dropping rivers ease concerns about early flooding

St. Louis – The Mississippi River is cresting at St. Louis, and the Missouri River already has begun to fall. That has eased concerns about early spring flooding. But forecasters say the risk of flooding into the spring remains high.

Cool, damp weather has kept soil saturated. Whether that translates into significant flooding depends on how much it rains, where it rains, and how fast it falls.

National Weather Service meteorologist Ben Miller said it's impossible to predict rain accurately beyond 10 days.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:48 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

Mo. House passes K2 ban

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has passed a bill that would outlaw the use of what's sometimes referred to as "fake" marijuana.

The legislation would add synthetic compounds known as K2 to the state's list of controlled substances. K2 is applied to herbs and flowers, and can produce a high when smoked or inhaled.

The bill was sponsored by State Representative Ward Franz (R, West Plains).

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:41 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

Missouri Republicans livid over House procedure

St. Louis, MO – House Republicans were livid on Wednesday amid reports that Democrats may employ a controversial endgame maneuver to avoid an up-or-down vote on health care legislation.

The process known as the "Self Executing Rule" or "Deem and Pass" would allow Congress to approve the Senate version of the healthcare bill and add a list of amendments at a later date.

Republican Congressman Todd Akin says the bill is so bad that even Democrats don't want to be on the record supporting it.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:25 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

McCaskill, Bond help pass jobs bill

Washington, D.C. – The Senate is sending the first of several promised election-year jobs bills to President Obama for his signature.

The bill approved Wednesday would provide a temporary payroll tax holiday to companies that hire and would pump $20 billion into the federal highway construction fund to make up for low gasoline tax revenues.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:15 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

Anti- death penalty rally at Mo. Capitol

Emily Miller, whose mother was murdered in 1978, speaks against the death penalty at the Mo. Capitol.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – More than a hundred people gathered at the State Capitol today to call on Missouri lawmakers to place a moratorium on executions of Death Row inmates.

Among those at the rally was Emily Miller, whose mother, Tracy, was murdered in Kansas in 1978 by Anthony Joe Larette. He confessed to the crime a decade later and was eventually executed in Missouri for the 1980 murder of Mary Fleming.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:34 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Missouri officials warn of bacteria in flood waters

During flood season, waters may be contaminated with E. coli and other bacteria.
(Photo credit: Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH)

St. Louis, MO – It's flood season again in Missouri, and Department of Natural Resources spokesman Judd Slivka says high water levels aren't the only thing we need to worry about. Those flood waters? They may be full of disease-causing bacteria.

The contamination builds up as water moves across the floodplain, picking up bird and animal feces, flushing stagnant ponds, and inundating trash dumps.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:33 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Complaint filed against zoo for elephant breeding practices

Ellie had her daughter Maliha at the St. Louis Zoo on August 2, 2006.
(Photo credit: R. Meibaum)

St. Louis, MO – In Defense of Animals has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, saying the St. Louis Zoo is violating federal law by continuing to breed its elephants, exposing their young to herpes.

In 2009, two of the zoo's calves - Maliha and Jade - tested positive for elephant herpes, an often fatal disease.

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10:30 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Missouri Senate joins House in endorsing 'fake pot' ban

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has given initial approval to a ban on a widely available and legal drug that users say mimics the effects of marijuana.

Tuesday's voice vote follows on the heels of the House, which approved a similar bill Monday.

The measure would ban synthetic compounds that are sprayed on dried herbs and flowers to give users a marijuana-like high. Possession of the compound would be a felony.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:23 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Missouri unemployment holds steady

Jefferson City, Mo. – Unemployment in Missouri held steady last month at 9.4 percent as the state gained a net 2,300 jobs.

The report from the Department of Economic Development also says February was the 12th straight month in which Missouri's jobless rate was lower than the national average. Unemployment nationwide remained at 9.7 percent last month.

In February Missouri gained 2,200 jobs in health care and social services, as well as 2,100 jobs in private education services.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:20 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

Mo. House passes health care resolution

Jefferson City, Mo. – A proposed constitutional amendment that would block mandatory participation in a government-run health care system has passed the Missouri House.

The resolution would not allow fines or penalties to be levied against employers and individuals who opt out of insurance coverage and pay for their own health care.

GOP House members say they're "drawing a line in the sand" in opposing federal health care legislation requiring health coverage for most Americans.

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