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6:34 pm
Tue September 14, 2010

Annual veto session begins at Mo. statehouse

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –

Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City Wednesday for the annual veto session.

This year, the Missouri House will attempt to override a veto of legislation that would have created a special state fund to receive budget stabilization dollars from Washington.

Governor Jay Nixon said that the bill is unnecessary.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:44 pm
Tue September 14, 2010

Dean stabbed at Kansas City community college

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

A dean of a Kansas City community college is recovering after being stabbed in the neck while he stood with other administrators awaiting the arrival of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

The stabbing occurred Tuesday morning at Penn Valley Community College in central Kansas City, where Nixon was to have held a news conference.

The school is part of the Metropolitan Community College system.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:22 pm
Tue September 14, 2010

Survey: Most St. Charles County residents favor smoking ban

ST. LOUIS –

A new survey by the American Cancer Society finds that most St. Charles County voters favor a strong smoking ban.

St. Charles County does not have a public smoking ban currently and efforts to put one in place have stalled among elected officials.

Stacy Reliford with the American Cancer Society in St. Louis said that nearly 70 percent of the 400 registered voters surveyed support making bars, restaurants, casinos and other workplaces completely smoke-free.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:20 pm
Tue September 14, 2010

Survey: Most St. Charles County residents favor smoking ban

ST. LOUIS –

A new survey by the American Cancer Society finds that most St. Charles County voters favor a strong smoking ban.

St. Charles County does not have a public smoking ban currently and efforts to put one in place have stalled among elected officials.

Stacy Reliford with the American Cancer Society in St. Louis said that nearly 70 percent of the 400 registered voters surveyed support making bars, restaurants, casinos and other workplaces completely smoke-free.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:27 pm
Tue September 14, 2010

Vatican Splendors almost sets attendance record

The Missouri History Museum
file photo

ST. LOUIS –

Attendance at the Missouri History Museum is up sharply this year, thanks to a just-closed exhibit of art from the Catholic Church.

More than 382,000 people have stepped inside the museum in Forest Park so far this year. Just 310,000 people visited last year.

Museum president Bob Archibald says "Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art" which closed Sunday, was a big draw. More than 100,000 people toured the collection of paintings and artifacts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:10 pm
Tue September 14, 2010

Ill. Chief Justice To Step Down

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald
(Illinois Supreme Court website)

CHICAGO –

Illinois' Chief Justice opened the state supreme court's fall term for the last time Tuesday.

Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald has announced he's leaving the bench late next month. Court spokesman Joe Tybor said that Fitzgerald has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:30 pm
Tue September 14, 2010

"Bodies" cadavers not Chinese dissidents

Plastinated human cadavers, an example of what visitors may see when \"Bodies: The Exhibition\" begins in St. Louis October 2.
Photo courtesy \"Bodies: The Exhibition\"

ST. LOUIS –

The organizer of a controversial science exhibit says the cadavers used in "Bodies, the Exhibition," were obtained legitimately.

Bodies features plastinated human cadavers with the skin removed.

Last June Missouri Congressman Todd Aiken re-filed legislation seeking to address concerns that executed Chinese prisoners may be used in some plastinated displays.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:09 pm
Tue September 14, 2010

New Tuscumbia bridge brings safety (slideshow)

TUSCUMBIA, Mo. –

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:04 am
Tue September 14, 2010

Mo. judges get cost details before sentencing

ST. LOUIS –

Judges in Missouri are the first in the country to start seeing the price tag for the sentences they hand out.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday that Missouri judges are being given data about how much sentences for specific defendants will cost the state. The data also includes the likelihood the person will commit another crime.

Experts say they are not aware of other places where judges receive cost estimates calculated for specific cases before sentencing.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:21 am
Tue September 14, 2010

"Bodies" exhibit required to carry disclaimer

ST. LOUIS –

A Georgia exhibition company can go ahead with plans to display plasticized bodies at the St. Louis Galleria after agreeing to post a disclaimer about the origin of the cadavers in the exhibit.

"Bodies The Exhibition" opens next month at the St. Louis Galleria shopping mall. It features human cadavers stripped of skin, preserved and posed in various lifelike positions.

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