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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:14 pm
Mon September 20, 2010

Slay: Police "less than honest" in reporting crime data

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay
(UPI)

ST. LOUIS –

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is accusing the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department of being "less than honest," in reporting recent crime data.

Changes in the department's crime statistic reporting mean the city may be under-reporting total crime.

A report by the St. Louis Post Dispatch found that the department had recently changed its crime counting methodology to match federal guidelines.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:43 pm
Mon September 20, 2010

Earnings tax to remain on ballot

Jefferson City, MO – A Cole County judge has refused to remove from the November ballot a measure that could force St. Louis and Kansas City to vote on their earnings taxes.

Attorneys for the city of Kansas City sued in August, saying the measure violates the state Constitution by dealing with more than one subject, and illegally changes Kansas City's charter at the state level.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:46 am
Mon September 20, 2010

"Rock 'n' Roll" marathon coming to St. Louis

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

ST. LOUIS –

Another major road race is coming to St. Louis. The Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis Marathon is expected to bring thousands of runners to the area next fall.

Part of a national brand of full and half-marathons, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, features a different live band at every mile. Scott Dickey is the event's president.

Dickey said that given the success of St. Louis' other marathon, the Go! St. Louis marathon held each spring, the city is a logical choice for this popular event.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:38 am
Mon September 20, 2010

Southern Ill. search under way for missing boy

Christopher Harthorne
(National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)

MARISSA, Ill. –

Authorities are resuming their southern Illinois search for a missing special-needs teenager.

Authorities suspended their efforts to find 15-year-old Christopher Harthorne on Sunday night.

The teenager was last seen about 6:30 p.m. Saturday riding a silver Mongoose BMX-style bicycle along Illinois Route 13.

Police say he has a history of running away, though the boy's parents say he's never been gone so long.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:30 pm
Sun September 19, 2010

Common COPD drug may help treat hard-to-control asthma

Dr. Castro examines patient Marsha D. Mitchell.
(Photo: Robert Boston)

St. Louis – A new study has found that a drug commonly used to treat lung disease may provide a new option to manage hard-to-control asthma.

The drug, called tiotropium, is already approved for use in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:34 pm
Fri September 17, 2010

Construction under way on Ill. high-speed rail leg

ALTON, Ill. – Illinois political leaders say construction now under way on part of a planned high-speed rail line linking St. Louis and Chicago is a job-creating first in the country.

Gov. Pat Quinn told reporters in Alton on Friday that upgrades planned between that Mississippi River city and the central Illinois community of Lincoln are the nation's first involving high-speed rail.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:25 pm
Fri September 17, 2010

Plan to use tax credit to fund Bellefontaine work nixed

The Mo. Housing Development Commission meets in Jefferson City.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) today narrowly voted down a proposal to use a housing tax credit to help fund improvements at a facility for the developmentally disabled.

The Home Ownership Purchase Enhancement (HOPE) program expires this year. And Governor Jay Nixon proposed using the remaining balance, roughly $9 million, to fund improvements at the Bellefontaine Habilitation Center in St. Louis County.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:14 pm
Fri September 17, 2010

Lambert gets $42 million for new baggage screening systems

Security screeners at Lambert Airport.
(file)

ST. LOUIS –

Lambert Airport in St. Louis is getting 42-million-dollars in federal funds to improve its baggage screening systems.

The upgrade in both terminals will enable security workers to screen baggage for terrorism threats more quickly and accurately. Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge said that passengers will again be able to check their bags at ticket counters, rather than dragging them to x-ray machines, as they've done since 2001.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:55 pm
Fri September 17, 2010

KC seeks to keep earnings tax measure off ballot

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –

An attorney for Kansas City is urging a Missouri judge to keep a question on earnings taxes off the November statewide ballot.

The measure would require voters in St. Louis and Kansas City to approve their cities' earnings tax every five years. It would also bar other Missouri cities from imposing their own earnings tax.

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