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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:18 pm
Thu September 16, 2010

Federal government further delays rollout of new Metro East flood maps

A levee in Granite City, Ill

East St. Louis, Ill – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has again delayed issuing new flood maps for the Metro East.

FEMA had already delayed the release of the maps until January. Now, they will not be released until the end of 2011.

The delay gives the agency time to complete an additional scientific review of the maps, which classify much of the Metro East as a high-risk flood area. That declaration would force thousands of business and homeowners to purchase expensive flood insurance.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:53 pm
Thu September 16, 2010

KC wants $2.1M award for judge applicant tossed

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –

An attorney for Kansas City says a municipal court applicant who says she was passed over because she is white should not be able to sue for racial discrimination.

Melissa Howard was awarded $2.1 million in 2008 after her bid to be a municipal judge was rejected several times. Kansas City council members pick judges from three finalists chosen by a nominating committee.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:55 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Mo. lawmakers fail to override veto

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Jefferson City, Mo. – An attempt by Missouri lawmakers to override a veto by Governor Jay Nixon has failed.

The Missouri House tried to revive a bill that would have created a special account for holding federal stimulus funds. It was sponsored by House Budget Chair Allen Icet (R, Wildwood). He says it would have provided much-needed oversight into how that money will be spent in Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:54 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Bond: Focus on issues, not party conflicts

Retiring Missouri Senator Kit Bond
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ST. LOUIS –

Retiring Missouri Senator Kit Bond said that backlash against the Democratic Party is behind recent Tea Party victories, including those yesterday in Delaware and New Hampshire.

Bond said today (Wednesday) that Democratic policies on healthcare and the economy are energizing conservative voters. He urged fellow Republicans to focus on those issues rather than party infighting.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:56 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Significant road closures in St. Louis this weekend

I-64 will be one of the roads affected by the road closures.
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ST. LOUIS –

At 8 p.m. on Friday, the entire westbound Boone Bridge will be shut down so some necessary maintenance work can be done. That will affect those heading to the University of Missouri's home football game on Saturday.

But Mo-Dot engineer Ed Hassinger said that they're running out of time to get this work done during this construction season .

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:52 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Significant road closures in St. Louis this weekend

ST. LOUIS – At 8 p-m on Friday, the entire westbound Boone Bridge will be shut down so some necessary maintenance work can be done. That will affect those heading to the University of Missouri's home football game on Saturday. But Mo-Dot engineer Ed Hassinger said that they're running out of time to get this work done during this construction season .

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:58 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

7th grader brought gun to St. Ann Catholic School

NORMANDY, Mo. –

Parents of students at a St. Louis-area Catholic school are being notified after a seventh-grader brought a
gun to school.

The gun was inoperable, but still created concerns at St. Ann Catholic School on Wednesday. The principal and pastor sent letters to parents saying several students told a teacher about the gun.

KSDK-TV reports the school contacted police, the gun was taken away, and the student was removed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:13 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Mo. nonprofit, church sue abuse victim's parents

COLUMBIA, Mo. –

A nonprofit group and a western Missouri church facing a civil lawsuit in a child sex abuse case have responded by suing the victim's parents.

The dueling lawsuits follow an October 2009 guilty plea by 58-year-old Michael J. Landy of St. Joseph to second-degree felony sodomy.

Landy was a regional director of OATS Inc., a statewide nonprofit that provides transportation for the elderly, rural residents and people with disabilities.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:33 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Longtime AP newsman Ed Schafer dies

ST. LOUIS –

Ed Schafer, who spent 27 years covering the St. Louis region and eastern Missouri for The Associated Press, has died.

Schafer died Tuesday of a heart attack, his wife, Loretta, said. He was 71.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:01 am
Wed September 15, 2010

KCMO building evacuated for bomb threat

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

Employees have been evacuated from a building near downtown Kansas City because of a bomb threat.

Police said they received a report of a bomb threat at an office building next to Union Station about 8:20 a.m. Police spokesman Darin Snapp the bomb threat was left on the answering machine of a government agency located in the building. Snapp did not identify which government agency is in the building.

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