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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:19 pm
Tue September 7, 2010

Applicants for Mo. casino narrowed to 4 entities

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:54 pm
Tue September 7, 2010

First West Nile case reported in St. Louis County

ST. LOUIS –

The St. Louis County Department of Health has recorded the first human case of West Nile virus of 2010.

The 51-year-old north county man has since recovered from the illness.

West Nile first showed up in Missouri in 2002. Since then, about 450 have contracted the illness and 24 have died.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:42 am
Tue September 7, 2010

Sheriffs defend fee hike before Missouri Supreme Court

St. Louis – Lawyers for the Missouri Sheriff's Association will go before the state Supreme Court Wednesday to defend a fee hike on legal paperwork. The money helps pay the salaries of some rural sheriff's deputies.

Officials in St. Charles and St. Louis counties claim the state is levying an unconstitutional statewide tax to fund local law enforcement. But the Missouri Sheriff's Association says providing adequate policing is a state priority.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:39 am
Tue September 7, 2010

Regulators examine Missouri landline service

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri utility regulators are looking into whether people are getting quality service from their local telephone companies.

The Public Service Commission opened a review this past week after getting an increasing number of customer complaints about landline service.

The review will try to determine if the reported problems are isolated incidents or indicate a systemic deterioration across phone lines in large parts of the state.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:30 am
Tue September 7, 2010

Smoke from brush fire leads to Labor Day pileup

Dexter, Mo. – Smoke on the highway is being blamed for a major Labor Day accident in southeast Missouri that involved nearly 20 vehicles and left 33 people hurt.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a large brush fire along Highway 60 near Dexter Monday created smoke so thick that drivers couldn't see.

The result was a chain-reaction wreck just before noon that involved 18 vehicles.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:29 am
Tue September 7, 2010

UMSL researcher gets grant to study HPV drug

St. Louis – A National Institutes of Health grant will help a University of Missouri St. Louis professor and his company continue research into an antiviral drug to treat HPV.

Chemistry professor James Baskhin is co-founder of NanoVir, which was awarded the $3 million grant.

The human papillomavirus causes cervical cancer. There is no treatment for HPV, although vaccines have been developed to protect against two of its strains.

But Bashkin said that won't protect everyone.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:39 am
Tue September 7, 2010

Carnahan and Martin debates set for late September

St. Louis, MO –
Candidates for the 3rd District Congressional seat will square off for their first debate of the campaign at the end of the month.

The St. Louis League of Women voters will sponsor the two debates on September 24th and 26th.

Incumbent Congressman Russ Carnahan is being challenged by former Governor Blunt's Chief of Staff Ed Martin.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:27 am
Mon September 6, 2010

City recycling pickup brings new fee

St. Louis – Many St. Louis City residents have just received their first bill for the city's new trash and recycling fee.

The $11 monthly charge will pay for the trash and refuse services that the city already offers. But it also covers a new city-wide recycling pickup program.

St. Louis City Streets Director Todd Waelterman "single stream" recycling dumpsters do not require any pre-sorting.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:24 am
Mon September 6, 2010

2 die in separate accidents on Lake of the Ozarks

Camdenton, Mo. – Two people died in separate accidents at the Lake of the Ozarks this Labor Day weekend.

On Saturday night a 26-year-old woman from the Kansas City area was killed when the boat she was on backed into a dock at full speed, crashing into several other boats.

Earlier that day a 24-year-old man drowned after jumping out of a boat and trying to swim along the shore.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:23 am
Mon September 6, 2010

Kansas City getting new nuclear weapons plant

Kansas City, Mo. – A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled this week at a site in Kansas City where parts for nuclear weapons will be made. However workers at the new plant will not handle radioactive material.

Honeywell plans to employ 2,100 people there; the facility will replace an older one at the Bannister Federal Complex.

That plant already produces 85 percent of the non-nuclear parts that go into a typical weapon.

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