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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:19 am
Fri September 10, 2010

Prosecutor won't charge Nieves

State Rep. Brian Nieves (R, Washington, Mo.)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Criminal charges will not be filed against Brian Nieves (R, Washingon, Mo.), a Missouri House Member and State Senate candidate accused of assaulting a staff member of a former political rival.

Franklin County Prosecutor Bob Parks says after examining the police report in the case, he found no evidence to support filing any criminal charges against Nieves.

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6:04 pm
Thu September 9, 2010

St. Louis lawmaker to again sponsor seat belt fine increase

Jefferson City, Mo. – A St. Louis lawmaker plans to continue pushing for higher seat belt fines when Missouri legislators return to Jefferson City next year.

Democratic State Senator Joseph Keaveny says he'll again sponsor legislation to raise fines for not buckling up from $10 to $50 per violation. He admits, though, that getting the bill passed will be an uphill battle, as it didn't get very far the first time.

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6:02 pm
Thu September 9, 2010

McCaskill says problems remain at John Cochran beyond sterilization

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill
UPI

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill said that more needs to be done to improve the customer experience at St. Louis' John Cochran VA hospital.

McCaskill met with senior staff at John Cochran on Thursday and she said that she's completely reassured that the faulty sterilizations at the hospital's dental clinic discovered earlier this year have been addressed.

Last year the hospital's dental clinic may have exposed some 1,800 veterans to infection through faulty sterilization procedures.

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5:21 pm
Thu September 9, 2010

Blunt, Carnahan both criticize Obama spending plan

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –


President Barack Obama's plan to boost the economy with $50 billion of infrastructure spending is getting bipartisan criticism from Missouri's leading Senate candidates.
Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said Thursday the proposal "doesn't seem like a practical way to solve" high unemployment and a lagging economy.

Republican Congressman Roy Blunt called it "purely political."

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10:28 am
Thu September 9, 2010

McCaskill to update progress at VA hospital

ST. LOUIS –

Sen. Claire McCaskill plans to tour the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Hospital and get an update on progress toward making sure all equipment is properly sterilized.

The Democratic senator was scheduled to visit the hospital Thursday and discuss her findings afterward at a news conference.

The VA announced earlier this summer that about 1,800 veterans were potentially exposed to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV because of improperly sterilized dental equipment.

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5:54 pm
Wed September 8, 2010

Commission begins review of Missouri's tax credits

file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Jefferson City, Mo. – A commission created by Governor Jay Nixon to review Missouri's tax credits met today (Wednesday) for the first time.

The Missouri Tax Credit Review Commission is made up of current and former lawmakers and leaders from groups representing education, labor and private enterprise. Nixon wants them to decide which of the state's 61 tax credits should stay and which should be dumped.

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5:25 pm
Wed September 8, 2010

Child shot in leg near Normandy High School

WELLSTON, Mo. – Two people are in custody after a child was shot near a suburban St. Louis high school.

KMOV-TV reports the shooting happened Wednesday afternoon in Wellston, near Normandy High School. Police say a child was shot across the street from the school, then went to the school seeking help.

KMOV says the child was shot in the leg and the injury is not believed to be life-threatening.

No one else was hurt. Names of the suspects have not been released.

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3:41 pm
Wed September 8, 2010

New levee funding group forms in Metro East

ST. LOUIS – Another group is forming in the Metro East to deal with the area's aging levee system and the possibility the federal government could make the region a high-risk flood zone.

The designation as a "high-risk" zone could mean mandatory flood insurance and difficulty getting bank loans for area residents and businesses.

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3:29 pm
Wed September 8, 2010

Wash. U. study says smoking ban insufficient

ST. LOUIS –

Researchers at the Center for Tobacco Policy Research at Washington University say that smoking bans set to go on the books early next year are not sufficient to protect the public and that the number of loopholes in the bans are the most concerning.

A new report issued by the Center is questioning the impact of partial smoking bans set to go into effect next year.

Researchers examined nicotine levels at 20 bars and restaurants in St. Louis City and County.

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2:33 pm
Wed September 8, 2010

Regional travel to again be affected by road closures

St. Louis – Officials at the Missouri Department of Transportation are telling drivers to stay away from the Poplar Street Bridge complex this weekend as crews do work on the approaches and the bridge itself.

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