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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:04 pm
Mon September 13, 2010

Mo. Senate candidates agree to debate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –

Missouri Senate candidates Roy Blunt and Robin Carnahan have agreed to debate next month at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Missouri Press Association is sponsoring the candidate forum Oct. 15 during its annual convention at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark.

Blunt is a Republican congressman from southwestern Missouri. Carnahan, a Democrat, is Missouri's incumbent secretary of state. They're seeking to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kit Bond.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:00 pm
Mon September 13, 2010

St. Louis bodies exhibit to include disclaimer

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –

A Georgia company that uses real human body parts in its traveling exhibit has agreed to use a public disclosure notice for its St. Louis show.

Atlanta-based Premier Exhibitions Inc. sponsors "Bodies ... The Exhibition." It is scheduled to open in October at the Saint Louis Galleria.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:20 pm
Mon September 13, 2010

Slay and Dooley support Prop B

St. Louis, MO. – St. Louis' mayor and St. Louis County's executive today (Monday) threw their support behind Proposition B, an effort to rein in puppy mills in Missouri.

If the initiative is passed by voters in November it would require large-scale dog breeders to provide sufficient food, clean water, space, and veterinary care, as well as exercise and time between breeding cycles.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County executive Charlie Dooley announced their support in a press release.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:39 pm
Mon September 13, 2010

Coalition claims possible Spanish Lake casino bad for economy, environment

A photo of the possible casino site in north St. Louis County near Spanish Lake.
(Missouri Coalition for the Environment)

ST. LOUIS – A coalition of groups opposed to developing a new casino at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers is sending its message to the state gaming commission.

The Save the Confluence Coalition released a study on Monday that suggests building a new casino in the Spanish Lake area of north St. Louis County would damage natural resources while providing little economic benefit.

Kathleen Logan-Smith, who represents the Confluence Coalition, furthered the findings.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:49 pm
Mon September 13, 2010

2 who said abuse spurred killings granted parole

ST. LOUIS –

Two Missouri women who claimed they killed their husbands after years of abuse will get out of prison next month.

The Missouri Board of Probation and Parole on Monday granted parole for 65-year-old Carlene Borden and 55-year-old Vicky Williams. Both will be released Oct. 15. A third woman making the same claim, 57-year-old Ruby Jamerson, was also granted parole, but won't be released until 2013.

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