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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:29 pm
Fri August 13, 2010

Developer charged with bank fraud

John R. Steffen

St. Louis – The former head of a collapsed real estate company in St. Louis has been indicted on federal bank fraud charges.

The indictment accuses John. R. Steffen, the CEO of Pyramid Cos. before the development firm went bankrupt, of selling tax credits he had previously pledged as collateral for a loan.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:46 pm
Fri August 13, 2010

Federal aid may bypass some Mo. schools

Jefferson City, Mo. – As Missouri students get set to return to classrooms, there's concern that some school districts may get little to no money this year from the $26 billion spending bill signed this week by President Obama.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that schools in more financially well-off districts may get none of the $189 million being sent to Missouri. One of those districts, Lindbergh, recently laid off 35 teachers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:28 pm
Fri August 13, 2010

Second city resident dies from the heat

St. Louis, MO – A 74-year-old woman has become the second St. Louis resident to die in the ongoing heat wave.

The Department of Health confirmed the death Friday. The woman, whose name was not released, lived in the 5500 block of Chamberlain on the city's north side. She had air conditioning at her house, city officials said, but did not turn it on. The city's first heat death was a 68-year-old man who also had working air conditioning that he had not turned on.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:56 am
Fri August 13, 2010

NTSB finishes on-scene part of bus crash investigation

St. Louis – The National Transportation Safety Board has completed the on-scene portion of its investigation into last week's fatal school bus accident on Interstate 44.

Now, the agency will spend months analyzing the cause wreck that involved two school buses.

A spokesman says investigators will look at several things, including the training of the bus drivers, the buses' maintenance records, and how the construction zone was
laid out.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:09 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Scott Air Force Base to add 1100 new staff

St. Louis, MO –

Scott is a key transportation hub for personnel and equipment moving around the globe.

The so-called "Fusion Center" will consolidate all of US Transportation Command operations at one base.

Major General Bill Johnson Chief of Staff for US-TRANSCOM. He says the new facility will add some 1100 new staff to the base.

"This is a center of experts, whose job it is, to move the air, the sea, surface, rail and truck pieces of our transportation mission," says Johnson.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:08 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Metro, city agree on trash collection at bus stops

St. Louis – The regional transit agency Metro will be deploying trash cans at about 500 bus stops in St. Louis under an agreement Metro signed Thursday with the city.

The city streets department will bill Metro for the purchase of the cans, and for a two-man team to maintain them. That team will cost Metro about $100,000 a year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:26 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Restraining order hearing against Nieves postponed

State Rep. Brian Nieves (R, Washington, Mo.)
Tim Bommel, Mo. House of Representatives

Jefferson City, Mo. – A Cole County judge has postponed a hearing into whether a restraining order should be issued against a Republican candidate for the Missouri Senate.

State Representative Brian Nieves (R, Washington, Mo.) won the GOP nomination this month for the District 26 State Senate seat that covers part of St. Louis County and all of Franklin and Warren counties.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:47 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Cardinals face fines, La Russa suspended for Reds brawl

St. Louis, MO – Major League Baseball suspended Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and fined two Cardinals players Thursday following a fight that broke out at Tuesday's game between the Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds.

La Russa and Reds manager Dusty Baker were suspended from two games and fined an undisclosed amount.

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1:11 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

ATF investigates pipe bomb explosion at power substation

LAKE ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Federal agents and police in Lake St. Louis are investigating a pipe bomb explosion.

The bomb went off around 3 a.m. at an electrical substation, but there was no power outage.

Police Captain Chris DiGiuseppi said whoever planted the device tripped a burglar alarm. And when an officer arrived he heard the sizzling of the bomb's burning fuse.

"He got back into his car, drove forward a bit, and the pipe bomb exploded," DiGiuseppi said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:15 am
Thu August 12, 2010

Jurors hit impasse in Blagojevich case

file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Chicago – Attorneys for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his brother Robert are hoping to get some clarification on a note jurors sent to the judge Wednesday.

In the note, jurors told Judge James Zagel that they were having trouble reaching unanimous decisions on counts.

Zagel told the attorneys that he would ask the jurors to clarify which counts they're undecided on.

He will also tell the jury that they can return verdicts on just some of the counts, the ones that they do agree on.

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