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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:56 pm
Wed September 8, 2010

Jamestown Mall developers to hold public input sessions

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis county officials are asking for the public's help in determining the future of the Jamestown Mall.

The mall has been struggling financially in recent years, losing its anchor stores including Dillard's and Sears.

County economic development officials are developing a new master plan for the one-million-square-foot facility. They'll hold four sessions in the next week in order to gather public input for the mall.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:59 pm
Wed September 8, 2010

Accused Mo. teen killer raises education request

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –

A state appeals court will consider whether a central Missouri teenager should be allowed to continue her education while awaiting trial on a charge of murdering her 9-year-old neighbor.

The Western District appeals court agreed Wednesday to accept written arguments on the request from attorneys for 16-year-old Alyssa Bustamante.

A Cole County judge has twice denied requests to let Bustamante enroll in a distance learning program from jail to complete her high school degree.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:32 pm
Tue September 7, 2010

Boeing slims down military aircraft business

The Boeing Phantom Ray unmanned airborne system (UAS) during an unveiling ceremony in St. Louis on May 10, 2010.
UPI/Boeing Aircraft Handout

ST. LOUIS –
Boeing is slimming down its military aircraft business and cutting workers as the government moves to cut defense spending.

The airplane manufacturer will consolidate six divisions into four.

Boeing Co. will cut jobs, starting with 10 percent of the group's executives. The company is not saying how many more workers will lose jobs in the coming months.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:45 pm
Tue September 7, 2010

First case of West Nile in St. Louis County

St. Louis, MO. –
A human case of West Nile Virus has been reported in St. Louis County.

Health officials say the 51-year-old man from north St. Louis County has recovered.

County spokesman Craig LeFebvre says serious cases of West Nile in humans are relatively rare.

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