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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:08 pm
Mon September 13, 2010

Tamm Ave. bridge safe despite damage

St. Louis – Designers with the Missouri Department of Transportation are evaluating how to repair damage to the girders on the Tamm Avenue bridge over Interstate 64.

The overpass is safe to drive both across and under according to MoDOT area engineer Deanna Venkur. A truck traveling westbound did not clear the overpass; the resulting lane closures caused major traffic jams.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:40 pm
Mon September 13, 2010

Districts fall back on accreditation benchmarks

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's annual performance report for K-12 schools shows more schools failing to meet academic and financial benchmarks that help determine accreditation.

Twelve of the state's school districts met the minimum number of 9 standards last year, but did not do so this year. Three of those 12 districts - Hazelwood, Ferguson-Florissant, and University City - are in St. Louis. Another, Hickman Mills, is in Kansas City, and the rest are in rural areas.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:06 pm
Mon September 13, 2010

Missouri students beat national average on SAT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

Missouri students scored lower on the SAT college entrance exam than last year but still fared better than students nationally.

The College Board that overseas the test released this year's totals to the public Monday.

Missouri Department of Education spokeswoman Michele Clark says the scores dipped as more students were tested.

More than 1.5 million members of the class of 2010 from across the country and 2,930 in Missouri took the test through March.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:03 pm
Sun September 12, 2010

Tea Party supporters rally under the Arch

Thousands of Tea Party supporters rallied on the Arch grounds Sunday
(photo by Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – American and Revolutionary-era Gadsden flags proliferated on the Arch steps Sunday afternoon as thousands of Tea Party supporters rallied ahead of what one speaker called "the most important election of our lives."

The rally was one of three held across the country to keep Tea Partiers energized, though the crowd who braved a blazing late summer sun did not seem to need the boost.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:08 pm
Fri September 10, 2010

Sept. 11 ceremony held at Mo. Capitol

A statue of Thomas Jefferson overlooks the south lawn of the Missouri Capitol, where firefighters raised a large American flag to mark the ninth anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Rain disrupted, but did not cancel, a 9-11 ceremony today at the Missouri State Capitol.

The moderate-sized crowd moved indoors to the Capitol Rotunda to remember the victims of the September 11th terror attacks and honor the survivors. Among those present was Ed Savage, a Cole County firefighter.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:56 pm
Fri September 10, 2010

Robber dubbed 'Boonie Hat Bandit' sentenced

\"Boonie Hat Bandit\" Keith Giammanco
(file)

CLAYTON, Mo. –

A suburban St. Louis man nicknamed the "Boonie Hat Bandit" for his robberies of 12 banks has been sentenced to more than two decades in prison.

KSDK-TV reports that 46-year-old Donald Keith Giammanco was sentenced Friday in St. Louis County to 10 years on two counts, which will run consecutively, and 15 years on the remaining counts, which will run concurrently.

Giammanco was previously sentenced to more than six years on federal charges.

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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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