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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:10 am
Tue August 24, 2010

Montee to audit Missouri public defender system

Jefferson City, Mo. – Auditor Susan Montee plans to review Missouri's Public Defender Commission.

Public defenders represent criminal defendants who face prison and cannot afford attorneys, and officials have long said the system is in crisis because of high caseloads. Public defenders represent criminal defendants who face prison and cannot afford attorneys, and officials have long said the system is in crisis because of high caseloads.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:45 am
Tue August 24, 2010

Murder suspect, 16, denied distance learning classes

Jefferson City, Mo. – A Missouri judge has again denied a request to let a teenager accused of killing a 9-year-old neighbor continue her education while awaiting trial.

Alyssa Bustamante, 16, is charged as an adult with first-degree murder for last fall's killing of Elizabeth Olten in a rural area west of Jefferson City.
Bustamante is jailed without as she awaits trial next spring.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:43 am
Tue August 24, 2010

Despite a good safety net system, St. Louis still struggles to get healthy

St. Louis – A DJ spun tunes on a hot summer Saturday as Shamika Haywood got her blood pressure checked in a booth at the Grace Hill Water Tower Health Center for the annual health fair.

Haywood, who started using Grace Hill's facilities 15 years ago, also brought her two children for free back-to-school physicals.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:58 pm
Mon August 23, 2010

Granite City port to expand operations

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood signs stimulus check. Jerry Costello (D-IL) on right.
Adam Allington, STL Public Radio

Granite City, IL – The Metro East is the recipient of $6 million in federal stimulus funding for upgrades to a barge and freight port.

The Tri-City Regional Port District moves some 3 million tons of freight in and out of the St. Louis region every year.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says inland harbors, like the Granite City port, are receiving increased funding under his administration.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:07 pm
Mon August 23, 2010

Quinn's top staffer resigns following ethics probe

Chicago, IL – Republicans in Illinois say the resignation of Governor Pat Quinn's chief of staff has raised a lot of questions. And, they say, so has Quinn's decision to replace an internal government watchdog.

Quinn's chief of staff, Jerry Stermer, sent three emails from his government email account that related to campaign activity. That's according to a report from the executive inspector general that was obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:36 am
Mon August 23, 2010

City restaurants set for Downtown Restaurant Week

St. Louis – Chefs at 28 restaurants throughout downtown are putting the finishing touches on their menus for St. Louis's Restaurant Week.

The sixth annual event promotes the downtown food scene as well as raises money for Operation Food Search. Last year, 19,000 people took advantage for three-course gourmet meals for $25, and raised $9,000 for the food pantry.

Copia Winery is back after a two-year absence following a 2007 arson. Participation was a no-brainer, the restaurant's Jen Dahr said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:28 am
Mon August 23, 2010

Joe Birkett to prosecutors: go after Patti

Springfield, IL – A former political foe of Rod Blagojevich has some advice for prosecutors as they get set to retry the former governor on corruption charges - go after his wife.

Joe Birkett accused Blagojevich of corruption in 2006, when Birkett was the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor. At the time, he also claimed Patti Blagojevich was involved in the shady dealings.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:54 pm
Fri August 20, 2010

Biden assails GOP at DNC meeting

Vice President, Joe Biden
Bill Greenblatt (UPI)

St. Louis, MO – Democrats say their track record since taking control of Congress and the White House will work in their favor in the upcoming mid-term elections.

DNC committee members met for the final day of their summer meeting in St. Louis on Friday.

The featured speaker of the day, Vice President Joe Biden, said the choice between Democrats and Republicans in the upcoming election is clearer than ever before.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:57 pm
Fri August 20, 2010

McCaskill, Salazar confident that Arch grounds overhaul will be done

St. Louis – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar says overhauling the Arch grounds is a top priority for the National Park Service.

Salazar traveled to St. Louis Friday to view five competing proposals that try to implement Eero Saarinen's original vision for the Arch grounds. Saarinen, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday on Friday but died four years before the Arch was completed, envisioned an expansive landscape around the monument.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:53 am
Fri August 20, 2010

Florissant man indicited on credit card theft charges

St. Louis – Federal authorities have indicted a suburban St. Louis man on charges he ran up more than $45,000 on stolen credit and debit cards.

Prosecutors say Jarod Parker of Florissant took the cards from vehicles at parks and public events in the St. Louis area

He allegedly called the card issuers and changed the personal identification numbers before withdrawing cash and making purchases.

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