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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:02 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

One of two suits against Northside project in court Tuesday

Developer Paul McKee
(photo by Matt Sepic/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – One of two lawsuits over developer Paul McKee's proposal to rehab two square miles of North St. Louis goes in front of a judge on Tuesday.

McKee says the $400 million in tax increment financing approved last year is crucial to the $8 billion makeover. He wants to build hundreds of homes and businesses over the next 20 years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:47 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

Lake St. Louis strives to be first in St. Chas. Co. to ban smoking

St. Louis – The city of Lake St. Louis will launch an effort Tuesday to become the first municipality in St. Charles County to pass a comprehensive smoking ban.

The proposed ordinance will be the subject of a public hearing on Tuesday. Supporters hope to get it approved on March 15th - the earliest date possible under city law.

Alderman John Pellerito introduced similar legislation two years ago. He was only able to get a law requiring businesses to post signs saying if they allowed smoking.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:07 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

Researchers develop potential new weapon against malaria, tuberculosis

St. Louis – A research team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed a potential new weapon in the fight against major diseases like malaria and tuberculosis.

Lead researcher Eric Oldfield says the key to developing a new drug is finding a protein or enzyme that the disease-causing parasites or bacteria have and need, but that people don't. Finding that enzyme - and then figuring out how to attack, or inhibit it - is usually a long, costly, and often unsuccessful process.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:11 am
Mon February 15, 2010

Fewer arrests, citations at 2010 Mardi Gras

St. Louis – Preliminary numbers from the St. Louis Police Department show officers arrested fewer people and issued fewer tickets at Saturday's Mardi Gras celebration in Soulard than they did in 2009.

Ninety-nine arrests or citations were issued at the street party. That's down from 116 last year.

About half were for minors in possession of alcohol. Twelve people were caught with false identification. Police also towed seven vehicles and issued 35 parking tickets.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:50 am
Mon February 15, 2010

Slay, other city officials to testify for local control of police department

St. Louis – Mayor Francis Slay and several other current and former St. Louis city officials are expected to testify in Jefferson City Monday in support of a bill that would return control of the police department to the city.

The St. Louis Police Departments has been under state control since the Civil War. Kansas City's department is also controlled by the state.

Representative Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, said local control would allow city taxpayers to have more of a say in how the department is run.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:36 am
Mon February 15, 2010

GOP candidate for Illinois governor looks to general election, even as primary remains undecided

Chicago – There's still no clear winner in the Illinois Republican primary for governor, but one candidate is looking ahead to the general election.

Since the Illinois primary nearly two weeks ago, State Senator Bill Brady has held a razor thin lead over Senator Kirk Dillard in the race to become the Republican nominee for governor.

Election officials have until Tuesday to finish counting ballots, but Brady is already giving a preview of what the general election might look like.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:33 am
Mon February 15, 2010

I-70 reversible lanes close this week

St. Louis – The reversible lanes on Interstate 70 near downtown St. Louis will be closed for two months beginning this week.

The closure starts Wednesday. MODOT says workers will rebuild the Madison Street bridge over the freeway as part of the new Mississippi River Bridge project.

The lanes will close again in mid-June so crews can build a new St. Louis Avenue bridge.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:32 am
Mon February 15, 2010

Court officials urge lawmakers to act quickly to fix vehicle infractions law

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri court officials are warning that thousands of infraction cases may have to be scrapped unless lawmakers take action by the end of this month.

The problem stems from a bill passed last year that lowered some vehicle offenses from misdemeanors to infractions. The bill also stated that infractions should be handled as a "civil action."

That caused uncertainty among some police, prosecutors and judges about how to pursue infractions in court.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:02 pm
Fri February 12, 2010

Proposal would shorten legislative sessions in Mo.

Jefferson City, Mo. – There's a proposal in the Missouri Senate to shorten the length of legislative sessions from nearly five months to just under three.

The resolution would require the General Assembly to end regular sessions in late March, instead of mid-May. It's sponsored by State Senator Luann Ridgeway (R, Smithville).

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:05 pm
Fri February 12, 2010

Metro board approves long range plan

St. Louis – St. Louis's mass transit agency has laid out a "wish list" for the Metro system.

Metro's board voted Friday to approve a long-range plan that includes possible expansions of MetroLink, and the development of bus rapid transit corridors and regional commuter rail.

The MetroLink expansion to south St. Louis County drew heavy criticism for cost overruns and a failed lawsuit to recover the money.

Metro CEO Bob Baer says the agency has learned its lesson.

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