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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:17 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Prop C results unlikely to affect St. Louis's convention chances

St. Louis – Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine says Missouri's approval of a non-binding referendum rejecting key provision of President Obama's health care overhaul will not impact St. Louis's chances of getting the party's 2012 national convention.

Kaine told the party's executive committee at its summer meeting in St. Louis on Thursday that he will consider political "X" factors as he makes his decision. He clarified those factors to reporters afterward.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:57 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Nixon nominates new member of St. Louis police board

St. Louis – Gov. Jay Nixon has nominated a former police chief to the board the oversees the St. Louis police department.

Jerry Lee led the St. Louis County police force from 2004 until he retired in 2009. He had been with the department for 38 years. His appointment must be confirmed by the state Senate when it returns to session.

In a statement, Nixon called Lee's experience and insights "a tremendous asset."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:14 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Blunt campaign pulls video from website

GOP U.S. Senate nominee Roy Blunt attends the Mo. State Fair in Sedalia.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – A video clip posted to Missouri Republican U.S. Senate nominee Roy Blunt's YouTube site has been removed, following a complaint by Democratic nominee Robin Carnahan.

The clip shows a photo of World Trade Center rubble, along with part of a radio interview in which Carnahan said she would not try to tell New Yorkers what to do in regards to a proposed mosque near Ground Zero.

Carnahan called on Blunt to pull the ad and apologize.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:55 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Boeing plans new manufacturing site at MidAmerica

Mascoutah, IL – Boeing Co. says it plans to open a manufacturing facility at the long-struggling MidAmerica Airport in southwestern Illinois.

Boeing says that it will lease space at MidAmerica for assembly work and that the facility will initially employ 75 people. Officials at a ceremony at the airport suggested there would be more.

This will be Boeing's first manufacturing facility in Illinois. The company has 16,000 employees in nearby St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:26 am
Thu August 19, 2010

More Missouri sex offenders complying with registry law

St. Louis – More Missouri sex offenders are complying with the state's 15-year-old registry law. That's the conclusion of a review State Auditor Susan Montee released Wednesday.

In 2002, 36 percent of Missouri's sex offenders were not on the list. That figure has dropped to 7 percent.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:43 am
Thu August 19, 2010

Police release man arrested after Carnahan campaign office fire

St. Louis – St. Louis police have released a man they arrested Tuesday in connection with an arson at Congressman Russ Carnahan's campaign office.

Authorities have not made the man's name public. But the Post-Dispatch reports today that the 50-year-old man was let go after the prosecutor's office took the case "under advisement" for possible charges later.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:31 pm
Wed August 18, 2010

Corrections commissioner: no indication June jail break was inside job

St. Louis – The head of St. Louis's corrections division says there is no indication that two juveniles who escaped from the city's medium security jail in June had inside help.

Officials first thought that several employees at the facility known as the workhouse may have deliberately ignored policies to help the two 17-year-old inmates escape, Commissioner Gene Stubblefield said. But investigations have not borne that out.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:08 pm
Wed August 18, 2010

Police board makes no changes to physical fitness test

St. Louis – The board that oversees the St. Louis Police Department has rejected proposed changes to the yearly physical fitness test officers must pass to stay employed.

The tie vote on Wednesday ended a six month effort by board president Bettye Battle-Turner to ease the test's requirements. Officers receive heart and blood pressure screenings, and must complete an obstacle course in 4 minutes, 8 seconds.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:48 pm
Wed August 18, 2010

Man arrested in connection with arson at Russ Carnahan's campaign office

St. Louis – A man is in custody in connection with a fire at the St. Louis campaign office of Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan.

A campaign spokeswoman says there was minor damage, but the office remains open.

A witness called 911 early yesterday after hearing glass breaking and smelling smoke.

The arsonist apparently smashed a back window and tossed a burning object into the building.

Police gave no details about the arrest, saying only that the suspect is a white male.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:39 am
Wed August 18, 2010

Biker gang members charged in 3 murders

Clayton, Mo. – Five members of a St. Louis-area motorcycle gang are in custody and face charges in connection with the killings of three men who disappeared mysteriously in 2007.

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced the charges Tuesday against members of the Invaders gang.

Alan Little, 61, vanished from his home in May 2007, after serving time in prison. His remains were found in a Ste. Genevieve County sinkhole in April 2009.

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