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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:42 am
Wed September 1, 2010

St. Louis Cardinals head back to KMOX

Cardinals radio broadcasters John Rooney (L) and Mike Shannon.
(UPI)

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that, as of next season, the team will take its radio broadcasts back to KMOX (AM 1120).

When the Cardinals moved to KTRS in 2005, the move caused a bit of a dustup, primarily because of KTRS's weaker signal that left some fans in pockets of dead air. At night KMOX's 50,000-watt signal reaches more than 40 states and parts of Canada.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:26 am
Wed September 1, 2010

Missouri not alone in public defender woes

St. Louis – Public defenders in Missouri have warned for years that they have too many cases.

This summer the State Public Defender's Office began turning away new cases in several court districts and put several more on notice. And Missouri's state auditor announced recently that she will review the public defender system.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:29 pm
Tue August 31, 2010

Judge orders transfer tax initiative onto Mo. ballot

Jefferson City, Mo. – An initiative to bar real estate transfer taxes in Missouri has been ordered placed on the November ballot by a Cole County judge.

Missouri currently does not have a real estate transfer tax, which would be levied whenever a piece of property changes hands. The ballot question to prevent it from being used in Missouri is sponsored by Jefferson City attorney Chuck Hatfield.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:58 pm
Tue August 31, 2010

Teen seat belt use increases in Mo.

Jefferson City, Mo. – More teenagers in Missouri are buckling up, based on the latest information from the state's Transportation department.

Sixty-six percent of teens surveyed say they use seat belts, compared to 61 percent a year ago. Melissa Black with MoDOT is happy with the news, although she says they're not sure yet why the numbers are suddenly better.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:53 pm
Tue August 31, 2010

Casino developer reaches deal to swap land near Chain of Rocks Bridge

St. Louis, MO – Great Rivers Greenway and a company trying to build a casino at the foot of the old Chain of Rocks Bridge have reached an agreement to swap land.

The Koman Group, which owns the Casino Queen, struck a deal with Great Rivers Greenway to swap land in exchange for a variety of bridge and trail improvements.

The deal involves swapping land that Great Rivers owns along Riverview Drive for nearly 12 acres that Koman owns on the Mississippi.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:02 pm
Tue August 31, 2010

Monsanto plans to cut 700 jobs, 150 in St. Louis

(2010-08-31) – Biotech giant Monsanto has plans to trim an additional 650 to 700 jobs from its global work force in addition to 900 jobs eliminated last summer.

The company says the downsizing is targeted in its Roundup herbicide business.

Roughly 150 of the job cuts will come at Monsanto's St. Louis headquarters.

Monsanto's patent on Roundup expired in 2000. Since then demand for the company's signature herbicide has dropped off considerably.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:34 pm
Tue August 31, 2010

Carnahan rips Blunt in speech to friendly crowd

Robin Carnahan speaks to delegates at the Missouri AFL-CIO convention in St. Louis on Tuesday
(photo by Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – An energized Robin Carnahan urged Missouri labor families to knock on doors and speak to their colleagues at work as she enters the final nine weeks before the general election.

AFL-CIO Missouri president Hugh McVey introduced Carnahan, the secretary of state, as the candidate who is going to "kick Roy Blunt's ass." And Carnahan delivered her standard stump speech with some red meat for the unions, as she promised to eliminate tax breaks that end up rewarding companies for sending jobs overseas.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:12 am
Tue August 31, 2010

Deteriorating bond rating boosts Illinois' borrowing costs

Chicago – Illinois taxpayers will have to shell out an extra $551.3 million to cover the cost of borrowing because of the state's deteriorating bond rating.

That's according to a new report released Monday by the Civic Federation of Chicago.

The nonpartisan research group analyzed $9.6 billion in borrowing by Illinois over the last year.

It compared the interest being paid by other state and local governments with bond ratings comparable to Illinois' before Illinois' bond rating was lowered.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:30 pm
Mon August 30, 2010

Templeton resigning as Mo. DNR Director

Mark Templeton
Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources

Jefferson City, Mo. – Mark Templeton is stepping down Wednesday as head of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and taking a new job that's tied to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Templeton survived a rocky tenure as DNR Director. He was suspended without pay for two weeks last year following the controversy surrounding the delayed release of E. coli test results from the Lake of the Ozarks.

Scott Holste, Governor Nixon's Press Secretary, defends Templeton's tenure.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:27 pm
Mon August 30, 2010

Former St. Louis officer pleads guilty in Metro East shooting

St. Louis – AA former officer with the St. Louis police department has pleaded guilty to shooting a man outside a Metro East bar.

Bryan Pour, 28, was a probationary officer with the department when he shot and wounded Jeffrey Bladdick of Granite City during a 2008 altercation at Mack and Mick's Sports Bar and Grill in Granite City, which is now closed. Bladdick was apparently intervening in an altercation involving Pour when he was shot.

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