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6:41 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

Missouri State Fair begins Thursday in Sedalia

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Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri State Fair kicks off tomorrow in Sedalia and officials are hoping to set a new attendance record this year.

Around 330,000 people attended the fair last year, an eight percent increase over 2008's crowd.

Marketing Director Tammie Nichols says this summer's heat wave shouldn't be a problem.

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4:23 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

Debate flares over debates in Carnahan, Martin race

St. Louis – The main party candidates in Missouri's Third Congressional District race are getting their fair share of debating in over the scheduling of debates.

The war of words erupted over a press release Republican challenger Ed Martin sent out on Monday, outlining a series of three debates with incumbent Democrat Russ Carnahan. But Carnahan called that release a "scam," and said he had never agreed to those dates.

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9:22 am
Wed August 11, 2010

Council approves national park plan for Grant's Farm

Clayton, Mo. – A plan to turn Grant's Farm into a national park has received the support of the St. Louis County Council.

The council voted unanimously Tuesday to support a takeover of the site by the National Park Service. However the vote is non-binding.

Grant's Farm is owned by the Busch family and has long been a popular attraction that features a variety of animals.

Congress would have to approve converting the property to a national park.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:16 am
Wed August 11, 2010

Adult entertainment industry fights new law

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's adult entertainment industry has gone to court over a new state law regulating sexually oriented businesses.

A lawsuit filed yesterday in Jefferson City contends the measure was approved improperly by Missouri legislators and violates free speech rights.

The legislation is scheduled to take effect Aug. 28. It applies to strip clubs, adult video and book stores, and other related businesses.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:37 pm
Tue August 10, 2010

State auditor takes issue with some spending in Florissant

St. Louis – A new report from state auditor Susan Montee finds that while it may have been legal, some of the spending done by Florissant Mayor Robert Lowry may not have been in the best interest of the city.

Montee released her review of the city Tuesday night. The Democrat, who is running for re-election, audited Florissant at the request of nearly 3,000 citizens who signed a petition over two years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:45 pm
Tue August 10, 2010

Missouri to get $398 million in federal aid

Jefferson City, Mo. – Federal aid for Missouri's schools and health care needs is on the way, after the U.S. House today passed a $26 billion spending package.

Missouri's piece of the pie totals about $398 million: $189 million is designated for K-12 schools for the school year now getting underway. The rest, $209 million, will help cover the state's Medicaid costs. Linda Luebbering is Missouri's Budget Director.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:40 pm
Tue August 10, 2010

Zoo investigating death of male orangutan

Juara at the St. Louis Zoo in April 2009
(photo by Rachel Lippmann)

St. Louis – The St. Louis Zoo is investigating the death of a 25-year-old male orangutan.

Juara, who was an unusually large orangutan at 375 pounds, died Aug. 3rd after a physical examination, said Zoo vice president Eric Miller. Though an exact cause won't be known until a necropsy is complete, Miller said Juara likely suffered respiratory failure, a complication of the anesthesia that is routinely given to animals like orangutans to make exams safer for veterinarians.

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10:26 am
Tue August 10, 2010

EPA fines Washington University

St. Louis – Washington University will pay a $15,000 civil penalty over hazardous waste violations.

EPA inspections at the Danforth Campus and the School of Medicine in April of 2008 found several violations of the handling of hazardous waste at laboratories.

EPA spokesman Chris Whitley says some of the problems stemmed from having waste storage drums too close together.

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10:23 am
Tue August 10, 2010

Advocate rebuffed in attempt to convert federal building to homeless shelter

Cape Girardeau, Mo. – For the second time, officials have turned down a bid to turn a former federal building in Cape Girardeau into a homeless shelter.

The Rev. Larry Rice, a St. Louis based advocate for the homeless, is seeking use of the building.

He wants to use it as an emergency shelter and to provide transitional housing for families and veterans.

Rice said yesterday the Department of Health and Human Services has rejected his effort again.

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10:18 am
Tue August 10, 2010

Indiana men killed in tractor-trailer wreck on I-70

Highland, Ill. – Authorities say two people killed in a fiery, chain-reaction wreck on Interstate 70 near St. Louis yesterday were from Indiana.

Illinois State Police say Jerald Jaynes, 52, was driving a tractor-trailer when he failed to stop for a traffic jam near Highland.

Jaynes' rig caught fire when he hit another semi. Riding with him was William Burleson. Both men died at the scene. Two other drivers suffered minor injuries.

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