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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:28 am
Tue August 17, 2010

St. Louis FBI boss to take over security at SLU

St. Louis – The head of the FBI office in St. Louis is retiring from his government job and taking over as security chief at Saint Louis University.

Roland Corvington will start work at SLU on September 7th. He's been with the FBI since 1987, and was incident commander of the United Flight 93 crime scene on September 11th.

In a news release SLU President Father Lawrence Biondi says the campus is safe, but Corvington will help make it even safer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:30 pm
Mon August 16, 2010

Stimulus project bridge opens in central Missouri

The new S.R. 17 bridge runs parallel to the old bridge over the Osage River in Miller County.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – A 970-foot bridge touted as the first project in the nation to be funded by President Obama's federal stimulus package opened today in central Missouri.

The bridge carries State Route 17 over the Osage River in Miller County, near the town of Tuscumbia. Missouri Dept. of Transportation (MoDOT) officials credit the stimulus funds for enabling them to move the $8.3 million project forward.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:17 pm
Mon August 16, 2010

Casino Queen developer unveils plans for St. Louis facility

St. Louis – The St. Louis development company that built, owns and operates the Casino Queen in East St. Louis has unveiled its plans for a facility in St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:45 pm
Mon August 16, 2010

Judge says Missouri funeral protest ban unconstitutional

Jefferson City, MO – A federal judge has ruled that Missouri's ban restricting protests at funerals is unconstitutional.

Monday's ruling affects restrictions targeting a Kansas church
whose members have picketed outside the funerals of people killed during the Iraq war. A church leader filed a lawsuit challenging the law.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:47 am
Mon August 16, 2010

2012 convention on the minds of St. Louis Democrats as party leaders meet here

St. Louis – St. Louis will play host once again to Democratic party bigwigs.

The city is one of four under consideration for the party's 2012 national convention. On Thursday, party officials will gather here for their semi-annual general meeting.

St. Louis party chair Brian Wahby said this meeting will be low-key; Democrats will just be tweaking party bylaws.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:14 am
Mon August 16, 2010

Missouri officials cut ribbon on stimulus-funded bridge

Tuscumbia, Mo. – State officials will cut the ribbon Monday on a central Missouri bridge billed as the nation's first construction project under the federal stimulus program..

Crews began work on the bridge in Tuscumbia, Mo. on Feb. 17, 2009, just minutes
after President Obama signed the $787 billion stimulus package.

The span carries traffic on Missouri Highway 17 over the Osage River near Jefferson City.

It replaces a bridge that was nearly 80 years old.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:28 am
Mon August 16, 2010

Investigators of I-44 crash consider school bus seat belts

file photo: UPI

St. Louis – Federal safety officials investigating a fatal school bus accident are looking at whether seat belts could have helped.

But state officials already recommended seat belts for Missouri school buses five years ago. In 2005, a task force suggested school districts consider buses with factory-installed lap and shoulder belts. That was after two dozen kids were hurt in a school bus wreck in suburban Kansas City.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:22 am
Mon August 16, 2010

Brady reiterates call for Ill. corrections chief to be fired

St. Louis – Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady says Illinois Governor Pat Quinn should fire the state's corrections chief over the early release of inmates.

Brady repeated his call Sunday for the dismissal of Corrections Director Michael Randle.

Brady's comments come after the release of a report Friday that said the Department failed to consider public safety when it granted early release to save money.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:35 pm
Fri August 13, 2010

Nixon silent on Proposition A

file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon is not yet taking a stand on Proposition A, the ballot question that could lead to the elimination of earnings taxes in St. Louis and Kansas City.

The one percent earnings tax is paid by people who either live or work within the city limits of both St. Louis and Kansas City. If Proposition A is approved, voters in each city would get to decide next year whether to keep or dump the tax. And if kept, new referendums would be required every five years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:32 pm
Fri August 13, 2010

Illinois breaks ground on new Mississippi River Bridge

Officials break ground on Metro East bridge approach
Adam Allington, STL Public Radio

Brooklyn, IL – Contractors in the Metro East broke ground Friday on the Illinois approach to the new Mississippi River Bridge.

Missouri began construction on the western bridge approach last month. On the Illinois-side the bridge will divert traffic on interstate 70 past the communities of Venice and Brooklyn, ending up north of downtown St. Louis.

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