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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:26 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Restraining order hearing against Nieves postponed

State Rep. Brian Nieves (R, Washington, Mo.)
Tim Bommel, Mo. House of Representatives

Jefferson City, Mo. – A Cole County judge has postponed a hearing into whether a restraining order should be issued against a Republican candidate for the Missouri Senate.

State Representative Brian Nieves (R, Washington, Mo.) won the GOP nomination this month for the District 26 State Senate seat that covers part of St. Louis County and all of Franklin and Warren counties.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:47 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Cardinals face fines, La Russa suspended for Reds brawl

St. Louis, MO – Major League Baseball suspended Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and fined two Cardinals players Thursday following a fight that broke out at Tuesday's game between the Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds.

La Russa and Reds manager Dusty Baker were suspended from two games and fined an undisclosed amount.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:11 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

ATF investigates pipe bomb explosion at power substation

LAKE ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Federal agents and police in Lake St. Louis are investigating a pipe bomb explosion.

The bomb went off around 3 a.m. at an electrical substation, but there was no power outage.

Police Captain Chris DiGiuseppi said whoever planted the device tripped a burglar alarm. And when an officer arrived he heard the sizzling of the bomb's burning fuse.

"He got back into his car, drove forward a bit, and the pipe bomb exploded," DiGiuseppi said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:15 am
Thu August 12, 2010

Jurors hit impasse in Blagojevich case

file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Chicago – Attorneys for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his brother Robert are hoping to get some clarification on a note jurors sent to the judge Wednesday.

In the note, jurors told Judge James Zagel that they were having trouble reaching unanimous decisions on counts.

Zagel told the attorneys that he would ask the jurors to clarify which counts they're undecided on.

He will also tell the jury that they can return verdicts on just some of the counts, the ones that they do agree on.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:14 am
Thu August 12, 2010

Missouri sheriffs voice support for Arizona immigration law

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri sheriffs are voicing their support to officers in states along the Mexican border who are seeking to enforce immigration laws.

The Missouri Sheriffs' Association approved a resolution this week backing efforts in states including Arizona.

Critics of the Arizona law contend the federal government should handle immigration enforcement. Some also have objected over concerns that it could lead to racial profiling.

A federal judge has put part of the Arizona law on hold.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:55 am
Thu August 12, 2010

Scattered storms pack big punch

St. Louis, MO. – A fast-moving thunderstorm Thursday afternoon left storm damage behind in St. Peters and north St. Louis.

High winds ripped off rooftops from a strip mall in the 4100 block of Old Highway 94 South.

An employee at Meineke Car Care Center in St. Peters sustained minor injuries.

Cottleville Fire Protection District assistant fire chief Scott Freitag said the winds were very strong in isolated areas.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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