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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:19 am
Tue August 10, 2010

Old grenade found in Lake St. Louis home

Lake St. Louis, MO – Auctioneers going through boxes at a suburban St. Louis home yesterday found a live World War II hand grenade.

The St. Charles County bomb squad came to Lake St. Louis and disposed of the weapon. Lake St. Louis Police Chief Mike Force said older ordnance can be unstable because of corrosion.

The homeowner was an appraiser for an antique store before moving recently to an assisted living facility. The auction company also found Civil War cannonballs and a collection of 300 swords inside the home.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:27 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

Missouri wraps up 7th sales tax holiday

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Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri shoppers this weekend took advantage of the state's annual sales tax holiday on back-to-school items, which included clothing, school supplies and computers.

The three-day event, now in its seventh year, remains popular with shoppers, according to both state officials and store owners. David Overfelt of the Missouri Retailers Association says foot traffic was heavy in stores across the state.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:38 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

WashU law dean to help oversee fund that will pay Gulf spill claims

St. Louis – The dean of the Washington University law school will help oversee the $20 billion trust fund that will pay for damage claims relating to the BP oil disaster.

Kent Syverud and his fellow trustee, retired federal judge John S. Martin, will not decide who should be compensated for damages. That's up to administrator Kenneth Feinberg. The duo will ensure that the money in the trust is invested appropriately and available to pay the claims Feinberg approves.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:43 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

Blunt launches coalition to speak to women voters

St. Louis, MO – Republican Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Blunt is bringing his campaign message to women voters.

Blunt has tapped former-U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway to chair Blunt's "Women for Roy Blunt" coalition launched on Monday.

Hanaway also served as the first female speaker of the Missouri House. She says Blunt's opponent, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has not addressed the issues that matter most to female voters.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:24 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

Slay reminds St. Louis residents about heat warning

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay's office will send automated telephone reminders to residents about the dangerous heat forecast for the region this week.

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the City of St. Louis and surrounding areas from noon on Monday until 8 pm on Thursday. High humidity in the region will push heat indices well above 100 degrees.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:02 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

East St. Louis schools fall prey to burglars

St. Louis, IL – An East St. Louis school board member said the cash-strapped system lost more than $1 million over a year's time to burglars despite safeguards that include paying $1.2 million a year for private security.

The district's crime reports show that thefts dating to July 2009 were done while the system had access to state-of-the-art surveillance and alarm systems. The losses include computers and other equipment, as well as the damage the burglars caused.

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