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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:49 am
Tue January 19, 2010

Midwest's recovery from recession will be slower than average, former labor secretary says

Robert Reich

St. Louis – There is no shortage of when it comes to explaining the reasons behind the economic recession, and what it will take to recover.

One such voice recognizable to public radio listeners is former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, a frequent commentator Marketplace. Reich will appear in St. Louis tonight (Jan. 19) as part of Maryville University's St. Louis Speakers Series.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:30 am
Tue January 19, 2010

New law restricts access to Illinois teacher evaluations

Springfield, Ill. – A new law strengthening teacher evaluations in Illinois will also keep those evaluations from public scrutiny.

Teachers unions pushed for the change to the state's Freedom of Information Act that will keep private job performance reports of teachers, principals and local school superintendents.

Illinois State Schools Superintendent Christopher Koch said making evaluations available to the public can be problematic.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:26 am
Tue January 19, 2010

Missouri lawmakers begin talks on autism insurance legislation

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers are getting an early start on legislation that would require insurance companies to cover autism treatments for children.

Separate House and Senate committees are to hear testimony Tuesday on autism legislation. The hearings are among the first scheduled this session.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:24 am
Tue January 19, 2010

Martin Luther King 'Day of Service' draws big crowd of volunteers

St. Louis – More than 1,000 people turned out to volunteer for the first ever Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in St. Louis.

Monday's event, which was organized by the United Way of Greater St. Louis, gathered volunteers at 20 sites around the city to clean and paint homes and schools and to beautify neighborhoods.

United Way spokeswoman Carrie Zukoski said more people turned out than expected and organizers hope to make the service day an annual event.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:10 pm
Mon January 18, 2010

Reestablishing local control of St. Louis Police starting to be thorny issue among Mo. Politicians

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as displayed on a patrol car.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

ST. LOUIS – There are currently three bills that have been filed that would restore local control of the police department two in the Senate and one in the House.

Now, faced with a ballooning budget deficit predicted to reach 1.2 billion in fiscal 2011 the city says it could save $7 million by cutting the strings between the police department and Jefferson City.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:23 am
Mon January 18, 2010

Quinn approves cemetery oversight measure

Chicago – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed the state's Cemetery Oversight Act into law Sunday. The measure creates a regulatory structure for funeral homes and cemeteries.

It comes after former workers last year allegedly dug up graves in a scheme to resell burial plots at a cemetery in suburban Chicago.

The new law includes reforms and recommendations from the state's Cemetery Oversight Task Force.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:19 am
Mon January 18, 2010

State agency says health overhaul will cost less than GOP leaders claim

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Republicans are continuing to sound alarms about the potential cost of federal health care legislation.

Some GOP officials claim a mandatory Medicaid expansion could cost Missouri $250 million a year. Others put the tab at $450 million. Still another estimates it will cost the state nearly $1 billion. But some of their rhetoric may exceed reality.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:17 am
Mon January 18, 2010

McGwire gets standing ovation at first appearance since steroid admission

Mark McGwire meets reporters in a hallway after his appearance at the Cardinals Care Winter Warm Up on Sunday. McGwire made his first appearance since admitting he used steroids during his career. (photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – Mark McGwire received a standing ovation from Cardinals fans Sunday in his first public appearance in St. Louis since admitting he used steroids.

His scheduled news conference, however, was shifted to an overcrowded hallway at the last minute, and McGwire evaded questions about the criticism he's received from ex-players.

The former home run king emphasized repeatedly he was ready to move on as he starts a new career as the Cards hitting coach. He also warned kids not to try steroids.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:12 am
Mon January 18, 2010

Second anniversary of fatal university shooting approaches, but no plans yet for site of tragedy

Springfield, Ill. – Northern Illinois University in DeKalb is approaching the two-year anniversary of a deadly shooting rampage, where a former student killed five people in a lecture hall before turning the gun on himself.

University officials announced plans to tear down and replace Cole Hall, the building where it happened. And former Governor Rod Blagojevich wanted to give the university $40 million. But NIU has yet to receive any funding.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:26 pm
Fri January 15, 2010

River ice causing problems for barges

The Mississippi River at St. Louis
(Photo courtesy of David Carriel, Belleville)

St. Louis, MO – Barges on the Mississippi River are dealing with what some are calling the worst ice conditions in 20 years.

Ice accumulation on the river north of St. Louis has required three barge industry vessels to work constantly to keep the channel open between the Illinois River and the Melvin Price Locks and Dam just south of Alton. Alan Dooley is a spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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