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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:49 am
Mon July 26, 2010

High water delays Missouri River kayak, canoe race

St. Louis – Organizers of the country's longest non-stop river race have delayed this year's competition to avoid high water on the Missouri River.

Canoeists and kayakers in the MR340 have 88 hours to paddle the 340 miles from Kansas City to St. Charles. Racers were supposed to leave from a park in Kansas on Tuesday. But the water is moving too fast to be safe, organizers say, and the race is now scheduled for August.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:46 am
Mon July 26, 2010

Closing arguments start in Blagojevich trial

Blagojevich (file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Chicago – The final act in the trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich takes place today as attorneys for both sides present their closing arguments.

Prosecutor Chris Niewohner will start the day. He needs about three hours to take jurors through the charges, and explain the law and point to the evidence showing that Blagojevich broke the law.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:43 am
Mon July 26, 2010

Missouri nondiscrimination policy expanded to gays, veterans

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has used an executive order to expand the state's nondiscrimination policy.

Earlier this month, Nixon barred discrimination based on sexual orientation or military veteran status for state employment and services.

By using an executive order, the policy avoids a Republican-led Legislature that has not supported other attempts to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:04 am
Mon July 26, 2010

Herzog joins baseball's pantheon

Herzog (UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Cooperstown, N.Y. – Former Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog is now a Hall of Famer. He was inducted Sunday at a ceremony in Cooperstown, New York, but joining baseball's pantheon wasn't the only honor the former skipper received.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:24 pm
Fri July 23, 2010

Unemployed Missourians wait for extensions

Jefferson City, Mo. – Unemployed workers in Missouri will soon learn if they qualify for extensions under federal legislation signed this week by President Obama.

The new law extends benefits to those who have been out of work for six months or longer. Amy Susan with the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations advises those whose benefits have lapsed to be patient.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:16 pm
Fri July 23, 2010

Heat continues to soar

St. Louis, MO. – Temperatures are expected to hit nearly 100 degrees Friday and Saturday, and an excessive heat warning is in effect.

St. Louis City and St. Louis County health officials are reminding residents to stay out of the sun and to check on elderly neighbors and relatives.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:15 am
Fri July 23, 2010

Unemployment extension could help 50,000 Missourians

Jefferson City, Mo. – More than 50,000 Missourians who stopped getting unemployment checks in the last two months will get some relief soon.

President Obama signed an extension of benefits yesterday, and state labor officials are preparing to distribute the money to those who qualify.

The new federal law extends benefits for people who have been out of work for at least six months. The last federal extension expired June 2nd.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:21 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

Public Defenders refuse new cases

St. Louis, MO. – Missourians accused of a crime who can't afford a private attorney are appointed a state public defender.

But public defenders in southwest Missouri will take no more cases until next month.

The Missouri Public Defender Commission says the Springfield office, which covers Greene, Christian, and Taney Counties, is overloaded.

Deputy Director Cat Kelly says the office was about 34% above what their maximum caseload should be last month.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:06 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

Flash flooding damages homes, stops traffic

Wednesday's flash floods buckled this parking lot outside Sciortino's Chiropractic
(photo by Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – The Metropolitan Sewer District says a court ruling last week striking down a storm water fee will make solving problems like Wednesday night's flash flooding even harder.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:31 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

St. Louis non-profit receives $2 million grant

Jefferson City, Mo. – A St. Louis-based non-profit group has been awarded a $2 million federal grant to combat tobacco use and obesity among low-income Missourians.

The Missouri Foundation for Health will distribute the money to more than a dozen other non-profits across the state. Spokesperson Bev Pfeifer-Harms says the numbers of both smokers and obese Missourians exceed national averages.

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