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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:10 am
Wed August 4, 2010

Purgason finishes distant second to Roy Blunt

GOP U.S. Senate candidate Chuck Purgason
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – State Senator Chuck Purgason finished a distant second to GOP Senate nominee Roy Blunt in the race to replace retiring Missouri U.S. Senator Kit Bond.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Blunt had 71 percent of the vote to Purgason's 13 percent.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:22 pm
Tue August 3, 2010

Heat wave plagues Missouri, Illinois

Jefferson City, Mo. – Heat warnings and advisories have been issued across Missouri and Illinois as temperatures this afternoon hover in the upper 90's and low 100's.

Missouri health officials are telling residents who don't have air conditioning at home to go to places that do, such as libraries and shopping centers.

In Jefferson City, poll supervisor Dick Crater says voters can avoid the heat by hanging around after casting ballots.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:50 pm
Tue August 3, 2010

First vote on earnings tax will be on November ballot

St. Louis – A measure which could lead to the elimination of earnings taxes in St. Louis and Kansas City will be on the November ballot.

The measure was one of two certified Tuesday by the Missouri Secretary of State. If it's approved in November, voters in St. Louis and Kansas City would decide in November 2011 whether or not to keep their city's earnings tax, which make up a sizable portion of the budget in each city. The measure also prevents other cities from implementing an earnings tax in the future.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:22 am
Tue August 3, 2010

St. Louis to premiere movie "The Other Guys"

St. Louis, MO – They're rolling out the red carpet in suburban St. Louis, the site of the premiere of "The Other Guys," a buddy cop movie starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.

The premiere will be Thursday at Wehrenberg Theatres' Chesterfield Galaxy 14 Cine. St. Louis was chosen in a Facebook poll over five other competitors: Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Dallas and Philadelphia.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:15 am
Tue August 3, 2010

Barges strike Mississippi River bridge in Hannibal

Hannibal, MO – Authorities in Hannibal say the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River appears sound after being struck by runaway barges.

An American Commercial Lines tugboat with 12 barges struck the center span of a railroad bridge Monday afternoon. The barges then broke loose and some struck the bridge that carries Interstate 72 traffic over the river.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:45 am
Tue August 3, 2010

Prop C vote measures federal health insurance popularity

St. Louis, MO – Missouri voters will decide Tuesday whether to opt out of mandatory health insurance. The vote on Proposition C is the federal health care overhaul's first official popularity test.

The measure's conservative backers want to deny the government authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:00 pm
Mon August 2, 2010

Ameren creates new transmission subsidiary

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis-based Ameren is creating a new subsidiary company to work on large-scale transmission projects.

Ameren introduced their Ameren Transmission Company, or ATX, Monday. The company is expected to pay for $1.3 billion worth of transmission infrastructure in Missouri and Illinois.

ATX will be one of the few transmission companies owned by a utility. ATX CEO Maureen Borkowski says the company will help Ameren reduce infrastructure costs and capitalize on a new market.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:03 am
Mon August 2, 2010

After decade of low water on Missouri, Corps deals with excess

St. Louis – Recreational boaters are back and the fish are biting in the upper reaches of the Missouri River system.

Hundreds of miles downstream in Missouri, fully laden barges are again plying
the Big Muddy without worry of hitting bottom.

Low river levels caused by a decade of dry conditions in the Missouri River basin have been reversed by rains and robust snowmelt.

Now, the Army Corps of Engineers is dealing with excess water and is in a race to lower reservoir levels before runoff next spring.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:35 am
Mon August 2, 2010

ATM company robbed, suspects take armored vehicle

St. Louis – Authorities in St. Louis are on the hunt for four men suspected of raiding an ATM company's vault in a pre-dawn robbery, then hauling the cash away in one of the business' armored vehicles.

Police say the armed suspects overpowered two of the employees of ATM Solutions when they showed up for work Monday and forced them to open the vault.

Police say the robbers, all dressed in black, restrained the workers with duct tape before fleeing with the cash. There were no injuries.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:21 am
Mon August 2, 2010

New study provides insight into stomach cancer

Electron micrograph of the H. pylori bacterium.
(Photo: Yutaka Tsutsumi, M.D.)

St. Louis, MO – Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have figured out how a bacterium causes stomach cancer.

Study leader Lin-Feng Chen knew from previous research that the bacterium H. pylori produces a protein - CagA - that causes gastric cancer in mice. Another protein, RUNX3, inhibits the development of tumors.

Chen showed that when H. pylori injects CagA into the lining of the stomach, it inactivates RUNX3, opening the door to tumor formation.

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