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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:20 am
Thu July 22, 2010

Blagojevich says prosecution proved his innocence

Chicago – Rod Blagojevich says the prosecution in his corruption trial proved that he did nothing wrong.

He spoke after his defense rested Wednesday without calling any witnesses, including the ousted Illinois governor himself.

Blagojevich says the government showed "that I never took a corrupt dollar, not a corrupt dime, not a corrupt nickel, not a corrupt penny."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:15 am
Thu July 22, 2010

Former high school coach accused of having sex with 15-year-old girls

St. Louis – A former high school basketball coach from suburban St. Louis is facing more than a dozen charges for alleged sexual activity with two teenage girls.

Brent Michael Woody, 27, coached track and ninth grade basketball at Parkway Central High School.

Both alleged victims were 15 when the crimes occurred. Principal Tim Gannon sent an e-mail to parents informing them of the investigation and urging them to come forward if they are aware of any other allegations.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:48 am
Thu July 22, 2010

Carnahan calls for post-primary debates in Mo. Senate race

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's primary hasn't happened yet, but Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Robin Carnahan is already challenging her potential general election opponents to three debates.

Carnahan, Missouri's secretary of state, said Thursday that she sent letters to all the Republican, Libertarian and Constitution party candidates challenging them to post-primary debates.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:24 pm
Wed July 21, 2010

Mo. budget deficit in 2012 estimated at $600 million

file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Jefferson City, MO – As Missouri's current budget year begins, there's word that next year's projected budget is already $600 million short.

The estimate comes from Governor Jay Nixon's Office of Administration. Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the biggest contributor to the shortfall will be the loss of about $860 million in federal funding

"The largest portion of it is reimbursement to the state for its Medicaid spending; the other is targeted specifically to education," Luebbering said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:13 pm
Tue July 20, 2010

Saint Louis Science Center to build new exhibition hall

Artist?s rendering of the new exhibition hall.
(Image credit: SLSC)

St. Louis, MO – The Saint Louis Science Center has announced it's building a new hall to house traveling exhibitions and special events.

The two-story addition will replace the EXPLORADOME, the bubble-like structure west of the main building.

Speaking at a luncheon commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Science Center, director Doug King said the EXPLORADOME was always intended to be temporary.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:23 pm
Tue July 20, 2010

Job picture bleak for young

Simone Bernstein created a website to help other young people find volunteer work, www.stlouisvolunteen.com. She says a lot of her peers are looking for volunteer work this summer because they can't find jobs.
(Altman)

St. Louis, MO. – For all the teens mowing lawns, taking movie tickets, and flipping burgers, there are many who haven't been able to find work this summer.

The current recession has hit people of all ages, but it's been particularly hard on those just entering the work force.

Unemployment rates in Missouri are hovering around 9% for the general population, but it's more than double that for those between the ages of 16-24.

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