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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:36 am
Fri January 15, 2010

Feds take closer look at Monsanto

St. Louis – The Justice Department has sharpened its anti-trust investigation into Monsanto. The St. Louis-based biotech company is under scrutiny for the allegedly monopolizing the seed industry with its Roundup Ready genetic traits.

Monsanto's Roundup Ready soybean seed is genetically modified to withstand powerful herbicide, and it's popular. More than nine out of ten soy seeds planted in the United States carry the trait.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:27 am
Fri January 15, 2010

Scott Air Force Base playing key role in Haiti relief effort

St. Louis – Scott Air Force Base in the Metro East is playing a major role in the aid effort after Tuesday's magnitude seven earthquake in Haiti.
Scott is home to the U.S. Transportation Command, which oversees logistics for the entire military. TRANSCOM directs the movement of everything from cargo planes to aircraft carriers, and also works with private contractors to get people and supplies where they need to go.

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