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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:27 am
Mon January 11, 2010

Beyond Budweiser-a look back at the St. Louis beer industry

St. Louis, MO – For years St. Louis was called "America's beer capital", not to be confused with Milwaukee which claimed to be the "World beer capital" or the state of Oregon which now claims that distinction for itself.

Most of St. Louis's 200-plus breweries are long gone. So what, if anything, does all that history mean today?

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:24 pm
Fri January 8, 2010

DHSS workers receive H1N1 vaccinations

DHSS worker Larraine Tappel of Jefferson City receives an H1N1 flu shot.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – A free clinic was set up today in Jefferson City to immunize State Department of Health employees against the H1N1 flu virus.

Cole County Health Department workers administered the shots and nasal mists, which were provided by the federal government.

Margaret Donnelly is the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:04 pm
Fri January 8, 2010

Amtrak investigating two derailments

St. Louis – Weather is the likely cause of two partial derailments of an Amtrak passenger train that stops in St. Louis.

Two cars of the Texas Eagle, which runs from Chicago to Los Angeles with a stop in San Antonio, went off the tracks around 9pm Thursday just north of the downtown Amtrak station. The train had also partially derailed early Wednesday just outside of Little Rock.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:15 pm
Fri January 8, 2010

ABB shooter fired hundreds of rounds

A police officer on the scene of Thursday's shooting at ABB Incorporated
(UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – St. Louis police say the shooter at a factory in north St. Louis fired hundreds of rounds before turning a gun on himself.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:31 am
Fri January 8, 2010

Lawmakers push for big tax changes in tough budget year

St. Louis –
If you pay personal income taxes in Missouri, chances are you're in the top tax bracket.
It takes only $9,000 a year in taxable income to reach the state's top tier.

State lawmakers set the tax brackets back in 1931 and they haven't changed since.

Now some say Missouri's tax system is due for an update both to address what they say is a basic issue of fairness and a growing budget hole in Jefferson City.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:00 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Holliday says teammates, Pujols, big part of decsion to stay

Outfielder Matt Holliday (center) with team president Bill DeWitt (right) and general manager John Mozeliak after Holliday's new seven-year, $120 million contract was officially announced to the media
(UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Cardinals held an official press conference on Thursday to announce the signing of outfielder Matt Holliday.

The 7-year $120 million deal is the largest contract in the team's 128-year history.

Traded from Oakland last July Matt Holliday hit .353 and added 13 home runs and 55 RBI in 63 games for the Redbirds, helping the team to win the NL Central Title.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:29 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Keathley to retire from Mo. Highway Patrol

Col. James Keathley announces his retirement from the Mo. State Highway Patrol.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol today announced he's retiring from the force he's led for more than three years.

Colonel James Keathley has been a member of the Patrol for more than 30 years. He says he's enjoyed the job almost every day, but he became emotional when reflecting on some of the Patrol's tragic moments.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:09 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Snowfall closes schools, slows traffic in St. Louis

St. Louis – Plow crews were out in full force this morning to deal with the St. Louis area's first major snowfall of the season. About between two-and-a-half and four inches of snow fell in the St. Louis area Wednesday night and early Thursday.

Police and transportation officials advised motorists to stay home. Most schools were closed, and even Missouri state lawmakers in Jefferson City took a snow day.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:36 am
Thu January 7, 2010

Gunman kills three and himself at north St. Louis business

FBI agents enter the ABB Industries plant in north St. Louis. Four people were killed and five wounded in a morning shooting at the plant, which makes electrical transformers
(UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis, MO – Four people are dead and five more were injured, after an early-morning shooting Thursday at an electrical equipment manufacturing facility in north St. Louis.

Police were called to the ABB Incorporated factory at 4350 Semple Ave. around 6:30 a.m. Thursday after they received reports of multiple shots fired. Tactical teams quickly found the body of the gunman, widely named as 51-year-old Timothy Hendron, an employee at the factory.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:29 am
Thu January 7, 2010

Wainwright headlines Governor's Prayer Breakfast

(l-r) St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Several hundred people braved snow-clogged streets and sub-freezing temperatures in Missouri's capital city to hear St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright deliver the keynote speech at the Governor's annual Prayer Breakfast.

He spent most of his address talking about his Christian faith, but also had plenty to say about his baseball career.

Wainwright told the audience that he got better as a player after he began to work on becoming mentally tough.

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