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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:25 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

St. Louis VA center to be part of national investigation

St. Louis, MO – Two independent panels will investigate sterilization problems at John Cochran VA Hospital in St. Louis which put nearly 2,000 veterans at risk for HIV and hepatitis.

Democratic U.S. Representative Russ Carnahan said Thursday that the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, has agreed to include the St. Louis situation as part of a broader investigation into VA medical center problems around the country.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:32 am
Thu July 29, 2010

'Crown Square' replaces run-down pedestrian mall in Old North St. Louis

Crown Square includes dozens of rehabbed buildings that were previously part of a pedestrian mall. (photo: Matt Sepic)

St. Louis – Fourteenth Street in Old North St. Louis was among the city's many urban planning failures. In the late 1970s, the road was closed to traffic in the hopes a pedestrian mall would revitalize a decaying shopping district. However, bad timing and bad design accelerated the demise.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:02 pm
Wed July 28, 2010

Downtown club gets date for hearing on liquor license

St. Louis, MO – One of three clubs that Mayor Francis Slay's administration believes may have played a role in recent shootings in the downtown entertainment district has been charged with violating at least eight sections of the city's liquor code

The Excise Commissioner's office, which oversees liquor licenses, sent a letter Wednesday to Club Lure, located at 1204 Washington Ave., outlining the five charges. The letter is the first step in the process of revoking Lure's liquor license.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:54 pm
Wed July 28, 2010

Audits focus on college construction projects in Mo.

Mo. Auditor Susan Montee, at a press conference today at the State Capitol.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Two audits released today find that the Missouri Department of Higher Education has little say into how money is spent on building projects.

The audits examined both the Coordinating Board for Higher Education and the Lewis and Clark Discovery Initiative. The latter was a project backed by former Republican Governor Matt Blunt to use profits from student loans to fund construction projects on college campuses.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:39 pm
Wed July 28, 2010

North County police officer pleads guilty to federal civil rights violations

St. Louis – A former police officer in Uplands Park, a North County suburb with 460 residents, has pleaded guilty to civil rights violations for sexually assaulting and stealing money from several women.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:29 pm
Wed July 28, 2010

3 accused of helping Illinois teen disappear

Alton, IL – Three people in southwestern Illinois are accused of helping in the voluntary disappearance of a teenager whose stepmother is still missing under what investigators consider suspicious circumstances.

Authorities believe there's no known link between the cases of 18-year-old Heather Woodward and 48-year-old Bonnie Woodward.

The teenager resurfaced on her 18th birthday on July 3, eight days after her stepmom went missing after last being seen talking to a man outside the nursing home where she worked.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:23 pm
Wed July 28, 2010

Branson nixes Nelly concert, again

Hip-hop artist Nelly
(file photo: UPI)

Branson, MO – Branson city officials have again said no to a proposed outdoor concert by hip-hop artist Nelly. The city's aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday not to allow the Aug. 21 concert behind the renovated Grand Palace.

Concert organizer Paul Dunn announced on July 4 that Nelly would perform as part of the Grand Palace reopening. But the city denied a special event permit on July 9, citing concerns about parking, crowd control and noise.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:31 am
Wed July 28, 2010

Chuck Purgason embraces outsider status in Senate bid

Chuck Purgason
(photo by Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Republicans in Missouri will decide next week who they want to replace Senator Kit Bond, who's leaving Washington after 24 years.

Congressman Roy Blunt has led in most polls over Democrat Robin Carnahan, but another longtime Republican is in the race, too: Chuck Purgason.

But Purgason has had trouble gaining traction among his party's voters.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:52 am
Wed July 28, 2010

PETA protests use of live cats by St. Louis Children's Hospital

St. Louis, MO – The animal rights organization PETA held a protest today against St. Louis Children's Hospital for its use of live cats in a pediatric emergency training course.

Course trainees use an infant-like manikin to practice intubation, a procedure which involves inserting a plastic tube into the windpipe of a patient to facilitate breathing. The trainees are then given the option of practicing the intubation on an anesthetized cat.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:25 pm
Tue July 27, 2010

Latest legal salvo fired in battle over Northside redevelopment

St. Louis, MO – In the first of what is expected to be a long series of appeals, attorneys for developer Paul McKee have asked a St. Louis city judge for a second chance to make their case on one specific point.

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