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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:52 pm
Mon January 11, 2010

Mo. lawmakers focusing on federal issues

Mo. State Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Republican leaders in the Missouri General Assembly are devoting time and attention to federal issues, in addition to regular state business.

Following Monday's session of the State Senate, Majority Floor Leader Kevin Engler (R, Farmington) expressed concerns over the potential cost of federal health care legislation, and how it could impact Missouri's budget.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:01 pm
Mon January 11, 2010

McGwire admits using steroids

St. Louis – Former St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire has admitted using steroids during his record-breaking season in 1998.

In a statement Monday, McGwire admitted to using performance enhancing drugs on and off for a decade, something he called "foolish" and a "mistake."

The news did not surprise The Sporting News' baseball columnist Stan McNeal,who had long suspected McGwire was doping. Most fans did as well, he said, and they are likely to forgive the former Cardinals star.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:18 am
Mon January 11, 2010

Blagojevich apologizes for saying he's 'Blacker than Obama'

(UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Chicago – Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is apologizing for what he calls a poor choice of words in an Esquire magazine interview in which he claims he's "blacker than Barack Obama."

Blagojevich said he's sorry if he offended anyone, and he told WLS Radio in Chicago Monday that it was a "stupid thing to say."

In the Esquire interview, Blagojevich said he grew up in a small apartment, shined shoes as a boy and that his father ran a laundry in a black neighborhood.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:17 am
Mon January 11, 2010

Missouri Supreme Court bans online posting of protection order requests

Jefferson City, Mo. – People searching Missouri's online court records may no longer view some requests for orders of protection.

Until the new year began, all applications for protection orders had been posted on Casenet. The site also listed court-issued ex-parte orders that are in effect only until a hearing is held to determine if a full order should be granted.

Under a change ordered by the Missouri Supreme Court, those records now are not listed online until a full order of protection has been granted.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:45 am
Mon January 11, 2010

Nixon decries GOP health care opt-out proposal

St. Louis – Governor Jay Nixon said an effort by some Republican lawmakers to allow the state of Missouri to opt out of mandates included in a new federal health care bill is "not reasoned thought."

Proposed legislation would amend the state constitution to exempt Missourians from participating in any kind of mandatory health insurance plan.

Nixon said backing away from a significant amount of federal money would not be a good move.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:38 am
Mon January 11, 2010

Funerals this week for ABB shooting victims

Cory Wilson (handout)

St. Louis – The first of three funerals will be held today for the victims of Thursday's shooting rampage at a St. Louis manufacturing plant.

A service for Cory Wilson is set for noon at the Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville.

Wilison, 27, was a supervisor at ABB's transformer plant in north St. Louis and a volunteer football coach at Collinsville High School.

Services for the other two victims, Terry Mabry, 55, and Carlton Carter, 57, will be Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

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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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