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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:02 pm
Tue July 27, 2010

Developer brothers settle back tax lawsuit

St. Louis – The owners of one of the newest hotels in St. Louis have settled a lawsuit over back taxes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:42 pm
Tue July 27, 2010

Work underway to complete dual exercise path in Forest Park

St. Louis, MO – Those who exercise in Forest Park are looking forward to mid-November. That's when work will be finished on the dual hard and soft paths that ring the park.

Mary Ann Lee and the Crawford Taylor Foundation announced a combined $3 million gift recently to pay for the completion of the dual path system and its ongoing maintenance.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:45 am
Tue July 27, 2010

Scientists stalk cemeteries for signs of wildlife

A cemetery in Ohio contains a fragment of \"big blue stem\" prairie. At the time of the Lewis & Clark expedition, these tall grasses rolled across much of the nation's undeveloped midsection. (photo: Jim McCormac)

St. Louis – Across the U.S., development and agriculture have fundamentally altered the American landscape.

In some cases, the change has been so dramatic that conservationists and researchers are now looking for what they call "hidden habitats."

Among those are cemeteries that serve as refuges for some of the America's most endangered native plants and insects.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:29 am
Tue July 27, 2010

McCaskill says problems at Arlington Cemetery far worse than Army claims

Washington – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says problems at the nation's preeminent military cemetery are far worse than the Army claims.

Problems at Arlington National Cemetery came to light last month. They include mismarked grave sites and discarded headstones.

The Army says about 200 remains were misplaced, but McCaskill says there could be thousands more, because the military report only focused on one part of Arlington.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:26 am
Tue July 27, 2010

Judge, defense attorney spar amid closing arguments in Blagojevich trial

Chicago – Rod Blagojevich's defense attorney could find himself behind bars even as he works to keep the former Illinois governor out of prison.

Judge James B. Zagel warned attorney Sam Adam Jr. on Monday that he would hold him in contempt if during closing arguments he mentions the witnesses who prosecutors didn't call during trial.

Turning red and raising his arms, Adam responded, "I will go to jail over this."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:25 am
Tue July 27, 2010

Drowning of teen likely an accident

Lake St. Louis, Mo. – Authorities say the drowning of a teenager at Lake St. Louis was an apparent accident.

The victim was 17-year-old Cole Schlogl of Florissant.

Neighbors heard calls of distress just after midnight Monday and saw people jumping into the water and yelling the victim's name.

Lake St. Louis police and the Missouri Water Patrol arrived to help, and the victim's body was found around 4 a.m.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:47 am
Tue July 27, 2010

Fenton Chrysler plant could get new future as alternative energy park

Fenton, MO – When the last Chrysler rolled off the assembly line in Fenton last July, it took some 1200 blue-collar jobs with it.

Now, St. Louis County officials say plans are in the works to repurpose the two shuttered-Chrysler plants as an alternative energy business park.

Denny Coleman is the president of the St. Louis County Economic Development Council. While progress has been slow, he says plans are moving forward.

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