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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:26 pm
Wed January 6, 2010

Mo. lawmakers begin 2010 legislative session

Mo. State Capitol on the opening day of the 2010 session.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers talked ethics, jobs, and crafting a budget with less money as the 2010 legislative session opened today in Jefferson City.

They especially had a lot to say about ethics reform. Senate President Pro-tem Charlie Shields (R, St. Joseph) says his chamber will work to get some form of ethics legislation passed early in the session.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:19 pm
Wed January 6, 2010

Winter storm disrupts Mo. lawmakers

Blowing snow falls on a statue of Thomas Jefferson outside the Mo. State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, on the opening day of the 2010 legislative session.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers have cut short their opening week sessions due to the winter storm bearing down on much of the state.

House Majority Floor Leader Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) says there'll be a technical session Thursday morning for House members who want to get bills filed. But he's also encouraging them to go home.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:37 pm
Wed January 6, 2010

Monsanto posts $19 million loss

Monsanto's headquarters in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

St. Louis, MO – Monsanto, the world's biggest seed maker, says it lost $19 million in the first quarter as global sales of its popular Roundup herbicide sank in the face of generic competition.

Monsanto Co. said Wednesday its loss amounted to 3 cents per share in the quarter ended Nov. 30. The company earned $556 million, or $1 per share, in the same period a year ago.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:37 pm
Wed January 6, 2010

El-Amin sentenced to 18 months in prison

Former state Representative T.D. El-Amin outside the federal courthouse in downtown St. Louis
Photo by Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis, MO – A former state Representative from north St. Louis will spend 18 months in federal prison for accepting bribes from a business owner in his district.

"I don't know why you did what you did," U.S. District Judge Henry Autry told former state Representative T.D. El-Amin before handing down the sentence. "It's absurd. You stomped on the Constitution that gave you your job, and spit in the face of the people who elected you for a few dollars."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:21 am
Wed January 6, 2010

Tough decisions loom for Missouri lawmakers as new session begins

St. Louis – Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City today for the start of the new legislative session.

This year's term is expected to resemble 2009, when it comes to battling over how to spend the state's dwindling revenues.

St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin takes a closer look:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:08 pm
Tue January 5, 2010

Former DNR official says public not threatened

Lake of the Ozarks.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – The former state Department of Natural Resources official who took the blame for delaying the release last year of E. coli test results from the Lake of the Ozarks defended his actions today before a Missouri Senate committee.

Joe Benbeutel, a long-time aid to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon, lost his appointment to be an administrative law judge over his one-month delaying of the report showing E. coli levels from late May exceeded federal guidelines.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:18 pm
Tue January 5, 2010

City opens warming centers

St. Louis, MO. – The city of St. Louis has opened warming centers to give people a place to get out of the cold.

That's as the national Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the area.

Snow is in the forecast beginning tomorrow afternoon and continuing into Thursday morning.

City Commissioner of Health Melba Moore says residents should pay attention.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:42 pm
Tue January 5, 2010

New drop-out prevention initiative to focus on attendendance

St. Louis – The anti drop-out coalition founded by a Missouri state Representative has announced a new initiative to keep kids in school.

Volunteers from In It 2 Win will start calling and knocking on the doors of St. Louis Public Schools students who are absent from school for more than a few days.

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