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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:20 am
Mon July 12, 2010

Worker killed in Peabody mine identified

EQUALITY, Ill. – Authorities have identified the man killed at a mine in far southern Illinois.

Thomas Brown, 61, of Eddyville, Kentucky was struck by a shuttle car Friday at the Willow Lake mine. St. Louis-based Peabody Energy owns the facility.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration recently singled out Willow Lake as particularly dangerous.

Since late 2008, the agency has fined Peabody $230,000 for violations there.

MSHA closed the Willow Lake mine pending an investigation.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:52 pm
Fri July 9, 2010

Nixon, Mo. lawmakers reach tentative agreement

Jefferson City, Mo. – A tentative agreement has been reached between Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and legislative leaders on wrapping up the special session.

If all goes according to plan, lawmakers will remove tax breaks for data storage centers from the auto incentives bill, and revamp state pensions without creating a new investment board.

Senate President Pro-Tem Charlie Shields (R, St. Joseph) is confident the special session will end next week.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:21 pm
Fri July 9, 2010

Aldermen approve a variety of bills before summmer break

St. Louis – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen sent a flurry of bills to Mayor Francis Slay on Friday, the day before the board's traditional summer break.

Aldermen approved measures that add gender identity and expression to the city's anti-discrimination ordinance, put stricter controls on the use of official cars, and ask voters in November to weigh in on local control of the police department and whether to increase the maximum fines for a municipal ordinance violation.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:31 pm
Fri July 9, 2010

New law cracks down on Illinois red light cameras

Springfield, IL – A new Illinois law adds the human touch to traffic tickets generated by automated "red light" cameras.

The law requires an official to verify the violation before any citation is issued. Drivers also will be allowed to view the
evidence online, and they can't be charged an extra fee for contesting the ticket.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:45 pm
Fri July 9, 2010

Public meeting to be held tonight on future of Missouri River

(Photo credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

St. Louis, MO – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding a public meeting in St. Louis tonight to discuss the future of the Missouri River.

The Corps is re-evaluating the river's uses, and how those uses are prioritized.

In Missouri, the river supplies drinking water to more than half the state's population and serves as a route for commercial navigation.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:35 pm
Thu July 8, 2010

Obama criticizes Blunt, endorses Carnahan for Senate

Kansas City, MO – President Barack Obama said Robin Carnahan would help move his agenda forward while being an independent voice if elected to the U.S. Senate.

Obama appeared with Carnahan in Kansas City Thursday at a pair of fundraisers for her Democratic Senate bid. The Carnahan campaign said the events raised at least $500,000.

Carnahan is the leading Democrat in the race to replace retiring Republican Senator Kit Bond. The Republican front-runner in that race is Congressman Roy Blunt.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:17 pm
Thu July 8, 2010

Monsanto to pay $2.5 million fine to EPA

St. Louis, MO – Monsanto will pay a $2.5 million fine to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for selling mislabeled genetically-engineered cotton seeds.

The fine is the largest civil settlement ever paid under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, the law that regulates pesticide use.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:53 pm
Thu July 8, 2010

Loop Trolley gets federal funding

Joe Edwards celebrates news of the $25 million in federal funding for the Loop Trolley
(UPI photo)

St. Louis, MO – A $25 million grant from the federal government means the Delmar Loop Trolley will become a reality soon.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the funding Thursday as part of the Obama administration's Urban Circulator Program.

Joe Edwards, the owner of Blueberry Hill and the Pageant, is spearheading the $44 million trolley project.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:52 pm
Thu July 8, 2010

Nixon still urging Mo. lawmakers to pass auto incentives

file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon continues to urge Missouri lawmakers to come to an agreement on an auto incentives bill during the now two-week-old special session.

A handful of Missouri House and Senate members held technical sessions this week, each one lasting no more than five minutes.

Press Secretary Scott Holste says the governor is now calling on House and Senate leaders to reach a compromise on auto incentives this week and pass it next week.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:38 pm
Thu July 8, 2010

Carnahan looks for information from vets on problems at John Cochran VAMC

Cong. Russ Carnahan (center rear) listens as veterans describe their concerns with the John Cochran veteran's hospital in St. Louis
(photo by Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – Congressman Russ Carnahan says the Veteran's Administration has improved its response to the problems with sterilization of dental equipment at the John Cochran veteran's hospital in St. Louis.

The Democrat toured the facility Thursday before meeting with veterans. About 1800 patients of Cochran's dental clinic were put at a slight risk of contracting hepatitis B and C and HIV because the clinic did not properly follow the Veterans Administration's sterilization procedures.

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