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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:06 pm
Thu December 17, 2009

St. Louis police officer pleads guilty to theft charges

St. Louis – A former St. Louis police officer has pleaded guilty to a federal felony theft count for stealing electronics merchandise confiscated during an arrest.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:40 am
Thu December 17, 2009

Special military unit seeks to bring the missing home

Charles Prevedel, wearing the glasses that convinced Judy Larouere that J-PAC had located her brother. He's now buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

St. Louis – Roslyn Walker Bourgeois's green eyes soften when she speaks of her older brother.

"Michael was wonderful," says the native of a small northeastern Louisiana town who now spends most of the year on a winery near Columbia. "He was my protector. We loved to dance. He played a little football in junior high, but he was a basketball player. He was just an easy-going, lovable person."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:21 am
Thu December 17, 2009

New Washington University Center on Religion & Politics named for Sen. Danforth

Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth (file photo)

St. Louis – Washington University in St. Louis will soon be home to a new institute on religion and politics.

It's being named for former U.S. Senator John Danforth; his family's foundation gave $30 million dollars to start the center.

At Wednesday's dedication, Danforth, who's also an Episcopal priest, acknowledged the importance of separating government from religion, but he said that does not mean religion should be absent from public policy debates.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:15 am
Thu December 17, 2009

Bridge builders' bids bust bank

St. Louis – Plans for a long-delayed Mississippi River bridge at St. Louis hit another snag when bids came in higher than expected.

Missouri Department of Transportation spokesman Andrew Gates said the low bid of $229.5 million for the bridge's main span was $39 million higher than expected.

Gates said MoDOT is continuing to analyze the bids and hopes to make a recommendation in the next few weeks.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:22 pm
Wed December 16, 2009

No disciplinary action against former Pinnacle CEO

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Gaming Commission has decided not to take any disciplinary action against former Pinnacle Entertainment CEO Dan Lee for making a political threat to a St. Louis County official.

Lee was accused of angrily telling an aide to St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger that Stenger's vote in favor of a competing casino's zoning request would not be forgotten.

Gaming Commission Executive Director Gene McNary calls Lee's actions an isolated incident.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:16 pm
Wed December 16, 2009

Police to get new evidence tracking system

St. Louis – The St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners has authorized the department to purchase a new software system designed to help officers keep better track of evidence collected during investigations.

The new system was the top recommendation of an outside auditor who reviewed the department's property custody department after thousands of dollars in cash went missing from an evidence locker in 2007.

The current system was modified from one designed to handle lab reports, said department spokeswoman Erica Van Ross.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:21 am
Wed December 16, 2009

Cardinals player's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit, police say

St. Louis – Authorities in Maryland Heights say Cardinals third baseman David Freese had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit when he was pulled over early Saturday.

A police report released Tuesday says the player's blood alcohol level was .232. The legal limit in Missouri is .08. Freese was stopped on Page Avenue after officers say they saw his vehicle swerving.

Freese allegedly told officers he had seven beers Friday night. Police say the player was cooperative during the arrest.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:18 pm
Tue December 15, 2009

Mo. could face financial repercussions from food stamp count

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri officials are concerned over potential repercussions due to over-reporting the number of food stamp recipients living in the state.

No one knows for sure what kind of sanctions the state may face. Missouri has received around an extra $14 million, based on the inaccurate data that dates back to 2002.

Scott Rowson with the State Department of Social Services concedes that Missouri may be facing financial repercussions.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:42 pm
Tue December 15, 2009

Lee cuts health care benefits for Post Dispatch retirees

Adam Allington (KWMU)

St. Louis, MO – Some retirees from the St. Louis Post Dispatch are having their health benefits eliminated.

The paper's parent company, Lee Enterprises based in Davenport, Iowa says eliminating health care obligations will save the company about $30 million annually.

About 75 former employees and union reps were picketing in the bitter cold outside of the Post on Tuesday morning.

Many of them retirees like Oliver Berger who worked 22 years in the press room.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:40 pm
Tue December 15, 2009

Art Museum expansion moving forward

An artist's rendering of the new wing of the St. Louis Art Museum

St. Louis Public Radio – The stabilizing economy is allowing the St. Louis Art Museum to once again green light its expansion plans.

The Museum's board voted last night to continue the $130 million, 200,000 square foot project it halted last year due to the economic downturn.

Museum president Brent Benjamin said the delay allowed museum staff to make sure all donors could keep their financial pledges.

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