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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:28 pm
Tue December 8, 2009

Design competition underway for Arch grounds

St. Louis, MO – A national design competition is now underway to make the Gateway Arch grounds more user-friendly.

The call for designs follows the release of a general management plan last month by the National Park Service.

The superintendent of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial -- which includes the Arch -- is Tom Bradley. He says the Arch grounds need to have a better connection to downtown St. Louis and Illinois, across the Mississippi River.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:14 pm
Mon December 7, 2009

Rod Jetton charged with assault

Mug shot of former Mo. House Speaker Rod Jetton.

Jefferson City, Mo. – Former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton was charged with second-degree assault on Monday.

The felony allegations against the 42-year-old Republican stem from a woman's claim that Jetton hit her in the face several times and choked her into unconsciousness.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:27 pm
Mon December 7, 2009

Artists help homless men transition to stable lives

St. Louis – Over the last ten years, The Peter and Paul Services Homeless Shelter in Soulard has been helping homeless men transition back into society with the help of local artists.

The goal of the project is to give each individual an opportunity to document his journey from homelessness to independent living through a variety of artistic media.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:49 am
Mon December 7, 2009

Missouri lawmakers begin budget talks

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers begin laying the groundwork this week for what's expected to be a difficult budget process.

The Senate Appropriations Committee is to hear public testimony Monday and Tuesday on spending for education, public safety, social services and other government programs. The House appropriations committee for economic development issues is to meet Wednesday.

Legislative committees typically start hearing pleas for spending before their session officially begins in early January.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:48 am
Mon December 7, 2009

Illinois prison offiicals move ahead with prison sale process

Springfield, Ill. – The federal government has yet to decide if it will buy a mostly vacant northwestern Illinois prison to hold terrorist suspects from Guantanamo Bay, but state corrections officials are already moving forward with the process to sell the Thomson Correctional Center.

They must go through the same procedure for closing any other state facility, and that began last week when corrections director Michael Randle sent in his official recommendation to close Thomson.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:44 am
Mon December 7, 2009

Nixon says state can't afford planned children's health expansion

Jefferson City, Mo. – Newly released records show Gov. Jay Nixon's staff was planning to add tens of thousands of children to Missouri's health care rolls. But the plan was put on
hold because of budget troubles.

Documents provided to The Associated Press show the Department of Social Services identified six ways to increase enrollment in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance program.

The proposal would have added nearly 42,000 people, mostly children.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:54 am
Mon December 7, 2009

Missouri's next budget expected to be $1 billion less than current one

Jefferson City, Mo. – Senate budget writers say that the state of Missouri will likely have one billion dollars less to work with than it did prior to the 2009 legislative session.

The Senate Appropriations Committee is taking testimony this week from various people and agencies who want at least the same amount of funding for the next fiscal year, if not more.

Michelle Podensky spoke in support of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, which provides job programs for the disabled.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:54 am
Mon December 7, 2009

Reopened I-64 flows smoothly, mostly

MoDot district engineer Ed Hassinger briefs the media Monday.
(KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – Transportation officials say the re-opened section of Interstate-64 was busy Monday morning.

It was the first day of traffic for the five mile stretch between I-170 and Kingshighway after a year of being closed.

MoDot district engineer Ed Hassinger says there were a few slow spots, but overall the rebuilt road and interchanges handled the return of vehicles well.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:48 am
Mon December 7, 2009

Former Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog headed to Hall of Fame

(UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis, MO – Former Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Herzog managed the Cardinals from 1980 to 1990, and led the Redbirds to a World Series Championship in 1982 and two National League pennants.

Speaking at a press conference at Busch Stadium, Herzog said his time with the Cardinals was the high-point of his career, and he will be forever thankful to St. Louis fans and former Cardinals owner August "Gussie" Busch Jr.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:07 pm
Sun December 6, 2009

Officials cut ribbon on last part of I-64 project

Bicyclists take to the rebuilt I-64 on Sunday.
(KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – Interstate 64 will open again in St. Louis Monday morning after a $524 million reconstruction project that spanned close to two years.

Transportation officials and political leaders cut the ribbon Sunday on the second half of the project - a five-mile stretch of highway between I-170 and Kingshighway. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says the closure may have been painful but it also taught motorists some lessons.

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