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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:14 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Region sees little benefit from tax-increment financing

St. Louis – When you pull out your credit card at the grocery or home improvement store, you probably don't think much about the sales tax you pay.

But in many places, not all the tax money goes to the government. A chunk goes to the developers who built that shopping center or big-box store. It's called tax-increment financing, or TIF.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:37 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Two jail escapees caught

Eric Gray, left, and Kurt Wallace escaped from the City Workhouse overnight. (handout)

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis police took two teenagers into custody Wednesday evening after they had escaped hours earlier from the city's medium security jail.

A police spokeswoman said the two were discovered in a vacant house in the 5900 block of Wabada.

One of the teens had been awaiting trial on murder charges.

Police say Eric Glenn Gray and Kurt Michael Wallace escaped from the jail known as the City Workhouse sometime between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:46 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

Talks between Boeing, union stall

St. Louis – Negotiations between Boeing and the union representing employees at two of its plants have stalled, nearly two days before the union can start walking picket lines.

The company and the International Association of Machinists District 837 have met twice this week with a federal mediator, but no new talks are scheduled. Union members build C-17s, F-15s, and F/A-18s, as well as missiles. They want to keep a traditional pension plan for new hires.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:39 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

Solar-powered race cars pass through Missouri

Cecelia Young, one of three drivers of the University of Michigan's solar-powered race car (background).
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Several groups of college students are racing across mid-America in solar-powered cars this week, and they made a pit stop today outside the Missouri State Capitol.

The event is called America's Solar Challenge. Several universities from the U.S., Canada, Germany and Taiwan are sponsoring the solar-powered race cars.

Cecelia Young is one of the drivers for the University of Michigan team. She says it's better than riding a roller coaster.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:02 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

Summit focuses on future of Mississippi River basin

(Photo credit: AICS)

St. Louis, MO – Over 100 experts from across the country have converged on St. Louis this week to discuss the future of the Mississippi River watershed.

America's Inner Coast Summit brings together government agencies, large private landowners, non-governmental organizations, industry, and academia. Participation in the summit is by invitation only.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:39 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

City will look into failed air conditioning at senior housing tower

St. Louis – The city of St. Louis will look into what happened at a high rise for seniors near downtown St. Louis where residents went several days without air conditioning during the hottest stretch of the year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:26 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

Heat warning remains in place, cooling areas opened

ST. LOUIS – An excessive heat warning remains in effect until 7 p.m. this evening.

Dangerously high heat index values between 105 and 110 degrees will continue through late Tuesday afternoon, primarily in the more urbanized portions of the warning area.

The effects of high heat are cumulative. Highest heat index values of 105 to 108 are forecast Tuesday afternoon. Several days of heat index values above 104 can be just as dangerous as one or two days of higher heat index values. Each day excessive heat continues will put additional stress on the body.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:27 am
Tue June 22, 2010

Air conditioning back on at senior complex

St. Louis, MO – The air conditioning is back on again in a 12-story St. Louis apartment building occupied mostly by elderly and disabled residents.

The air conditioning at the Cochran Towers complex downtown broke down last Tuesday, just as the hottest weather so far this year was settling in.

The St. Louis Housing Authority owns the building. Agency Director Cheryl Lovell says the equipment was fixed Monday afternoon.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:17 am
Tue June 22, 2010

Former chief of staff testifies against Blagojevich

Chicago, IL – The last chief of staff to Rod Blagojevich started what is expected to be several days on the stand at the former Illinois governor's corruption trial.

John Harris ended his first day on the stand Monday and is expected there for much of this week.

Harris told jurors about Blagojevich's seemingly frantic efforts to get a job for his wife, Patti. Harris said Blagojevich once said he'd cut state contracts to two companies he felt didn't do enough to help land his wife a job.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:35 pm
Mon June 21, 2010

Supreme Court strikes down ban on genetically-engineered alfalfa

The U.S. Supreme Court
supremecourt.gov

St. Louis, MO – The Supreme Court today ruled in favor of Monsanto, overturning a lower-court's ban on the planting of genetically-engineered alfalfa.

The 7-to-1 decision opens the door for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow farmers to plant Monsanto's Roundup Ready alfalfa - with some restrictions - while the agency conducts an environmental impact assessment.

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