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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:35 pm
Thu June 3, 2010

Express Scripts officially opens new drug distribution center

Express Scripts' new drug distribution center will employ 300 people
(photo by Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – State and local dignitaries were back in north St. Louis County Thursday to celebrate the opening of Express Scripts' new $74 million drug distribution center.

It's the second major jobs announcement for the region. Representative William Lacy Clay and Sen. Kit Bond were also in the region Wednesday to break ground on the new National Personnel Records Center, which will retain 800 jobs in the area. Express Scripts will employ about 300 at the distribution center.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:34 pm
Thu June 3, 2010

Summit focuses on revitalizing rural America

Vilsack speaks to reporters at the Rural Summit in Hillsboro.
(Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis, MO – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced four new initiatives aimed at revitalizing the struggling rural economy.

The programs will provide grants and loans to support the development of farms and small rural businesses.

Secretary Vilsack made the announcement Thursday at the National Summit of Rural America, in the Jefferson County town of Hillsboro, south of St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:15 pm
Thu June 3, 2010

Judge begins juror selection for Blagojevich trial

file photo: Rod Blagojevich

Chicago, IL – The judge in the corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has begun questioning potential jurors for the case.

Among the first questions Judge James Zagel asked them today were whether they had read much about the case and whether they could set aside any preconceived notions about Blagojevich.

The former governor is accused of scheming to profit from his power to fill President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. He denies any wrongdoing.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:41 pm
Thu June 3, 2010

Missouri tax revenues show signs of improvement

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri tax revenues are showing some signs of improvement.

The state Office of Administration says sales taxes collections increased by about 9 percent in May compared with the same month a year ago.

If that growth continues next month, it could break a streak of 10 straight quarters of declining sales tax revenues.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:35 pm
Thu June 3, 2010

Paralyzed Rock Hill officer's recovery going faster than expected

St. Louis – A Rock Hill police officer paralyzed from the waist down after being shot in April is improving rapidly.

Matt Crosby will probably spend another month at St. John's Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital before going home, Rock Hill city manager George Liyeos said. Crosby, who has been at the hospital since he was shot, was originally expected to undergo inpatient rehab for as many as nine months. He's now using a machine that helps him stand to strengthen his legs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:19 am
Thu June 3, 2010

18 months after arrest, Blagojevich trial begins

file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Chicago – The long-awaited corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich begins today in Chicago.

Over the next few days, Judge James Zagel will question the 100 or so potential jurors.

The prosecutors' case against Rod Blagojevich and his brother Robert includes allegations that the former governor tried to profit from his power to fill a U.S. Senate seat.

The government is expected to use taped phone calls to show the scheme in action.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:16 am
Thu June 3, 2010

Fire chief says budget cuts will put St. Louisans at greater risk

St. Louis – The St. Louis fire chief warns a proposal to cut $4.5 million from the department's budget will endanger the safety of residents.

Chief Dennis Jenkerson told an aldermanic committee Wednesday that the cuts will mean firefighter layoffs and the possible closure of fire houses. He said that'll lead to longer response times.

But Public Safety Director Charles Bryson saidany layoffs and closings would happen only after a careful review of how to minimize the impact.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:54 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Nixon signs DWI bill into law

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon signs the DWI bill into law.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – A bill designed to get drunk drivers off Missouri's roads has been signed into law by Governor Jay Nixon.

Among the new requirements: Drivers with a .15 blood alcohol level will have to spend at least 48 hours in jail, and those with a .20 will be locked up for five days.

Governor Nixon says the new law will also allow for the creation of special courts to handle intoxicated drivers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:12 am
Wed June 2, 2010

Nixon, Slay present united front at celebration of downtown development

The Laurel building at Washington and 7th in downtown.
(photo by Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – Gov. Jay Nixon and Mayor Francis Slay appeared to be on the same page Wednesday as they gathered to tour four buildings under redevelopment in downtown St. Louis.

The two Democrats have clashed frequently since Nixon was elected, most recently over the politics of the city's police department.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:39 pm
Tue June 1, 2010

St. Louis police officer's condition improves

Arvon Brown
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department photo)

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis man accused of shooting a St. Louis police officer has made his first court appearance.

Arvon Brown, 24, was in court Tuesday for an appearance related to last week's shooting of officer Joseph Haman, 26. The officer was struck six to eight times, but a bullet-resistant vest saved his life. His condition has been upgraded from "critical" to "fair".

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