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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:44 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Police search government building for source of alarm

Jefferson City, MO – Police are still investigating a possible hostage situation in an office
building across from the governor's mansion in Jefferson City.

Police say authorities got a call around 10 a.m. today from an alarm company that took a call from a woman who said there was a hostage situation on the fifth floor. But police haven't confirmed any hostages have been taken, and
don't know if it was a prank call.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:00 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Audit finds wide-ranging problems at St. Louis police department

St. Louis – The state's top accountant has issued a blistering review of the board that oversees the St. Louis police department.

Governor Matt Blunt demanded the audit of the Board of Police Commissioners in 2008 after news reports that St. Louis Metropolitan Towing, which had an exclusive city contract, shortchanged the city of nearly $700,000 in two years because of poor oversight.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:14 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Third St. Louis police officer sentenced in federal corruption case

St. Louis – A St. Louis police officer has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for stealing money during drug raids and lying about it to superior officers and federal investigators.

Bobby Leo Garrett is the third former officer from the department's crime suppression unit to be sentenced in the corruption case. He and detectives Leo Liston and Vincent Carr stole money from a purported drug courier in September 2007, then failed to report they had stopped the individual and seized money.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:16 am
Tue November 10, 2009

Audit details wide-ranging problems at the St. Louis Police Department

St. Louis, Mo. – State Auditor Susan Montee released an audit on Tuesday detailing a wide-ranging lack of oversight of the St. Louis Police Department's financial operations.

The audit cited underpayments from tow companies, missing cash seized as evidence, as well as questionable severance payments to former staff, including outgoing Police Chief Joe Mokwa.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:01 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

Illinois American Water asks for rate hike

St. Louis – Some Illinois residents may soon pay more for water.

The Illinois American Water Company is asking state regulators to approve a 25 percent rate hike, which would bring the company an extra 60 million dollars.

But Jim Chilsen of the Citizens Utility Board, a consumer advocacy group, said Illinois American's pleas of poverty are overblown.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:00 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

Casino CEO resigns after alleged outburst at council meeting

St. Louis – The head of the company that owns the Lumiere Place and President Casinos in St. Louis has resigned, less than a week after he allegedly confronted a St. Louis County councilman about a zoning vote.

In a news release Monday, Pinnacle Entertainment said CEO Dan Lee has left to "pursue other business interests."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:59 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

Pfizer to lay off 600 in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO. – Pfizer announced Monday the company will lay off 600 employees at its St. Louis-area facility.

That will leave about 400 employees at the pharmaceutical giant's Chesterfield Village Research Center.

Pfizer spokesman Rick Chambers says the company is consolidating from 20 research centers down to five and nine specialized centers following last month's acquisition of Wyeth.

Chambers says St. Louis will be one of the specialized centers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:45 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

Skelton chided for vote on health care bill

A Cadillac was used to protest Congressman Ike Skelton's (D, Mo.) vote against his own party's health care bill.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Democratic Congressman Ike Skelton is taking some heat for voting against his own party's health care reform bill that passed late Saturday.

About a dozen protesters showed up outside Skelton's Jefferson City office today. Some of them arrived in a Cadillac, to symbolize what they call the "Cadillac of insurance plans" Skelton and other members of Congress have.

Robin Acree heads the group Grass Roots Organizing, or GRO.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:26 am
Mon November 9, 2009

First Illinois prisoners eligible for early release to be let out Tuesday

Springfield, Ill. – The first wave of Illinois prisoners eligible for early release will be let out Tuesday as part of a cost-cutting move. But officials say only non-violent inmates who have less than a year left on their sentences will be released.

The Illinois Department of Corrections is starting slowly. In this first round, the state will release 62 of the 1,000 prisoners it eventually plans to let out early.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:34 am
Mon November 9, 2009

Westminster College celebrates 20th anniversary of Berlin Wall's fall

Fulton, Mo. – A replica of the Berlin Wall will come tumbling down at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. Monday evening as part of a 20th anniversary celebration.

Westminster college is home to the largest contiguous section of the real Berlin Wall in the United States.

However it's most famous for being the site of Winston Churchill's 1946 "Iron Curtain" speech that warned about the encroachment of communism.

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