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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:57 am
Wed June 16, 2010

Metro East levee fix estimated at $160 to $170 million

St. Louis – A group scrambling to upgrade Mississippi River levees in the Metro East now estimates repairs at $160 million to $170 million.

The Southwestern Illinois Flood Protection District Council says that's enough to make barriers capable of handling FEMA's 100-year flood threshold. Such a flood has a 1 percent chance of happening any given year.

New FEMA floodplain maps expected next year could show the levees as useless, meaning mandatory insurance and higher rates for thousands of home and business owners.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:32 pm
Tue June 15, 2010

Paideia Academy loses its charter

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Board of Education has voted unanimously not to renew the charter for Paideia Academy. The St. Louis charter school had more than 500 elementary students enrolled this past school year.

Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla recently announced its decision to drop sponsorship of the charter school, which had been underperforming academically. Jocelyn Strand is with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:59 pm
Tue June 15, 2010

Budget committee delays initial vote on trash fee

St. Louis – The committee in charge of the budget for the city of St. Louis has temporarily held off on approving a fee for trash and recycling services.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:14 pm
Tue June 15, 2010

Franklin County residents fight coal ash landfill plan

Ameren's coal-fired power plant in Labadie.
(Photo credit: Ameren)

St. Louis, MO – An environmental group is voicing opposition to a plan from Ameren to build a 400-acre coal ash landfill near the Missouri River, about 35 miles west of St. Louis.

Ameren operates a coal-fired power plant in Labadie, and needs more space to dispose of coal waste.

The Labadie Environmental Organization intends to raise their concerns tonight, at a Franklin County zoning meeting.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:22 am
Tue June 15, 2010

Two murdered in East St. Louis

St. Louis, IL – Investigators are trying to solve the case of a man and woman found shot to death in an East St.Louis house.

The victims were in their 20s and were found dead on a day bed late yesterday.

Their names haven't yet been released. Authorities say the woman had been reported missing from Belleville and may have been pregnant.

Investigators say the victims were shot in the head. The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis is investigating.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:02 am
Tue June 15, 2010

Missouri to stay in Big 12 after Texas declines offer to leave

University of Missouri Arena
UPI File Photo

St. Louis, MO – A week of speculation about the future of the Big 12 college athletic conference has ended, much to the relief of officials at the University of Missouri.

News that the University of Texas will remain in the Big 12 follows last week's decisions by Nebraska and Colorado to leave the conference.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:31 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

Scammers target Medicare rebate checks

Chris Koster
(file)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Elderly Missourians who qualify for $250 rebate checks from Medicare are being warned to watch out for scam artists.

The checks that are being mailed out are legitimate, but seniors who receive them may be targeted. State Attorney General Chris Koster says recipients should not give out their personal information to anyone calling to ask for it.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:15 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

Pageant will go smoke-free six months early

St. Louis – One of the top music venues in St. Louis will be going smoke-free six months early.

Joe Edwards, the owner of the Pageant, announced Monday that all shows at the theater on Delmar Blvd. will be smoke-free starting July 1st. Smoking bans in the city and county take effect January 2, 2011.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:53 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

Union to Boeing: come back to the table

St. Louis, MO – One month after Boeing workers ended a month-long strike at its Long Beach production plant; aerospace workers in St. Louis are also threatening to walk out.

Union members rejected a contract offering Sunday that would strip fixed benefit pensions from new employees and offer them enhanced 401K's instead.

The strike talks come in the wake of a multi-year procurement to produce over 120 F/A 18 Super Hornets at the St. Louis Plant.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:02 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

Illinois state Treasurer allows same-sex couples benefits

Chicago, IL – Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias is allowing the partners of same-sex couples who work in his office to have the same benefits as the partners of heterosexual employees.

The Democratic Senate candidate signed the order Sunday, making this the first statewide office in Illinois to have such a policy.

It recognizes same-sex domestic partnerships as equivalent to marriages for treasurer's office employees.

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