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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:52 pm
Wed June 16, 2010

Additional manpower pushes car break-ins down

St. Louis – The St. Louis Police Department says extra manpower in neighborhoods like downtown, Soulard and Grand Center helped reduce car break-ins by 41 percent in three weeks.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:51 am
Wed June 16, 2010

Lightning kills letter carrier

St. Louis – Lightning killed a mail carrier Tuesday afternoon.

Christina Jones, 34, was struck while seeking shelter under a tree in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. She died at a hospital within an hour.

Witnesses say the force of the strike knocked Jones' shoes and hat off and tattered her clothes.

Co-workers and friends say Jones was the mother of a 6-year-old son.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:18 am
Wed June 16, 2010

St. Louis Board of Aldermen looking at executive pay in the Zoo-Museum District

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen is investigating pay levels for the CEOs of five of the city's premier cultural institutions: the Zoo, the History Museum, the Art Museum, Botanical Garden, and the Science Center.

In total, $72 million in taxpayer funds flows to these institutions through the Zoo Museum District.

Amid a major budget deficit, some aldermen would like to know more about executive salaries approaching $400,000. That does not include pension plans and other compensation.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:11 am
Wed June 16, 2010

Police department to evaluate cost of new headquarters building

The St. Louis police department is eying the old AG Edwards building on Olive for a new headquarters
(photo by Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – The board that oversees the St. Louis Police Department will decide next month on a firm to evaluate how much it will cost to purchase and retrofit a vacant downtown office building for a possible new headquarters.

Chief Dan Isom told the Board of Police Commissioners last year that the current headquarters needs $15 million in emergency repairs. And on Wednesday, the Board approved an increase in a maintenance contract for the air conditioning units.

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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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