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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:29 am
Mon June 7, 2010

Investigator killed in robbery attempt

St. Louis – A consumer fraud investigator for the Missouri attorney general's office and another man were killed in an apparent robbery attempt in the St. Louis suburb of Black Jack.

St. Louis County Police identified the dead Sunday as Tyrone Thompson, 47, and 18-year-old Jakeem Hicks.

Before going to work for the state, Thompson served as the police chief of Pagedale.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:28 am
Mon June 7, 2010

Illinois towns seek disaster help after tornadoes

Springfield, Ill. – Authorities in central Illinois are seeking state and federal disaster assistance after at least four tornadoes touched down late Saturday.

In the town of Streator, 17 people suffered injuries. The mayor says high winds heavily damaged 30 buildings and knocked out power to a thousand people.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Patti Thompson says the small town of Dwight nearby, was also hit hard.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:23 pm
Fri June 4, 2010

Holcim officially opens massive, controversial cement plant in Ste. Genevieve

St. Louis – A program at the University of Illinois that helps provide logistical support to community organizations will receive the largest share of air quality improvement funds available from a lawsuit settlement with the concrete company Holcim.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:13 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Battle for beards heats up

The Fusion ProGlide (Gillette)

St. Louis – The battle for the American beard is heating up. After months of hype, Gillette's latest razor finally hits store shelves this Sunday. This skirmish pits a consumer products behemoth against a much smaller, but formidable, challenger.

This latest version of Gillette's Fusion, the ProGlide, still has just six blades. But you wouldn't know it from the hundreds of millions of dollars Gillette pumped into the razor's design and it's marketing.

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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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