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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:23 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

Summit called to address drunk drivers in Mo.

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon addresses DWI summit in Jefferson City.
St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – More than two dozen law enforcement officers, attorneys, judges and anti-drunk driving activists gathered in Jefferson City today to study ways to reduce the number of intoxicated drivers in Missouri.

Governor Jay Nixon convened the summit. He told participants that many offenders are in effect being slapped on the wrist.

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5:59 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

St. Louis County to offer free H1N1 vaccinations Saturday

Nina Schellhase, right, receives a flu shot from nurse Veronica Murray at a vaccination clinic for pregnant women at St. John's Mercy Medical Center on October 31. The hospital sponsored the clinic for 1,500 pregnant women. (photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – St. Louis County health officials say they have received a shipment of H1N1 flu vaccine, and will begin vaccinating the public against the illness.

The county announced Wednesday that it will offer free H1N1 flu vaccinations on Saturday to county residents at five area high schools.

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11:33 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

County Council approves rezoning for possible casino

Opponents of a proposed N. County casino protest outside a Planning Commission meeting on September 14
(photo by Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – The St. Louis County Council has signed off on a measure that could allow the construction of a casino in unincorporated North County.

The rezoning of 367 acres near the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area was approved Tuesday by a 4-2 vote.

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5:03 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

BetOnSports.com founder gets 4 year sentence

St. Louis – The founder of the online gambling site BetOnSports.com will spend more than four years in prison.

Gary Kaplan was sentenced Monday in St. Louis federal court, ending a lengthy case involving the complex world of offshore sports gambling. He pleaded guilty in August to federal racketeering and other charges.

In a plea agreement, Kaplan must forfeit nearly 44 million dollars. Kaplan founded the company in 1995, setting up entities in Aruba, Antigua and eventually Costa Rica.

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5:03 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

Missouri public defenders stuck between high caseloads, low budgets

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5:02 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

Nixon planning new jobs initiative

Gov. Jay Nixon (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon is putting together another jobs initiative for the 2010 legislative session, which begins two months from now.

The initiative will be called "Missouri First," and comes out of a series of meetings around the state the Democratic Governor held with business leaders and community college officials.

Press Secretary Scott Holste says it would focus primarily on aiding existing businesses in Missouri.

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10:16 am
Tue November 3, 2009

In St. Louis, Bosnians react to Karadzic trial

St. Louis – On Tuesday, the Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is expected to finally appear at his war crimes trial in The Hague, a week after it started. Karadzic faces 11 charges, including genocide and crimes against humanity during the Bosnian War.

He has been boycotting the trial, saying that he hasn't had enough time to prepare, and tomorrow he's expected to simply argue that case once more.

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9:16 am
Tue November 3, 2009

Enforcement of 1995 Illinois abortion law delayed again

Chicago – A controversial abortion notification law scheduled to go into effect Tuesday in Illinois has been pushed back.

On Wednesday, members of a state medical disciplinary board will discuss the measure.

It was passed in 1995, but has gone unenforced because of a federal injunction. That injunction was lifted in July.

The law requires physicians to notify a parent or guardian when a girl 17 or younger seeks an abortion. However it does not require parental consent.

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8:25 am
Tue November 3, 2009

Smoking ban wins big in St. Louis County

St. Louis – Most public places in St. Louis city and County will be going smoke-free in 2011.

Unofficial results from Tuesday's election show the St. Louis County ban passing with nearly 2/3 of the vote. That means the city ban approved last Friday by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen will go into effect as well.

Both bans exempt casinos. Small bars are totally exempt in St. Louis County, and get a five-year reprieve in the city. The smoking lounges at Lambert Airport are exempt as well.

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4:32 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

Students criticize Washington U.'s technology partnership

St. Louis, MO – A group of students at Washington University are accusing the school of getting "too cozy" with the coal industry.

Last year the university created a research group called the "Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization", funded in part through $12 million from Peabody Energy, Arch Coal and Ameren.

"Clean coal" is a conceptual industry term given to power plants that may eventually store carbon dioxide emissions underground, rather than releasing the greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.

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