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11:29 am
Fri November 6, 2009

I-64 to reopen on Monday, December 7

St. Louis – Interstate 64 in St. Louis will reopen nearly a month early and $11 million under budget.

Missouri Department of Transportation Director Pete Rahn said Friday that the freeway will open to traffic between Interstate 170 and Kingshighway on Monday Dec. 7. The contractor, Gateway Constructors, had faced a Dec. 31 deadline, and the project was expected to cost $535 million.

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10:32 am
Fri November 6, 2009

Lincoln County commissioner faces drug charges

St. Louis – A county commissioner from eastern Missouri is facing drug charges.

Lincoln County Commissioner Matthew Bass has been charged with two felony counts of drug possession. The sheriff's department said Friday that Bass bought the prescription painkillers morphine and fentanyl from an informant on Wednesday in the parking lot of a Troy business, and was arrested immediately.

Bass was released from jail on Friday after posting $20,000 cash-only bail.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:39 am
Fri November 6, 2009

Explosion rocks western Missouri grain processing plant

St. Joseph, Mo. – There was an explosion at a grain processing plant in St. Joseph, Missouri north of Kansas City early Friday, but initial reports were that everyone at the plant escaped injury.

The explosion at the AG Processing Inc. plant occurred around 3:20 a.m. and was felt by residents miles away.

First responders say about 25 to 30 employees were working during the explosion, but the blast occurred outside the plant. Emergency crews evacuated nearby businesses.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:23 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

Priest faces three felonies for allegedly seeking sex with teenaged girls

Fr. James Patrick Grady
(photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of St. Louis)

St. Louis – A former priest at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church in south St. Louis has been charged with three felonies for allegedly seeking sex with an underage girl.

James Patrick Grady was one of three men picked up in an FBI sting in late July. He allegedly responded to an advertisement set up by the FBI offering girls for sexual activity, and set up a meeting with a 16-year-old. He was arrested when he showed up to the meeting location.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:28 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

Mo. Supreme Court hears Andrew Lyons case

Mo. Supreme Court Building.
St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments today over whether a convicted killer's death sentence should be commuted to life without parole.

Andrew Lyons was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for the 1992 shotgun killings of his girlfriend, Bridgette Harris, and her mother, Evelyn Sparks. He was also convicted of involuntary manslaughter for fatally shooting his 11-month-old son, Dontay.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:19 am
Thu November 5, 2009

St. Charles Co. stockbroker pleads guilty in Ponzi scheme

St. Louis – A former St. Charles County stockbroker has admitted to a Ponzi scheme that cost investors hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Kenneth Neely of St. Peters pleaded guilty Wednesday to mail fraud in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. He will be sentenced in January.

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, whose office regulates securities dealers, said Neely directed his clients from two different brokerage firms to invest in a nonexistent real estate trust.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:17 am
Thu November 5, 2009

Judge delays enforcement of 1995 Illinois abortion law

Chicago – A judge has issued a temporary restraining order delaying enforcement of an Illinois law that requires doctors to notify parents of teens seeking an abortion.

The order issued Wednesday was sought by the American Civil Liberties Union. It came just hours after the state's Medical Disciplinary Board put the law into effect.

The measure was first passed in 1995 but never enforced because of various court actions.

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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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