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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:51 am
Wed May 26, 2010

UM president says tuition freeze shows commitment

St. Louis, MO. – Despite a state funding cut the president of the University of Missouri says the system is holding up well.

The University of Missouri has held tuition costs steady in exchange for a relatively minor five-point-two percent funding cut from the state.

UM president Gary Forsee says given the state's budget situation the cuts could have been much deeper.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:23 am
Wed May 26, 2010

Man charged in near-fatal beating of couple

Rashad El (handout)

Clayton, Mo. – A 24-year-old man has been charged with a brutal home invasion that left two south St. Louis county residents badly injured.

Rashad El faces 13 counts including assault, robbery and burglary.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said money was El's motive.

"Mr. El had done some work for the victim in this case and wasn't particularly reliable, and the victim wasn't rehiring him, and he showed up looking for money and/or property to steal," McCulloch said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:19 am
Wed May 26, 2010

Cardinals launch campaign for Musial to get Medal of Freedom

(file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – The St. Louis Cardinals have launched an effort to award the nation's highest honor to Hall of Famer Stan Musial.

Yesterday the team announced the "Stand for Stan" campaign. The goal is to convince President Obama to present Musial with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the most prestigious award a civilian can receive in the United States.

Past winners have included Alan Greenspan, Bill Cosby and Muhammad Ali.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:16 am
Wed May 26, 2010

Illinois House OKs debt-heavy budget

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois is finally on its way to having a new budget. On Tuesday night the House approved a spending plan that relies heavily on borrowing and pushing off payment of many bills.

Governor Pat Quinn's calls for a tax increase to help stem Illinois' growing deficit were dashed; his proposal was never even called for a vote. But the drastic cuts to schools he had threatened won't happen either.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:12 am
Wed May 26, 2010

Bank to take ownership of murder site

Waterloo, Ill. – A bank will take ownership of a Metro East house that was the site of a triple murder last year.

Authorities say Christopher Coleman spray-painted graffiti on a living room wall to make it look like an intruder had entered the home before he strangled his wife and two young sons.

Because Illinois law requires foreclosures to be sold "as is," the graffiti is still there.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:54 pm
Tue May 25, 2010

Mo. Public Health Lab conducts hazmat exercises

A \"patient\" is transported to a local hospital as part of a hazmat exercise in Jefferson City.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – State and local authorities conducted two hazardous materials (hazmat) exercises today at the State Public Health Laboratory in Jefferson City.

Both exercises centered on a scenario in which a powdery substance is discovered in the State Health Lab's mailroom, prompting a building-wide evacuation. And the simulations included seven employees being exposed to the substance and going through decontamination.

Michelle Rodemeyer portrayed one of the "victims."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:49 pm
Tue May 25, 2010

Novus International acquires companies in Spain, Mexico

Novus International produces additives for agricultural feed and pet food.

St. Louis, MO – St. Charles-based Novus International has acquired two companies, one based in Spain, and one in Mexico.

Managers of the animal feed company say these acquisitions will allow Novus to expand its product offerings in Europe, Latin America, and worldwide.

The acquired companies produce feed additives for poultry, livestock, and fish.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:32 pm
Tue May 25, 2010

Agency approves city part of financing for Kiel Opera House rehab

(photo by Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – A city development agency has authorized the sale of more than $36 million in bonds to help rehab the Kiel Opera House.

The bonds are the first part of the $70 million needed to reopen Kiel as a performing arts venue. The property's owner and developer hoped to have it open by this Christmas, but the economic collapse made financing nearly impossible to get. Aldermen approved the redevelopment plan about a year ago.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:30 am
Tue May 25, 2010

Alfalfa sprouts recalled in Missouri, Illinois

Washington – A produce company is recalling alfalfa sprouts that may be contaminated with salmonella.

The vegetables were sold at more than 400 Walmart stores in 15 states including Missouri and Illinois.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the sprouts sickened 22 people in 10 states, as well as a baby in Oregon.

A Walmart spokeswoman says the company bought the sprouts from Caldwell Fresh Foods of Maywood, California.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:21 am
Tue May 25, 2010

County police arrest suspect in violent home invasion

St. Louis – St. Louis County police have arrested a suspect in connection with a violent home invasion last week.

Authorities apprehended the man Monday after receiving a disturbance call in St. Louis city.

County police also say they recovered the victim's Toyota Rav 4 in East St. Louis.

Two other people were questioned and released yesterday.

The victims, a man and a woman, remain in critical condition.

Police say the couple knew their attacker and the crime was not random.

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