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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:31 am
Tue June 1, 2010

Nixon says state can focus tourism funding elsewhere

St. Louis – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon remains bullish on state tourism, despite pulling the plug on the high profile Tour of Missouri bicycle race.

The governor says the state is using what little tourism money it has to support other things, such as state parks. Nixon said attendance at state parks is up 5.6 percent over last year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:27 am
Tue June 1, 2010

Illinois Senate candidates spar over military records

Chicago – The Republican candidate for Senate in Illinois is taking full responsibility for inaccurately characterizing a military award in his official biography, and says he'll correct other discrepancies if any are found.

Congressman Mark Kirk had long said he was named the Navy's intelligence officer of the year. But he admitted recently the award was given to a unit he led in 1999 - not to him individually.

Kirk also lashed out Monday at "Democratic operatives" for spending money scrutinizing his records.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:41 am
Mon May 31, 2010

High water poses danger to swimmers, boaters

St. Louis – With rivers and streams out of their banks in many places in Missouri, boaters and swimmers are being urged to use caution this Memorial Day Weekend.

Some rivers have receded following spring floods, but that's not the case everywhere. Captain Jerry Callahan with the Missouri State Water Patrol said boaters need to be prepared for faster currents.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:39 am
Mon May 31, 2010

Amtrak train derails near St. Louis

St. Louis – Five people suffered minor injuries when an Amtrak passenger train derailed near St. Louis Sunday night.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the last two coaches on the train left the tracks in Granite City, Ill.

The train had just left St. Louis for Chicago.

Magliari said five of the train's 63 passengers were treated at hospitals for minor injuries. Amtrak gave the rest of the passengers the option of going onto Chicago on charter buses or returning to St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:37 am
Mon May 31, 2010

Kirkwood dedicates memorial to victims of 2008 shooting

Kirkwood, Mo. – On Sunday the city of Kirkwood dedicated a memorial walkway for the six public servants killed in a shooting rampage two years ago.

A disgruntled resident, Charles "Cookie" Thornton, stormed a council meeting on February 7, 2008 and killed police officer Thomas Ballman, sergeant William Biggs, council members Connie Karr and Michael Lynch, and public works director Michael Yost.

Mayor Mike Swoboda was injured in the shooting and died later in the year from complications.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:00 pm
Fri May 28, 2010

PSC grants $226 million AmerenUE rate hike

St. Louis, MO. – The Missouri Public Service Commission voted Friday to grant AmerenUE a $226 million rate increase.
The St. Louis-based utility had requested a $402 million hike.
AmerenUE spokesman Michael West says the company filed the request last year to help offset rising fuel costs and focus on the system's reliability.

He says the company is reviewing the PSC's decision.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:14 pm
Fri May 28, 2010

Nixon signs veterans bills into law

Governor Jay Nixon with veterans home resident Harry Lammert
(Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed a series of bills into law today that benefit the state's active service members and veterans.

Nixon made stops at several veteran's homes, in Warrensburg, Mount Vernon and as well as one in North St. Louis County.

The Governor said one of the new laws will make it easier for active-service members to vote in elections.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:48 pm
Fri May 28, 2010

Metro restarts Forest Park shuttle this weekend

St. Louis – The region's mass transit agency will on Saturday resume a shuttle bus through Forest Park - just in time for the tourism season.

Metro's shuttle route's restoration is one made possible by the passage in April of a half-cent sales tax. It was cut in March 2009 after a November 2008 effort to pass the same tax failed. The bus stops at all of the Park's major attractions, as well as a park-and-ride lot at the MetroLink station at Forest Park Pkwy. and DeBaliviere Ave.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:47 am
Fri May 28, 2010

Lawmakers do little to ease Illinois budget deficit

Springfield, Ill. – Faced with a $13 billion deficit, Illinois lawmakers had some tough choices to make as they put together a new state budget.

But in the end they did little to solve the state's serious financial problems, and could actually wind up making things worse.

Sean Crawford reports from Springfield.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:54 pm
Thu May 27, 2010

AmerenUE's Taum Sauk Reservoir resumes operations

A section of the outer wall of the new Taum Sauk Reservoir.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – AmerenUE's Taum Sauk Reservoir is once again generating electricity.

The St. Louis-based utility had the hydroelectric plant in southeastern Missouri rebuilt after its walls collapsed more than 4 years ago.

The new reservoir dam cost $490 million, and was built on the old dam's site on top of Proffit Mountain. The facility also contains a 7,000-foot shaft and tunnel inside the mountain, a lower reservoir and a two-generator power house.

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