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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:38 am
Mon October 26, 2009

State rep apologizes after DUI arrest

Imperial, Mo. – Missouri state Rep. Tim Meadows is apologizing after he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Jefferson County.

The Democrat from Imperial said in the statement issued Sunday that he is "deeply sorry."

Sheriff's Capt. Ralph Brown said a Jefferson County deputy stopped Meadows about 12:13 a.m. Saturday in Imperial. He was booked at the Jefferson County Jail at 1:53 a.m. and released at 2:45 a.m.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:04 pm
Fri October 23, 2009

Missing Cole Co. girl found dead

Elizabeth Olton
Credit: KRCG-TV

Jefferson City, Mo. – A body found this afternoon in Cole County has been identified as that of a 9-year-old St. Martins girl who had been missing for two days.

Elizabeth Olton disappeared Wednesday evening while walking home from a friend's house a quarter of a mile away. Her body was found in a wooded area near her house.

Authorities say there is evidence that led them to a person of interest, an unidentified older juvenile who has been taken into custody.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:34 pm
Fri October 23, 2009

City smoking ban a step closer to passage

Ald. Lyda Krewson (center) addresses her colleagues during debate on a smoking ban
(photo by Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – A ban on smoking in St. Louis city is one step closer to the mayor's desk.

In a debate that lasted more than three hours and featured several procedural snarls, aldermen failed to remove an exemption for casinos from the ban. But they did increase the size of small bars that will be exempt from the ban for five years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:30 am
Fri October 23, 2009

County officials press public to pass tax for emergency radios

St. Louis – St. Louis County emergency officials say Proposition E911 is about protecting the public.

On November 3, county voters will decide whether to approve a new communications system for emergency responders. It would be paid for and maintained with a one-tenth of one percent sales tax increase.

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch said it's long overdue.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:24 am
Fri October 23, 2009

What's next for Lambert Airport?

St. Louis – Mark Mallen has been a travel agent in St. Louis for 35 years. And his job was much easier back in 1974, when dozens of airlines like Ozark, Braniff, Eastern and TWA operated flights out of Lambert Airport.

"You could fly non-stop to places like Acapulco and Mexico City, and then as the years went on TWA added flights non-stop to London, to Frankfurt, to Paris, to Honolulu, to Maui," Mallen said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:59 pm
Thu October 22, 2009

Quinn announces candidacy for Illinois governor

Pat Quinn

Springfield, IL – It's no surprise given the commercials already airing around the state. But today Governor Pat Quinn officially announced his candidacy.

Quinn says Illinois has weathered the economic, budget and confidence crisis it was facing when he took over from Rod Blagojevich.

"And over the last nine months, we've begun to mend the flaws of our government and restore public confidence in the integrity and honor of the governor's office," Quinn told supporters in Springfield.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:44 pm
Thu October 22, 2009

USDA declares 28 Mo. counties disaster areas

Jefferson City, Mo. – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared 28 Missouri counties to be federal disaster areas, due to storms and flooding that hit the Show-Me State between February and July.

Farmers in those 28 counties, and in 47 adjacent counties, can apply for federal disaster loans and other assistance.

Scott Holste is Press Secretary for Governor Jay Nixon.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:39 pm
Thu October 22, 2009

Northside development bills get easy committee approval

St. Louis – Legislation authorizing a massive redevelopment project on the north side of St. Louis sailed through another step in the approval process Thursday, as the Board of Aldermen's Housing, Urban Development, and Zoning committee voted nearly unanimously to give developer Paul McKee the right to rebuild 1500 acres in north city.

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11:40 am
Thu October 22, 2009

Environmental group says Clean Water Act poorly enforced in Missouri

St. Louis – An environmental group says the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has turned a blind eye to toxic chemicals that are being dumped into the state's streams.

A report from the research and advocacy group Environment America comes on the heels of a similar study from the New York Times. Both studies suggest that regulators across the country of failing to enforce the Federal Clean Water Act.

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10:59 am
Thu October 22, 2009

Southwest adds 9 new flights to Lambert schedule

St. Louis – Southwest Airlines is adding nine daily flights from Lambert Airport

The news comes just a month after American Airlines announced it would cut 46 flights and 20 destinations from St. Louis.

Southwest Wednesday it expects to add the flights by May, including six direct flights to new destinations.

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