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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:31 pm
Thu May 27, 2010

Monsanto cuts price of herbicide, company stock price falls

Monsanto is headquartered in St. Louis.

St. Louis, MO – Monsanto share prices fell more than 8 percent today following the announcement that the company was cutting prices of its Roundup herbicide. Stocks recovered somewhat by the end of the trading day, closing down 4.5 percent.

The agricultural biotech giant said lowering prices would reduce ongoing earnings per share by 50 to 70 cents in this fiscal year.

Monsanto's shares have lost about 40 percent of their market value since the start of 2010.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:55 pm
Thu May 27, 2010

Google posts 3rd grader's art

El Dorado Springs, MO – Google's homepage Thursday featured the artwork of a 3rd grader from southwest Missouri.

9-year-old Makenzie Melton of El Dorado Springs won Google's nationwide competition for the "doodle," or artwork that changes the company's colorful logo.

The competition was for K-12 students. Makenzie's drawing, "Rainforest Habitat," was chosen out of 33,000 entries from across the U.S.

Online voting during the past week narrowed it down to four finalists. Google executives chose the winner.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:27 pm
Thu May 27, 2010

Normandy school district replacing 8 of 11 principals

Superintendent Stanton Lawrence
Adam Allington, STL PUB RAD

Normandy, MO – The Normandy School District in north St. Louis County is replacing 8 of its 11 principals for the upcoming school year.

Normandy is currently the worst performing district in Missouri that has not already been taken over by the state.

The district meets only 5 of 14 accreditation points, which is actually below the threshold for provisional accreditation.

Normandy Superintendent Stanton Lawrence says the time for half-measures has passed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:56 pm
Thu May 27, 2010

Tour of Missouri canceled

Riders sprint through downtown St. Louis in the opening stage of the 2009 Tour of Missouri
(photo by Mike Lippmann)

St. Louis – A lack of state support has forced the organizer of the Tour of Missouri to cancel the bike race's fourth year.

"It's become clear that the Governor and the Tourism Commission no longer support the event, and without the partnership with the state, a world-wide event of this magnitude likely would not be successful," Medalist Sports managing partner Chris Aronhalt wrote in an e-mail.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:17 am
Thu May 27, 2010

Suspect arrested in shooting of St. Louis police officer

St. Louis – Authorities have arrested a man suspected of shooting and wounding a St. Louis policeman.

Officer Joe Haman was hit with bullets eight times during a traffic stop on the north side early Thursday.

He's expected to make a full recovery. Police Chief Dan Isom credits a bulletproof vest with saving Haman's life.

"The officer is going to recover, no life-threatening injuries," Isom said. "We have the entire incident captured on video and audio."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:22 pm
Wed May 26, 2010

Mo. judicial ballot question has failed, opponents say

Mo. Supreme Court Building.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO. – Opponents of a ballot question to scrap Missouri's non-partisan court plan say its backers have not gathered enough signatures to place it on the November ballot.

The current system for selecting judges to the Missouri Supreme Court, Appeals courts and some circuit courts relies on judicial panels to select nominees, which are then chosen by the governor.

The initiative would require elections for all of Missouri's judges.

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