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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:19 am
Tue May 25, 2010

Group of Illinois Democrats pushes spending cuts

Springfield, Ill. – A group of Democratic lawmakers in Illinois is pushing for about $1.3 billion in cuts as officials try again to deal with a deficit ten times that.

The legislators say they're unhappy with the ideas on the table and are seeking more spending cuts.

Their plan includes chopping $300 million from Illinois schools and the same amount from government operations. They also want to trim state contracts by a half billion.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:25 pm
Mon May 24, 2010

Mo. National Guard to assist in Louisiana oil clean-up

A Missouri National Guard Black Hawk helicopter.
Mo. National Guard

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard will lend a hand in the response to the oil rupture off the coast of Louisiana.

Governor Jay Nixon has ordered the Guard to send at least one Black Hawk helicopter and 10 to 15 aircraft maintenance personnel to Louisiana to assist those trying to stem the flow of oil from a well that ruptured in an explosion just over a month ago. That explosion killed 11 oil workers, and thousands of gallons of oil have been released into the Gulf of Mexico since.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:26 pm
Mon May 24, 2010

Global biotech companies converge on St. Louis

St. Louis – Agriculture and biotech companies from around the world are in St. Louis for a venture-capital showcase. It's part of a larger effort to develop St. Louis as a hot spot for biotech.

Sam Fiorello is the Director of Bridge Park, a biotech research campus associated with the Danforth Plant Science Center. He says the two big trump cards St. Louis has in plant science are industry giant Monsanto and the Danforth Center, one of the top plant research institutions in the world.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:23 am
Mon May 24, 2010

Republican challenger for St. Louis County Executive calls for ending 'take home' cars

Bill Corrigan
(photo: Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis, MO – The Republican candidate for St. Louis County Executive says Charlie Dooley should discontinue the practice of allowing department heads to use county cars.

Republican attorney Bill Corrigan made the statements following several media reports that St. Louis County pays for some 34 so-called "take home cars".

Corrigan says at a time when many taxpayers are suffering, offering public employees personal cars and gas cards is just wrong.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:29 am
Mon May 24, 2010

Teens back in custody after escape from juvenile center

St. Charles, Mo. – Three teenagers are back in custody, but one had to be rescued from a small island in the Missouri River, after an escape from a detention center.

The three escaped from the St. Charles County Juvenile Justice Center last night.

Drivers spotted two of them near Interstate 70 asking for a ride. One went into the Missouri River and had to be rescued from an island.

Investigators say the teens scaled a 25-foot fence topped with razor wire.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:29 am
Mon May 24, 2010

Illinois lawmakers try again to pass budget

Chicago – The Illinois House goes back to work today after a two-week break.

Lawmakers will try to pass a budget after failing to do that during the regular session.

House Democrats have until the end of the month to pass a spending plan; after that, they'll need Republican support.

Despite a $13 billion deficit, Governor Pat Quinn says he hopes to have a spending plan by the end of the week.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:25 am
Mon May 24, 2010

Father dies from crash that killed infant son

St. Louis – A father whose car went into a river last week has died from the crash that had already claimed the life of his 7-month-old son.

A spokesperson for Barnes-Jewish Hospital said Kevin Payne, 24, died Saturday night. His vehicle went into the River Des Peres Wednesday afternoon.

Rescuers were able to get Payne out, but they did not know 7-month-old Trenton Payne was also in the vehicle until it was too late.

Investigators are trying to determine what happened.

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