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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:25 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

Saint Louis University launches dengue vaccine study

Dengue is transmitted by mosquitoes.
(Photo credit: USDA/ARS)

St. Louis, MO – Saint Louis University is initiating a study of a potential vaccine for dengue, a leading cause of illness in the tropics and subtropics.

Currently, there is no vaccine against dengue.

Like malaria, dengue is transmitted by mosquitoes. People in more than 100 countries are at risk of contracting the potentially lethal virus.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:28 am
Tue May 18, 2010

Names of Blagojevich jurors kept mum

photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Chicago – The judge presiding over former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption case says the names of the jurors will be kept secret from the public.

U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel said Monday he has ordered the anonymous jury to prevent anyone from contacting them to discuss the case. Zagel said he would release the names after the verdict.

It is improper to attempt to discuss a case with a juror outside of court unless that juror has been discharged by the judge.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:25 am
Tue May 18, 2010

Nixon plans to ax 'Black Friday' as state holiday

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers have saved two state holidays, but Gov. Jay Nixon still plans to keep state government operating on the day after Thanksgiving.

Nixon had proposed canceling state holidays to mark the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Harry Truman as well as the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Lawmakers did not approve a bill needed to revoke the presidents' holidays. But Nixon still plans to use his executive authority to cancel the day-off on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:18 am
Tue May 18, 2010

Riverview Gardens will come under state control

St. Louis – The state Board of Education will move on Thursday to take over another St. Louis-area school district.

Riverview Gardens, in North County, lost its accreditation in June 2007, mostly for poor academic performance. Under state law, the district had two school years to regain its accreditation. But students are still not meeting state academic standards, though the district has sporadically met attendance and high school graduation requirements.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:28 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

Pfizer and Washington University team up for drug research

Washington University
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St. Louis, MO – Pharmaceutical company Pfizer is providing $22.5 million to Washington University over the next five years, to find new uses for existing and discontinued Pfizer drugs.

The chief scientific officer of Pfizer's Indications Discovery Unit, Don Frail, says the collaboration will give scientists at Washington University's School of Medicine unprecedented access to confidential information about more than 500 pharmaceutical compounds.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:42 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

Rainy forecast could cause more flooding along area rivers

St. Louis – Moderate flooding remains a risk along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers until at least next week, officials at the National Weather Service office in St. Louis say.

The Mississippi River at St. Louis is expected to crest about 5 feet above flood stage on Wednesday or Thursday. It's already dropping in Hannibal and Quincy after moderate flooding there over the weekend. At St. Charles, the Missouri River will peak at about 7 feet above flood stage.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:55 am
Mon May 17, 2010

MoDOT says resurfacing will solve lane line confusion on I-44

St. Louis – Road crews plan to resurface Interstate 44 in St. Louis and re-stripe it a second time.

MoDOT recently reduced the number of lanes on I-44 from five to four. Anticipating more traffic, MoDOT added an extra lane in each direction before the Interstate 64 overhaul began in 2008.

Workers painted over the old stripes, but they're still visible and that's created a confusing and dangerous situation for drivers. Some motorists say it is difficult to tell the new stripes from the old ones.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:51 am
Mon May 17, 2010

Anti-Defamation League gives award to all Washington University graduates

St. Louis – The Anti-Defamation League in St. Louis is giving its Torch of Liberty Award to the entire graduating class at Washington University.

During a class trip to Chicago last October, six black students were turned away from the Original Mother's Bar for wearing baggy pants. When they exchanged clothes with Caucasian classmates, the white students were let in.

The Anti-Defamation League's Karen Aroesty said the African-American students received overwhelming support from the university community.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:43 am
Mon May 17, 2010

Water patrol searches Missouri River for body of boy, 16

Jefferson City, Mo. – Authorities spent the weekend searching for a 16-year-old boy who was shackled when he jumped from a bridge into the Missouri River.

But now the Missouri Water Patrol says the search has become a recovery mission.

The patrol says Robert Nichols never resurfaced and he is presumed dead.

Nichols jumped off the bridge in Jefferson City Friday after escaping from a car taking him to the Montgomery City Youth Center.

The water patrol searched until about seven Sunday night.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:50 am
Mon May 17, 2010

Focus turns to Nixon as legislative session ends

Jefferson City, Mo. – Now that the 2010 Missouri legislative session is over, the focus is on Governor Jay Nixon and what he will do with the more than one hundred bills sent to him by the General Assembly.

While he got much of what he wanted, the governor is not happy that lawmakers failed to pass a major jobs bill.

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