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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:28 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

UM-St. Louis to study drugs to treat HPV

UM-St. Louis biochemistry professor James Bashkin.
(Photo credit: August Jennewein)

St. Louis, MO – The National Institutes of Health has awarded close to two million dollars to the University of Missouri-St. Louis to study potential drugs to treat the virus that causes cervical cancer.

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually-transmitted disease in the United States. Health officials estimate that at least half of all sexually active people will become infected with HPV at some time in their lives.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:21 am
Wed May 12, 2010

Investment group gives up stake in Blues

St. Louis – One of the largest investors in the St. Louis Blues has decided to give up its stake in the hockey team.

TowerBrook Capital partners, based in New York and London, will be selling its share of the frachise.

TowerBrook partnered with Dave Checketts to buy the Blues in 2006 for $150 million.

In a statement, TowerBrook says Checketts has done a remarkable job restoring the "pride and passion of the Blues."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:19 am
Wed May 12, 2010

Amnesty International report finds flaws in Missouri capital case

St. Louis – Amnesty International released a report Tuesday documenting flaws in the trial of a Missouri man on death row.

Reginald Clemons was convicted in 1993 in the deaths of Julie and Robin Kerry, who were thrown off the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis.

The Amnesty International report alleges prosecutorial misconduct, police coercion, prejudicial jury selection and ineffective legal counsel for Clemons.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:06 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

Negotiations over ethics bill set

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Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has formally said "no" to the ethics legislation passed last week by the House, setting up a final round of negotiations over the wide-ranging bill.

It contains several items that have not been associated with this year's ethics debate, such as requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon remained optimistic that a compromise can be reached by Friday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:35 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

Mo. Senate adjourns to play golf

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has taken the afternoon off to play golf at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The outing comes even though several bills, including ethics reform legislation, remain unfinished. Senate President Pro-tem Charlie Shields (R, St. Joseph), who does not play golf, defends the break from work.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:55 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

Governor touts tax credits even as he pushes to rein some programs in

Gov. Jay Nixon at Alpla's St. Louis facility. The company received about $267,000 in tax credits
(photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI)

St. Peters, Mo – Gov. Jay Nixon is continuing to push lawmakers to overhaul the system of tax credits in Missouri - even as he touts the good they do.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:16 am
Tue May 11, 2010

Missourians to vote on challenge to federal health care law

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Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri will be the first state to let citizens vote on whether to defy the federal health care law signed by President Obama.

The Missouri House today passed legislation authorizing a referendum stating that citizens and employers cannot be forced to participate in any public or private health care system. It's designed to challenge the new health care law that requires most Americans to have health insurance or face fines.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:46 am
Tue May 11, 2010

Gaming revenue up overall in the region

St. Louis – A $13 million dollar performance by River City Casino in south St. Louis County pushed gaming revenue from the seven St. Louis-area casinos up eight percent from last April.

But numbers from the Missouri Gaming Commission show that overall gain came at the expense of individual facilities.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:17 am
Tue May 11, 2010

Drunk-driving changes stall with session days waning

Jefferson City, Mo – A bill that would help Missouri courts deal with the high number of cases involving intoxicated drivers is stalled in the state Senate with just four days left in the session.

The measures are a priority of Gov. Jay Nixon, and were prompted by a newspaper investigation that found many individuals with multiple convictions were still driving.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:28 am
Tue May 11, 2010

Amnesty International joins call for clemency for Reginald Clemons

St. Louis – Amnesty International will release a report Tuesday detailing the findings of its investigation into the capital murder case of Reginald Clemons.

Clemons was one of four men convicted in the 1991 rape and murder of Julie and Robin Kerry. The sisters and their cousin were forced to jump from the Chain of Rocks bridge in north St. Louis. The cousin survived.

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