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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:42 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Ex-St. Louis jail officer sentenced to prison in drug case

Left to right: Peggy Lynn O'Neal, 48; James Lamont Moore, 36; and Marilyn Denise Brown, 54.

St. Louis, MO – A former St. Louis corrections officer has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for attempting to distribute heroin to inmates of the city jail.

Peggy Lynn O'Neal pleaded guilty in March to two felony counts of attempted distribution of heroin. She was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:09 am
Fri May 14, 2010

Missouri 2010 session ends today

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Jefferson City, Mo. – The final day of the 2010 Missouri legislative session has arrived, and lawmakers have passed several bills in the past 24 hours, while some remain in doubt.

One of the bigger surprises is the passage of legislation placing new restrictions on Missouri's adult entertainment industry. The House passed the bill after holding it for three months, then the Senate passed it a few hours later. It now goes to Governor Nixon.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:07 am
Fri May 14, 2010

Mo. Senate passes ethics bill

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has passed a scaled-down version of the ethics bill passed last week by the House.

It no longer contains several items unrelated to this year's ethics debate, which included requiring voters to show a photo I.D. at the polls.

While House Speaker Pro-tem Bryan Pratt (R, Blue Springs) called the ethics bill they passed last week the most sweeping "in the universe," Senate President Pro-tem Charlie Shields (R, St. Joseph) jokingly called it a "black hole."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:58 am
Fri May 14, 2010

Mo. General Assembly votes to rename Mark McGwire Highway

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Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has passed legislation that would remove Mark McGwire's name from I-70 in St. Louis.

The stretch of interstate was named for the retired Cardinals slugger in 1999, one year after he hit a then-major league record 70 home runs in a season.

But his reputation took a hit in 2005 when he refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing into steroid use in baseball. He admitted to steroid use earlier this year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:43 am
Fri May 14, 2010

Mo. House passes DWI overhaul

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – A bill designed to get drunk drivers off the road passed the Missouri House Thursday.

It mandates that anyone with a .15 blood alcohol level spend at least 48 hours in jail, and those with a .20 will be locked up for five days. But it also gives persistent DWI offenders the option of treatment over jail time.

The bill was sponsored by State Representative Bryan Stevenson (R, Webb City).

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:44 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

Bird in Metro-East tests positive for West Nile

The Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus) is a West Nile Virus vector.
(Photo credit: James Gathany/CDC)

St. Louis, MO – Illinois health officials report that a bird in the Metro-East has tested positive for West Nile virus.

State Public Health Director Dr. Damon Arnold says two birds have tested positive in Illinois so far this year: one in St. Clair County in the Metro-East, and another in the northwest part of the state.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:40 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

Museum, Archdiocese ready for opening of Vatican exhibit

St. Louis – Bone fragments from Saints Peter and Paul, a chalice used by Pope John Paul II and a series of papal portraits are among the objects in the newest special exhibit at the Missouri History Museum.

Some of the artifacts in "Vatican Splendors," which opens Saturday, have never been seen outside the Vatican's museum complex. St. Louis is the first of three American stops for the show this year, and the only one in the Midwest.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:20 am
Thu May 13, 2010

Mo. lawmakers passes new restrictions on sexually oriented businesses

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Jefferson City, Mo. – Legislation that would tighten restrictions on sexually oriented businesses has passed the Missouri General Assembly.

The bill would bar alcohol sales and full nudity at strip clubs, restrict where new adult businesses can locate, and bar those under 18 from patronizing them.

The bill was sponsored by State Senator Matt Bartle (R, Lee's Summit).

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:03 am
Thu May 13, 2010

Photo I.D. legislation likely dead

Jefferson City, Mo. – Legislation that would authorize early voting in Missouri and require voters to show photo identification at the polls is likely dead for the year.

The resolution is sitting in a Missouri Senate committee, which met Wednesday night without taking it up for a vote. State Senator Chuck Purgason (R, Caulfield) chairs the committee.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:31 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

State workers say mileage cuts will harm children, elderly

workers with the Missouri Department of Social Services
Adam Allington, STL Public Radio

St. Louis, MO – Social service workers rallied in downtown St. Louis on Wednesday protesting cuts to the mileage reimbursement rate for state employees.

The state cut the reimbursement rate from 42 to 37 cents because the state legislature didn't act on a petition to remove Harry Truman's birthday as a paid holiday.

Bradley Harmon is President of Local 6355, which represents about 7,000 state employees, including the Department of Social Services.

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