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4:41 pm
Fri October 16, 2009

Board of Aldermen get first look at McKee legislation

St. Louis Public Radio – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen is getting its first look at legislation authorizing a controversial development on the city's north side.

The bills introduced Friday authorize Paul McKee to develop nearly two square miles in north St. Louis, as well as the use of tax increment financing.

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9:40 am
Fri October 16, 2009

Nixon fires Bindbeutel, will reinstate Templeton

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon discusses his decisions to reinstate DNR Director Mark Templeton and dismiss long-time aide Joe Bindbeutel.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon has dismissed a long-time aide, but will reinstate the head of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in the ongoing controversy over the delayed release of E. coli test results from the Lake of the Ozarks.

Nixon has rescinded the appointment of Joe Bindbeutel to serve as an Administrative Law judge, in effect firing him, because he made the decision to delay the release of E. coli test results from the Lake of the Ozarks while serving as DNR Deputy Director.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:33 am
Fri October 16, 2009

Illinois Senate approves governor recall plan

Springfield, Ill. – With one former Illinois governor in prison and another facing corruption charges, the state Senate has decided to let voters choose whether they want the power to recall governors in the future.

The Senate's vote means a constitutional amendment will be placed on the ballot in November of next year. If it passes, Illinois will adopt a complex mechanism for recalling governors seen as corrupt or incompetent.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:30 am
Fri October 16, 2009

St. Louis policeman, 23, dies from crash injuries

St. Louis – A St. Louis police officer has died from injuries he suffered during a car accident last week. Officer Julius Moore was 23 years old.

He was chasing burglary suspects who'd fled on foot when his patrol car collided with a semi truck in south St. Louis on Oct. 6. His car was pushed into a brick wall.

Officer Moore is survived by his wife and three young children.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:52 pm
Thu October 15, 2009

Templeton still on leave

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon answers questions about DNR Dir. Mark Templeton in Jefferson City.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Mark Templeton is still on leave from his job as Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director, even though it's now been two weeks since his two-week suspension was handed down by Governor Jay Nixon.

Templeton was suspended without pay after the governor learned E. coli-contaminated beaches at the Lake of the Ozarks remained open during Memorial Day weekend, despite being told after the fact that they were closed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:22 pm
Thu October 15, 2009

More indictments in National Prearranged Services case

St. Louis – Another official with a now-defunct prepaid funeral company has been indicted.

Sharon N. Province was the office manager and a president of National Prearranged Services, which sold prepaid funeral plans to customers in 19 states from its headquarters in Clayton.

The federal indictment announced Thursday charges Province with five felony counts of mail fraud for her role in a scheme that bankrupted National Prearranged and other related companies.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:12 pm
Thu October 15, 2009

Biden: stimulus made recession less severe

Vice President Joe Biden greets police and fire recruits during a visit to St. Louis
(Matt Sepic/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – Vice President Joe Biden used a Thursday visit to a police training center in St. Louis to highlight the impacts of the federal stimulus package.

"In the city of St. Louis, that means $8 million to put 50 police officers back on the beat supporting their families and protecting yours," Biden said. Thousands of other first responder jobs have also been created across the nation, but Biden said a full economic recovery will come only with the creation of many more new jobs in all areas of the economy.

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11:56 am
Thu October 15, 2009

UMSL student rewarded for returning state auditor's Kindle

Juan Bermudez, State Auditor Susan Montee and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Jorge Riopedre at UMSL Thursday.
(KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – Juan Bermudez has a new Kindle after all.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis gave Bermudez, 29, the electronic reading tablet at a ceremony at the school today.

The UMSL math major had purchased a Kindle on-line earlier this year. Bermudez discovered that the Kindle had been stolen from Missouri state auditor Susan Montee's car while it was parked in Forest Park. Bermudez turned it over to the police.

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7:49 am
Thu October 15, 2009

Limbaugh dropped from Rams bid

St. Louis – Rush Limbaugh has been dropped from a group seeking to buy the St. Louis Rams.

The conservative talk show host was to be a limited partner in a group headed by Dave Checketts, chairman of the St.Louis Blues.

Checketts said in a statement Wednesday that Limbaugh's participation had become a complication in the group's efforts, and the bid will move forward without him.
Checketts said he will have no further comment.

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7:45 am
Thu October 15, 2009

Limbaugh's bid for rams criticized

St. Louis – Talk-show host Rush Limbaugh's announcement that he wants to buy a share of the St. Louis Rams football team has some fans in St. Louis, the NFL and others concerned. They are worried about Limbaugh's past comments that were deemed racially divisive.

St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann reports for NPR's All Things Considered.

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