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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:01 pm
Fri May 21, 2010

15 sites in Mo. nominated for National Register of Historic Places

Father Dunne's News Boys Home and Protectorate building. Built in 1906, the Salvation Army uses the building today.
City of St. Louis

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's Historic Preservation Advisory Council has nominated 15 sites across the state to be added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Nearly half of the sites are in and around St. Louis. They include Father Dunne's News Boys Home and Protectorate, which was founded in 1906 and housed orphaned boys who sold newspapers on the street.

Karen Bode Baxter is a preservation specialist who made the pitch to the preservation council.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:32 pm
Fri May 21, 2010

Secretary of Energy delivers commencement address at Wash U

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu addresses the Wash U graduating class of 2010.
(Photo credit: V. LaCapra)

St. Louis, MO – U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu delivered the commencement address this morning at Washington University.

Under a sky heavy with rainclouds, Secretary Chu predicted that climate change and rising oil prices would drive the need for a second industrial revolution - one that can meet the world's energy needs in a more sustainable way.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:57 am
Fri May 21, 2010

Washington University receives $60 million gift

file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis – Washington University in St. Louis has received one of the largest gifts in its history.

John. F. McDonnell and the JSM Charitable Trust have donated $60 million to the school, much of it with no strings attached.

McDonnell was chairman of the McDonnell-Douglas aircraft company. He retired in 1997 after the company merged with Boeing.

He's been a university trustee for more than 30 years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:56 am
Fri May 21, 2010

Slay defends cost of bodyguards

St. Louis – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is defending the $150,000 per year cost of the two bodyguards who protect him.

The money comes from the police budget, and Alderman Antonio French raised questions about the cost.

Slay says he's been confronted at events and has received comments that could be perceived as threats.

The mayor says there have been cuts. He used to have three bodyguards, and his predecessors had four.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:34 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

Stimulus project targets local diesel emissions

St. Louis city fire trucks will be retrofitted to reduce their diesel emissions.
(Photo credit: V. LaCapra)

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis community health non-profit Grace Hill presented their plans today for a $2 million dollar project to decrease area diesel emissions.

The Environmental Protection Agency is working with Grace Hill on the stimulus-funded project. The venture will retrofit more than 575 vehicles from St. Louis public fleets and small companies, with the goal of reducing air pollution and associated health problems like asthma.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:32 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

Nixon expected leadership shake-up at police board

St. Louis – Gov. Jay Nixon expected the leadership shake-up at the board overseeing the St. Louis Police Department.

But at an appearance Thursday to unveil tax credits for a social service provider, Nixon said he did not think it would happen as soon as it did.

Todd Epsten, the last Board of Police Commissioners member appointed by Governor Matt Blunt, abruptly resigned on Wednesday after he was ousted as president by a Nixon appointee, Bettye Battle-Turner.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:47 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

St. Louis Charter School renewed

Jefferson City, Mo. – While the Riverview Gardens School District awaits a state takeover, the news is much better for the St. Louis Charter School.

The State Board of Education today voted unanimously to renew the school's charter for another ten years. Head of School Tracy Garrett says some of the children who attend don't have successful lives outside the school.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:34 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

Riverview Gardens schools to be state-run

Jefferson City, Mo. – The state of Missouri is taking over another St. Louis-area school district.

The State Board of Education today voted unanimously to create a three-person state-run board to oversee the Riverview Gardens School District in North County. The district lost accreditation nearly three years ago based primarily on poor academic performance.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:39 am
Thu May 20, 2010

Kansas City man pleads guilty to funding terrorists

Kansas City, Mo. – A Kansas City man faces up to 65 years in federal prison after admitting he sent money to al-Qaida.

Khalid Ouazzani pleaded guilty Wednesday to several charges, including conspiracy to provide financial support to a terrorist organization.

The Morocco native had been an American citizen for less than a year when he took out a loan that he said was for his business.

But Wednesday he said he wired nearly $113,000 to a bank account in the United Arab Emirates to buy an apartment.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:38 am
Thu May 20, 2010

Baby drowns when car wrecks in River Des Peres

St. Louis – A baby boy drowned after his father drove into the River Des Peres Wednesday afternoon.

A witness saw the vehicle in the water, called 911 and rescued the driver. But authorities did not know about the baby until it was too late. Trenton Payne was 7 months old.

The baby's father, 24-year-old Kevin Payne, was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Authorities are awaiting toxicology tests and are looking into Payne's medical history.

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