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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:11 pm
Wed October 14, 2009

Opposition forms to county smoking ban

Scott Simon, Greater St. Louis Bowling Proprietors Association, and Jon Rand, Discount Smoke Shops, attend a press conference in University City Wednesday.
(KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – Owners of several restaurants, smoke shops and other small businesses announced their opposition today to St. Louis County's proposed smoking ban.

Proposition N will be on the county ballot November 3rd. It calls for a ban on smoking in some indoor public places, exempting casinos, smoking lounges at Lambert Airport and drinking establishments that earn 75 percent or more of their sales from alcohol.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:32 am
Wed October 14, 2009

Missouri man charged with threatening to kill Obama

St. Louis – A Missouri man has been indicted on a federal charge of making a threat to kill President Obama.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Tuesday that Josh Randall McCallum, 32, mailed a threatening letter in August, from a state prison in Bowling Green, Mo.

McCallum is scheduled to make a court appearance later this week. The Missouri Department of Corrections said McCallum has been incarcerated since 1999 for tampering and burglary.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:13 pm
Tue October 13, 2009

Broken Mississippi River lock closes river at Clarksville

St. Louis, MO – Barge traffic on the Mississippi River is at a standstill at Clarksville, Missouri, because of a broken lock and dam.

Machinery at Lock 24 failed early today with a tow boat headed north on the Mississippi still in the lock chamber.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Alan Dooley says that the boat, along with its six barges, has since been released from the chamber. But the lock will likely be shut down until Thursday afternoon.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:07 pm
Tue October 13, 2009

AT&T Missouri settles lawsuit over school Internet program

Jefferson City, Mo. – AT&T Missouri has agreed to settle a lawsuit that accuses the company of violating the False Claims Act in connection with an Internet access program for schools.

The E-Rate program enables schools and libraries in low-income neighborhoods to gain access to the Internet.

U.S. Justice Department spokesman Charles Miller says the suit accused AT&T Missouri of colluding with school officials in Kansas City to engage in non-competitive bidding practices.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:51 pm
Tue October 13, 2009

Alderman opposes a Rams sale to Limbaugh

St. Louis, MO. – A resolution will be floated Friday to the St. Louis Board of Alderman in opposition to any share of ownership of the Rams by Rush Limbaugh.

Alderman Antonio French says the controversial talk show host's inflammatory comments would reflect poorly on St. Louis.

French says Limbaugh could set back race relations in the city.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:38 pm
Tue October 13, 2009

Jefferson County school district cancels class over flu fears

St. Louis – A Missouri school district has canceled classes for the rest of the week because too many students stayed home sick with flu-like symptoms.

Officials with the Jefferson County School R-VII district near St. Louis canceled classes after nearly a quarter of the system's 700 pupils called in sick Monday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:44 pm
Mon October 12, 2009

Five Missouri universities recognized for partnering with the community

St. Louis – Three Missouri universities are among the best at partnering to improve the cities where they are located.

The University of Missouri campuses in Kansas City and St. Louis, and St. Louis University all made it into the top 25 in the latest "Savior of our Cities" rankings.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:39 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Illinois trooper's reckless homicide trial is set

Belleville, IL – A trial is scheduled in March for an Illinois state trooper accused in a 2007 freeway wreck that killed two sisters in southwestern Illinois.

Matt Mitchell, 31, is charged in St. Clair County with reckless homicide and reckless driving.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:34 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Missouri seat belt use is lower than average

Kansas City, MO – A recently released survey shows that
Missourians are buckling up more often, but their usage rates
remain lower than drivers nationally.

Figures from the Missouri Department of Transportation show that
77 percent of Missourians are wearing their seat belts. That's up 1
percentage point from last year and an improvement from 60 percent
in 1999. But it's less than the national average.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:31 am
Mon October 12, 2009

MLK bridge closed for two weeks

King Bridge in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – Martin Luther King Bridge is closed for the next twelve days in an effort to make it safer.

Several cross-over fatalities have occurred on the bridge between St. Louis and East St. Louis. Now the Illinois Department of Transportation is spending one-point-four million dollars to make changes.

IDOT chief engineer Jeff Church says there will now be a barrier between oncoming traffic and fewer, though wider lanes.

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