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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:42 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

Rainy forecast could cause more flooding along area rivers

St. Louis – Moderate flooding remains a risk along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers until at least next week, officials at the National Weather Service office in St. Louis say.

The Mississippi River at St. Louis is expected to crest about 5 feet above flood stage on Wednesday or Thursday. It's already dropping in Hannibal and Quincy after moderate flooding there over the weekend. At St. Charles, the Missouri River will peak at about 7 feet above flood stage.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:55 am
Mon May 17, 2010

MoDOT says resurfacing will solve lane line confusion on I-44

St. Louis – Road crews plan to resurface Interstate 44 in St. Louis and re-stripe it a second time.

MoDOT recently reduced the number of lanes on I-44 from five to four. Anticipating more traffic, MoDOT added an extra lane in each direction before the Interstate 64 overhaul began in 2008.

Workers painted over the old stripes, but they're still visible and that's created a confusing and dangerous situation for drivers. Some motorists say it is difficult to tell the new stripes from the old ones.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:51 am
Mon May 17, 2010

Anti-Defamation League gives award to all Washington University graduates

St. Louis – The Anti-Defamation League in St. Louis is giving its Torch of Liberty Award to the entire graduating class at Washington University.

During a class trip to Chicago last October, six black students were turned away from the Original Mother's Bar for wearing baggy pants. When they exchanged clothes with Caucasian classmates, the white students were let in.

The Anti-Defamation League's Karen Aroesty said the African-American students received overwhelming support from the university community.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:43 am
Mon May 17, 2010

Water patrol searches Missouri River for body of boy, 16

Jefferson City, Mo. – Authorities spent the weekend searching for a 16-year-old boy who was shackled when he jumped from a bridge into the Missouri River.

But now the Missouri Water Patrol says the search has become a recovery mission.

The patrol says Robert Nichols never resurfaced and he is presumed dead.

Nichols jumped off the bridge in Jefferson City Friday after escaping from a car taking him to the Montgomery City Youth Center.

The water patrol searched until about seven Sunday night.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:50 am
Mon May 17, 2010

Focus turns to Nixon as legislative session ends

Jefferson City, Mo. – Now that the 2010 Missouri legislative session is over, the focus is on Governor Jay Nixon and what he will do with the more than one hundred bills sent to him by the General Assembly.

While he got much of what he wanted, the governor is not happy that lawmakers failed to pass a major jobs bill.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:23 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Tougher air quality standards could have big repercussions for St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – Mid May signals the unofficial beginning of ozone season for St. Louis and this year the region could have many more air quality violations over previous years.

Many St. Louisans are familiar with the Clean Air Partnership's color-coded forecasting system, with green being good and red being the worst.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:19 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Navy commits to buying more F/A-18 fighter jets

St. Louis, MO – The Navy has agreed to a multi-year purchase of more than 100 F/A-18 Super Hornets, which are built by Boeing in St. Louis

Boeing and members of Missouri's congressional delegation have been asking the Pentagon for years to commit to a long-term order like this. Republican U.S. Representative Todd Akin of St. Louis says the 124-plane purchase will keep the assembly line going for four more years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:57 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Mo. House passes ethics bill

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has passed a scaled-back ethics bill that now goes to Governor Nixon.

It allows the Ethics Commission to launch investigations, restricts committee-to-committee money transfers, and requires quick reporting of donations $500 and larger made during legislative sessions.

During House floor debate, Minority Leader Paul LeVota (D, Independence) said the bill moves ethics reform in the right direction, even though it doesn't include campaign contribution limits.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:27 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Mo. House passes abortion language expansion

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has passed legislation expanding the information a woman must receive before undergoing an abortion.

State law already requires that women be told 24 hours in advance of the physical and psychological risks of abortions. This bill requires consultations be done in person and that women be given the option of viewing an ultrasound and listening to a heartbeat.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:04 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Homeless encampment cleared without confrontation

Hopeville as it looked on April 28th. All 75 residents had left the encampment by 8 a.m. Friday
(photo by Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis –

Officials with the St. Louis Department of Human Services are relieved that Friday morning's evacuation of a homeless encampment in a crumbling railroad tunnel went smoothly.

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