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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:14 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

USDA grants target Mississippi River

Mississippi River (photo from American Rivers)

Jefferson City, MO – A new federal initiative is being launched to improve the overall health and water quality of the Mississippi River Basin.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will hand out $320 million in grants in 12 states, including Missouri and Illinois.

Kathleen Logan Smith with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment says there are a number of areas that need to be cleaned up. They include watersheds near Kansas City, Hannibal and down in the Missouri Boot-heel.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:43 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

Local housing group alleges discrimination in senior living ads

St. Louis, MO – The Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council has filed more than a dozen complaints with the Department of Housing and Urban Development against some senior housing providers.

The council analyzed advertisements for senior housing in the St. Louis region. Report author Mira Tanna says that several housing providers unlawfully targeted their marketing by only showing white residents in ads, or using phrases suggesting a preference for Christians or people without disabilities.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:38 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

High speed rail explored in Mo.

(Reuters file Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Dozens of business and transportation officials met today in Jefferson City to explore ways to develop high-speed rail service in Missouri.

The Show-Me State is currently pursuing $200 million in federal funding for several rail projects that could pave the way for high-speed rail.

Brian Weiler of MoDOT indicates one crucial key is to upgrade the St. Louis to Kansas City rail line. That would enable Amtrak trains to increase their speeds to 90 miles an hour.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:26 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

Mo. Rep. El-Amin pleads guilty to bribery charge

TD El-Amin

St. Louis – Missouri Rep. Talibdin "TD" El-Amin has pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge for accepting a $2,100 payment from a St. Louis gas station owner.

El-Amin admitted Thursday in federal court that he solicited and accepted the payment in exchange for trying to help the gas station owner resolve problems with city government.

El-Amin is the third Democratic lawmaker from the St. Louis area to plead guilty to federal charges in the past month.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:48 am
Thu September 24, 2009

TIF Commission signs off on McKee's north side redevelopment plan

Supporters of McKee's plan were part of an overflow crowd Wednesday night at St. Louis City Hall.
Adam Allington, St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis – Developer Paul McKee's plan to redevelop more than two square miles of north St. Louis redevelopment project took a step forward Wednesday.

The St. Louis Tax Increment Financing Commission voted unanimously to send McKee's application for more than $390 million in tax increment financing to the Board of Aldermen for further negotiation.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:33 am
Thu September 24, 2009

McKee gets initial approval for massive TIF

St. Louis – Developer Paul McKee has received initial approval for a plan to redevelop a wide swatch of north St. Louis. The St. Louis Tax Increment Finance Commission unanimously voted Wednesday night to approve the largest TIF request in the city's history - $390 million.

McKee wants to build houses, office buildings, and stores across more than two square miles of north St. Louis. Construction would take more than two decades and cost $8 bilion in all.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:58 pm
Wed September 23, 2009

Nixon announces "massive" cleanup of Lake of the Ozarks

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon unveils a major water quality enforcement effort at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has unveiled a major enforcement effort designed to improve water quality at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The plan includes inspecting 400 facilities on or near the Lake, a zero tolerance standard for wastewater violations, and taking water quality surveys of the entire Lake.

Stricter permitting standards involving wastewater discharge and land displacement will also be implemented.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:18 pm
Wed September 23, 2009

U of I president resigns over admissions scandal

Urbana, Ill – University of Illinois president B. Joseph White has resigned from his position.

White, who has lead the system for nearly five years, submitted his letter of resignation to the university's Board of Trustees on Wednesday.

He's the latest member of the university's governing system to step down over an admissions scandal where politically connected applicants appeared to be admitted to the university's flagship campus in Urbana ahead of more qualified ones.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:54 pm
Wed September 23, 2009

Man charged with knowingly exposing partner to HIV

St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis County man is facing charges for knowingly having sex with a woman without telling her he was HIV positive.

Orlando Hadley faces six counts of recklessly risking HIV infection of another. The woman involved later found out she was H-I-V positive.

St. Louis County police say Hadley had sexual contact multiple times with the woman. The police also want to hear from anyone who has had sexual contact with Hadley since February - the phone number is 314-889-2341

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:51 pm
Wed September 23, 2009

Authorities in central Illinois search for killer of family

Beason, Ill. – Authorities in the tiny central Illinois town of Beason say none of the five homicide victims whose bodies were discovered on Monday were shot.

Rick Gee and his wife Ruth were found dead Monday along with three children, ages 16, 14, and 11. Three-year-old Tabitha Gee survived the attack and is recovering at a hospital.

Autopsies have been performed on the victims, but Logan County Sheriff Steve Nichols would not provide any other details about the cause of death.

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