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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:22 pm
Wed October 14, 2009

Lager suspects "organized cover up" in E. coli report delay

Lake of the Ozarks.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri State Senator leading an inquiry into the delayed release of the Lake of the Ozarks E. coli report says there appears to be an "organized cover up" in progress.

Brad Lager (R, Savannah) chairs the Senate committee that oversees environmental issues. He says there's been a clear effort by Department of Natural Resources staff to mislead Senate investigators.

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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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