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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:26 pm
Fri September 25, 2009

Callahan nominated as eastern Mo. U.S. attorney

Jefferson City, Mo. – Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan has been nominated by President Barack Obama as the next U.S. attorney in eastern Missouri. A circuit judge in Jefferson City since 2002, his tenure has included handling high-profile challenges to state laws and ballot initiatives.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:10 am
Fri September 25, 2009

Man arrested in alleged attempt to blow up federal courthouse

Springfield, Ill. – A 29-year-old man has been arrested on charges that accuse him of planning to bomb the federal courthouse in Springfield, Illinois and kill employees there.

Authorities say Michael Finton, also known as "Talib Islam," was taken into custody by federal agents Thursday on charges he planned to attack the building with a vehicle bomb.

Federal officials say the case had nothing to do with the major terrorism investigation under way in Colorado and New York.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:28 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

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

Missouri state representative T.D. El-Amin

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis State Representative TD El-Amin resigned his post on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges.

El-Amin solicited bribes in exchange for smoothing out problems a gas station owner was having with his alderman.

Allegedly the owner, refused to contribute to the alderman's campaign after which he says his business was repeatedly cited and fined.

Doe approached El-Amin, who said he would fix the problem in exchange for $2100.

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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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