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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:50 pm
Thu May 6, 2010

SLU to predict impact of climate change on U.S. rivers

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St. Louis, MO – The Environmental Protection Agency is awarding close to $250,000 to Saint Louis University to predict the impacts of climate change on freshwater resources.

EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks says the research will evaluate how a changing climate could alter the quantity of water in U.S. rivers and streams, and the availability of habitat for fish and other aquatic life.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:56 pm
Thu May 6, 2010

St. Louis Fed President: "keep politics out of monetary policy"

St. Louis, MO – The head of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank official says he's concerned about "political meddling" as financial reform legislation makes its way through Congress.

Speaking at Washington University Fed President Jim Bullard said that he's concerned about a Senate provision establishing audits of monetary policy, which he says could hamper the Fed's independence.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:34 am
Thu May 6, 2010

Officials to close more caves in Missouri

St. Louis – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is closing more than 100 caves in state parks and historic sites to battle the spread of white nose syndrome, a fungus that affects bats.

The fungus has decimated bat populations in the northeast, and officials found it in a cave in Pike County last month. The fungus disturbs a bat's winter hibernation, causing them to search for food, often freezing or starving.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:24 am
Thu May 6, 2010

Road construction pool drops significantly

St. Louis – A five year transportation plan for the state released Wednesday by the Missouri Department of Transportation could shock communities with major road projects planned.

The plan released Wednesday predicts that no more than $500 million a year will be available to communities for road construction and improvements between 2011 and 2015. That's a 150 percent drop from the last plan, where the pool was $1.25 billion a year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:20 am
Thu May 6, 2010

Solutions to Illinois budget still in limbo a day before adjournment

Springfield, IL – Illinois's plans to close a $13 billion deficit are still unclear, a day before lawmakers are scheduled to leave Springfield.

Budget director David Vaught urged lawmakers on Wednesday to approve a measure that would allow the state to borrow the $4 billion it needs to make payments into the retiree pension system.

"This bill is about cash," he said. "We don't have any. So we'd like to issue bonds and sell some bonds to pay the pension funds."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:14 am
Thu May 6, 2010

Mo. House Democrats cry foul over crowded ethics bill

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Democrats in the Missouri House are crying foul over what they call a "sham" ethics bill passed by the Republican majority Thursday.

The wide-ranging bill would place a $20,000 cap on campaign contributions for candidates seeking statewide office. But the bill's language is not clear on whether that rule would apply to House and Senate members.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:42 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Firefighters' bill on way to Nixon

St. Louis, MO. – A bill allowing St. Louis firefighters to live outside of the city is on its way to Governor Nixon's desk.

The bill passed 27-3 in the Senate.

If signed by the governor, the new requirements would mirror a similar law applying to police officers which allows them to live outside the city after seven years of service.

St. Louis Democratic State Senator Joe Keaveny says the residency issue is one for the Board of Aldermen to consider, not the General Assembly

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:14 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Suspect in death of Metro East mayor arrested

St. Louis – Police in the Metro East village of Alorton, Ill. say they have arrested a man wanted in connection with the shooting death of the mayor of nearby Washington Park.

Aaron Jackson, 34, was charged with first degree murder late last month in the shooting death of John Thornton. Thornton was killed in his car early in the morning of April first.

Jackson was arrested around 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. He will be transferred to the custody of the Illinois State Police.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:04 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Mo. home care workers to unionize

Jefferson City, Mo. – A majority of home care workers in Missouri have voted in favor of union representation.

The results were announced today in Jefferson City, with about 60 percent of the state's home care workers voting to unionize. They provide various services for people who are homebound, such as transportation, shopping, cooking and bathing.

Joe Lawrence is spokesman for the Missouri Home Care Union.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:45 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Metro may delay second fare increase

St. Louis – The region's mass transit agency may wait to implement a second fare increase that was scheduled to take effect in July.

Metro's Board of Commissioners discussed the possibility of delaying the increase at the April meeting. A final decision will come later this month when commissioners vote on the agency's budget.

The fares Metro customers pay currently make up about 20 percent of the system's operating budget, agency spokeswoman Dianne Williams said. That's in line with systems and cities of a similar size.

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