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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:03 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

St. Louis priest pleads guilty to sex charges

Fr. James Patrick Grady
(photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of St. Louis)

St. Louis – A Roman Catholic priest from a parish in south St. Louis has pleaded guilty to a federal child pornography charge.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:18 am
Wed March 31, 2010

Lawmakers shield some schools from funding cuts

Jefferson City, Mo. – More than a quarter of Missouri's public school districts are being shielded from a midyear funding shortfall.

Gov. Jay Nixon said earlier this year that declining tax revenue would prevent the state from making $43 million in scheduled midyear payments to school districts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:17 am
Wed March 31, 2010

East St. Louis cop pleads guilty to punching handcuffed suspect

East St. Louis, Ill. – An East St. Louis police officer has pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of a handcuffed suspect he punched in the mouth more than four years ago.

Antonio McWherter of Belleville faces up to a year in federal prison and a $100,000 fine when he is sentenced in May.

As part of a plea agreement, McWherter agreed to resign from the East St. Louis Police Department, and he may not seek jobs in law enforcement or the military.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:46 pm
Tue March 30, 2010

Mo. House passes wide-ranging abortion bill

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has passed a wide-ranging bill that would create new requirements surrounding abortions.

Those requirements would include notifying prosecutors anytime a girl younger than 18 seeks an abortion, whether she goes through with it or not.

State Representative Brian Nieves (R, Union) says it would reduce the number of abortions performed in Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:09 pm
Tue March 30, 2010

St. Louis officer laid to rest

Hundreds of officers salute as the casket of Officer David Haynes is carried into the Cathedral Basilica
(photo by Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – Hundreds of police officers from dozens of jurisdictions in the bi-state area gathered at the Cathedral Basilica Tuesday morning to honor a St. Louis policeman killed in the line of duty.

Officer David Haynes was killed last week when his police car was struck broadside as he pursued a burglary suspect. That suspect, 23-year-old Sheldon Beckham, also faces second-degree murder charges.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:38 am
Tue March 30, 2010

Missouri House gives horse slaughter legislation first-round approval

St. Louis – The Missouri House has endorsed legislation that would allow the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

The legislation is intended to get around a federal ban on meat inspectors working in horse slaughtering plants.

The bill passed on a voice vote yesterday and needs another vote before moving
to the Senate.

The horse meat bill also includes a provision aimed at blocking initiative petitions to restrict agriculture.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:37 am
Tue March 30, 2010

Illinois health officials say it's not too late for H1N1 flu shots

Springfield, Ill. – Health officials say it's not too late to get the H1N1 swine flu vaccine.

Illinois Department of Public Health director Dr. Damon Arnold said even though flu cases have declined, the swine flu "continues to circulate."

Arnold said the United States could have another swine flu upswing this year or localized outbreaks.

He said people who have not received the swine flu vaccine should check with their doctor or local health department to get a shot.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:05 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

City of St. Louis pursues casino license

St. Louis, MO – When the state's 13th casino license is up for grabs this summer, the city of St. Louis wants it to stay here.

The license becomes available on July 1st, after Pinnacle's President Casino on the downtown riverfront closes. The city's economic development agency announced Monday that it wants to hear from casino developers interested in building a facility somewhere along the Mississippi River.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:43 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

Federal stimulus dollars to help turn Grand Center landmark into charter school

St. Louis – A redevelopment project in Grand Center will be going ahead with the help of federal stimulus money.

Governor Jay Nixon on Monday awarded the developer of the Beaux Arts building $8 million in Recovery Zone Facility Bonds to turn 115,000 square feet into classrooms and performance space for the Grand Center Arts Academy. The new charter school, which will American Quality Schools will operate for the Confluence Academy, is the first charter in the region to have a performing arts curriculum.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:08 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

Lawmakers, judges say expanding drug courts will save taxpayer money

St. Louis – Missouri has more people in prison than ever before, many of them non-violent offenders. And while the state already has 108 drug and DWI courts some say more are needed.

They argue expanding the program would save millions of dollars in the long run.

In the midst of Missouri's budget crisis, the special court programs are getting more attention as lawmakers try to close a big budget gap.

St. Louis Public Radio's Maria Altman reports.

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