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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:37 am
Mon April 19, 2010

Bat "White Nose Syndrome" found in Missouri

A little brown bat showing symptoms of White Nose Syndrome.
(Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

St. Louis, MO – State officials have confirmed the first Missouri case of "White Nose Syndrome," a fungal disease that has killed as many as 2 million bats in the Eastern U.S. over the past three years.

Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the fungus in a little brown bat found in a private cave in Pike County, about 80 miles northwest of St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:59 am
Mon April 19, 2010

Illinois reconsiders early prisoner release

Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Corrections' top official says the agency is again looking to get a controversial early release program running again.

After reports surfaced that more than 1,700 offenders were released from prison, some before serving time behind bars, the Meritorious Good Time program was halted.

But now, corrections Director Michael Randle said he's working to get that program, also known as MGT, up and running again.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:50 am
Mon April 19, 2010

Sales taxes waived, rebates available for energy-efficient appliances

St. Louis – Appliance stores are expecting big crowds this week during Missouri's second annual tax-free shopping period for energy-efficient appliances.

From today through Sunday, people who buy certain new Energy Star appliances will pay no state sales tax. Eight counties and 51 cities also are waiving their sales taxes.

Appliances that qualify for the tax exemption include clothes washers, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners and heat pumps.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:46 am
Mon April 19, 2010

Missourians miss chance to see shuttle landing

St. Louis – Because of rain in Florida, Missourians missed a chance to see and hear the Space Shuttle Discovery Monday morning.

The shuttle was to have re-entered the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean just after 7 central time.

Had astronauts been able to land today, Discovery would have passed just west of St. Louis at more than 12,000 miles per hour on a southeasterly route to the Kennedy Space Center.

NASA's Mission Control also canceled a second landing attempt scheduled for 9:23 CT.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:05 pm
Fri April 16, 2010

Mo. Board of Curators freezes in-state tuition

The Mo. Board of Curators meets at the Missouri S&T campus in Rolla.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Board of Curators has voted to keep in-state tuition for University of Missouri System undergraduates at current levels next year, but raise tuition for nonresidents and for graduate students.

The move honors a deal made by Governor Jay Nixon to freeze tuition in exchange for limiting budget cuts to around $50 million, and it comes days after the State Senate reversed plans to make deeper cuts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:39 pm
Fri April 16, 2010

Auto service contracts task force hears testimony

Donna Acosta testifies before the Auto Service Contract Task Force in Lake St. Louis on Friday.
(St. Louis Public Radio photo)

Lake St. Louis, MO – Victims of potentially fraudulent auto service contracts testified in St. Charles County Friday before a state task force that's investigating the issue.

Attorney General Chris Koster, who assembled the task force, has sued a number of auto service contract companies for deceptive business practices.

Missouri Senator Scott Rupp sits on the panel and says complaints about the service contracts can also hurt employees in the industry, like those laid off at bankrupt U-S Fidelis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:25 pm
Fri April 16, 2010

Metro announces services restorations, following Prop-A passage

St. Louis, MO – Following the passage of Prop-A, the St. Louis Transit Agency Metro is set to phase in bus and Metrolink services that were cut last March.

Beginning on June 28th , Metrolink will have trains stopping every 12 minutes during peak hours, instead of 15 minutes.

Metro will also add buses to the busiest city bus routes, such as Grand Avenue and Kingshighway.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:41 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

500 jobs cut, six schools closed in SLPS budget proposal

St. Louis – The St. Louis Public Schools will shutter an additional six buildings and cut 500 jobs in an effort to reduce the district's nearly 58 million dollar deficit.

Superintendent Kelvin Adams revealed his proposed cuts at a meeting of the Special Administrative Board Thursday. The three-member board must approve the plan.

A special education site and two alternative education schools are among the six to be closed. Adams's plan would affect 226 teachers and eight substitutes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:12 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

Counterfeiting operation busted in north St. Louis

St. Louis Police Sgt. Bill March shows reporters a truckload full of counterfeit shoes on Thursday.
(St. Louis Public Radio photo)

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis police say they've busted a large counterfeit operation on the city's north side.

Sgt. Bill March says that they found counterfeit apparel, firearms, DVD's, CD's, shoes, glasses and watches being sold out of a home in the Penrose neighborhood. He estimates the street value of the material at close to $1 million.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:40 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

Mo. Senate endorses abortion requirements bill

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a bill that would expand the information women must receive 24 hours before undergoing an abortion.

A woman seeking an abortion would have to be told that a fetus could experience pain during the procedure. She would also be given the options of viewing an ultrasound and hearing a heartbeat if one yet exists.

The bill is sponsored by State Senator Rob Mayer (R, Dexter).

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