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4:37 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

St. Louis in the middle on regional economic performance

St. Louis – A new report from the Brookings Institution shows St. Louis following national trends when it comes to most measures of economic performance.

The Metro Monitor looks at categories like unemployment, housing prices, and the number of homes in foreclosure in the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas. St. Louis falls in the middle of the pack in most of those areas. John Posey, the lead researcher at the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, said the data aren't surprising.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:33 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Missouri unemployment, student loan default rates up

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's unemployment rate ticked up again last month but remains below the national average.

The state's seasonally adjusted rate in August was 9.5 percent, up two-tenths of a point from July. Nationally, unemployment reached 9.7 percent last month.

Employment decreased in every sector of Missouri's economy expect health care and local government, which was boosted by an early beginning to the school year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:28 am
Tue September 15, 2009

McKee supporters say WingHaven proves he can rebuild the north side

St. Louis – Developer Paul McKee knows how to manage complex building projects. His planned community in St. Charles County, WingHaven, is proof of that.

But those homes and office buildings went up on vacant farmland in a suburban hot spot, a much different setting than the two square miles of north St. Louis he plans to rebuild.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:23 pm
Mon September 14, 2009

Montee releases audits of Mo. House and Senate

State Auditor Susan Montee discusses her audits of the Mo. House and Senate with reporters.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, MO – State audits of the Missouri House and Senate examine lawmakers' solicitation of money from lobbyists.

State Auditor Susan Montee criticizes both chambers for not reporting money lobbyists used to pay for meals, gift cards, Christmas parties and retirement receptions.

She says the Senate solicited more than $76,000 from lobbyists between December 2003 and June 2008.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:04 pm
Mon September 14, 2009

Health officials push swine, seasonal flu vaccines

St. Louis – Research at St. Louis University and seven other locations has found that most adults will need just one dose of a vaccine against the H1N1 swine flu.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:42 am
Mon September 14, 2009

Lambert Airport firefighters to hold drills this week

St. Louis – Firefighters will be conducting training exercises near Lambert Airport in St. Louis this week.

Airport firefighters say the work will involve the use of live burns as part of their drills, which run from Monday to Wednesday. The training will happen at a secured site near the
airfield.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:40 am
Mon September 14, 2009

Officials urge Missourians to get flu shots

St. Louis – State health department Director Margaret Donnelly is urging Missourians to get vaccinated against both the seasonal flu and the new H1N1 strain.

On Monday, Donnelly will tour a Saint Louis University facility that is overseeing clinical trials for a swine flu vaccine. The school is one of several across the country that is testing flu vaccines for safety and effectiveness.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:38 am
Mon September 14, 2009

Authorities investigating possible suicide of Blagojevich aide

Chicago – Investigators say it'll be three to six weeks before they know what caused the death of a fundraiser for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Officials said yesterday they are waiting for toxicology tests on 51-year-old Christopher Kelly.

Before he died Saturday at a hospital in Chicago, Kelly told police that he'd overdosed on a prescription drug.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:32 am
Mon September 14, 2009

Planning commission approves zoning for north St. Louis County casino

Clayton, MO – The St. Louis County Planning Commission has recommended that the County Council approve zoning changes that would allow a casino to be built along the Mississippi River in North County.

The changes are just the first step in the approval process. Developers want to build a casino, entertainment complex and golf club on nearly 380 acres south of the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:32 am
Mon September 14, 2009

Planning promises on the north side, from Pruitt-Igoe to Paul McKee

Pruitt-Igoe in the 1960s (photo: U.S. Geological Survey)

St. Louis – The heart of developer Paul McKee's ambitious plan for St. Louis' North Side is an empty lot that was once home to the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex.

In the 1950s, Pruitt-Igoe was touted as a model of urban planning, but it became a high profile failure.

McKee is making even bigger promises and says a more diverse plan to attract jobs and residents will help turn things around in North St. Louis.

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