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8:45 am
Wed September 2, 2009

St. Louis businesses prepare for swine flu

Local businesses like Schnucks are making plans for dealing with a potential swine flu outbreak.
KWMU

St. Louis, MO –

The check-out lines at a Schnucks grocery store in the St. Louis suburb of Ladue are staffed with cashiers and moving smoothly on a sunny summer afternoon. However, the lines could be moving slower this fall if health officials' concerns for a severe swine flu outbreak are realized and many workers call in sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently urged businesses to plan for what they will do if large numbers of employees can't make it to work.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:18 am
Wed September 2, 2009

Health care advocates rally at Mo. Capitol

Advocates for revamping America's health care system rally at the Mo. State Capitol in Jefferson City.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Supporters of creating a government-run health care program rallied today outside the State Capitol in Jefferson City.

More than 150 people gathered on the Capitol's south lawn, and demanded that lawmakers in Washington reform the nation's health care system so that it covers everybody.

They sang songs and shouted slogans, while several speakers told the crowd that health care is a right, not a privilege.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:02 pm
Tue September 1, 2009

Mo. Supreme Court upholds school funding formula

Mo. Supreme Court Building.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that the state's public schools are sufficiently funded.

Nearly half of Missouri's school districts had sued the state. They argued that the funding formula adopted by lawmakers in 2005 did not provide enough money for public schools, and that those funds were not fairly distributed.

But the state's High Court unanimously rejected those arguments.

House Budget Chairman Allen Icet (R, Wildwood) is pleased with the ruling.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:37 pm
Tue September 1, 2009

Area unemployment rate unchanged

St. Louis, MO – The unemployment rate for the metropolitan St. Louis area - and that includes the Metro East -- remained the same in July.

The 9.9 percent jobless rate was identical to June's. Unfortunately, it's the highest rate in years and almost 3 percent higher than July of 2008. The national jobless rate was 9.4 percent.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that 43,900 jobs were lost in the region over the past year. The largest losses were in the manufacturing sector.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:54 am
Tue September 1, 2009

Can producers meet ethanol demand?

Matt Sepic/KWMU

St. Louis, MO –
Kai Ryssdal: You remember ethanol? Not too long ago it was the way this country was going to wean itself off imported crude. In 2007 Congress set hard targets for how much ethanol refiners would have to blend in with their gasoline. And it was a lot too -- 11 billion gallons this year, nearly 13 billion next year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:12 am
Tue September 1, 2009

United switches to regional jets in St. Louis

St. Louis – United Airlines will begin only flying small jets out of Lambert Airport in St. Louis.

The airline will make the switch Wednesday because it has been having a hard time filling all the seats on large planes here.

Service will be provided by regional carriers, who will bring in new employees. That means about 60 United employees will have to relocate, retire or find a different job.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:28 am
Tue September 1, 2009

Illinois sales taxes rise

Springfield, Ill. – Today, Illinois shoppers will start paying more for toiletries, candy, soft drinks and liquor. Lawmakers increased the state's sales tax to pay for a statewide construction program.

Most candy had carried a 1 percent sales tax, but it now will be taxed at 6.25 percent. And it'll be the same for shampoos and toothpaste. Bottled drinks with added sweetener or flavoring, such as iced tea, will be taxed like soda.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:27 am
Tue September 1, 2009

Drug czar launches anti-meth ad campaign

Some of the anti-meth print ads funded by the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy
KWMU photo/Rachel Lippmann

St. Louis – Missouri is one of 16 states that will be part of a blitz of federally-funded advertising against methamphetamine.

The nation's drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske joined law enforcement officials in St. Louis Tuesday to unveil the latest anti-meth campaign. Radio and television ads will air in Missouri and 15 other states with high rates of methamphetamine production, while print and Internet-based ads will run in all states.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:58 pm
Mon August 31, 2009

Cyberbullying conviction thrown out

Los Angeles, CA – A judge has finalized his decision to throw out convictions of a Missouri mother for her role in a MySpace hoax directed at a 13-year-old neighbor girl who ended up committing suicide.

Los Angeles federal Judge George Wu said in his written ruling that the case was never a legal test of crimes involving "cyberbullying."

He said prosecutors brought charges against Lori Drew under the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Statute which does not involve cyberbullying.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:46 pm
Mon August 31, 2009

State Rep. Storch expresses interest in vacant Senate seat

State Rep. Rachel Storch

St. Louis – Democratic State Representative Rachel Storch has officially announced she'd like to move over to the state Senate.

Storch, along with state House colleagues T.D. El-Amin and Jamilah Nasheed, and a committeeman from the 28th Ward, Joe Keaveny, are interested in the Senate seat vacated last week by Jeff Smith, who resigned after pleading guilty to two federal obstruction of justice charges.

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