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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:25 pm
Mon April 19, 2010

North St. Louis neighborhoods fire back against criminals

St. Louis, MO – Residents of the 21st Ward in North St. Louis are reeling after a weekend of violence that included seven shootings and two homicides.

Residents of the ward held a prayer vigil Monday.

Police Captain Mary Warnecke is the Commander of the 6th District. She says the information they've received from the victims so far has not provided any connections to the shootings.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:20 pm
Mon April 19, 2010

St. Louis to celebrate 40th anniversary of Earth Day

(Wikimedia Commons)

St. Louis, MO – Thursday is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. St. Louis will commemorate the event on Sunday with a festival in Forest Park.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:48 pm
Mon April 19, 2010

Dignitaries break ground on new Mississippi River span

Federal, state and local political figures prepare to ceremonially break ground on the new Mississippi River bridge
(photo by Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – Federal, state and local dignitaries gathered on the Eads Bridge in St. Louis Monday to ceremonially start construction on the new Mississippi River bridge.

Work on the $670 million span began in February, but a snowstorm canceled the groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for that month. When it's completed in 2014, the bridge will carry Interstate 70 traffic over the Mississippi River north of downtown. I-70 currently crosses the Poplar Street Bridge, which carries two other interstates as well.

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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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