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1:49 pm
Fri September 4, 2009

Missouri reseachers work to make algae a viable energy option

Researchers in Missouri are looking at various methods to reduce the costs of growing algae on a large scale and extracting the plants' oil.
KWMU

St. Louis, MO –

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7:43 am
Fri September 4, 2009

Strangling suspect asks state to pay for lawyers

Christopher Coleman

WATERLOO, Ill – A Metro East man accused of strangling his wife and their two sons says he's too poor to pay for his own attorneys and wants help from the state.

A judge will decide whether 32-year-old Christopher Coleman of Columbia, Ill. is indigent as he claims.

Coleman remains jailed without bond and has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first degree murder.

An affidavit filed on Coleman's behalf suggests his mortgage is $45,000 more than his home is worth, and that Coleman has just $1,000 in assets.

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7:38 am
Fri September 4, 2009

Fed restricts banks owned by Missouri company

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Federal Reserve has imposed restrictions on two banks owned by Midwest Independent Bancshares Inc. of Jefferson City.

The agreements released Thursday put limits on the Nebraska Bankers' Bank of Lincoln and Midwest Independent Bank of Jefferson City.

Those banks provide banking services for roughly 550 financial institutions throughout the Midwest.

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9:03 pm
Thu September 3, 2009

Mo. Guard unit heads to Afghanistan

Specialists Jessica and John Byrd, a married couple and Mo. National Guard members who will be stationed together in Afghanistan.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – More Missouri National Guard members are being deployed to Afghanistan, and their families today bid them farewell at a ceremony in Jefferson City.

The 60 soldiers and airmen in the unit will form an Agricultural Development Team. They will be based in the Nangarhar Province, where they'll help the local population grow food crops and develop other agricultural projects.

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6:13 pm
Thu September 3, 2009

Blunt to Carnahan: "what do you have to hide?"

Republican Congressman Roy Blunt
Adam Allington (KWMU)

St. Louis, MO – Republican Congressman Roy Blunt says his presumptive opponent in next year's senate race, Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, is hedging on the issues.

Blunt was in St. Louis on Thursday for a roundtable discussion on "cap and trade" legislation.

Blunt accused Carnahan dodging his requests for a debate on healthcare as well as keeping her positions on key issues secret from the public.

"I'm gonna be out there talking about these issues as I have been," said Blunt.

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6:09 pm
Thu September 3, 2009

City gets $6.7 million from state to clean up old coke plant site

Mayor Francis Slay, Gov. Jay Nixon, and other state and local officials at the Carondelet Coke site in south St. Louis
KWMU photo/Rachel Lippmann

St. Louis – The city of St. Louis will receive nearly $7 million in state brownfield tax credits to clean up the largest tract of unused land owned by the city.

The city took control of the Cardondelet Coke site in south St. Louis at a foreclosure sale in 1994. It's been vacant for nearly two decades.

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10:13 am
Thu September 3, 2009

Former natural resources official takes blame for delayed lake bacteria report

Jefferson City, Mo. – A former Missouri Department of Natural Resources official is taking the blame for withholding a report that showed high bacteria levels at Lake of the Ozarks.

Joe Bindbeutel says he made the decision in May to delay release of the report that showed high levels of E. coli in the lake.

The former deputy director at the DNR says he didn't issue the report because he first wanted to know what was causing the bacteria problem and have a plan in place to deal with it.

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10:11 am
Thu September 3, 2009

Auditor reviews Missouri agriculture department after alleged grain scams

Jefferson City, Mo. – State Auditor Susan Montee is reviewing the Missouri Department of Agriculture after two alleged grain fraud schemes cost farmers tens of millions of dollars.

Montee said Wednesday her audit will focus on the department's Grain Regulatory Services program. Agriculture officials requested the audit, which will include recommendations that could help spot fraud sooner and help farmers recover financial losses.

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6:04 pm
Wed September 2, 2009

USPS reduces possible post office closures in St. Louis

St. Louis – The US Postal Service has sharply reduced the number of post offices in St. Louis that could be closed to eliminate the service's $7 billion deficit.

Thirty-eight St. Louis-area branches were on an original list of 677 nationwide the post office released in July. On Wednesday, the USPS reduced that to nine in St. Louis and 413 nationwide.

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Science
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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