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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:58 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

Darwin exhibition comes to Saint Louis Science Center

An original 1859 edition of On the Origin of Species.
(Photo credit: Denis Finnin, AMNH)

St. Louis, MO – More than 125 years after his death, naturalist Charles Darwin is still a controversial figure to many Americans.

An exhibition on his life and work opens on April 17th at the Saint Louis Science Center.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:00 am
Thu April 15, 2010

Local firm gets fundraising contract for Mideast war memorial

St. Louis – A local public relations firm is in charge of raising money for a memorial to the soldiers killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

St. Charles-based Live Image Group is trying to raise at least $12 million for the US Fallen Heroes Foundation, which wants to build a memorial in Texas to soldiers killed in the Gulf War, and in the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:18 am
Thu April 15, 2010

Missouri Senate passes budget

St. Louis – The Missouri Senate has passed all 13 bills that make up next year's state budget.

The $23 billion spending plan restores cuts made last week to universities and colleges, and relies on still-unapproved federal dollars to fund the Career Ladder program, which pays K-through-12 teachers extra money for taking on extra duties.

But senators also voted to slice more than $450 million from next year's budget. Democrat Joan Bray of St. Louis says those cuts will hurt the needy:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:16 pm
Wed April 14, 2010

Tumor genomes may reveal how cancer spreads

(Image credit: MesserWoland)

St. Louis, MO – Scientists have mapped the genome of a 44-year-old African American woman with a highly lethal form of breast cancer, known as a "basal" subtype.

The researchers compared the patient's healthy DNA to the DNA sequences in her original breast tumor and in a subsequent fatal tumor that developed in her brain.

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