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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:25 pm
Mon April 12, 2010

Missouri gets $54 million for school turnarounds

St. Louis – The state of Missouri has received $54 million from the federal stimulus package to help districts turn around their lowest-performing schools.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:02 pm
Mon April 12, 2010

Cardinals fans out in force for opening day

Cardinals fans on opening day
Adam Allington, STL Public Radio

St. Louis, MO – The players and fans of Redbird Nation filled Busch Stadium on Monday to mark the home opener of the 2010 baseball Season.

Unlike last year, fans have a perfect day, with clear skies, low humidity and temperatures in the low 80's

Don Munie and his friend are from Freeburg, Illinois. He says southern Illinois is definitely Cardinals territory.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:25 pm
Mon April 12, 2010

State audit examines theft at Mo. Veterans Commission

Jefferson City, Mo. – A former accountant for the Missouri Veterans Commission is accused in a state audit of embezzling more than $90,000 to cover personal credit card bills.

State Auditor Susan Montee says Stacy Griffin-Lowery also ran up more than $17,000 worth of charges on state-issued credit cards.

"Our issue here is that obviously there was not supervisory review, and there were some ways to have prevented this from happening or found it in a more expedient way," Montee said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:27 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Cardinals play home opener before sellout crowd

(photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – It's an unofficial holiday in St. Louis today as the Cardinals play their home opener.

The Redbirds face the Houston Astros at 3:15 before a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium.

Despite the down economy, business boosters in St. Louis say the Cardinals will continue to have a major economic impact on the region.

Dick Fleming of the Regional Chamber and Growth Association says team officials realized early on that many fans may not have as much disposable income.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:19 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Key document may be unveiled in Blagojevich case

(file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Chicago – The federal judge overseeing former governor Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial may unseal a key legal document this week. Blagojevich attorneys have until today to say what they do - and don't - want made public.

At issue is a government filing that outlines the case prosecutors will make against Blagojevich and his alleged co-conspirators. And the filing does contain some new evidence.

But Judge James Zagel says potential jurors won't remember such details by June, when the trial's set to begin.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:15 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Man wins St. Louis marathon for third time

St. Louis – A 31-year-old man from central Missouri has won the St. Louis marathon for the third time.

Karl Gilpin of Russellville, Mo. finished the 26.2 mile race Sunday with a time of 2 hours 25 minutes and 41 seconds. He also won the men's marathon in 2007 and 2008.

Julie Lossos won the women's marathon with a time of 2:52:31. She's also a repeat champion, having won the race previously in 2001.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:13 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Aviation pioneer inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

James Smith McDonnell Jr. (photo: McDonnell foundation)

Jefferson City, Mo. – An pioneer in the aviation business is the latest person to be inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians.

A bronze bust of James Smith McDonnell Jr. will be unveiled today at the Missouri Capitol.

McDonnell founded McDonnell Aircraft in 1939 and remained the chairman of the board until he died in 1980.

The company became a leading producer of fighter jets and built the first spacecraft to carry an American into orbit.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:48 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

Missouri to drop acute care mental services

Jefferson City, Mo. – The state of Missouri is about to get out of the acute mental care business.

The move is part of the budget cuts made this week by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The proposed cuts, which are expected to go through, would result in the closing of acute care services at facilities in St. Louis and Farmington, which currently house mental patients on a short-term basis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:58 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

Lawmakers push back on bill that would give fire districts sales tax authority

St. Louis – The St. Louis County Municipal League and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are pushing back against legislation that would allow St. Louis County fire and ambulance districts to levy a sales tax.

St. Louis is currently one of just five counties that does not give fire and ambulance districts the authority.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:08 am
Fri April 9, 2010

Former East St. Louis leader in trouble again

East St. Louis, Ill. – A former East St. Louis councilman who'd previously been convicted of vote fraud is in trouble again, this time for alleged election fraud and tax evasion.

Michael Collins was arrested yesterday and arraigned in East St. Louis federal court.

Prosecutors say Collins lives in nearby Swansea but falsely claimed to live in East
St. Louis, where he was elected a precinct committeeman.

Collins served probation on a previous vote-fraud conviction in St. Clair County.

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