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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:59 am
Tue March 9, 2010

Jetton to testify before federal grand jury

Kansas City, Mo. – A federal grand jury is continuing its investigation into former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton.

The panel will meet today and tomorrow in Kansas City to hear testimony about the Republican lawmaker's handling of a 2005 bill that sought to toughen regulations on sexually oriented businesses.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:40 pm
Mon March 8, 2010

Mother's diet changes behavior of genes in her placenta

St. Louis, MO – Biomedical researcher Cheryl Rosenthal fed pregnant mice three different diets: one high in fat, one high in carbohydrates, and the standard laboratory mouse food. She then looked to see how the genes in the placentas of those pregnant mice responded.

"Different genes were turned on in response to whatever that maternal diet was," said Rosenthal. "So the placenta sensed what the nutrient content of that diet was, and in the females, it tended to respond by upregulating various genes."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:09 pm
Mon March 8, 2010

Meetings continue on future of Manchester Road

St. Louis, MO. – The future of a five-mile stretch of Manchester Road is the subject of another round of public meetings this week.

Municipal and transportation officials are working on a Master Plan to update the road between Missouri Routes 141 and 109.

This is the fourth round of the so-called "visioning sessions" with the lead consultant The Design Workshop.

Chairman Kurt Kulbertson says they've heard residents' desire to see town centers along the road.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:56 am
Mon March 8, 2010

New hearing sought for Missouri death row inmate

Reginald Clemons

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is requesting a hearing into "possible undisclosed evidence" regarding the conviction of death row inmate Reginald Clemons.

Koster sent a letter to Circuit Judge Michael Manners in Independence, who's been reviewing Clemons' case. The Attorney General cites the discovery of physical evidence, including a so-called "rape kit", from a medical exam performed on the body of Julie Kerry.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:30 am
Mon March 8, 2010

Former southern Illinois judge says comments were misconstrued

Springfield, Ill. – A former Macoupin County judge who was accused of making threats says her comments were misconstrued.

Judge Diane Brunton resigned more than a week ago. She had been suspended without pay since January. That's when Brunton says she made what she calls a "joke" out of frustration. While she would not provide specifics, Brunton called it an innocent comment.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:21 am
Mon March 8, 2010

On anniversary of church shooting, pastor's widow still struggles

Maryville, Ill. – The wife of a Metro East pastor who was fatally shot during a Sunday sermon a year ago says she wishes she could have a single day without struggle.

Two services were held Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Maryville to mark the anniversary of the tragedy.

The Rev. Fred Winters, was shot and killed on March 8 2009. His wife, Cindy Winters says the last 12 months have been the most painful she's had to face, and her children are still suffering.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:19 am
Mon March 8, 2010

Authorities search for man who shot at deputy on Katy Trail

St. Louis – Authorities in St. Charles County are still looking for a man who fired at a deputy along the Katy Trail.

The shooting happened Saturday night along the hiking and cycling path in St. Charles.

Authorities say the man fired one shot after the deputy approached him to see
why he was there. The deputy returned fire but neither man was hit.

About 100 officers searched rugged terrain along the Missouri River, but the suspect got away.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:55 pm
Fri March 5, 2010

I-70 shuts down again for bridge demolition

St. Louis, MO – For the second time in three weeks, Interstate 70 will be shut down in both directions through north St. Louis this weekend.

Missouri Department of Transportation crews will knock down the Madison Street Bridge over the interstate. Traffic will be diverted through city streets until the highway is reopened in time for Monday morning's rush hour.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:25 am
Fri March 5, 2010

St. Louis firefighters contain spill at fuel terminal

St. Louis – St. Louis firefighters have contained a fuel spill at a petroleum terminal about a mile south of the Anheuser-BuschInBev plant.

There was no fire. But about 10,000 gallons of fuel spilled into a containment reservoir.

Firefighters sprayed foam on the fuel to prevent vapors from igniting. No injuries were reported, and no one was evacuated.

The facility is owned by the J.D. Streett company.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:00 am
Fri March 5, 2010

Missouri extends unemployment benefits

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that provides up to 20 extra weeks of benefits for unemployed Missourians.

The governor signed the bill just hours after lawmakers gave it final approval yesterday. It takes effect immediately.

The legislation is intended to help Missourians who have exhausted their jobless benefits. State labor officials estimate that 4,000 people could qualify.

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