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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:19 pm
Wed August 26, 2009

Nixon: "Disappointed" by Smith and Brown's actions

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon on Aug. 26th, 2009.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Special elections will be held in November to fill two St. Louis-area legislative seats.

Former Senator Jeff Smith (D, St. Louis) and former Representative Steve Brown (D, Ladue) resigned their seats Tuesday after pleading guilty to federal obstruction of justice charges.

Governor Jay Nixon says it's disappointing that Smith and Brown lied to federal authorities.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:43 pm
Tue August 25, 2009

Vote on county smoking ban in hands of executive

Clayton, MO – The fate of efforts to allow St. Louis County residents to vote on a smoking ban in November now rests with County Executive Charlie Dooley.

The County Council Tuesday night approved the measure calling for the election on a 4-3 vote. The ban covers most indoor areas - bars and the gaming floors of casinos are the major exemptions.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:16 pm
Tue August 25, 2009

Mo. politicians react to Smith and Brown

Missouri State Capitol.

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri politicians are sounding off on the resignations of State Senator Jeff Smith and State Representative Steve Brown.

The two Democrats from St. Louis pleaded guilty today to federal charges related to Smith's failed 2004 Congressional bid.

In a written statement, Governor Jay Nixon called the resignations of Smith and Brown "necessary and appropriate," and he has scheduled a special election to fill their seats on November 3rd.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:17 pm
Tue August 25, 2009

AB pulls college-colored beer cans

St. Louis, MO – Anheuser-Busch InBev is dropping a promotion that dressed cans of Bud Light in college colors from communities where schools have complained the effort promotes underage drinking and infringes on trademarks.

Schools like Boston College and University of Wisconsin are among the objectors to the program.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:20 am
Tue August 25, 2009

Two former elected officials, Democratic operative plead guilty to federal charges

Sen. Jeff Smith

St. Louis – Two St. Louis-area Democratic politicians - including one considered a rising star in the party - and a party operative pleaded guilty on Tuesday to lying to cover up illegal campaign activities in a 2004 primary for U.S. Representative.

Former State Senator Jeff Smith and former State Representative Steve Brown submitted their resignations Tuesday. Brown advised Smith's 2004 campaign, in a race eventually won by Russ Carnahan. Nicholas Adams, the third man to plead guilty, was the campaign's treasurer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:21 am
Tue August 25, 2009

Search continues for St. Clair County jail escapee

Belleville, Ill. – A search is under way for an inmate who managed to trick his way out of a Metro East jail.

St. Clair County jail officials said 60-year-old Elijah Muhammad of St. Louis bolted Monday afternoon from the Belleville jail.

He'd been jailed since Friday on $400,000 bond on charges of aggravated battery and home invasion. The alleged crimes took place in Alorton.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:47 am
Tue August 25, 2009

Democratic operative suspected in October parking garage bombing

Skip Ohlsen III

St. Louis – Federal investigators looking into a parking garage bombing in Clayton last year searched the home of a one-time Democratic Party operative.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:18 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

Doctors say liver fat levels could determine disease risk

St. Louis, MO –

St. Louis researchers said they've completed a study that shows measuring liver fat may be a better way to determine a person's risk for developing diabetes and heart disease than measuring belly fat.

Washington University's Dr. Samuel Klein led a study of obese people with varying amounts of belly and liver fat. He said those who had excess liver fat were more likely to develop metabolic problems that lead to diabetes and heart disease, than those who did not.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:49 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

Cap-and-trade dominates electricity summit

Jefferson City, MO – A conference today to explore the state of electricity in Missouri turned into a debate over the federal cap-and-trade bill in Washington.

One of the conference speakers, Dylan Sullivan of the Natural Resources Defense Council, told the audience that passing cap-and-trade would most likely result in lower electric bills for Missouri residents.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:45 am
Mon August 24, 2009

Dealers fear financial problems if government doesn't follow through on 'clunkers' program

St. Louis – St. Louis auto dealers say they're still unsure whether the federal government will reimburse them for the rebates they gave customers under the "Cash for Clunkers" program.

The popular program ends tonight (Monday 8/24) at 7. It allows drivers to receive up to $4,500 if they trade in a car and purchase one that gets better gas mileage.

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