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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:04 pm
Thu April 8, 2010

New drug provides hope for treating hepatitis C

High magnification micrograph of a liver with cirrhosis, a complication of hepatitis C.
(Wikimedia Commons)

St. Louis, MO – An international study suggests that a new drug may provide hope for hepatitis C patients who don't respond to existing medications.

The current treatment for hepatitis C -- a difficult six-to-twelve-month course of two medications -- cures only about 50 percent of patients.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:10 pm
Thu April 8, 2010

MO Senate committee cuts $500 million

St. Louis, MO. – A Senate committee has sliced more than $500 million from Missouri's proposed budget for next year.

The Senate Appropriations Committee wrapped up its work today after making hundreds of spending cuts, ranging from just a few dollars for some programs to the tens of millions for others.

Among the biggest cuts today was the elimination of the $37 million Career Ladder program, which pays teachers extra money for after-school tutoring.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:41 am
Thu April 8, 2010

Maplewood police officer dies after car wreck

St. Louis – A suburban St. Louis police officer has died, more than a week after suffering a heart attack and crashing his patrol car.

Maplewood Sgt. George Ross died this morning at a hospital. He was 62.

On March 31, Ross was among hundreds of officers who attended the funeral Mass for St. Louis officer David Haynes, who died in a crash while pursuing a burglary suspect.

Ross was driving on Interstate 55 after Haynes' burial when he suffered the heart attack and crashed his patrol car.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:28 am
Thu April 8, 2010

MODOT starts eminent domain proceedings against McKee

St. Louis – Missouri transportation officials have launched eminent domain proceedings against a controversial St. Louis developer.

Paul McKee wants to spend $8 billion over two decades to rebuild part of north St. Louis, and he's been buying up land in the area for years.

Now MODOT wants five of McKee's properties to make way for a new Mississippi River bridge.

However both the transportation agency and McKee say a settlement is likely.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:11 am
Thu April 8, 2010

Local woman sues for legal right to adopted embryos

St. Louis – A St. Louis woman is at the center of a unique case involving who has legal control over donated embryos.

Jennifer McLaughlin and her husband Patrick reached a deal in 2009 with a California couple, Edward and Kerry Lambert, who had four embryos remaining from in-vitro fertilization attempts. The couples, both of whom are Catholic, stated in the agreement that life begins at conception and embryos were be treated as children.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:39 pm
Wed April 7, 2010

Purgason to push for consumption tax

State Senator Chuck Purgason (R, Caulfield)
Mo. Senate

Jefferson City, Mo. – Supporters of scrapping Missouri's income tax and replacing it with an expanded sales tax are renewing their push for the measure in the Missouri Senate.

The sponsor, Chuck Purgason (R, Caulfield), told fellow senators Wednesday that he wants them to study the issue in preparation for floor debate next week. He says switching to a consumption tax would give Missouri's economy a much-needed boost.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:50 pm
Wed April 7, 2010

Lambert to close firehouse

St. Louis, MO. – Lambert Airport will close one of three fire houses and lay off 17 firefighters.

The Lambert Commission approved the plan Wednesday.

Opponents, including members Firefighter's Local 73, say the move will delay response times to the terminal

The union's president, Chris Molitor, says the firehouse was the closest to the terminal and closing it will mean longer response times.

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