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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:43 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

Federal stimulus dollars to help turn Grand Center landmark into charter school

St. Louis – A redevelopment project in Grand Center will be going ahead with the help of federal stimulus money.

Governor Jay Nixon on Monday awarded the developer of the Beaux Arts building $8 million in Recovery Zone Facility Bonds to turn 115,000 square feet into classrooms and performance space for the Grand Center Arts Academy. The new charter school, which will American Quality Schools will operate for the Confluence Academy, is the first charter in the region to have a performing arts curriculum.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:08 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

Lawmakers, judges say expanding drug courts will save taxpayer money

St. Louis – Missouri has more people in prison than ever before, many of them non-violent offenders. And while the state already has 108 drug and DWI courts some say more are needed.

They argue expanding the program would save millions of dollars in the long run.

In the midst of Missouri's budget crisis, the special court programs are getting more attention as lawmakers try to close a big budget gap.

St. Louis Public Radio's Maria Altman reports.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:49 am
Mon March 29, 2010

Civic boosters report progress in China hub effort

St. Louis – St. Louis leaders say they're pleased with the progress made in a week-long trip to China to lobby for Lambert Airport as a new air freight hub.

Mayor Francis Slay and other officials met with several Chinese airline executives and federal aviation officials to discuss the proposal.

Mike Jones of the Midwest-China Hub Commission says the group has agreements with four Chinese airlines to study the issue further.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:46 am
Mon March 29, 2010

Democrats pick Sheila Simon to run for Lt. Gov.

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Democrats have selected Sheila Simon to be their nominee for Lieutenant Governor.

She's the daughter of the late US Senator Paul Simon, and won the nomination in a vote of the party's State Central Committee over the weekend.

Simon is a law professor at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and served on the Carbondale City Council before losing a race for Mayor.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:39 am
Mon March 29, 2010

Missouri House approves new child support fees

Jefferson City, Mo. – Thousands of parents could face new child support fees under legislation that has passed the Missouri House.

The fees could range from $10 to $350, with exemptions for lower-income parents.

They are estimated to generate nearly $2.5 million, split between the state and federal governments.

Supporters of the fees say some parents who could afford private attorneys have been getting free help from the state to modify their child support orders.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:36 am
Mon March 29, 2010

State rep quits re-election bid amid sex allegations

Kansas City, Mo. – A Democratic state representative from Kansas City plans to formally withdraw his re-election bid Monday amid reports he had a relationship with an 18-year-old
college student.

Roman LeBlanc said in a news release Friday that seeking a second term would not be "in the best interest" of his family or community.

The announcement came several days after an article in the alternative weekly newspaper The Pitch described a relationship between the 38-year-old lawmaker and the student.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:04 pm
Fri March 26, 2010

Forest Park gridlock

St. Louis, MO – Officials at the Missouri Department of Transportation are urging people to plan ahead this weekend if they're headed to Forest Park.

Visitors to the park last weekend encountered gridlock at the Hampton Avenue entrance.

The backup was partially the cause of the seasonably nic weather, as well as road construction on Wells Drive, by the Zoo.

Lesley Hoffarth of Forest Park Forever is urging drivers to consider entrances besides Hampton Avenue.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:15 pm
Fri March 26, 2010

Town and Country trying to strike a balance with whitetail deer

Dr. Steve Timm, White Buffalo Inc.
Adam Allington, St. Louis Public Radio

Town and Country, MO – Despite the steady push of humans into natural areas, whitetail deer have adapted and in some cases even flourished in suburban environments, free of predators and hunters. The situation often puts deer and humans in direct conflict. That is precisely the issue confronting the St. Louis suburb of Town and Country.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:33 am
Fri March 26, 2010

St. Louis hosts two Sweet 16 games

University of Northern Iowa's Jordan Eglseder readies for practice at the Edward Jones Dome. (photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – St. Louis is hosting two Sweet 16 men's college basketball games tonight. The winners will advance to the Elite Eight regional championships.

Tennessee plays Ohio State at 6:07 p.m., then Northern Iowa plays Michigan State at 8:37.

Michigan goes into tonight's game without star point guard Kalin Lucas, who was injured during the second-round game against Maryland. That leaves all eyes on Korie Lucious, who sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer Sunday, sending the Spartans to the Sweet 16.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:26 pm
Thu March 25, 2010

Audit finds ongoing problems with personnel record-keeping in city sheriff's office

St. Louis – The latest audit of city departments in St. Louis has found several employees of the sheriff's department were paid for full-time work without putting in the required hours.

State auditor Susan Montee released her review of the Sheriff and Public Utilities departments Thursday. They are the 22nd and 23rd of the citizen-requested audits, which will conclude with a report on the mayor's office and a round-up in April.

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