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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:03 pm
Fri August 14, 2009

Afghan agricultural official visits Mo. State Fair

(l-r) Safi Muhammad Hussein and Mo. U.S. Senator Kit Bond dine on barbecue at the Missouri State Fair.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Sedalia, MO – The agriculture director for Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province paid a visit today to the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

Safi Muhammad Hussein toured the fair exhibits with Missouri U.S. Senator Kit Bond and State Agriculture Director Jon Hagler.

Part of the reason behind Safi's visit was to thank the Missouri National Guard for its assistance in helping improve agricultural conditions in the Nangarhar Province.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:54 pm
Fri August 14, 2009

Second guard admits to attempted heroin smuggling

St. Louis – A second guard at the City Justice Center in downtown St. Louis has pleaded guilty to federal drug distribution charges.

Peggy Lynn O'Neal admitted to her role in the operation on Friday. O'Neal and two other guards are accused of accepting cash to bring heroin to an inmate at the Justice Center several times between January and March. James Moore pleaded guilty on Wednesday; a third guard, Marilyn Brown, will stand trial.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:28 am
Fri August 14, 2009

'Boonie Hat Bandit' gets six years in federal prison

St. Louis – A suburban St. Louis man who admitted robbing a dozen area banks has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $105,000 in restitution.

Donald Giammanco, known as the "Boonie Hat Bandit," was sentenced Thursday .

Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Reap has said Giammanco made off with amounts ranging from 13-hundred to 26,000 dollars.

Giammanco earned the nickname because he twice wore military-style, floppy-brimmed "Boonie" hats during robberies.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:24 am
Fri August 14, 2009

Alton High School band director charged with sex crimes

Alton, Ill. – The band director at Alton high school is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student.

On Thursday Madison County prosecutors charged Matthew Lang, 36, with criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Sheriff's deputies said they began investigating Tuesday after hearing Lang might have had an inappropriate relationship with the student.

Authorities said they later confirmed Lang had sex with the student more than once at school during school hours. Lang is jailed on a $250,000 bond.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:41 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Koster clears DNR of Sunshine Law complaint

Chris Koster
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Jefferson City, MO – Attorney General Chris Koster has cleared the Missouri Department of Natural Resources of an ethics complaint over its delayed release of an E. coli report from the Lake of the Ozarks.

The findings showed E-Coli levels at two separate spots on May 26th to be 19 times higher than the state standard.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:33 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Researchers use bee venom, nanoparticles to kill cancer cells

St. Louis, MO –

St. Louis researchers say they've found a new way to treat cancer tumors by attaching a toxin from bee venom to nanoparticles.

Washington University researchers attached the toxin melettin to nanoparticles. Nanoparticles are miniscule materials that can travel through the blood stream directly to a tumor.

Lead researcher Dr. Sam Wickline said when mice were treated with nanoparticles containing melettin, their cancer tumors shrunk.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:15 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Mounted patrol moves horses from Forest Park after tests find high lead levels in stable

St. Louis – The St. Louis Metropolitan Police have moved the 10 horses in the department's mounted patrol division after tests found elevated levels of lead in the stable's floor and loft.

The department occasionally stored hay in the loft at the stables, located near the Science Center in Forest Park. Lead levels in the air were not elevated, but the horses, and 22 officers, will be screened as a precaution.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:06 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Teen found guilty in young policeman's murder

St. Louis – A teenager has been found guilty in the shooting death of a rookie St. Louis police officer.

Seventeen-year-old Antonio Andrews was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 22-year-old officer Norvelle Brown.

Brown was shot while patrolling alone on the city's north side on Aug. 15, 2007.

Prosecutors said that Andrews made a "spur of the moment" decision to shoot Brown.

Andrews, who was 15 at the time, will be sentenced to life in prison without parole on Oct. 9.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:00 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Officer pleads not guilty in wreck that killed four

Clayton, MO – A suburban St. Louis police officer has pleaded not guilty to charges for the alleged drunk-driving wreck that killed four students from India.

Christine Miller was arraigned Wednesday. She was off duty from her job as a Sunset Hills police officer when the accident happened in March.

Miller is charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of second-degree assault/driving while intoxicated.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:00 am
Thu August 13, 2009

IDA's offer alternative to subprime loans

St. Louis, MO –

There is pride in Umar Mamakhov's voice as he shows off the 1300-sq. ft., four-bedroom ranch house he owns in south St. Louis County.

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