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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:25 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

McCaskill, Bond help pass jobs bill

Washington, D.C. – The Senate is sending the first of several promised election-year jobs bills to President Obama for his signature.

The bill approved Wednesday would provide a temporary payroll tax holiday to companies that hire and would pump $20 billion into the federal highway construction fund to make up for low gasoline tax revenues.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:15 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

Anti- death penalty rally at Mo. Capitol

Emily Miller, whose mother was murdered in 1978, speaks against the death penalty at the Mo. Capitol.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – More than a hundred people gathered at the State Capitol today to call on Missouri lawmakers to place a moratorium on executions of Death Row inmates.

Among those at the rally was Emily Miller, whose mother, Tracy, was murdered in Kansas in 1978 by Anthony Joe Larette. He confessed to the crime a decade later and was eventually executed in Missouri for the 1980 murder of Mary Fleming.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:34 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Missouri officials warn of bacteria in flood waters

During flood season, waters may be contaminated with E. coli and other bacteria.
(Photo credit: Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH)

St. Louis, MO – It's flood season again in Missouri, and Department of Natural Resources spokesman Judd Slivka says high water levels aren't the only thing we need to worry about. Those flood waters? They may be full of disease-causing bacteria.

The contamination builds up as water moves across the floodplain, picking up bird and animal feces, flushing stagnant ponds, and inundating trash dumps.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:33 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Complaint filed against zoo for elephant breeding practices

Ellie had her daughter Maliha at the St. Louis Zoo on August 2, 2006.
(Photo credit: R. Meibaum)

St. Louis, MO – In Defense of Animals has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, saying the St. Louis Zoo is violating federal law by continuing to breed its elephants, exposing their young to herpes.

In 2009, two of the zoo's calves - Maliha and Jade - tested positive for elephant herpes, an often fatal disease.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:30 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Missouri Senate joins House in endorsing 'fake pot' ban

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has given initial approval to a ban on a widely available and legal drug that users say mimics the effects of marijuana.

Tuesday's voice vote follows on the heels of the House, which approved a similar bill Monday.

The measure would ban synthetic compounds that are sprayed on dried herbs and flowers to give users a marijuana-like high. Possession of the compound would be a felony.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:23 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Missouri unemployment holds steady

Jefferson City, Mo. – Unemployment in Missouri held steady last month at 9.4 percent as the state gained a net 2,300 jobs.

The report from the Department of Economic Development also says February was the 12th straight month in which Missouri's jobless rate was lower than the national average. Unemployment nationwide remained at 9.7 percent last month.

In February Missouri gained 2,200 jobs in health care and social services, as well as 2,100 jobs in private education services.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:20 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

Mo. House passes health care resolution

Jefferson City, Mo. – A proposed constitutional amendment that would block mandatory participation in a government-run health care system has passed the Missouri House.

The resolution would not allow fines or penalties to be levied against employers and individuals who opt out of insurance coverage and pay for their own health care.

GOP House members say they're "drawing a line in the sand" in opposing federal health care legislation requiring health coverage for most Americans.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:44 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

FBI still trying to piece together clues in Arlin Henderson case

The bike Arlen Henderson was riding at the time of his disappearance.
Bill Greenblatt (UPI)

St. Louis, MO – The FBI is reaching out to the public in a 19-year old cold case involving a missing Lincoln County boy.

Charles "Arlin" Henderson of Moscow Mills went missing in July of 1991.

Two and a half months later officials found the bike that Henderson had been riding.

FBI Special Agent Billy Cox showed the bike to the media on Tuesday in hopes that it might compel someone with information to come forward.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:28 am
Tue March 16, 2010

Ameren asks for $320 million rate hike

Jefferson City, Mo. – Ameren UE wants to raise electric rates again.

Missouri utility regulators are considering a request for a $320 million rate increase request. It's the third since 2007 from the company.

The Public Service Commission took opening statements yesterday from Ameren and from those who would be affected by the higher rates.

AmerenUE CEO Warner Baxter says the company needs the extra revenue to pay for improvements and higher fuel costs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:20 am
Tue March 16, 2010

Lake Saint Louis aldermen pass smoking ban

St. Louis – Aldermen in Lake Saint Louis voted Monday night to ban smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places.

If mayor Mike Potter signs the measure, Lake Saint Louis would be the first municipality in St. Charles County to have a smoking ban.

Potter has spoken out against such a prohibition in the past, saying it's unfair to businesses.

The sponsor, alderman John Pellerito, pushed for the ban after St. Louis County voters passed one of their own in November.

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