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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:48 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Missouri license office contracts still controversial

Jefferson City, Mo. – Partisan rancor continues to surround the selection of agents to run Missouri's motor vehicle offices, despite efforts to reshape the process and remove the politics.

For decades, governors from both parties have used license offices to reward allies and campaign donors. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has pledged to change that and is using competitive bidding instead. But that has not eliminated the controversy.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:45 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Protestors demand justice for man injured at health care forum

St. Louis – Protesters are demanding justice for a man who claims he was injured during a melee that erupted at Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan's health care forum last week.

Six people were arrested after the event Thursday in Mehlville, including a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter.

Kenneth Gladney of St. Louis claims members of the Service Employees International Union attacked him. However members of the union, which supports President Obama's health care plans, say the politically conservative Gladney initiated the fight.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:41 am
Mon August 10, 2009

McCaskill welcomes 'polite' criticism at health care forums

(UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – Health insurance will be the focus of a series of public forums Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill is holding around Missouri this week.

Similar events by members of Congress have been met by angry crowds, speakers being shouted down, and some arrests.

McCaskill said she welcomes criticism, as long as it's respectful.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:15 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Opposition fierce to proposed North County casino

Clayton, MO – A proposed casino project in north St. Louis County is pitting resident groups, churches and conservationists against unions and government bodies in the region.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:09 pm
Fri August 7, 2009

Mo. sales tax holiday underway

(file)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's back-to-school sales tax holiday is underway.

The state sales tax is suspended through Sunday on clothing priced at $100 or less, and on school supplies that don't exceed $50 per purchase.

Personal computers and computer peripheral devises not exceeding $3,500 and software not exceeding $350 are also exempt.

David Overfelt is President of the Missouri Retailers Association.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:54 pm
Fri August 7, 2009

St. Louis Zoo sea lion dies

Alex the sea lion
(Photo courtesy of St. Louis Zoo)

St. Louis, MO – A popular sea lion who starred for nearly two
decades in the St. Louis Zoo's Sea Lion Show has died.

Alex, an 18-year-old sea lion, died today while undergoing
anesthesia. He had been inactive on Thursday, with little appetite,
the zoo said. An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:32 am
Fri August 7, 2009

Indictments issued in massive funeral scheme

St. Louis, MO – A Chesterfield man has been indicted on federal charges that he defrauded customers who had purchased prepaid funerals from his company.

Acting U.S. attorney Michael Reap announced the charges against 63-year-old Randall Sutton on Friday. Sutton was the top official at National Prearranged Services in Clayton, which sold the prepaid funeral plans in 19 states. The plans allow customers to pay upfront with the promise that no additional payments will be required when a funeral is needed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:04 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Mo. Attorney General website now also in Spanish

Chris Koster
(file)

Jefferson City, MO – The website for the Missouri Attorney General's office now has a Spanish-language option.

Links at the top and bottom of the agency's page connect people to the new site.

Attorney General Chris Koster says the Spanish-language website does not violate the constitutional amendment that requires governmental business be conducted in English.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:39 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Decision on St. Louis post offices could come in 2 months

Jefferson City, MO – A top postal official says it may be at least two months before any decisions are made on closing or consolidating 38 post offices in the St. Louis area.

A study is underway to determine how many postal facilities nationwide may be closing.

Danita Aquiningoc is Lead Executive for the U.S. Postal Service in St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:43 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Lori Drew allowed back on Internet

Megan Meier
(UPI photo)

Los Angeles, CA – A woman who went on trial for her role in a MySpace hoax directed at a 13-year-old Missouri girl who committed suicide has been granted permission to use the Internet again.

The lawyer for Lori Drew, formerly of St. Charles County, says she has been offered a job that requires her to use a computer and the Internet. A federal judge in California on Thursday modified Drew's bail so she can. The lawyer's filing said government prosecutors did not take a position on the request.

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