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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:21 am
Tue August 4, 2009

County council approves exemptions to proposed smoking ban

Supporters of an indoor smoking ban rally outside the St. Louis County government building in Clayton. (photo: Rachel Lippmann/KWMU)

Clayton, MO – An indoor smoking ban proposal in St. Louis County took another step forward Tuesday night. Council members voted 4-3 to exempt bars and casino gaming floors from the proposed ordinance, and they decided to delay a final vote on the issue until Aug. 18.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:23 pm
Mon August 3, 2009

Crime drops in parts of St. Louis County

St. Louis, MO – Serious crime in parts of St. Louis County is down in the first six months of 2009, compared to the same period last year.

Index crimes - murder, robbery, forcible rape, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson - were down 19 percent overall in that period. The number of burglaries - or breaking and entering - dropped 35 percent, one of the sharpest decreases.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:47 am
Mon August 3, 2009

Some St. Louis bus service restored after infusion of federal cash

St. Louis – The St. Louis transit agency Metro is restored some service Monday after a much-needed infusion of federal funding.

The agency experienced a $50-million dollar budget shortfall, which forced it to cut many bus routes in March.

Of some 200 bus drivers laid off, about 165 are returning to work.

But Metro spokeswoman Diane Williams said while some service will be restored buses still will not run as often as before.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:44 am
Mon August 3, 2009

Five dead in head-on car crash south of St. Louis

Farmington, Mo. – Five people were killed in a head-on crash in St. Francois County late Saturday.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a car crossed the center line and collided with another car on Missouri Route OO just southeast of Farmington.

The patrol identified the three victims in the car that was headed the wrong way as 59-year-old Bessie Barker of Farmington, 57-year-old Walter Barker of Farmington, and 60-year-old Norma Holloway of Arnold. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:41 am
Mon August 3, 2009

Archbishop visits parish after priest arrested in sex sting

St. Louis – St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson has apologized to about 350 parishioners at a Catholic church whose pastor was arrested last week on sex charges.

Carlson told parishioners at St. Raphael the Archangel in south St. Louis that he knew some of them were hurting and embarrassed.

Reporters were not allowed to attend the Saturday Mass, but a copy of the archbishop's remarks were provided to news outlets.

Carlson's appearance followed the arrest Wednesday of Father James Grady.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:25 pm
Fri July 31, 2009

Sugar Loaf Mound bought by Osage Nation

Sugar Loaf Mound.
Steve Patterson.

Archeologist John Kelly discusses the mounds that once dotted St. Louis with KWMU's Maria Altman.

St. Louis, MO. – A Native American group has bought property that contains St. Louis' last remaining mound.

The Osage Nation now owns land with the Sugar Loaf Mound near Broadway and I-55.

An elderly couple who owned a home next to the mound for nearly 50 years recently put it up for sale.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:00 pm
Fri July 31, 2009

Mo. Housing Development Commission adopts new ethics rules

The Mo. Housing Development Commission meets at a hotel in Jefferson City.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Housing Development Commission today adopted new ethics rules for commission members and staffers.

The new rules include barring commissioners and staff members from having business relationships with applicants seeking benefits from the commission.

Violators will be banned from applying for benefits for two years.

Also, any conflicts of interest have to be disclosed publicly, and commissioners with such conflicts must recuse themselves from related votes and discussions.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:28 pm
Fri July 31, 2009

Hanley bridge over I-64 re-opems

St. Louis, MO – The Missouri Department of Transportation has opened the new Hanley Road bridge over Interstate 64 a month ahead of schedule.

Officials cut the ribbon on the new bridge on Friday. Traffic on Brentwood Boulevard has been snarled since December, when the Hanley bridge first closed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:12 pm
Thu July 30, 2009

Archdiocese suspends priest charged in underage sex sting

Father James Patrick Grady.
Archdiocese of St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – The Archdiocese of St. Louis has suspended a priest at St. Raphael The Archangel in south St. Louis following his arrest on federal sex trafficking charges.

57-year-old James Patrick Grady was arrested Wednesday when he traveled to St. Louis County to meet what he thought was a 16-year-old girl he had been offered for sexual activity.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:07 pm
Thu July 30, 2009

Mo. Senate committee holds E. coli conference call

Jefferson City, MO – Members of a Missouri Senate Committee met by conference call this afternoon to discuss the delayed release of an E. coli report on the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Department of Natural Resources has come under fire for delaying for one month the release of the report on E. coli levels at the Lake.

State Senator Brad Lager (R, Savannah) chairs the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment.

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