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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:25 am
Fri March 5, 2010

St. Louis firefighters contain spill at fuel terminal

St. Louis – St. Louis firefighters have contained a fuel spill at a petroleum terminal about a mile south of the Anheuser-BuschInBev plant.

There was no fire. But about 10,000 gallons of fuel spilled into a containment reservoir.

Firefighters sprayed foam on the fuel to prevent vapors from igniting. No injuries were reported, and no one was evacuated.

The facility is owned by the J.D. Streett company.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:00 am
Fri March 5, 2010

Missouri extends unemployment benefits

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that provides up to 20 extra weeks of benefits for unemployed Missourians.

The governor signed the bill just hours after lawmakers gave it final approval yesterday. It takes effect immediately.

The legislation is intended to help Missourians who have exhausted their jobless benefits. State labor officials estimate that 4,000 people could qualify.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:59 am
Fri March 5, 2010

I-70 closes again for bridge removal

St. Louis – For the second time in two weeks, Interstate 70 will be closed in downtown St. Louis for bridge removal. Workers will close the interstate at 8 p.m. Friday.

Crews will spend the weekend tearing down the Madison Street bridge. Last month, MoDOT crews removed the Cass Avenue overpass nearby.

Eastbound I-70 drivers will need to follow detours, but MoDOT says drivers who have the option should consider other routes, such as Interstates 64 or 44.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:12 pm
Thu March 4, 2010

Mo. Senate passes ethics bill

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate today passed an ethics reform bill just before adjourning for their annual spring break.

The bill would give the Missouri Ethics Commission authority to launch investigations into ethics violations, instead of having to wait for someone to file a complaint.

It would also require campaign donations exceeding $250 and made during legislative sessions to be reported within 48 hours. And it would end some committee-to-committee money transfers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:55 pm
Thu March 4, 2010

Calvary Cemetery home to last remnants of native prairie grass

St. Louis, MO – Biologists from the Missouri Department of Conservation were setting fire to part of Calvary Cemetery in North St. Louis on Wednesday.

MDC will set fire to about 18 acres of native prairie grassland some of the last remaining remnants of native blue stem and Indian grass which used to cover about 1/3 of the St. Louis region.

Erin Shank is an Urban Wildlife Biologist for MDC. She says fire is a necessary part of prairie ecosystems which disappeared when humans populated the area.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:11 pm
Thu March 4, 2010

One of two McKee cases goes to judge

St. Louis – The fate of legislation authorizing the largest redevelopment project in St. Louis history is now in the hands of St. Louis circuit judge Robert Dierker.

The last word on the $8 billion plan for a large portion of north St. Louis went to Russell Caplin, the vice president of finance for Paul McKee's Optimus Development.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:05 pm
Thu March 4, 2010

Missouri Foundation for Health calls for action on health reform

St. Louis, MO – The President and CEO of the Missouri Health Foundation says that if Congress fails to enact health care reform, everyone will suffer - not just the uninsured. Dr. James Kimmey spoke to a packed auditorium today at the Missouri History Museum.

Kimmey said that the annual cost of insurance for a family is currently about $13,000.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:46 pm
Thu March 4, 2010

Mo. House leader wants to fully fund K-12 schools

House Budget Chair Allen Icet (R, Wildwood) takes questions from reporters during a press conference at the State Capitol.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Despite Missouri's ever-decreasing revenue picture, the chair of the House Budget Committee wants to fully fund the state's public schools.

Allen Icet (R, Wildwood) is proposing increasing K-12 funding by $106 million while cutting other areas of state government to make up the difference.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:19 pm
Thu March 4, 2010

Can new St. Louis casino compete in crowded marketplace?

The main gaming floor at River City Casino
(photo courtesy of Pinnacle Entertainment)

St. Louis – The state of Missouri's 13th casino opens its doors to gamblers Thursday. Pinnacle's River City Casino in south St. Louis County joins a crowded marketplace. There will now be seven casinos within about 30 miles of one another in the St. Louis region.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:52 am
Thu March 4, 2010

Plan to contract animal control won't save money

St. Louis – The city of St. Louis is pushing forward to bid a contract for sheltering animals, but the move will not save money, at lest not initially.

Earlier this week Mayor Francis Slay said the city would close its animal pound, saying it's too small and outdated.

St. Louis Health Department director Pam Walker said the city would pay a private group $550,000 a year to shelter the animals. And she said the city plans to spend another $250,000 to keep four animal control officers on city streets.

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