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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:58 am
Thu July 30, 2009

Airliner makes emergency landing after bird strike

St. Louis – An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing moments after taking off from St. Louis when a bird was sucked into an engine.

The MD-80 was heading from Lambert Airport to Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon.

An American Airlines spokeswoman says the pilot noticed a bird, believed to be a red-tailed hawk, flying into the right engine as the plane took off shortly after 2 p.m.

The captain declared an emergency and landed without incident a few minutes later.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:47 pm
Wed July 29, 2009

Advocates say social services can't be cut

St. Louis, MO – Social service advocates are asking Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to make cuts elsewhere.

The Democrat asked state departments to come up with 60 million dollars in cuts.

The Department of Social Services and the Department of Health and Senior Services have recommended a combined 25-million dollars in cutbacks to their departments.

Bradley Harmon works in children services and is the president of the State Workers Union. He says one million Missourians are on food stamps more than ever before.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:08 pm
Wed July 29, 2009

Shields: Mo. special session unlikely

Missouri State Capitol.

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's top-ranking State Senator doesn't think there'll be a special legislative session this year.

Senate President Pro-tem Charlie Shields (R, St. Joseph) says so far, there is no consensus on the two most likely issues a special session would cover: Health care and infrastructure.

"We're looking at, right now, going into August, and if we're not there within a relatively short amount of time, it (would) probably just make sense to wait till the regular session," Shields said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:48 pm
Wed July 29, 2009

Loop trolley takes small step forward

St. Louis, MO – The area's regional planning agency Wednesday gave its approval to the route and basic design of a proposed trolley through the Delmar Loop. The route approved by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments would run from the History Museum in Forest Park to a stop just east of University City's city hall.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:47 pm
Tue July 28, 2009

County starts another debate on smoking ban

Clayton, MO – The St. Louis County Council is once again discussing a ban on smoking in most public places.

The Council narrowly defeated a ban in 2005 and 2006. The effort now is to put a ban on the November 2009 ballot.

A vote will likely come next week; the sponsor, Councilwoman Barbara Fraser from the Fifth District has not decided whether she will exempt casinos and bars that make less than 25 percent of their money from the sale of foods.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:19 pm
Tue July 28, 2009

Local doctors, plant scientists create program to fight hunger

St. Louis, MO –

St. Louis doctors and plant scientists have started a new program to prevent hunger in Africa.

The Global Harvest Alliance combines an existing project to feed children with efforts to grow genetically engineered, vitamin-rich plants.

Project leader Dr. Mark Manary says the goal is to give kids a food supplement long enough to get them healthy, and to develop the plants as a future food source to prevent malnutrition.

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