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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:56 am
Fri July 17, 2009

No more suppression of bacteria reports, says Department of Natural Resources

St. Louis – Governor Jay Nixon said the Missouri Department of Natural Resources was wrong to withhold a report on unsafe E. coli bacteria levels in the Lake of the Ozarks.

The DNR said from now on, test results will be made public as soon as they’re available.

Just after Memorial Day, the agency suppressed a report about unsafe E. coli levels in the lake over fears it would hurt business there.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:38 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

Pew group says climate change could lead to global instability

St. Louis, MO –

Members of a new Pew Charitable Trusts group are predicting more international conflicts over natural resources they say are threatened by climate change.

The Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate held its first forum at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis Thursday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:12 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

Fla. man pleads guilty to defrauding Scottrade clients

St. Louis – A Florida man has pleaded guilty to impersonating clients of a St. Louis brokerage firm in order to steal proceeds from their stock holdings.

Thirty five-year-old Christopher Maury admitted to fraudulent obtaining the information of Scottrade clients. Maury would then call the company and convince Scottrade employees to liquidate stocks of the customer he was impersonating. The proceeds would go to a bank account Maury controlled in Florida.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:20 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

Farm Aid concert will be in St. Louis

St. Louis – Midwestern farmers enjoyed bumper crops and high commodity prices in the last few years, but organizers of this year's Farm Aid concert in St. Louis say their advocacy work on behalf of family-run farms remains vital.

Executive Director Carolyn Mugar said people should not think of farmers as needy. She said most of the money Farm Aid raises goes to lobbying efforts and education, especially through the group's website.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:54 am
Thu July 16, 2009

State withholds Lake of the Ozarks bacteria report for fear of hurting business

Osage Beach, Mo. – A Missouri state agency suppressed a report that showed unsafe E. coli bacteria levels in the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources said it withheld the report around Memorial Day because of concerns it would hurt tourism and business in the area.

Heavy rains in May are partly responsible for the high E. coli bacteria counts. The DNR says the lake has since returned to safe levels.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:51 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Quinn signs debt-heavy Illinois budget

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn settled for less than he wanted in a new state budget. However he signed the spending plan into law Wednesday night, a move that will ensure thousands of state workers get paid.

More than 5,000 employee paychecks were delayed this week as the state had no spending authority. Now that a budget is in place, they're expected to have checks hand delivered to them at work today.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:59 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

Report finds that racism did not play a role in police academy firings

St. Louis, MO – A report commissioned by the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners has found that racism did not factor in the termination of several black cadets from the police academy.

The investigation was ordered after complaints by several cadets alleged that black cadets are routinely terminated for minor infractions, such as not having polished shoes, or not having a pencil during class.

Gerry Carmody of the law firm Carmody-MacDonald led the investigation.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:45 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

Bill to create federal stimulus oversight committee vetoed

Gov. Jay Nixon (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Jefferson City, MO – Among the bills vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon this week was one that would have created a committee to examine how Missouri is spending its federal stimulus money.

The bill would have authorized a four-person joint House-Senate committee to look over projects funded with federal stimulus dollars, to make sure the money is not going to waste.

State Representative Jason Smith (R, Salem) sponsored the bill.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:29 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

Financial literacy key to avoiding mortgage trouble

St. Louis – There's plenty of blame to go around when it comes to foreclosures. But one point comes up again and again. In the go-go years of the housing bubble, borrowers forgot the basic rules of how to manage their money and credit. And lenders took advantage of that situation.

As part of the KWMU series "Facing the Mortgage Crisis," Repps Hudson prepared this report on financial literacy.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:46 am
Wed July 15, 2009

Appeals court upholds Illinois abortion law

Chicago – A federal appeals court upheld a long-dormant Illinois law that requires parents of teenage girls to be notified before their daughters have abortions.

Attorneys on both sides say the law would take effect within weeks unless its critics ask for a stay and appeals judges agree.

Anti-abortion activists applauded the decision, while opponents said the measure is guaranteed to usher in dangerous problems.

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