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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:20 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

Reginald Clemons supporters rally at Mo. Capitol

Poster of Reginald Clemons at a rally in the State Capitol, Jefferson City.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Supporters of Missouri Death Row Inmate Reginald Clemons rallied today at the State Capitol in Jefferson City.

Nearly 50 people attended the rally in support of Clemons, whose scheduled execution last month was halted by a federal appeals court.

They began by demonstrating in front of the State Supreme Court building, then marching around the State Capitol before gathering inside the Rotunda.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:56 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

Mo. Senate to hold hearing into DNR e-coli report

Jefferson City, MO – A State Senate committee will hold a hearing on the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' handling of a report on e-coli levels at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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

He said in a press release this afternoon that it is appropriate for the Senate to look into why the release of the report was delayed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:35 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

Police offer reward in search for juvenile gunman

Devante Thomas (handout)

St. Louis – St. Louis County Police are offering a $2000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a 16-year-old boy in the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley Wednesday.

St. Louis County police say the officer is alert and in serious but stable condition at a hospital.

He was shot while attempting to talk with the suspect Wednesday afternoon at a cemetery.

Police have identified the suspect as Devante Thomas, an African-American male approximately 5'8" tall and 170 lbs. Police say Thomas remains armed and dangerous.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:47 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

State Senator to run for federal office

St. Louis, MO – A Republican state Senator known for wearing bolo ties and cowboy boots on the floor will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Kit Bond.

When he's not in Jefferson City, Chuck Purgason operates an 800-acre hunting preserve in the southern Missouri district he's represented since 2004; he served in the state House before that.

Purgason has gained a reputation as a fiscal conservative, and plans to make that a central part of his campaign.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:41 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

Judge halts unionzation by home care workers

Jefferson City, MO – A Missouri judge has temporarily blocked the certification of a union election for workers who provide in-home health care to the elderly and disabled.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beteem issued the restraining order Tuesday in response to a lawsuit filed by Integra Health Care. The lawsuit alleged irregularities in the voting process and violations of Missouri's open-government laws.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:56 pm
Wed July 22, 2009

Mo. in-home health care workers to unionize

Jefferson City, MO – In-home health care workers in Missouri have voted overwhelmingly to unionize.

They care for homebound elderly and disabled Missourians, performing such tasks as cooking, cleaning, and bathing.

Nearly 85 percent of them voted "yes" to being represented by the new Missouri Home Care Union.

Threasa Bach of Salem is one of those workers.

"The consumers and I will be able to have our voices heard about what we need in the homes as we do our day-to-day work," Bach said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:37 pm
Wed July 22, 2009

St. Louis University to test swine flu vaccines

Dr. Sharon Frey will lead trials of swine flu vaccines at St. Louis University this summer.
KWMU

St. Louis, MO –

St. Louis University is one of eight U.S. institutions chosen by the National Institutes of Health to test the safety of swine flu vaccines this summer.

The clinical trials are expected to begin in August and to include hundreds of people, ranging from babies and children to the elderly. Doctors will study how the vaccines affect the immune system and if they can be given with a yearly flu shot.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:57 pm
Wed July 22, 2009

Humane Society to evaluate 400 pit bulls

St. Louis, MO – More than 400 dogs were rescued two weeks ago in Missouri and Illinois as part of the largest raid on dog fighting in U.S. history.

The Humane Society of Missouri helped spur the investigation and now it's caring for and evaluating the dogs, which are almost all pit bulls, at a temporary shelter.

Tim Rickey is the director of the organization's Animal Cruelty Task Force.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:47 pm
Wed July 22, 2009

Penalties rejected in Lambert asbestos case

St. Louis – A federal judge has refused to penalize the city of St. Louis for using an improper asbestos control method while building the new runway at Lambert Airport.

District judge Carol Jackson ruled in September that the city violated federal clean air regulations by using a spray of water on homes it was demolishing to control the release of asbestos. The so-called "wet method" is allowed in some circumstances.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:59 pm
Tue July 21, 2009

Food safety summit to recommend new legislation

Jefferson City, MO – Health officials from across Missouri are focusing on ways to improve food safety.

A summit in Jefferson City is covering several issues, from protecting school kids from food-borne allergies to safeguarding food supplies from bio-terrorism.

Mary Fandrey is with the Department of Health and Senior Services.

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