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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:09 am
Wed March 10, 2010

Obama visits St. Louis to continue health overhaul push

Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis – President Obama rallied supporters at St. Charles high school on Wednesday, continuing his campaign to overhaul health care.

Speaking to a cheering crowd packed into a small, stuffy gymnasium, President Obama said the time for debate is over, and called on Congress to act now to pass health care legislation. The president described the status quo as unsustainable, saying that if Congress fails to act, insurance companies will continue to increase premiums.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:54 am
Wed March 10, 2010

Illinois tax hike won't be part of Quinn's budget speech

Springfield, Ill. – The budget plan Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will introduce today relies heavily on borrowing and about $2 billion worth of spending cuts.

As Sean Crawford reports, Quinn still backs an income tax hike, but he's not planning on it.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:51 pm
Tue March 9, 2010

Mo. officials want more money from Washington

St. Louis, Mo. – Missouri officials continue pressing for more financial aid from Washington, as Congress considers whether or not to extend budget stabilization funds for state governments.

School Board Association Executive Director Mike Reid suggests that without help from Washington, Missouri schools will have to reduce staff and increase class sizes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:54 pm
Tue March 9, 2010

New job thrusts writer into public role

David Clewell is Missouri's second poet laureate.

St. Louis – Webster University English professor David Clewell is Missouri's new poet laureate.
Governor Jay Nixon made the announcement last week.

Clewell has published seven collections of poetry and taught at Webster for 26 years.

He tells St. Louis Public Radio's Maria Altman he's not quite used to the spotlight.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:59 am
Tue March 9, 2010

Jetton to testify before federal grand jury

Kansas City, Mo. – A federal grand jury is continuing its investigation into former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton.

The panel will meet today and tomorrow in Kansas City to hear testimony about the Republican lawmaker's handling of a 2005 bill that sought to toughen regulations on sexually oriented businesses.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:40 pm
Mon March 8, 2010

Mother's diet changes behavior of genes in her placenta

St. Louis, MO – Biomedical researcher Cheryl Rosenthal fed pregnant mice three different diets: one high in fat, one high in carbohydrates, and the standard laboratory mouse food. She then looked to see how the genes in the placentas of those pregnant mice responded.

"Different genes were turned on in response to whatever that maternal diet was," said Rosenthal. "So the placenta sensed what the nutrient content of that diet was, and in the females, it tended to respond by upregulating various genes."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:09 pm
Mon March 8, 2010

Meetings continue on future of Manchester Road

St. Louis, MO. – The future of a five-mile stretch of Manchester Road is the subject of another round of public meetings this week.

Municipal and transportation officials are working on a Master Plan to update the road between Missouri Routes 141 and 109.

This is the fourth round of the so-called "visioning sessions" with the lead consultant The Design Workshop.

Chairman Kurt Kulbertson says they've heard residents' desire to see town centers along the road.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:56 am
Mon March 8, 2010

New hearing sought for Missouri death row inmate

Reginald Clemons

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is requesting a hearing into "possible undisclosed evidence" regarding the conviction of death row inmate Reginald Clemons.

Koster sent a letter to Circuit Judge Michael Manners in Independence, who's been reviewing Clemons' case. The Attorney General cites the discovery of physical evidence, including a so-called "rape kit", from a medical exam performed on the body of Julie Kerry.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:30 am
Mon March 8, 2010

Former southern Illinois judge says comments were misconstrued

Springfield, Ill. – A former Macoupin County judge who was accused of making threats says her comments were misconstrued.

Judge Diane Brunton resigned more than a week ago. She had been suspended without pay since January. That's when Brunton says she made what she calls a "joke" out of frustration. While she would not provide specifics, Brunton called it an innocent comment.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:21 am
Mon March 8, 2010

On anniversary of church shooting, pastor's widow still struggles

Maryville, Ill. – The wife of a Metro East pastor who was fatally shot during a Sunday sermon a year ago says she wishes she could have a single day without struggle.

Two services were held Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Maryville to mark the anniversary of the tragedy.

The Rev. Fred Winters, was shot and killed on March 8 2009. His wife, Cindy Winters says the last 12 months have been the most painful she's had to face, and her children are still suffering.

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