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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:45 am
Sun July 19, 2009

Governors Nixon and Quinn in Iraq

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, accompanied by Brig. Gen. Gerald Lang
(U.S. Army photo/Sgt. Frank Vaughn)

Jefferson City, MO – Governors Jay Nixon of Missouri and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn are visiting troops stationed in Iraq and Kuwait.

In a conference call with reporters, Nixon indicated that life after deployment is on the minds of many service members.

"With the unemployment rate up, they're concerned about what happens when they come home. They're also asking about their family members; they are interested in making sure that they can transition back," Nixon said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:53 pm
Fri July 17, 2009

Mo. Attorney General's office to investigate e-coli complaint

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster will look into a complaint filed against the Department of Natural Resources over its withholding of a report on E-Coli levels at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The readings were taken May 26th. But the report was not released until June 26th, amid concerns that it could harm tourism and business at the Lake.

The Missouri Clean Water Campaign, which is part of the Sierra Club, accuses the Department of Natural Resources of violating open records laws.

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Economy
12:10 pm
Fri July 17, 2009

MLB All Star Game becoming business despite weak economy

Dan Werner of Warren Sign Company smooths out a banner he has applied to the dugout at Busch Stadium. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis, MO – In tough economic times recession-weary Americans often turn to sports for a brief escape from the harsh realities of life in a global economy.

But alongside the altruistic nobility of competitive sport are serious economic stakes.

St. Louis, Missouri just hosted the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, providing that city with its own personal stimulus package.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:31 am
Fri July 17, 2009

Fake bomb left from training exercise causes scare at bus garage

(KWMU file photo)

St. Louis – A fake pipe bomb accidentally left on a Metro bus after a terrorism training exercise Thursday night caused a scare at a bus maintenance facility early Friday.

A driver who did not know about the training session alerted authorities after finding the device just after 4 a.m. at a garage in the Skinker-DeBalivere area.

The garage was evacuated and the St. Louis police bomb squad disposed of the device.

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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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