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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:20 am
Tue July 14, 2009

Protestors stop I-70 traffic briefly

St. Louis – Demonstrators briefly shut down traffic on Interstate 70 during afternoon rush hour Tuesday.

Protestors representing the African-American Business and Contractors
Association stopped several large trucks on the freeway's depressed section near the Arch. They blocked traffic in both directions for about a minute.

The demonstration came a decade after a much larger protest shut down I-70 at Goodfellow and resulted in 125 arrests.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:14 am
Tue July 14, 2009

Illinois lawmakers return for special session

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois lawmakers will meet in Springfield Tuesday to make another go at passing a state budget.

Lawmakers could override Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of a budget that they approved last month, or they could pass a new budget now and figure out in November how to balance it.

Meanwhile, Quinn signed a long-delayed $31 billion statewide construction plan on Monday.

Labor leaders applauded the bill because it has been 10 years since the state last had a major capital construction program.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:35 pm
Mon July 13, 2009

Ballot initiative would replace Mo. court plan

The Missouri Supreme Court

Jefferson City, MO – A proposed ballot initiative to change the way judges are chosen for the Missouri Supreme Court and appeals courts was filed today with the Secretary of State's office.

The ballot question is sponsored by the group Better Courts for Missouri.

If it makes it onto the 2010 ballot and is approved by voters, the governor would choose nominees for the state's High Court and appeals courts.

The nominees would then have to be confirmed by the State Senate.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:37 am
Mon July 13, 2009

St. Louis doctor treats African women with debilitating condition

Women with untreated fistulas often are disowned by their families spend their lives homesless and destitute.
Courtesy of Worldwide Fistula Fund.

St. Louis, MO –

Doctors estimate as many as four million women in Africa and Asia are suffering with a medical condition that often causes them to become outcasts from society. In the United States the condition is usually easily fixed with surgery, but in developing countries women can go their entire lives without getting treatment. A St. Louis doctor is leading the push to help women overseas get medical care.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:32 am
Mon July 13, 2009

I-64 will close near stadium as Obama throws out first All-Star pitch

(UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – City officials said traffic moved well throughout St. Louis over the weekend despite a changing list of street closings.

But St. Louis Streets Director Todd Waelterman is urging patience Tuesday night, when President Obama's visit will close Interstate 64 between the Poplar Street Bridge and 14th Street starting at 5 p.m.

Waelterman said that could cause backups on Interstates 55 and 44. Once downtown, Waelterman said drivers should look out for pedestrians.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:17 am
Mon July 13, 2009

May storms caused $12 million in damage to Missouri timber

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation said the storms that hit the state in May damaged about a third of the state's timber harvest.

That's about 204 million board feet on 113,000 acres.

More than half of the damaged trees are on private land, with the rest in the Mark Twain National Forest or conservation areas.

Had the trees not been damaged, the state says the timber could have fetched $12 million. Significant damage occurred in 36 counties.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:16 pm
Fri July 10, 2009

Mo. Tourism Commission backs Tour of Missouri

Kinder
(UPI file photo)

Jefferson City, MO – In a non-binding unanimous vote this afternoon, the Missouri Tourism Commission renewed its support for the Tour of Missouri professional bicycle race.

The commission met in response to the Department of Economic Development's recommendation that the state withhold $1.5 million in funding for the event.

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, who chairs the Tourism Commission, told commission members that the move would destroy the credibility of the state of Missouri and the Division of Tourism.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:27 pm
Fri July 10, 2009

City approves new rules for minority contracting

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen has set new goals for the number of women, minorities and city residents working on public works projects in St. Louis.

"In my opinion, it's historic for the city and would really push the city toward being a more diverse workplace," said 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy, the measure's sponsor.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:56 am
Fri July 10, 2009

Injunction blocks firings of 3 Mo. judges

Jefferson City, MO – A Cole County judge has issued a preliminary injunction blocking the firings of three administrative law judges who hear worker's compensation cases.

The Nixon administration is seeking to fire judges Henry Herschel, Matthew Murphy and John Tackes as part of its budget-cutting moves.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem had earlier issued a temporary restraining order to block the firings.

Attorney John Comerford represents the three judges. He says Beetem's injunction goes even farther.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:19 am
Fri July 10, 2009

Burris won't run for full term next year

Chicago – Roland Burris will not run for a full Senate term next year. He will make a formal announcement today in Chicago.

Burris was appointed by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to fill the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

His appointment was criticized from the moment it was announced and prompted calls for Burris to resign.

In the Senate, Burris has been treated as something of a pariah because of his ties to Blagojevich, who was arrested in part on allegations he tried to sell the Senate seat.

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