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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:12 am
Fri February 19, 2010

Shooting at Northern Illinois University injures one person

DeKalb, Ill. – Authorities at Northern Illinois University say a suspect is in custody after a shooting on campus that left one person injured early Friday.

Last week marked the second anniversary of a shooting rampage at NIU that left five students dead plus the gunman, who took his own life

Today's shooting happened near a residence hall. Police believe it was an isolated incident between two individuals.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:45 pm
Thu February 18, 2010

Feds kick in $1.6 million to help sell empty Chrysler plants

Fenton, MO –

The federal government is stepping in to help find new tenants for the two vacant Chrysler assembly plants in Fenton.

The government is contributing $1.6 million St. Louis County to fund an environmental study and marketing plan for Fenton's 5 million square feet of factory space.

The Fenton north plant stopped production in 2009 and the south plant in 2008.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:13 pm
Thu February 18, 2010

Mo. House passes autism insurance bill

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has passed legislation that would mandate insurance coverage for treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Lawmakers had said that autism legislation would be a top priority this year. The bill would require insurance providers in Missouri to cover up to $36,000 a year for behavioral therapy for kids age 18 and younger with autism.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:49 pm
Thu February 18, 2010

Child, two adults hurt in collision with school bus

St. Louis – Two adults and one child were injured critically when a school bus and a car collided head on in St. Louis.

The wreck happened around 8 a.m. Thursday. Seven children on the bus that was en route to Mason Ridge Elementary School were taken to a hospital for evaluation, but none was believed to be injured.

The car was carrying two adults and two children. Both adults and a boy in the car were taken to a hospital in critical condition. The second child in the car suffered minor injuries.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:48 am
Thu February 18, 2010

Lambert to close two concourses

The security checkpoint at Lambert will get a new design as part of a $50 million face lift
(photo by Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – The latest renovation at Lambert Airport will leave just two of the airport's four concourses open to the public in the main terminal.

The $50 million face lift is the largest since Lambert's main terminal opened in 1956. The security checkpoints and ticket counters will be reconfigured, and the concourses will have new lighting, flooring and signage. All the restrooms will also be updated.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:22 am
Thu February 18, 2010

Police commissioner springs nephew from jail after DUI arrest

Vince Bommarito (SLMPD photo)

St. Louis – A St. Louis police commissioner is accused of inappropriate conduct for contacting police to get his nephew out of jail.

But Vince Bommarito insists he's done nothing wrong. On Saturday, his nephew Christopher Campo was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after attending the Soulard Mardi Gras party.

Bommarito said he did call a police sergeant and ask that his nephew be released. Police took Campo to Tony's restaurant, which Bommarito owns.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:20 am
Thu February 18, 2010

Owners of landfill report high methane levels

Arnold, Mo. – Owners of a Jefferson County landfill that stopped accepting waste more than 30 years ago are notifying nearby property owners of possible increases in methane gas.

Valley Disposal oversees the site in Arnold. Monitoring wells showed elevated levels of methane. As a result, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources says owners of 94 neighboring properties are being notified by letter this week.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:23 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Obama officials tout stimulus results one year later

St. Louis, MO – Officials from the Obama administration are criss-crossing the country this week to mark the one-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Among the $787 billion stimulus package, $35 million is being spent rehabilitating a World War II-era munitions factory into a new, energy efficient office building for the Social Security Administration in St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:46 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Health rankings by county released

St. Louis, MO. – A report released Wednesday ranks counties by health outcomes and places St. Louis City 106 out of Missouri's 115 counties.

The report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute is the first to rank counties in each state.

The ranking of health care outcomes factored premature deaths and quality of health of county residents.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:35 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Mo. Senate approves retrospective DNA collections

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow laws requiring DNA collections from criminals to be applied retrospectively.

The Missouri Constitution forbids retrospective laws that mandate new restrictions or requirements based on past actions. The prohibition contributed to a recent State Supreme Court ruling that invalidated some sex offender restrictions.

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