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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:00 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

Tax overhaul proposed to Mo. lawmakers

Dr. Joseph Haslag of the Show-Me Institute addresses members of the Mo. Senate.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – A proposal to replace Missouri's state income tax with an expanded sales tax was heard today in a seminar for members of the State Senate.

The proposal is backed by retired businessman Rex Sinquefield and the think-tank he heads, the St. Louis-based Show-Me Institute. Joseph Haslag is the group's Vice President and an Economics professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:50 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

St. Louis not among World Cup host finalists

New York, NY – St. Louis, Chicago and the San Francisco area are out of
the running as venues if the United States lands the 2018 or 2022
World Cup.

Eighteen cities, with a total of 21 stadiums, were selected
Tuesday. About 12 stadiums would be chosen if the U.S. bid is
successful. The bid will be submitted in May, and FIFA will make
the decision on hosts in December.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:12 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

Washington University coal research group fights parody website

St. Louis – A group at Washington University that does research for the coal and power industries is demanding a St. Louis environmentalist remove its logo from a parody website.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:47 am
Tue January 12, 2010

Crash leaves car hanging over Mississippi River

St. Louis – Two people were injured, one seriously, in a car crash early Tuesday that left the vehicle hanging over the edge of the Poplar Street Bridge, which crosses the Mississippi River at St. Louis.

The accident happened around 1 a.m. The accident happened around 1 a.m. Police said the car crashed in the westbound left lane, slammed into the median and came to a stop on the edge of the bridge.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the crash.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:46 am
Tue January 12, 2010

St. Louis County officials order closure of nursing home

Clayton, Mo. – St. Louis County authorities have ordered the closure of a nursing home, citing unsanitary conditions.

Whispering Oaks in west St. Louis County was vacated Monday. County officials said it had no running water, overflowing toilets, human waste on the floor and an inoperable sprinkler system.

However a member of the facility's staff blamed a water main problem and said residents will be allowed to return later this week.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:52 am
Tue January 12, 2010

Craft beer represents big growth potential for St. Louis

Adam Allington/STL Public Radio

St. Louis, MO – Giant brewing behemoths such as MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch InBEV can still claim about 80 percent of the total U.S. beer market.

But taste preferences are definitely evolving including here in St. Louis.

In part 2 of a series on St. Louis beer and beer culture, St. Louis Public Radio's Adam Allington looks at the growth of the local "craft" beer movement especially as it relates to the sale of Anheuser-Busch.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:40 am
Tue January 12, 2010

Millionaire philanthropist Desmond Lee dies at 92

Desmond Lee

St. Louis, MO – Millionaire philanthropist Desmond Lee passed away at 92 on Tuesday.

Over the years Lee donated more than $70 million, including large sums to local universities including the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Washington University and Webster University.

When Lee sold his company in 1993, he decided to donate two-thirds of the money to local causes, including the Desmond Lee Collaborative Vision, which endowed 30 professors at local universities.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:52 pm
Mon January 11, 2010

Mo. lawmakers focusing on federal issues

Mo. State Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Republican leaders in the Missouri General Assembly are devoting time and attention to federal issues, in addition to regular state business.

Following Monday's session of the State Senate, Majority Floor Leader Kevin Engler (R, Farmington) expressed concerns over the potential cost of federal health care legislation, and how it could impact Missouri's budget.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:01 pm
Mon January 11, 2010

McGwire admits using steroids

St. Louis – Former St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire has admitted using steroids during his record-breaking season in 1998.

In a statement Monday, McGwire admitted to using performance enhancing drugs on and off for a decade, something he called "foolish" and a "mistake."

The news did not surprise The Sporting News' baseball columnist Stan McNeal,who had long suspected McGwire was doping. Most fans did as well, he said, and they are likely to forgive the former Cardinals star.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:18 am
Mon January 11, 2010

Blagojevich apologizes for saying he's 'Blacker than Obama'

(UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Chicago – Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is apologizing for what he calls a poor choice of words in an Esquire magazine interview in which he claims he's "blacker than Barack Obama."

Blagojevich said he's sorry if he offended anyone, and he told WLS Radio in Chicago Monday that it was a "stupid thing to say."

In the Esquire interview, Blagojevich said he grew up in a small apartment, shined shoes as a boy and that his father ran a laundry in a black neighborhood.

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