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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:05 pm
Tue February 2, 2010

Alumni rally to save Sumner High School

Tina Turner, Chuck Berry, and Dick Gregory once walked through these doors to attend classes at Sumner High School
(photo by Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis –

>> Hear Sumner graduate Dick Gregory reflect on his time at the famous school

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:59 pm
Tue February 2, 2010

Manchester Road public meetings resume Tuesday

St. Louis, MO – Another round of public meetings will be held this week on the future of a five-mile stretch of Manchester Road in west St. Louis County.

Transportation planners and municipal officials want to develop a master plan for the Manchester Road corridor between Routes 141 and 109.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:02 pm
Tue February 2, 2010

Mo. lawmakers sound off on Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Jefferson City, Mo. – As both President Obama and America's top-ranking military officer call for allowing gays and lesbians to openly serve in the armed forces, Missouri lawmakers are responding with competing resolutions.

State Senator Jolie Justus (D, Kansas City) is sponsoring a resolution supporting the president's call to rescind the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which forbids gays from openly admitting their orientation while serving in the armed forces.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:27 am
Tue February 2, 2010

St. Charles woman sentenced to five years for fake loan scheme

St. Louis – A St. Charles woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for taking out student loans in the names of her two daughters, and then gambling away the money.

Fifty-year-old Cynthia Tiemann pleaded guilty to seven counts of forgery in September. She took out nearly $140,000 in bogus loans, forging the signature of her mother as a co-signer.

Tiemann's two daughters say their mother never meant to hurt them, and the loans have been removed from their credit histories.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:21 am
Tue February 2, 2010

Blunt widens fundraising lead over Carnahan

St. Louis – US Congressman Roy Blunt has widened his fundraising advantage over Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan in the race to replace retiring US Senator Kit Bond.

Blunt and Carnahan are the likely Republican and Democratic nominees for the November general election. Blunt faces a primary challenge from state Senator Chuck Purgason, whose represents a district in mid-southeast Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:17 am
Tue February 2, 2010

Food pantries see spike in demand since 2006

St. Louis – A new report from the St. Louis Area Foodbank finds the recent economic downturn has forced more people to turn to food pantries.

The numbers are part of a national study called Hunger in America. The last report came out in 2006, before the economic collapse.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:10 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

Chinese ambassador to U.S. visits Mo. Capitol

(l-r) Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Zhou Wenzhong
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Chinese ambassador to the United States is visiting Missouri's State Capitol.

Zhou Wenzhong's visit to Jefferson City is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri officials to promote the development of a U.S.-Chinese air cargo hub at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The $40 million project includes plans to expand air cargo facilities at Lambert.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:30 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

Bridge sound despite falling concrete

St. Louis, MO. – The Poplar Street Bridge ramp, which shed some concrete Sunday, is structurally sound.

Missouri Department of Transportation bridge inspectors took a closer look at the ramp to westbound I-55 Monday and found the concrete was from the outer edge of the ramp.

MoDOT spokeswoman Linda Wilson says the inspectors are checking nearby bridges too.

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2:31 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

SLU tapped to help federal gov't research smallpox vaccine

St. Louis – The federal government has tapped Saint Louis University's Center for Vaccine Development to help research a vaccine that would be used to respond to a bio-terror attack using smallpox.

The Center has been involved with the clinical trials for the vaccine before. The latest research will look at two different strengths of the vaccine, and two different ways to deliver it.

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11:34 am
Mon February 1, 2010

Durbin pushes for explanation on levee decertification

St. Louis – Illinois' senior senator is pushing for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to explain why it de-accredited levees in the Metro East.

"A lot of different units of government have come to me we disagree with their conclusion that these levees are dangerous," Durbin said. "I'm not an engineer; I can't answer that question, but FEMA has to sit down with these local units of government and go through this data and information."

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