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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:58 pm
Tue June 16, 2009

New plant science research facility could house more than 300 jobs

More than 300 new jobs could be created by the opening of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center's BRDG Park research facility.
(courtesy Donald Danforth Plant Science Center)

St. Louis, MO –

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center opened a new four-story, $36 million research building on its Creve Coeur campus on June 16. The Bio-Research and Development Growth (BRDG) Park will be an incubator for fledgling plant and life sciences companies, and will provide lab space for established companies like Monsanto.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:24 pm
Tue June 16, 2009

Alderman demands resignation of city personnel director

St. Louis, MO – Fourteenth Ward Alderman Stephen Gregali, the chair of the Public Employees committee, demanded the resignation Tuesday of the department's director, Richard Frank.

Gregali called it the only way to change a culture that has the department ignoring the city's needs for its own benefit. Gregali said he will call on the Civil Service Commission to investigate if Frank refused.

Gregali also sits on the Ways and Means committee, which voted to cut another $125,000 from the department's budget.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:40 am
Tue June 16, 2009

Mortgage crisis continues to grip St. Louis area

St. Louis, MO –

In case you have forgotten, the mortgage crisis that drove thousands of St. Louis area homeowners into foreclosure has not gone away. It simply doesn't receive as much media attention as it did a year ago.

In the first part of the KWMU series "Facing the Mortgage Crisis", Repps Hudson prepared this report on how bad the problem is now.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:58 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

Auto Jobs task force finalizing recommendations

(UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Jefferson City, MO – The task force appointed by Governor Jay Nixon to examine Missouri's auto industry is finalizing its list of recommendations.

The state's auto manufacturing industry has been hit hard with the closing of the Chrysler plant in Fenton.

Task Force Chairman Christopher Chung won't reveal any specific recommendations yet, but does describe what they'll address.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:48 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

Mosquitoes in St. Louis County test positive for West Nile virus

St. Louis, MO –

The Saint Louis County Health Department says mosquitoes in parts of the county have tested positive for West Nile virus. The virus can be fatal, but usually only causes symptoms like fever, headache and body aches.

The department's Joan Bradford said workers are treating standing water in public areas with insecticides to kill mosquito larva. She said residents also should remove water that has collected on their property.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:13 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

McCaskill in Ill. to push for C-17

St. Louis, MO – Lawmakers in Washington, DC are expected to approve this week a supplemental budget that would be good news for Boeing. The $106 billion spending bill includes funds to build eight C-17 cargo planes.

Senator Claire McCaskill toured Scott Air Force Base in the Metro East Monday to continue making her case that the Defense Department should continue the C-17 program. The base handles logistics for the entire military and makes heavy use of the cargo planes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:41 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

Allen Icet to run for Mo. Auditor

Jefferson City, MO – Allen Icet, Chair of the Missouri House Budget Committee, has announced his candidacy for State Auditor.

The Republican lawmaker from Wildwood holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.

When the legislature is out of session, Icet works as a consultant for ConocoPhilips, and says he has lots of financial experience.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:31 am
Mon June 15, 2009

Last two F-15's leave Lambert

F-15 Strike Eage
Adam Allington (KWMU)

St. Louis, MO – For the first time in 86 years, there are no fighter planes stationed at Lambert Airport, St. Louis.

The last two remaining Missouri Air National Guard f-15's left for Hawaii yesterday.

The 131st Fighter Wing's 16 fighters have been split between guard units in Hawaii and Montana.

About 600 service members working at Lambert are being redeployed to Whiteman Air Force Base outside of Sedalia, where they will be retrained to fly and maintain B-2 stealth bombers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:48 am
Mon June 15, 2009

Missouri Legislature rejects Real I-D Act

Jefferson City, MO – One of the numerous bills awaiting Governor Jay Nixon's signature would formally reject Missouri's participation in the federal Real I-D Act of 2005.

The bill's sponsor, GOP House Member Jim Guest from rural northwestern Missouri, says the act would not only require everyone to have a federal I-D card, but would also eventually store everyone's personal information in a national database:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:17 pm
Fri June 12, 2009

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center partners with private company

Roger Beachy, president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, announced the center's first joint venture with a private company.

St. Louis, MO –

For the first time, the non-profit Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis is planning a joint venture with a private company. It's called Agrius BioForms.

The goal of the partnership with GeoSynFuels is to produce large amounts of enzymes in plants like soybeans. Enzymes break down biomass like switchgrass to turn it into biofuel.

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