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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:42 pm
Fri June 12, 2009

McKinley Bridge closes tonight

St. Louis, MO – The McKinley Bridge connecting north St. Louis to Venice, Ill. will be closed after rush hour this evening so Illinois Department of Transportation officials can grind a rumble strip into the center of the bridge.

The safety feature is designed to alert drivers who weave out of their lane on the narrow, two-lane bridge. The work should be finished by 5am June 15

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4:32 pm
Fri June 12, 2009

Ordinance takes aim at vacant buildings

St. Louis, MO – Owners of vacant buildings would be required to register their properties under legislation introduced at the St. Louis Board of Aldermen Friday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:38 pm
Fri June 12, 2009

Layoffs at St. Louis Art Museum

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Art Museum has laid off 16 employees.

This week's firings follow an announcement in April that the museum would offer 19 employees the opportunity for early retirement. They have until the end of the year to accept the offer.

A spokesperson for the organization cites continued downward pressure on the museum's endowment, forcing administrators cut costs by $1.5 million.

The cutbacks reduce the museum's full-time staff to 163, along with 107 part-time employees.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:54 am
Fri June 12, 2009

Employee arrested in Maggie O'Brien's robbery

(KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis circuit attorney has charged a fourth man in connection with the June 1st robbery of a popular downtown restaurant that left two people dead.

Thirty-five-year-old Stephen Hornbuckle worked at Maggie O'Briens for 10 years. Police investigators determined that Hornbuckle provided the two robbers with information about the location of the restaurant's cash drawers, the amount of cash typically on hand, the location of exits, and a good time to carry out the robbery.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:59 pm
Thu June 11, 2009

Former First Bank exec sentenced to 366 days in prison

St. Louis, MO – The former president of First Bank Mortgage will spend a year and a day in prison and must pay nearly $25 million in restitution in a bank fraud case that has its roots in the October 1989 "Black Friday" stock market collapse.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:51 pm
Thu June 11, 2009

Schweich stays out of Senate race

St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis attorney has decided to stay out of the 2010 race to replace retiring Senator Kit Bond, despite heavy courting from a Republican party heavyweight.

Thomas Schweich served in the administration of President George W. Bush. Former senator John Danforth had pushed Schweich's candidacy as alternative to the Republican frontrunner, Representative Roy Blunt.

But Schweich said Thursdsay that he wants to avoid a divisive primary and keep the seat in Republican hands.

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6:43 pm
Thu June 11, 2009

Nixon signs small business tax cut into law

Governor Jay Nixon at McArthur's Bakery
Adam Allington (KWMU)

St. Louis, MO – On Thursday Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed into law a targeted tax cut aimed at small businesses.

The governor attended a ceremonial signing at McArthur's Bakery in South St. Louis County.

The legislation provides a tax break for businesses with less than $10-million in assets by eliminating the Missouri Franchise Tax creating a savings of about $875 for some 16,000 businesses.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:14 pm
Thu June 11, 2009

City budget sent to full Board of Aldermen

St. Louis, MO – With three weeks left in the fiscal year, city unions and negotiators have yet to strike a deal on furloughs that would generate $3.4 million in savings in the fiscal year 2010 budget for St. Louis.

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8:43 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Police chief says Coleman sent threats from his own laptop

Christopher Coleman

WATERLOO, Ill – Authorities said Wednesday a Metro East man accused of strangling his wife and two sons sent his family threatening e-mails from own his laptop.

Columbia Police Chief Joseph Edwards also said vulgar statements spray-painted throughout the house -- including on the children's beds -- matched the handwriting of Christopher Coleman.

The defendant sat silently during his preliminary hearing Wednesday, during which Edwards revealed new evidence in the case.

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8:32 am
Thu June 11, 2009

St. Louis symphony musicians sign new contract

St. Louis – The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra has signed a new labor deal with its musicians union.

The current contract does not expire until next year, and orchestra officials say the agreement announced Wednesday means four more years of stability.

It gives the orchestra's 96 musicians a 5.6 percent pay raise over the life of the contract; that's about two percent each year.

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