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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:49 am
Fri June 5, 2009

Median barrier will eliminate one lane on King Bridge

St. Louis – The Martin Luther King Bridge in St. Louis will close temporarily in the fall so workers can install a median barrier meant to reduce crossover crashes.

The department said the bridge will have to be closed for a total of 12 days, but that may be split into two phases.

The barrier will leave the bridge with one westbound lane and two eastbound lanes.

The project will cost an estimated $2.5 million, to be paid by Illinois, Missouri and the federal government.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:37 am
Fri June 5, 2009

La Russa sues Twitter alleging defamation from fake account

(UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has filed a lawsuit against the Twitter internet service. He claims a fake page using his name damaged his reputation.

The suit filed last month in San Francisco seeks unspecified damages.

La Russa claims someone created a fake account in his name and posted updates, known as "tweets," that gave the false impression that the comments came from La Russa.

The suit says the comments were "derogatory and demeaning" and damaged La Russa's trademark rights.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:34 am
Fri June 5, 2009

Man, 22, charged with murder in policeman's death

Centreville, Ill. – A 22-year-old man has been charged in the shooting death of a Metro East policeman.

Major Case Squad commander John Lakin said Lemuel Antwan Houston of Alorton faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Lt. Greg Jonas.

Houston is being held in lieu of $10 million bail.

Jonas was shot once in the back of the head Tuesday outside a public housing complex. He was 59 years old.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:56 pm
Thu June 4, 2009

Coleman pinning hopes to Minnesota Supreme Court

Republican Senator Norm Coleman
Adam Allington (KWMU)

St. Louis, MO – Republican Senator Norm Coleman says he has no plans to abandon his legal battle to win reelection over Democrat Al Franken in Minnesota.

Coleman gave the keynote speech at the Conservative Heartland Conference in St. Louis on Thursday.

Franken currently has a narrow 312 vote majority from last November's general election.

Earlier this week the Minnesota Supreme Court heard Coleman's argument to count 4400 ballots that were cast in the wrong jurisdiction.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:16 pm
Thu June 4, 2009

Nixon signs jobs bill

Gov. Nixon signs the \"Show-Me Jobs\" initiative at Forest Park Community College
(Rachel Lippmann/KWMU)

St. Louis, MO – Gov. Jay Nixon was in St. Louis Thursday afternoon to sign legislation that was his top priority for the just-finished 2009 session of the Missouri General Assembly.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:39 am
Thu June 4, 2009

McCaskill to push for Super Hornet at defense hearing

A Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet sits aboard the USS Harry S. Truman. (KWMU photo/Matt Sepic)

St. Louis – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said she'll continue to lobby for Boeing's St. Louis-built F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet during a hearing Thursday with the Defense Department.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants the government to buy just 31 Super Hornets next year, down from this year's 45.

McCaskill said the plane is key to U.S. aircraft carrier operations, and taxpayers will save money if the Pentagon signs a multi-year contract with Boeing instead of submitting annual orders.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:28 am
Thu June 4, 2009

Charges expected in murder of Metro East policeman

Centreville, Ill. – Charges are expected Thursday in the shooting death of a Metro East police officer.

The Major Case Squad says two "persons of interest" are in custody.

Centreville police Lt. Greg Jonas was shot once in the back of the head early Tuesday while patrolling a public housing complex.

Residents say gunfire is frequent there.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:25 am
Thu June 4, 2009

Police say probable suspect in killing of bartender also died from gunshot wound

St. Louis – St. Louis police say they've identified a probable suspect in the fatal shooting of a bartender at a downtown pub.

32-year-old Michael Dolan was killed while working at Maggie O'Brien's on Market Street Monday night.

The probable suspect police identified is 30-year-old Derrick Bell of St. Louis. Bell also died from a gunshot wound Monday night. He was dropped off at a hospital by an unidentified man, who fled.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:12 pm
Wed June 3, 2009

Most residents expected to have power restored by Thursday morning

St. Louis, MO – Officials at AmerenUE say most of the customers affected by Tuesday's severe storm should have power back on by Thursday morning the latest.

Fifty-two thousand customers were without electricity immediately following the storms, which also caused damage to several local buildings. UE officials said nearly 85 percent had service restored in the first 12 hours.

Outages were concentrated in University City, Clayton, Ladue and north St. Louis County, said Ameren spokesman Mike Cleary.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:35 pm
Wed June 3, 2009

Mo. tax revenues dropped in May

Missouri Budget Director Linda Luebbering
(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – The amount of revenue the state of Missouri collects each month continues to drop.

The May 2009 General Revenue Report shows the state collected five percent less revenue than at the same time last year.

Linda Luebbering is Budget Director for Missouri.

"We anticipate that that's going to continue to get worse as we go through June...we don't really have any reason to believe that June collections will begin to pop back up," Luebbering said.

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