News

Pages

St. Louis Public Radio News
5:26 pm
Fri January 15, 2010

River ice causing problems for barges

The Mississippi River at St. Louis
(Photo courtesy of David Carriel, Belleville)

St. Louis, MO – Barges on the Mississippi River are dealing with what some are calling the worst ice conditions in 20 years.

Ice accumulation on the river north of St. Louis has required three barge industry vessels to work constantly to keep the channel open between the Illinois River and the Melvin Price Locks and Dam just south of Alton. Alan Dooley is a spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
9:36 am
Fri January 15, 2010

Feds take closer look at Monsanto

St. Louis – The Justice Department has sharpened its anti-trust investigation into Monsanto. The St. Louis-based biotech company is under scrutiny for the allegedly monopolizing the seed industry with its Roundup Ready genetic traits.

Monsanto's Roundup Ready soybean seed is genetically modified to withstand powerful herbicide, and it's popular. More than nine out of ten soy seeds planted in the United States carry the trait.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
9:27 am
Fri January 15, 2010

Scott Air Force Base playing key role in Haiti relief effort

St. Louis – Scott Air Force Base in the Metro East is playing a major role in the aid effort after Tuesday's magnitude seven earthquake in Haiti.
Scott is home to the U.S. Transportation Command, which oversees logistics for the entire military. TRANSCOM directs the movement of everything from cargo planes to aircraft carriers, and also works with private contractors to get people and supplies where they need to go.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
8:23 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Mo. GOP lawmakers send letters to Nixon, Koster

Missouri State Capitol.

Jefferson City, Mo. – Republican lawmakers in Missouri have sent letters to Governor Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster, both Democrats, regarding federal health care legislation in Washington.

The letter to Nixon asks him to "take action" against federal mandates the GOP says will result in financial disaster.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
6:11 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Mo. Supreme Court hears medical malpractice case

The Missouri Supreme Court

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Supreme Court today heard arguments regarding how much money people can be awarded in medical malpractice cases.

In 2005, James and Mary Klotz won a lawsuit against a St. Louis area hospital, after James contracted a staph infection while receiving a pacemaker.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
10:50 am
Thu January 14, 2010

Quinn light on specifics in first State of the State address

Quinn (file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn gave his first State of the State address yesterday.

He touched on topics from biofuels to high speed rail, but spoke little about Illinois' biggest issue - the budget.

Amanda Vinicky has more.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
10:45 am
Thu January 14, 2010

ABB plant reopens

An ambulance waits outside the ABB plant in north St. Louis after the Jan. 7 shooting. (photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – A St. Louis electrical equipment plant reopened today, a week after a disgruntled worker went on a shooting rampage and killed three fellow employees before turning the gun on himself.

ABB spokesman Bob Fesmire said today will be devoted to counseling sessions, not production.

"We moved from the shock phase [to] the grieving process," Fesmire said. "And you could say today is the first day of the recovery process, and we'll take it as it comes. Everybody's got to be there for each other."

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
9:25 am
Thu January 14, 2010

Historic Sumner High has six months to improve

St. Louis, MO –
St. Louis' historic Sumner High School is being given six months to improve or risk being shut down at the end of the school year. St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams outlined eight goals Thursday night all of which must be met, he said, for Sumner to remain open as a high school.

The benchmarks include increasing the attendance rate to 85 percent, reducing student suspensions by 10 percent and graduating all 90 students still enrolled as seniors.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
8:18 pm
Wed January 13, 2010

Audit finds Mo. needs to keep better track of sales tax exemptions

Mo. Auditor Susan Montee.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – An audit finds that Missouri needs to do a better job of tracking how much revenue is lost through sales tax exemptions.

State Auditor Susan Montee says the state currently has 131 exemptions for things such as utilities, construction materials, food and medicine.

"It is a number of $150 billion that is being subtracted off of gross sales revenue...five years ago in our report it was $120 billion," Montee said.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
6:30 pm
Wed January 13, 2010

Mo. GOP pledges to back traditional values

(l-r) Mo. Senate Pres. Pro-tem Charlie Shields (R, St. Joseph), Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R), House Speaker Ron Richard (R, Joplin).
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Republican leaders in the Missouri House and Senate returned to their party's traditional themes, after talking up ethics and the economy on the legislature's opening day last week.

Led by Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, GOP leaders pledged first and foremost not to raise taxes this year.

"Taking more money from Missouri families is not a sensible solution to fix whatever budget problems we face today," Kinder said.

Read more

Pages