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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:59 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Future of pre-Civil War mansion rests with north side developer

St. Louis – Developer Paul McKee owns more than 900 properties on St. Louis' north side including one dilapidated mansion.

The Clemens House was built around 1860 by James Clemens Jr., a relative of Mark Twain.

Now the home on Cass Avenue is in the middle of McKee's massive north side redevelopment proposal.

McKee says has plans for the home. But as KWMU's Maria Altman reports, some wonder why he hasn't taken better care of it since purchasing it in 2005.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:09 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Body of Millstone pulled from Missouri River

I.E. Millstone (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Charles, Mo. – The body of 102-year-old builder and philanthropist I.E. Millstone has been found in the Missouri River at St. Charles, more than two weeks after he reportedly jumped from a bridge upstream.

A barge worker discovered the body around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Missouri State Water Patrol Sgt. Jerry Callahan confirmed the body was that of Millstone.

Last month, a witness saw an elderly man jump from the Daniel Boone Bridge into the Missouri River. A vehicle belonging to Millstone's caretaker was parked nearby.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:39 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Bartender shot and killed downtown

St. Louis – A bartender at a popular downtown St. Louis tavern was shot and killed Monday night.

It happened at about 11:45 p.m. at Maggie O'Brien's on Market Street. Police said two men walked in and shot a male bartender. He died at a hospital several hours later.

Police said it was a robbery attempt. No suspects are in custody, and it's not clear if the men got away with any money.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:18 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Major Case Squad investigates death of Metro East policeman

Centreville, Ill. – The Major Case Squad is investigating the death of a police officer who was shot in the Metro East community of Centreville.

St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone said Greg Jonas, 58, died early Tuesday after being shot once in the back of the head outside a public housing complex.

His body was found on the street near his cruiser. No arrests have been made.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:21 pm
Mon June 1, 2009

St. Louis policians call on Governor, Attorney General, to stop Clemons execution

Reggie Clemons

St. Louis, MO – Several St. Louis politicians are asking Governor Nixon to stay the execution of Reggie Clemons. Clemons was sentenced to death as an accomplice to the 1991 rape and murder of Robin and Julie Kerry and is scheduled to be put to death on June 17th.

Clemons death would be the second execution in Missouri in less than one month.

State Representative Jamilah Nasheed asserts that Clemons' confession came only after he was beaten by police officers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:16 pm
Mon June 1, 2009

Wentzville GM plant to stay open

A Chevrolet Express van nears completion on the assembly line in Wentzville. (photo: Adam Allington, KWMU)

St. Louis – General Motors's Wentzville facility has been spared in the early draft of the company's restructuring plan.

The 26-year-old plant makes large Chevrolet and GMC vans. It's the last remaining auto factory in the St. Louis area.

Wentzville plant spokesman Bob Wheeler said he doesn't expect the 1800 workers to see many changes in the next two or three weeks.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:00 am
Mon June 1, 2009

Crews begin demolishing Big Bend bridge over I-64

St. Louis – Big Bend Road was closed at Interstate 64 Monday morning, and contractors began tearing down the overpass there to make way for a new bridge.

Big Bend will be closed for six months. For part of that time, Hanley Road will remain closed as well, leaving Brentwood Boulevard and McCausland Ave. as the main north-south routes across the highway in that area.

Project spokeswoman Linda Wilson said the dual closures were unavoidable.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:17 am
Mon June 1, 2009

African-American drivers in Mo. stopped more often

Jefferson City, MO – African-Americans in Missouri are still more likely to be stopped in traffic by authorities than any other racial group, according to a report released today by the State Attorney General's office.

The report shows that African-American drivers in 2008 were 67 percent more likely to be pulled over than were white or Hispanic drivers.

Attorney General Chris Koster says the numbers are disproportionate to Missouri's black population.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:26 pm
Sun May 31, 2009

Builder, philanthropist I.E. Millstone remembered

St. Louis, MO – Governor Jay Nixon and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley joined hundreds of other mourners Sunday to pay tribute to St. Louis builder and philanthropist I.E. Millstone.

Millstone's name adorns dozens of buildings throughout the region, including the sanctuary at United Hebrew Congregation, where the mourners gathered.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:20 pm
Fri May 29, 2009

Nixon begins reviewing 2010 Mo. budget

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon at a press conference outside the State Capitol Building May 29th, 2009.
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Jefferson City, MO – Governor Jay Nixon says he's begun reviewing Missouri's budget for Fiscal Year 2010.

The $23 billion spending plan includes $785 million in federal stimulus funding to help support various needs.

"We will go through (the budget) line-by-line...we will make sure that the income we have matches the out-go...I expect to have to trim some of the things in that budget, so it's going to be a painstaking process," Nixon said.

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