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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:24 pm
Wed June 3, 2009

Mo. State Capitol to get new roof

Jefferson City, MO – The State Capitol Building in Jefferson City is getting a new roof.

The project is scheduled to begin next week and cost $2.1 million.

Jeff Schaeperkoetter oversees repairs to state office buildings.

"The previous roof has failed...we've done some temporary measures to make sure that it holds the water out...it's a project that's going to probably take us about four or five months," Schaeperkoetter said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:46 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Storms knock out power, damage trees in St. Louis area

Wind damaged the facade at the Renaissance Grand hotel in downtown St. Louis
(Rachel Lippmann/KWMU)

St. Louis – Strong thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon downed trees and damaged power lines throughout the St. Louis area.

At the height of the outage, about 50,000 homes and businesses were without electricity.

On Wednesday morning AmerenUE reported about 8,000 customers still in the dark; most are north of I-64.

The Renaissance hotel downtown had to move its guests to other hotels after the storm tore off part of the building's facade.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:41 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Police chief assures residents about downtown safety

A bartender at Maggie O'Brien's 2000 Market St., was shot and killed Monday in an apparent robbery attempt
(Rachel Lippmann, KWMU)

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis police will be concentrating more officers in the Downtown West neighborhood following a Monday homicide at a popular nightspot.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:28 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Nixon billing flights to state agencies

Gov. Jay Nixon (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Jefferson City, MO – Governor Jay Nixon has been charging the cost of airplane trips around Missouri to various state agencies, instead of to his own office.

An analysis of flight records by the Associated Press shows that Nixon has been billing other state offices for his flights since February.

House Budget Chairman Allen Icet (R, Wildwood) says it was assumed that the governor's flights would be paid for out of his own office.

Nixon spokesman Scott Holste defends the practice.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:27 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Missouri faces shortage of doctors, nurses, dentists

Healthcare leaders discuss Missouri's decreasing number of medical professionals at a Missouri Foundation for Health summit in St. Louis.

St. Louis, MO –

Missouri healthcare leaders say more than 85% of the state's counties don't have enough primary care doctors. They're discussing the shortages at a Missouri Foundation for Health conference in St. Louis this week.

Dr. James Kimmey is the foundation's president. He says there aren't enough primary care doctors because older physicians are retiring and medical students are going into surgical specialties.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:00 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Funding for C-17 restored in committee

Washington, D.C. – In good news for some Boeing workers in St. Louis, a Senate committee has taken action to restore funding for eight C-17 cargo planes. Boeing makes parts for the C-17 and employs about 1,000 local workers on the program.

A conference committee and the full Senate and House still must sign off on the $2.2 billion in the supplemental defense budget to keep the C-17 line in production. Senator Kit Bond of Missouri says that approval appears imminent.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:53 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Afternoon storms damage buildings, trees

Renaissance St. Louis Hotel
(KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – A strong thunderstorm today tore part of the facade off of a hotel in downtown St. Louis.

The city's convention and visitor's center said suites at the Renaissance St. Louis Hotel were evacuated as a result of the damage. No injuries were reported and guests were moved to other hotels.

The Renaissance is located next to the America's Center.

Elsewhere in the area, some traffic lights were knocked out and tree limbs were scattered on streets and residences.

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