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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:51 am
Tue May 26, 2009

Official: Myanmar had planned to release Suu Kyi until Missouri man visited her house

YANGON, Myanmar – A top police official said the military government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, was considering releasing pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest this week, but canceled the decision after a Missouri man stayed at her house in violation of the country's security law.

The official said Tuesday that authorities were talking of releasing Suu Kyi Wednesday after nearly six years under house arrest.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:03 am
Mon May 25, 2009

Scouts place flags on 170,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks

St. Louis – Thousands of Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts spent about two hours Sunday putting American flags on the graves of more than 170,000 soldiers at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Tim Deposki, 16, is an Eagle Scout. He's been taking part in the event since he was in first grade. Deposki said reading the name on each headstone gave him a personal connection to the soldiers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:58 am
Mon May 25, 2009

Three drown in separate accidents on Meramec River

Bourbon, Mo. – Two separate accidents claimed the lives of three people Sunday on the Meramec River.

Authorities said two men entered the river on a gravel bar around 4 p.m. near the Meramec Caverns campground.

One man went under the water, and the second man tried to help him. Both drowned.

The body of Sridhar Tekula, 27, was recovered at 9:45 Sunday night. Authorities recovered the body of Suresh Merumu, 30, late Monday afternoon.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:56 am
Mon May 25, 2009

Flags lowered to honor Air Force lieutenant killed in Afghanistan

St. Louis – Flags will be flown at half-staff today at all Missouri state buildings.

Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the lowered flags to honor Air Force Lt. Roslyn Schulte, a Ladue woman who was killed while on duty near Kabul, Afghanistan.

A memorial service for Schulte is scheduled for Monday.

She was a 2006 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.

Nixon also ordered flags flown at half-staff at state buildings in St. Louis
County through the end of the month.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:42 pm
Fri May 22, 2009

Hampton Avenue Bridge reopens

Mayor Francis Slay cuts ribbon at bridge reopening
Adam Allington (KWMU)

St. Louis, MO – After eight months of construction, the new Hampton Avenue bridge over Interstate 64 reopened to traffic on Friday.

The Missouri Department of Transportation set a deadline of reopening the bridge by Memorial Day weekend.

Lucie Springmeyer is the CEO of Forest Park Forever and says the bridge is a major access point for park visitors.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:00 pm
Fri May 22, 2009

Missouri to pay $500,000 to settle suit against former governor

Jefferson City, Mo. – The state of Missouri has agreed to pay $500,000 to a former governor's office attorney to settle claims he was wrongfully terminated and defamed by Gov. Matt Blunt after questioning the office's e-mail deletion practices.

The settlement was announced Friday by Attorney General Chris
Koster.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:44 am
Fri May 22, 2009

For first time, McKee explains development plan to north St. Louis residents

The first of the holding companies Paul McKee used to quietly buy parcels on the near north side was named \"Blairmont,\" after Blair and Montgomery streets. \"Blairmont\" is also the name McKee's critics have given to the project.

St. Louis – Developer Paul McKee faced residents of north St. Louis Thursday night for the first time to talk about his massive redevelopment proposal.

More than 250 people attended the meeting at Central Baptist Church. McKee apologized almost immediately for remaining quiet for the five years during which he bought up more than 900 parcels.

"I don't believe we could have purchased the land the way we did unless we did it this way," McKee said."Win, lose or draw, that's the horns of the dilemma we were in."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:33 am
Fri May 22, 2009

Federal stimulus funds used for Missouri tax refunds

Jefferson City, Mo. – The state of Missouri is using a $250 million in federal economic stimulus money to help pay state income tax refunds.

Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that the move is necessary because income and sales tax revenues have fallen even further behind their already negative projections.

Some Missourians have been waiting for their refunds since March.

Nixon's budget director Linda Luebbering said cash flow problems could have forced the state to delay refunds until the new fiscal year starts in July.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:17 am
Fri May 22, 2009

City schools report swine flu case in student

St. Louis – The St. Louis public school district has reported its first confirmed case of H1N1 swine flu, but officials said the student is recovering and is expected to return to class next week.

The city Health Department said there's no need to close schools. The district said Thursday that officials became aware of the case Wednesday. The student became ill with flu-like symptoms last week.

Officials are not releasing the student's name or age.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:45 pm
Thu May 21, 2009

Missouri senators disagree on Guantanamo

St. Louis, MO – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri agrees with President Obama that the country's prison facilities are secure enough to house terror suspects from Guantanamo.

The president Thursday defended his decision to close the prison facility in Cuba and send some of the detainees to the U.S. McCaskill says she believes the administration will be careful to protect citizens from these inmates.

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