Absentee Voting
10:20 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Starting Today In Missouri: Absentee Voting

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Updated with comment from Robin Carnahan.

Missourians who are unable to make it to the polls next month can begin voting by absentee ballot today.

Absentee ballots are available to voters who expect to be out of town on Election Day or if illness, disability or religious beliefs prevent them from going to the polls on Nov. 6.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says the process is quite simple.

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Animal Abuse
9:19 am
Tue September 25, 2012

St. Louis PD Assigns One Officer To New Animal Abuse Task Force

Stray Rescue's Randy Grim holds up a picture of a tortured dog. At left, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and at right, Officer Louis Naes.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is creating a task force aimed at reducing animal cruelty in the city.

Slay announced the creations of the “Mayor Francis Slay Animal Cruelty Task Force” during a press conference at Stray Rescue on Tuesday.

Among other things, the city police department will dedicate one full-time officer to animal abuse cases.

Slay says the task force sends a message that cases of animal neglect and cruelty will be prosecuted just as thoroughly as any other crime.

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Morning Roundup
8:39 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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State agencies work together to restore trees

The Missouri Department of Transportation plans to buy 250,000 seedlings from a Conservation Department nursery to replace thousands of trees knocked down during highway projects. Conservation officials will then distribute the trees to youth groups and schools for planting.

This is the sixth year of Missouri's Trees for Tomorrow program. Officials say more than 2.5 million trees of roughly 60 varieties have been provided since the program started in 2007.

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President Obama at the UN
8:29 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Obama: 'Time Is Not Unlimited' To Resolve Iran Nuclear Dispute Via Diplomacy

President Barack Obama speaks to the United Nations on Sept. 25, 2012.
(Screen capture via UN video feed)

Updated 9:55 a.m. with recap, link to full remarks

President Obama addressed the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly today and touched on the Iran nuclear dispute and addressing the root causes of turmoil in the Middle East, among other topics.

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DEMOCRATIC DEJA VU
9:38 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Mo. State Rep. Stacey Newman Wins Democratic Primary Redo

Mo. State Rep. Stacey Newman
Official State Photo State of Missouri House of Representatives

Updated at 8:35 a.m. Tuesday to correct the spelling of Stacey Newman's name.

Updated with comments from Mo. State Rep. Stacey Newman

Mo. State Rep. Stacey Newman has won the special Democratic primary for the 87th District in St. Louis County, according to results posted on the Missouri Secretary of State website.   

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O'Fallon rec center
5:18 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Mayor, Black Caucus Reach Deal To Open North St. Louis Rec Center

A deal between the mayor's office and the Aldermanic Black Caucus means the O'Fallon recreation center, pictured here during a summer tour, could open early next year after a year delay
(Photo courtesy of Ald. Antonio French)

Mayor Francis Slay and the Aldermanic Black Caucus appear to have reached a deal on an operating contract for a new recreation complex in O'Fallon Park on the city's north side.

The deal still needs aldermanic approval and would take effect 90 days after the mayor's signature. That puts the earliest opening for the facility after the start of the new year - more than a year behind schedule.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Gingrich: Republican Support For Akin Will Return

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaks at a press conference as Rep. Todd Akin looks on. Gingrich is visiting the area to help Akin with his U.S. Senate campaign fundraising where he is opposing incumbent Claire McCaskill.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich threw his support behind Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin. Akin was thrust into national prominence after his now infamous comments regarding "legitimate rape."

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St. Louis on the Air
3:49 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

New Research In Preventing Alzheimer's Disease

PET scan of a human brain with Alzheimer's disease
US National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center

Finding effective treatments and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease is elusive.  While most of what we hear about the disease is depressing, we may be on the threshold of some exciting discoveries concerning prevention.  Washington University’s School of Medicine is in the middle of this new research and this hour, host Don Marsh is joined by Dr. John Morris, Director of Washington University’s Alzheimer’s Research Center, to talk about clinical trials aimed at preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

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SAT Scores
2:27 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Missouri Scores Drop On SAT College-Entrance Exam

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Missouri high school student performances on the SAT college entrance exam are down slightly this year, according to a report released today by the not-for-profit group The College Board.

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Gateway Arch
1:24 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Stained Arch Just Dirty, Not Dangerous, Report Says

The St. Louis Arch.
Flickr/jdnx

Will be updated.

The quintessential symbol of the St. Louis region, the Gateway Arch, has been under special scrutiny lately as rusty stains on its structure caused concerns.

The National Park Service has released a report from a Chicago engineering firm today saying that the stains are merely cosmetic and that the Arch is "as sound today as the day it was built." (It was completed in 1965 - and for the history lovers out there, here's a gallery of that process).

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