St. Louis on the Air
1:43 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

St. Louis Area 'Green' Efforts

Painting a Metro bus at the Green Homes and Great Health Festival in 2009
(via Flickr/Missouri Botanical Garden)

Campaigns to protect our environment and improve sustainability efforts are numerous and ongoing in the St. Louis area.  Host Don Marsh talks with environmental experts about what has been done, what is being done, and what still needs to be done to further protect our planet. 

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The Salt
11:59 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Peanut Butter Recall Widens To Other Nut Butters After Salmonella Outbreak

Sunland Inc., which makes peanut butter for many national labels such as Trader Joe's and Target's Archer Farms, is recalling products suspected of containing salmonella.
Karen Sarraga iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 7:56 am

Is it 2008 all over again?

Late Friday, Trader Joe's announced a voluntary recall of its Salted Valencia Peanut Butter because it may have been contaminated with a rare strain of salmonella that's been making people sick.

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US Fidelis
11:54 am
Tue September 25, 2012

US Fidelis Co-Founder Gets Eight Years In Prison

Former U.S. Fidelis owner Darain Atkinson has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison on fraud charges.
(St. Charles County Dept. of Corrections)

The St. Charles County man who once helped run the largest seller of extended auto warranty contracts will spend eight years in federal prison for bilking customers out of millions of dollars.

Darain Atkinson pleaded guilty to conspiracy and tax charges in April. He was sentenced to the maximum of eight years today, and must also pay $4 million in restitution.

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Mamtek
11:30 am
Tue September 25, 2012

New Audit Faults Screening Used For Mamtek Incentives

Mo. Auditor Tom Schweich (R).
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

A state audit released today says that the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) could have done a better job of screening applicants for tax credits for the failed Mamtek project in Moberly.


Two years ago the small northeast Missouri town issued $39 million in bonds to get the company to build an artificial sweetener plant.  Mamtek later missed a bond payment and construction halted, and Moberly’s bond rating was downgraded as a result.  State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) said the due diligence procedures used by the DED were woefully inadequate.

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Absentee Voting
10:20 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Starting Today In Missouri: Absentee Voting

(via Flickr/voxefxtm)

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

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

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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