Workers' Compensation
12:12 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Troubled Ill. injury-claim system hit in audit

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The state auditor says Illinois hands out workers' compensation payments too easily and lacks enough employees to spot fraud.

Auditor General William Holland's report Wednesday recommends that lawmakers make further improvements to the troubled workers' comp program.

Holland found compensation for on-the-job injuries was made without medical evidence. Some benefits were paid where no request had been made.

The state paid $295 million from 2007 to 2010.

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Conference
11:26 am
Wed April 25, 2012

UMSL hosts conference on 'consilience'

Renowned ecologist Edward O. Wilson will give the keynote address at UMSL's Consilience Conference.
(Jerry Bauer)

The University of Missouri-Saint Louis is hosting a conference on “consilience.”

UMSL evolutionary ecologist Patty Parker says consilience is the idea that certain universal concepts hold true across disciplines, from biology to the social sciences to the humanities.

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Morning round-up
8:48 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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MoDOT to work on I-64 double-deck for the rest of the year

The Missouri Department of Transportation is warning motorists that major work on the 1-64 double-deck structure in downtown will impact traffic until the end of the year.

MoDOT engineer Deanna Venker says at least one lane will be closed at all times on the structure that leads to and from the Poplar Street Bridge.

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Religion/Technology
6:25 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Local congregations take worship to the web

Pastor David Crank promotes his church’s website during an Easter Sunday sermon at Faith Church St. Louis in Sunset Hills.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

The internet pervades almost every aspect of modern life and religion is no exception. From Facebook and Twitter, to live streaming services and online donations, churches across the country are redefining what it means to worship.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Joseph Leahy takes a look at how some local congregations are embracing the net to expand their missions online.

Including the "dot com"

During a livestreaming service on Easter Sunday, Pastor David Crank recalled the story of Jesus and the Adulteress -- adding one unusual detail:

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Mo. Senate passes budget
3:08 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Missouri Senate passes state budget, restores blind pensions

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Senate passed a $24 billion state budget early this morning, following several hours of debate and closed-door negotiations.

The Senate spending plan for FY2013 directly challenges the Missouri House's position on blind pensions.  By a narrow margin, Senators restored $28 million in state funding cut by the House last month, while leaving in $18 million in federal Medicaid dollars.  Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) says they now have more room to maneuver when negotiations with the House begin on the final version of the budget.

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Porter Stone
7:40 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Child taken from St. Louis Children's Hospital located near Chicago

Porter Stone, in a photo provided by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
(via Facebook/St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Updated at 4:25 am on Wednesday, April 25

A 5-year-old Kansas City boy taken yesterday from St. Louis Children's Hospital has been located near Chicago.

Illinois state troopers located Porter Stone, his father Jeffrey Stone, and his paternal grandmother Rhonda Marie Matthews in Alsip, Ill. Both adults are in custody on felony charges of kidnapping, interfering with custody, and endangering the welfare of a child.

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Federal Building
5:58 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Ill. man accused in St. Louis firebomb case

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A southwestern Illinois man is accused of damaging a St. Louis federal building with a firebomb.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 33-year-old Jeremiah McGee of Fairview Heights, Ill., has been charged with attempted destruction of U.S. property by fire or explosion.

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Missouri House/Tanning
4:24 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Mo. House endorses restrictions on teen tanning bed use

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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require most teenagers to get their parents’ permission to use tanning beds.  Those younger than 17 would have to have a parent or guardian show up in person at the tanning salon and sign a document giving their consent. 

The bill’s sponsor, GOP House Member Gary Cross of Lee’s Summit, says his daughter suffered cell damage from regular tanning bed use.

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Environment - Energy - Coal
4:23 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Environmental proposals defeated at Ameren shareholder meeting

These bottles were on display on a table outside of Powell Hall, where Ameren held its shareholder meeting this morning. They contain creek water from Labadie, Missouri, which supporters of the environmental shareholder proposals say may contain coal ash.
(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

Three Ameren shareholder proposals were voted down today at the company’s annual shareholder meeting in St. Louis.

The proposals sought to have Ameren identify and address environmental problems related to its coal-fired power plants.

Sister Barbara Jennings coordinates the Midwest Coalition for Responsible Investment, a faith-based advocacy group that seeks to influence the policies of corporations.

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Science - Burying beetles
12:45 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Saint Louis Zoo gets approval to reintroduce American burying beetle

The American burying beetle.
(via Saint Louis Zoo)

The American burying beetle is coming back – more than three decades since it was last spotted in Missouri.

The Saint Louis Zoo and the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Tuesday that they have gotten approval to reintroduce the beetle at the Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie in southwest Missouri. Up to 150 breeding pairs will be placed in underground with dead animals for food - the process starts in June.

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