Business
6:53 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

St. Louis Union Station sold for $20 million

St. Louis Union Station circa 1909
via Wikimedia Commons

The sale of downtown St. Louis’ historic Union Station is set to go through in mid-October.  The sale was first reported Wednesday by the St. Louis Business Journal.

The facility’s new owners, St. Louis-based Lodging Hospitality Management,  are hoping to succeed where a host of other developers have failed.

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Green Infrastructure
5:44 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Unusual demonstration project looks to promote the growth of urban trees

Workers install "silva cells" at Brightside St. Louis' Demonstration Garden and Learning Center.
(Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Engineers, arborists, and landscape architects from across Missouri and southern Illinois gathered in St. Louis on Thursday for an unusual demonstration project.

Brightside St. Louis is installing “silva cells” outside its Demonstration Garden and Learning Center at the corner of Kingshighway and Vandeventer.

The goal is to promote the growth of urban trees.

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It's All Politics
4:54 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Live Blog: Thursday At The Democratic National Convention

Attendees sing and dance as musician James Taylor performs onstage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 6:02 pm

  • NPR Special Coverage, Hour 1
  • NPR Special Coverage, Hour 2
  • NPR Special Coverage, Hour 3

Good evening from Charlotte. Tonight during the last day of the Democratic National Convention, President Obama will accept his party's nomination.

It will be a star-studded evening with performances from James Taylor and the Foo Fighters and appearences from stars like Eva Longoria and Scarlett Johansson.

We'll keep tabs on it the whole night. Also, along with NPR's Liz Halloran and Becky Lettenberger, we'll hit the floor and bring you updates on several of the delegations. Make sure to refresh this page to the see the latest.

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Bond/Hanaway
4:52 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Mo. Republicans respond to DNC speeches

Former US Sen. Kit Bond (at left) and former Missouri Speaker of the House Catherine Hanaway.
(Bond: (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, Flickr Creative Commons User The National Guard)(Hanaway: via Ashcroft Law Firm media kit)

Several prominent Republicans responded to speeches given at the Democratic National Convention.  Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway accused Democratic leaders of stereotyping the issues women care about.

Hanaway said women are concerned with the big issue affecting every American: the economy.  This week, the DNC has featured several prominent women speaking about access to birth control and health care. Hanaway says the biggest concern for women is whether or not their children will be better off.

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3:58 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

The difference between a $99 suit and a $5,000 suit, in one graphic

Lead in text: 
The Planet Money team takes a look beyond the pleats, lapels and buttons of suit economics. Check it out in the graphic via the link.
In his New York Times Magazine column this week, Adam Davidson writes about the surprisingly tough business of making ultra-high-end men's suits. For a broader look at the suit business, we asked Salvatore Giardina, an adjunct professor of textile development and marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology, to give us a rough breakdown of what goes into making the three main types of men's suits - off-the-rack, made-to-measure and bespoke.
Immunization / Children's Health
2:40 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Missouri childhood vaccination rates still below average

(via Flickr/Daniel Paquet)

Missouri is still near the bottom of the pack when it comes to childhood vaccination rates.

The results of the CDC's annual National Immunization Survey show about 68 percent of children under age 3 got all the required vaccinations in 2011. That's about the same as in 2010, and up from 56 percent in 2009.

In Illinois, vaccination rates fell from about 75 percent in 2010 to about 72 percent in 2011.

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Science
1:23 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Drought fueling deer disease in Illinois, Midwest

A map depicting the distribution of EHD disease by Illinois county so far in 2012.
(via Illinois Department of Natural Resources)

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says drought is fueling an outbreak of a fatal deer disease in southern and central Illinois and surrounding states.

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Developing: Jefferson County deaths
12:58 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Officials: deaths in Jefferson County likely murder-suicide

Updated at 1 p.m. with information from Boyer's later press conference

The Jefferson County sheriff says although an investigation continues, evidence continues to mount that the deaths of a woman and her three children at a home in DeSoto, Mo. are a murder-suicide.

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Red-light cameras
11:08 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Appeals planned against red-light cameras in Missouri

Red light cameras at an intersection in Hazelwood, Mo.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

An appeal is planned after an eastern Missouri judge tossed out a lawsuit challenging the use of red-light cameras.

Jeff Brunner filed the suit last year against the city of Arnold and American Traffic Solutions, the Arizona firm that runs the city's red-light cameras. Brunner sued over a $94.50 fine for running a red light, arguing the cameras violate state law and are unconstitutional.

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Morning round-up
9:25 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, September 6, 2012

(via Flickr/IndofunkSatish)

Criminal case against Kansas City Bishop to reach swift end today

The criminal case against the highest-ranking Catholic official in the U.S. to be charged with shielding an abusive priest is poised to reach a surprisingly fast end. Jackson County, Mo., prosecutors and attorneys for Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn have agreed to have a judge hear their case today, weeks ahead of a scheduled jury trial date.

Finn and the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph are each charged with a misdemeanor count of failing to report suspected child abuse.

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