The Two-Way
11:25 am
Wed August 8, 2012

How hot was it? July was warmest month on record for U.S.

Only one color was needed to show where July ranks in terms of hottest months on record.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:14 pm

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Morning round-up
9:50 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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Clay beats Carnahan

In a battle of political dynasties, Congressman William Lacy Clay emerged victorious over fellow incumbent Russ Carnahan Tuesday.

Clay won the Democratic primary to represent the party in the new 1st Congressional District. In a campaign that was often bitter, Clay repeatedly accused Carnahan of going negative with a string of attack ads, but says the strategy didn't work.

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River death
7:45 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Searchers find body of missing boy in Meramec River

The Meramec River at an unidentified location
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The St. Louis County Police have confirmed that a body pulled from the Meramec River earlier this afternoon is that of a missing Affton boy.

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nuclear energy
7:36 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

NRC freezes nuclear power licenses until waste issues are addressed

Ameren Missouri's Callaway Nuclear Plant.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has put a freeze on issuing licenses for new plants and 20-year renewals for existing ones following a ruling by a federal Appeals Court.

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled in June that the practice of allowing nuclear plants to store spent fuel rods on site doesn’t meet federal environmental standards.  The decision in essence bars the awarding of any new licenses until the industry begins addressing the problem of storing nuclear waste.

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Developing
6:38 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Missouri Primaries - what you need to know

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MO Statehouse
6:03 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Local control, tobacco tax initiatives qualify for November ballot

An interior view of the dome of the Missouri State Capitol.
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Missouri voters will be asked in November to raise the state's tobacco tax and let St. Louis run its own police department.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced Tuesday that supporters of those proposals had submitted enough signatures from voters to put the questions on the statewide ballot.

Two other initiatives failed to make the ballot. One would raise Missouri's minimum wage, while the other would place new restrictions on payday loans.

Proponents of those measures immediately said they would challenge their exclusions in court.

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Enterprise zones
3:44 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Quinn signs extension of tax breaks for Illinois businesses

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation extending a widely used economic development tool.
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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that extends the life span of a popular economic development tool in the state.

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Campbell House
2:45 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Campbell House museum in St. Louis hit by thieves

Campbell House Museum in downtown St. Louis.
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Thieves stole cash and ruined a 130-year-old door when they broke into the Campbell House museum in downtown St. Louis.

Shelley Niemeier, assistant director of the museum, says thieves picked the lock of the museum Monday night and threw a concrete block through the glass pane door, which was installed in the 1880s.

The thieves got away with $98. Niemeier says an inventory found that nothing but cash was taken.

The Campbell House holds one of the nation's best collections of Victorian decorative arts and 300,000 pages of documents about the economy of the West.

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Politics
1:44 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

'Slow' and 'steady' Mo. primary voter turnout

The typical badge of a vote cast, the "I Voted" sticker.

Updated 6:47 p.m. 

Rita Days is the St. Louis County Board of Elections' Democratic director. She says the day has gone as planned.

“I guess it’s what you’d call steady all morning and of course this afternoon has been about the same. So it has not really been a rush or lines or anything like that,” Days said.

The St. Louis Board of Elections is reporting a steady flow of activity, but it's not as heavy as anticipated.

Mary Wheeler-Jones is the Democratic Director of Elections in the city of St. Louis.

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East St. Louis Schools
12:02 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

East St. Louis schools cut jobs amid money crunch

The troubled East St. Louis school district is cutting 50 administrative jobs amid concerns the school system may run out of money by the end of September unless it gets an emergency loan.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports the jobs being eliminated include such positions as administrative clerk, custodian, coordinator, warehouse worker, security guard and attendance officer.

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