Voter ID Laws
11:26 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Mo. House panel backs do-over attempt on voter ID

(via Flickr/ Daniel Morrison)

A Missouri House committee has endorsed a second attempt to place a photo ID requirement for voters on the 2012 ballot.

The measure passed Tuesday by the House Elections Committee would write a new ballot summary for a proposed constitutional amendment. A Cole County judge struck down the original summary last week.

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MetroLink delays
11:14 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Damaged cable causes MetroLink delays

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Updated 2:20 p.m.

Metro tweeted from their official account at 2:11 p.m. that "Fiber optic cable has been restored and MetroLink and trains resuming normal service."

Original Story:

Commuters who use MetroLink, listen up: a damaged fiber optic cable will add to your travel time today.

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Health Rankings
10:35 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Health rankings: St. Louis City among the least healthy counties in Missouri

Health rankings for 3,000 counties and the District of Columbia are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.
(University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

St. Louis City is among the ten least healthy counties in Missouri.

That's according to nationwide county health rankings released today by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Morning round-up
9:27 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Gov. Jay Nixon
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Nixon heading to Brazil

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will be heading to Brazil on a trade mission later this month.

Nixon planned to announce more details of the trip during news conferences today in Springfield and Independence.

Last year, Missouri businesses sold $323 million worth of products to Brazil, which ranked as the state's 10th largest export market. Nixon's trip to the South American nation comes about six months after he led a trade delegation to China. Missouri's international exports totaled $14.1 billion in 2011, an all-time high.

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Bank records dispute resolved
6:02 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Schweich announces agreement with Mo. Bankers Assoc. over records access

Mo. Auditor Tom Schweich (R) announces an agreement with the Mo. Bankers Association during a press conference on April 2 at his State Capitol office.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) has announced an agreement with the Missouri Bankers Association over access to bank records.

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Criminal Justice
5:25 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Justice Center guard accused of sexual contact with prisoner

(via Flickr/s_falkow)

A Justice Center prison guard is facing multiple charges of sexual contact with an inmate at the maximum security jail last year. 

St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce filed eleven felony counts against Stephanie Rodgers Monday. The acts are alleged to have occurred in the prisoner’s cell and a security tower.  

Assistant Circuit Attorney Dan Proost said officials learned of the affair through phone taps that were part of a separate investigation. 

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Minority Health
5:22 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

SLU hosts forum on minority health

(via Flickr/Jennifer_Boriss)

Saint Louis University is hosting a forum on Tuesday about the public health issues facing minorities, in particular African Americans.

A panel of local academics from SLU and Washington University will present their research on topics ranging from maternal health to how segregation affects health literacy.

SLU community health expert Keon Gilbert will talk about the relationship of education to health outcomes in young African American men at risk of dropping out of high school.

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Mega Millions / Illinois
4:08 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Ill. schools get over $30M from record lottery sales

(via Flickr/Rob Lee)

Last week's record Mega Millions drawing made a winner of Illinois schools, too.

WBBM Radio reports that record Illinois lottery sales in the past nine weeks pumped $31.5 million into the fund devoted to public schools.

Lottery officials say that's mostly because of the multistate Mega Millions game that reached an all-time high $656 million before producing three main winners in a drawing Friday.

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Bats - White-Nose Syndrome
12:16 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Bat disease confirmed in Missouri, likely to spread

A little brown bat showing symptoms of white-nose syndrome in Greeley Mine, Vermont (April, 2009).
(Marvin Moriarity/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Updated at 3:00 p.m. to clarify and expand description of white-nose syndrome.

A disease that has killed millions of bats across the eastern U.S. has been confirmed in Missouri for the first time.

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Business/Express Scripts merger
11:56 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Express Scripts-Medco merger approved

The Federal Trade Commission has approved a $29.1 billion merger between Express Scripts and Medco, which is based in New Jersey. The new company will be headquartered in St. Louis.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 4:26 p.m. to correct name of Jennifer Mallon's association. It is the National Community Pharmacists Association, not the National Association of Community Pharmacies.

Federal regulators have approved the $29.1 billion merger between pharmacy benefit managers Express Scripts and Medco.

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