Morning round-up
9:25 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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St. Charles County voters could face two anti-smoking ballot measures

St. Charles County voters could face not one but two ballot measures in November that would restrict smoking.

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Missouri Supreme Court
7:59 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Judge William Ray Price, Jr. on issues facing Mo. courts as he steps away

Former Mo. Chief Justice William Ray Price, Jr., delivers his State of the Judiciary Address to the Mo. General Assembly in 2011. Price left the court earlier this month to return to private practice.
(Tim Bommel / Mo. House Communications office)

Judge William Ray Price, Jr. served on the Missouri Supreme Court for 20 years including two terms as chief justice.

Price left the high court earlier this month to return to private practice.

During his time on the Supreme Court, Price was a staunch supporter of Missouri’s drug courts and argued the state puts too many non-violent offenders in prison.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman spoke with the judge about why it’s important to seek alternatives to prison and other issues facing Missouri courts.

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Foreclosure Mediation
9:28 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

St. Louis County Council moves forward with foreclosure mediation bill

Foreclosures in St. Louis hit a record high in 2010. (flickr/taberandrew)

The St. Louis County Council moved forward tonight with a bill that would require lenders to offer mediation for homeowners on the edge of foreclosure.

During a public meeting on the plan, many community members told the council that mediation may have saved them from foreclosure.

For Councilwoman Kathleen Kelly Burkett, it was personal.   She was on the edge of tears when she told the story of foreclosing on her mother’s house.  

Councilwoman Hazel Erby, who originally introduced the bill, said they have to take action now.  

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SERVICE ANIMALS
6:24 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

New Illinois law allows mini horses as service animals

Miniature horses in a parade in Rhode Island. Miniature horses are now approved service animals in Illinois.
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Miniature horses that have been trained to help disabled people will be allowed in Illinois schools and other public places under a new state law.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill Tuesday designating miniature horses as a type of service animal, like seeing-eye dogs, that can accompany people with disabilities. That includes helping people who may have a hearing impairment, seizures or an intellectual disability.

The law takes effect immediately.

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GOP bus tour
5:54 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Missouri GOP hopefuls barnstorm across Show-Me State in a bus

The GOP campaign bus parked outside the party's Jefferson City campaign office.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Most of the Republican nominees for statewide offices in Missouri are touring the state together in a bus today and Wednesday.

The first stop was outside the GOP’s campaign office in Jefferson City.  Those onboard this morning included Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, who's seeking a third term in office; Secretary of State hopeful Shane Schoeller; Attorney General nominee Ed Martin; Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, whose district will include Jefferson City next year; State Treasurer nominee Cole McNary; and the Republican hoping to oust Democrat Jay Nixon from the Governor’s office, Dave Spence.

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Health Care
5:43 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Hearings set in case over Mo. health care measure

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A Missouri judge has scheduled two hearings this month on a challenge to the ballot language of a health care measure that goes before voters in November.

The lawsuit by Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and several top GOP lawmakers contends the ballot summary is unfair and misleading. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, wrote the summary.

Online court records show Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green will hear arguments Friday and again on Aug. 28.

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Death penalty
2:13 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court will wait to set execution dates for six inmates

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Updated 6:03 p.m. with reaction 

The Missouri Supreme Court will not set execution dates for six death row inmates until a court case over the state's new execution protocol is resolved.

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87th district ballots
1:12 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

St. Louis County finds ballot irregularities in razor-thin state House race

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Updated 3:25 p.m. with reaction from Stacey Newman.

Updated 3:10 p.m. to clarify that the two precincts were, indeed, in two separate Missouri House districts, confirming the importance to the issue to the race between Stacey Newman and Susan Carlson.

Updated with quotes from Rita Heard Days.

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The Salt
12:57 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Reach for the fries? Apple slices recalled for possible listeria contamination

This apple-topped salad is one of several products being recalled for potential contamination with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes
Ready Pac, Inc.

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 10:29 am

If you've been applauding yourself recently for choosing the apple slices over the french fries for your kid's fast food meal, or an apple-laden prepackaged salad for your own dinner, you might want to hit the pause button.

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Endangered buildings
12:42 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Old 'favorites' return to St. Louis' most endangered list for 20th anniversary

Carr School is among the most endangered buildings in St. Louis for 2012 as determined by the Landmarks Association of St. Louis. The Ittner-designed school was on the inaugural list in 1992.
(Landmarks Association of St. Louis/Andrew Weil)

Some familiar structures have returned to the the Landmarks Association of St. Louis's list of most endangered buildings in the region.

It's the 20th year the Association has published the list, which is designed to highlight 11 iconic or important buildings in danger of disappearing due to neglect or proposed demolition.

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