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.
(via Flickr/Reading Tom)

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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Morning round-up
9:32 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, August 7, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Missouri primaries are today

Eight U.S. House members are asking voters for a chance at two more years in Washington. Thanks to new congressional district boundaries, at least one of those incumbents won't prevail. St. Louis Democrats Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay Jr. lead a three-way race for their party's nomination in Missouri's 1st District.

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All Tech Considered
4:44 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

New Moo-Bile App Helps Keep Cows Cool And Farmers Updated

Dairy cows feed at Heins Family Farm near Higginsville, Mo. Fans and misters keep the barns cool during this summer's record temperatures.
Scott Pham for NPR

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 5:44 pm

When it's hot and humid, you probably don't want to move much and aren't very hungry. The same goes for cows; but when they don't eat, farmers lose money.

Researchers at the University of Missouri think they can help avoid those losses. They've produced a new mobile app that can detect the threat of heat stress in cows using nothing more than a smartphone.

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Health insurance costs
4:43 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Health insurance cost changes being considered for State Troopers, MoDOT workers

Mo. Highways and Transportation Commission members meet in Jefferson City on 8/6/2012.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri transportation officials are considering a proposal to restructure how much MoDOT workers and State Troopers pay for their life and health insurance.

Currently, the cost percentage varies, based on several individual factors.  Rudolph Farber chairs the state Highways and Transportation Commission.  He says the proposal they’re considering would have all employees pay the same percentage.

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Joplin Mosque
2:23 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Only Joplin, Mo. mosque burns to the ground, cause of fire unknown

Prayer rugs lined the floor of the Joplin Islamic Center in 2009; the mosque burned to the ground on August 6, 2012.
(Jennifer Davidson/KSMU)

KSMU's Jennifer Davidson reported for this story.

The only mosque in Joplin, Mo. has burned to the ground.  The cause of the fire is still unknown.  The loss of property leaves the Islamic community there without a place of worship in its most sacred time of the year, Ramadan.

The imam of the mosque, Imam Lahmuddin, had only  finished leading the special “Taraweeh” night prayers a few hours before he was awakened by a phone call from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department.  That prayer takes place every night around 10:00 during the month of Ramadan.

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The Two-Way
1:40 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Gibson guitar settles criminal case over exotic wood imports

Gibson guitars on sale in New York City.
Jemal Countess Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 5:06 pm

"After years maintaining innocence," as Nashville Public Radio says, Gibson Guitar Corp. has agreed to pay a $300,000 penalty, donate $50,000 to a conservation fund and give up its claims to ebony and rosewood worth nearly $262,000 to avoid being criminally prosecuted for importing exotic woods.

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Protest ordinance
1:21 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Appeals court strikes down St. Louis protest ordinance

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Updated at 8:35 p.m. with statement from city.

A federal appeals court has ruled that a St. Louis city ordinance regulating street-side protests "excessively chills free speech" because it does not make clear exactly when those protests become a traffic hazard.

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