Anti-poverty
1:27 pm
Sat July 28, 2012

Local churches pool resources to fight poverty

Local churches and organization teamed up for Day of Hope, an antipoverty event with free services that included voter registration, resume services, back to school and youth sports physicals and other health services.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

About 50 different churches and groups gathered yesterday to provide assistance to St. Louis residents living in poverty.

Services offered included voter registration, resume services, back to school and youth sports physicals and other health services.

Organizers said it took around a year to plan and coordinate the event with Convoy of Hope, a national faith-based anti-poverty organization.

Bishop Lawrence Wooten said it brought together religious groups that haven’t worked together in the past. 

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Politics
5:43 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Carnahan, Clay compete for hearts and minds of city Democrats

Democrat Russ Carnahan in the 22 Ward
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

In the remaining days before the August primary St. Louis City Democrats remain divided between two candidates from well-established political pedigrees.

Democrat Russ Carnahan is challenging William Lacy Clay to represent the 1st Congressional District, which now comprises the entire city of St. Louis.

Carnahan says Clay sold out Democrats by passively endorsing Republican redistricting maps which erased Carnahan’s 3rd District and preserved Clays.

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Agriculture / Honey
3:35 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Missouri drought could mean extra 'sweet' honey harvest

(via Flickr/BotheredByBees)

Reporting for this story by KRCU’s Jacob McCleland.

The ongoing drought obviously hurts most crops, but not honey. The dry weather actually helps beekeepers.

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Mamtek
2:09 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Assets from Mamtek Mo. sweetener plant to be auctioned

A map of Missouri highlighting Moberly, Mo. within Randolph County.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

UMB Bank says assets from a failed artificial sweetener facility in Moberly will be auctioned this fall.

The bank is the bondholder trustee for the central Missouri project that was to be operated by Mamtek U.S. Inc.

Moberly issued $39 million in bonds to finance construction of the plant, and the state offered about $17 million in incentives. Work stopped last fall on the partially built factory after Mamtek missed a bond payment to Moberly. No state incentives were paid.

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Business
1:49 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Wells Fargo Advisors: 400 new jobs coming to St. Louis

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (center) and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (right) joined Wells Fargo Advisors president and CEO Danny Ludeman at the company's headquarters in downtown St. Louis.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Financial services firm Wells Fargo Advisors is investing $33 million to expand its operations in the St. Louis area. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay joined the company’s president and CEO Danny Ludeman Friday for the announcement at the company’s downtown headquarters.

Ludeman says the plan will create 400 local jobs.

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Inspector bribes
10:50 am
Fri July 27, 2012

City building inspector indicted on bribery charges

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated with comments for U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan and public safety director Eddie Roth.

The federal government is accusing a building inspector of the city of St. Louis for accepting bribes.

Anthony D. Davis was indicted on Wednesday. It was not made public until his arrest this morning.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Davis accepted more than $2,000 in cash payments in connection with his official duties, which include inspecting buildings and issuing permits. The two bribes allegedly occurred in July and August of last year.

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Morning round-up
9:39 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, July 27, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Good morning. Here are your starting headlines today:

Valley Park mayor resigns

The embattled mayor of Valley Park has resigned. Nathan Grellner stepped down as the top official in the St. Louis County town on Thursday, submitting a written letter of resignation. Grellner has been under fire for questionable spending with a city credit card, for missing nearly every meeting since February, and for his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence in a neighboring town in June.

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Saint Louis Zoo
6:20 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Harvesting poop to help Peruvian penguins: Saint Louis Zoo digs in

Humboldt penguins can swim at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. There are only about 40,000 left in the wild.
(wwarby via Flickr)

Unlike their cold-weather relatives, Humboldt penguins live only in South America, along the rocky Pacific coast of Chile and Peru.

The Saint Louis Zoo’s Michael Macek has been monitoring the penguins there, tracking their health and numbers.

Macek is back in Peru again, in a coastal reserve called Punta San Juan, where Humboldt penguins nest by the thousands.

Before he left, he told St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra that this time he’s helping to lead a sustainable guano harvest.

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drought
5:15 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Regional farmers say worst drought since 1980s forces tough choices

A parched corn field in Cass County, Illinois.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

A new report from the United States Department of Agriculture shows the ongoing drought has caused the nation's cattle herd to shrink by more than 2 million head so far this year.

Analysts project the dry weather will impact prices in the checkout aisle.

Today, we have two reports on the effects of the 2012 drought.  In this combined feature, Adam Allington takes a look at the region's corn farmers.

But first, St. Louis Public Radio's Tim Lloyd reports on the agonizing choices faced by Missouri cattle ranchers.      

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Synthetic Drugs
4:23 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

St. Louis part of nationwide crackdown on synthetic drugs

A sample of the items seized during the St. Louis portion of nationwide operation "Log Jam." The operation is a crackdown on synthetic drugs.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

At least a half-dozen people are behind bars in the St. Louis area following a nationwide crackdown on the sale of designer narcotics known as "bath salts" or K2.

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency coordinated the Wednesday operation known as "Log Jam." Overall, nearly 80 people were arrested, and more than 5 million packets of the synthetic drugs seized, along with tons of raw material. It was the first coordinated strike.

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