The Two-Way
10:08 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Real-Life Horror: Many Killed, Dozens Wounded At Colorado Movie Theater

Two women mourn near the Century 16 theater in Aurora, Colo., where a gunman opened fire during the opening of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.
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Originally published on Sat July 21, 2012 12:17 am

  • Witness talks to 'The Today Show'
  • Steve Inskeep speaks with witness Chayyiel Jackson

A midnight screening of the new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises turned into a horribly real scene of death and destruction in Aurora, Colo., early Friday when a gunman opened fire on the audience killing 12.

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Morning round-up
9:22 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, July 20, 2012

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McCaskill to launch TV ads ahead of Aug. 7 primary

For months, Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate candidates have been campaigning by criticizing Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. McCaskill has returned the fire during campaign events. Now McCaskill says she is launching TV ads individually targeting her potential Republican competitors - Congressman Todd Akin, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and businessman John Brunner.

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Heatwave
3:12 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Local church leaders tackle hot spell from the pulpit

Rev. C. Jessel Strong, president of the Clergy Coalition of Greater St. Louis, (right) called for area congregations to assist elderly and disabled residents during this year's heat wave.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Some St. Louis church leaders are taking to the pulpit in an effort save lives as the death toll from this year’s heat wave continues to grow. Persistent high temperatures that began late last month have been blamed for 23 deaths in the St. Louis area so far.

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GovEnergy convention
1:21 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

St. Louis hotels scrambling to fill over 11,000 rooms with cancellation of major GSA conference

The federal General Services Administration has canceled a three-day conference that was supposed to start in downtown St. Louis on August 19, citing an inability to meet new federal standards.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

A scandal that erupted in April over lavish spending by the General Services Administration, the government's logistics provider, is leaving hotels in St. Louis scrambling to fill rooms.

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Sen. Blunt
12:59 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Blunt: drought highlights need for good farm policy

Mo. Republican Sen. Roy Blunt would like to see the farm bill passed by the end of September 2012.
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Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt is applauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s move to designate all of Missouri’s 114 counties a disaster area.

Speaking to reporters today, Blunt said the state’s ongoing drought highlights the need for good farm policy and he would like the House to pass a final farm bill by the end of September.

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SWIC
10:58 am
Thu July 19, 2012

SWIC in Belleville evacuated after bomb threat

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Classes have been called off at a southwestern Illinois college after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of the campus.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that officials ordered Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville cleared out Thursday morning after a student found a threatening hand-written note in a men's bathroom of the main building.

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Express Scripts / Walgreens
9:05 am
Thu July 19, 2012

New deal allows Express Scripts customers to head back to Walgreens in Sept.

The deadline for pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts and Walgreens to reach a deal is fast approaching.
Flickr/Stephen Cummings

Pharmacy chain Walgreens says it will begin filling prescriptions from customers in the Express Scripts network starting in September under a new multiyear contract between the companies.

Walgreen had stopped filling prescriptions for Express Scripts after a contract between the companies ended last year.

Shares of Walgreen Co. jumped 14 percent in premarket trading while Express Scripts shares rose 3 percent.

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Morning Round-Up
6:59 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, July 19, 2012

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Building in Midtown fire up to code, fire chief says

City fire officials say a Tuesday night blaze that left an apartment building near Saint Louis University completely uninhabitable does not appear to be suspicious.

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Fort Leonard Wood
4:53 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Fort Leonard Wood to honor female St. Louis soldier

Sgt. Amanda Pinson.
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Updated to correct date of dedication.

Fort Leonard Wood is dedicating a new building in honor of Missouri's first female solider killed by hostile fire.

The south-central Missouri Army base says a memorial plaque honoring Sgt. Amanda N. Pinson of St. Louis will be formally unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 26 for the new Training Support Center.

Pinson was 21 in March 2006 when a mortar exploded in the central Iraq city of Tikrit, killing her and 22-year-old Spc. Carlos M. Gonzalez, of Middletown, N.Y. Both were based at Fort Campbell, Ky.

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Keystone XL pipeline
4:19 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

McCaskill calls for quick approval of Keystone XL oil pipeline

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill D-MO.
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Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is bucking most of her party in calling for quick approval of a new oil pipeline from Canada.

The Democrat sent a letter Tuesday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urging the Secretary to approve the Keystone XL project. Clinton's approval is needed because the pipeline crosses international borders.

In a phone call with reporters Wednesday, McCaskill said she believes that the company behind the pipeline, Trans-Canada, has made changes to satisfy the concerns of environmentalists in Nebraska.

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