Firefighter pensions
2:54 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Legislative saga over firefighter pensions should end on Friday

Current and retired firefighters watch the Board of Aldermen debate reforms to their pension system on April 16, 2012. The measure should pass the Board on Friday.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

After five months of debate, major reforms to the pensions for firefighters in St. Louis City are about to become law.

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I-64 closures
12:23 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

I-64 lanes closed again this weekend

MoDOT will again close all westbound lanes on the double-deck structure in downtown St. Louis this weekend.
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The ongoing work on the driving surface for Interstate 64 through downtown means lane closures again this weekend.

Starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow, the Missouri Department of Transportation will shut down all westbound lanes of the double-deck structure between Broadway and 21st Street. Two eastbound lanes may also close for safety reasons.

The ramps from 10th and 14th streets to westbound I-64 will remain open. All lanes, except for the farthest left, will re-open by Monday's rush hour.

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Contraceptive coverage
11:05 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Nixon vetoes contraception coverage bill

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Updated 5:06 p.m. with comments from Mo. House Speaker Pro-tem Shane Schoeller and from Planned Parenthood.

Updated 12:38 p.m. with response from Archdiocese of St. Louis

Updated 11:58 a.m. with full remarks from Nixon.

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has vetoed a bill designed to thwart President Obama’s contraceptive mandate in Missouri.

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Morning Round-Up
7:05 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Morning headlines- Thursday, July 12, 2012

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Heat wave death toll rises

The death toll from the recent heat wave in St. Louis is up to 14.

The city announced yesterday that four more individuals- three men and a woman- had succumbed to the triple-digit temperatures. The exact circumstances of their deaths were not provided.

The rising death toll has prompted Mayor Francis Slay to create a coordinated severe weather response program that will include the city's health, human services, public safety and building departments.

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Healthcare Exchange
6:07 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Nixon signs bill to protect seniors, not ready to commit on health care exchanges

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon at a ceremonial bill signing in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 11.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

The idea of a health care exchange in Missouri continues to be a political sticking point between Republicans and Democrats.

Today, Governor Jay Nixon did his best to sidestep the issue.

In fact, Nixon says he hasn’t really looked at how the ballot measure is written.

As for the idea of health care exchanges in general, the governor isn’t ready to commit.

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St. Louis Premium Outlets
5:43 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Construction begins on new outlet mall in Chesterfield

The construction site for the new St. Louis Premium Outlets is directly off of Highway 40/I-64, just east of the Daniel Boone bridge.
Sydney Miller/St. Louis Public Radio

Area officials and representatives from Simon Property Group and Woodmont Outlets got their hands dirty this morning, breaking ground on the new St. Louis Premium Outlet Mall in Chesterfield Valley.

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4:29 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Gene mutation offers clue for drugs to stave off Alzheimer's

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In addition to the story we reported this afternoon, NPR's Jon Hamilton offers this report on another development in Alzheimer's research.
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Finally, there's some good news about Alzheimer's disease. It turns out that a few lucky people carry a genetic mutation that greatly reduces their risk of getting the disease, an Icelandic team reports in the journal Nature . The mutation also seems to protect people who don't have Alzheimer's disease from the cognitive decline that typically occurs with age.
Alzheimer's Disease
4:00 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

New research takes step toward catching Alzheimer's early

Brain scans illustrating the changes occurring in brains of those who carry inherited Alzheimer's disease, even decades before symptoms surface.
The New England Journal of Medicine ©2012

A new study led by Washington University confirms that the brains of people with a very rare, early-onset form of Alzheimer's disease begin to change long before they first show signs of dementia.

The research brings us a step closer to early diagnosis of the more common type Alzheimer's that produces symptoms after age 60.

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Federal Health Care Law
3:23 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

House votes to repeal health care law

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 3:04 pm

With a vote of 244 to 185, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives just voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature domestic legislation known colloquially as "Obamacare."

Of course, the vote doesn't matter, because the measure has a very slim chance of being adopted by the Senate.

The AP reports that this is the "33rd time in 18 months that the tea party-infused GOP majority has tried to scrap, defund or scale back the law since grabbing the majority."

The AP adds:

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The Salt
2:33 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Cool down with a hot drink? It's not as crazy as you think

Joe Palca serves up some hot tea on a very hot day at Teaism in Washington, D.C., last week.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 8:47 pm

Hot tea on a hot day? Not for me, thank you. Not my idea of how to cool down.

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