Cardinals
12:15 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

#FreesePlease: Twitter campaign boosts Cardinal to All-Star Game

St. Louis Public Radio's (staged) newsroom display of support for Cardinals third baseman David Freese.
St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 3:38 p.m:

It looks like David Freese is a winner in the Final Vote campaign and will be going to the All-Star Game. 

MLB tweeted this afternoon that Freese was the National League winner, with Yu Darvish winning the American League contest.

Here's what Freese told MLB.com:

  "It's St. Louis," Freese said of the huge support he received from Redbird Nation. "They love Cardinal baseball."

Freese had said that being reunited with La Russa was the biggest part of the honor, should fans give it to him. And they did.

"For me, it's not about going to the All-Star Game," Freese explained. "It's about playing for Tony La Russa one more time."

MLB.com also said that the whole Twitter-based effort for all of the players involved "drew a four-hour sustained average of 3,000 tweets per minute during the voting period."

Original Story:

Major League Baseball is taking a social media step in this year's All-Star Game Final Vote - and hometown Cardinal David Freese is one of the players that could benefit.

MLB says it will be counting all tweets which use the hashtag #FreesePlease today, until 3 p.m. CT, as votes for the Cards' third baseman. 

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Morning Round-Up
6:58 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Morning headlines- Thursday, July 5, 2012

(via Flickr/IndofunkSatish)

Federal government will not fund reservoir repairs

The federal government has rejected a request from Ameren Missouri to receive stimulus funds for rebuilding the Taum Sauk reservoir that ruptured in 2005.

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Fourth of July
7:25 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Without fireworks on the 4th of July? We've got you covered

Fireworks light up the St. Louis Arch.
(via Flickr/AddyG)

St. Louis' annual Independence Day celebration is still on, Fair Saint Louis, but we know numerous municipalities in our area are postponing their festivities, or canceling them altogether, due to the hot and dry weather conditions.

If you won't be at Fair Saint Louis, or are in one of the communities where fireworks are a no-go this year, we've got you covered.

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Kingshighway flood
6:12 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Busted water main by Barnes-Jewish Hospital blocks roads, affects hospital power

Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 11:29 a.m. July 5:

A Barnes-Jewish Hospital release says that no surgeries were canceled today, even though power is still intermittent to Queeny Tower. Full power to the building is anticipated to return today.

Most of the patients who were moved to other areas of the hospital are also expected to return to their original rooms Friday. 

Original story:

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Health Insurance Rebates
4:58 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Check your mailbox: Health insurance rebates are on the way

UPDATED on Friday, July 6, 2012, to add a correction from Anthem's Deborah Wiethop.

Some 588,000 Missourians will get money back from their health insurance companies this month.

The federal healthcare law requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on health care and quality improvement. The rest can go to administrative costs, marketing and profits.

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The Mix - NPR Music
1:21 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

The Mix: The sound of your American Dream

A silhouetted Jay-Z performs in Las Vegas.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 11:46 am

A few weeks ago, we asked you what your American Dream sounds like.

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Fresh Food
11:08 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Summer cooking tips from 'America's Test Kitchen'

Grilled short ribs are a delicious addition to any summer barbecue.
Carl Tremblay America's Test Kitchen

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 12:34 pm

Tired of regular old hamburgers and hot dogs for July 4?

You're in luck. On Tuesday's Fresh Air, Jack Bishop and Bridget Lancaster from America's Test Kitchen join Terry Gross to highlight some of their favorite grilling techniques and summer recipes — everything from meats to vegetables to, yes, even desserts.

Bishop and Lancaster have been grilling for years. They love the technique because it concentrates flavors and makes food taste really, really good.

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Marathon ballgame
9:21 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Players battle heat in quest for baseball record

Players (and umpires) battled the heat as much as each other in a quest for the longest baseball game, benefitting Backstoppers.
(photo by Erika Ebsworth-Goold)

Updated at 8:55 am Thursday: The players officially broke the record of 48 hours, 9 minutes and 12 seconds around 7:30 this morning. They'll keep playing until 7 pm to reach 60 hours.

Our original story:

A group of 52 baseball players has taken to the diamond at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O'Fallon, Mo. this Fourth of July in an effort to break the world record for the longest baseball game.

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Mo. soldier dies
7:25 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Mo. National Guard soldier dies during training mission in Guatemala

Mo. National Guard Staff Sgt. Robert J. Traxel, shown here in Guatemala, was killed Monday in an accident during a training mission in the country.
(provided by the Missouri National Guard)

A solider  in the Missouri National Guard has died of injuries suffered during a training exercise.

Staff Sgt. Robert J. Traxel was providing public affairs support to the Beyond the Horizon mission in Guatemala. The National Guard says the 34-year-old was struck in the head by a tree limb that fell in wind generated by helicopter blades. The incident, which happened Monday, is being investigated.

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Morning round-up
6:41 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Morning headlines - Wednesday, July 4, 2012

(via Flickr/IndofunkSatish)

Court upholds election for earnings tax

The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected a legal challenge to a law that requires residents in St. Louis and Kansas City to vote on their earnings tax every five years.

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