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Edward Jones Dome
5:01 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

What's going on with the Edward Jones Dome?

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The St. Louis Rams and the city of St. Louis are currently in talks to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome to meet requirements in the current lease agreement. As Alex King tells us, no one is certain if the two sides will find common ground, or if the team and city will part ways.

The late 90s and early 2000s were the glory years for the Rams. They won one Super Bowl in 1999 and went back the following year losing to the New England Patriots. Since then things have gone downhill. The team has had trouble winning and new stadiums are being built around the NFL.

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Morning Round-up
8:02 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, May 4, 2012

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St. Louis to demolish plywood shacks near Mississippi River

Demolition will begin Friday at a row of plywood shacks near the Mississippi River in St. Louis where 10 homeless people have been evacuated. 

It is the first of three riverfront encampments the city ordered shut down. St. Louis Human Services Director Bill Siedhoff has said that he hopes to have all three encampments cleared out by May 18 after reports of violent crime and rat infestation.

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Morning Round-up
8:03 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, April 27, 2012

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Rams trade down, draft Brockers

The St. Louis Rams drafted LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers in last night's first round of the NFL Draft.

The Rams traded back from the sixth pick to the number 14 pick with the Dallas Cowboys after the Jacksonville Jaguars traded up to the fifth pick to draft wide receiver Justin Blackmon. The Rams also got a second round pick from the Cowboys in the trade.

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Morning round-up
8:37 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, April 26, 2012

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Woman wins $6 million judgment against "Girls Gone Wild"

A St. Louis judge in has awarded nearly $5.77 million to a woman who sued the makers of the "Girls Gone Wild" videos for using an image of her bare breasts without her consent.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the verdict from Judge John Garvey came down in March, after no one showed up for the defense.

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Metrolink Closures
8:42 am
Fri April 20, 2012

MetroLink delays likely on Sunday due to station closures

MetroLink stations between the Stadium and 5th & Missouri stops will be closed Sunday morning due to work on overhead wires.
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The St. Louis MetroLink will not operate trains between the Stadium and the 5th & Missouri MetroLink stations on Sunday morning because of work on the overhead wires.

Bus shuttles will transport passengers every 20 minutes to the stations located between the Stadium and 5th & Missouri MetroLink stations on Sunday until noon, with regular services resuming at noon on Sunday. Stations affected are the 8th & Pine, Convention Center, Arch-Laclede's Landing and East Riverfront stations.

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Morning Round-up
7:44 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, April 20, 2012

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Washington University officials on the lookout for bacterial meningitis 

Officials at Washington University are on the lookout for possible cases of bacterial meningitis after a female undergraduate student was diagnosed with the bacteria that can cause the illness.

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Illinois Budget
12:26 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Ill. Gov. Quinn wants Medicaid cuts, cigarette tax hike

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn says Medicaid cuts and higher cigarette taxes are needed to save the Illinois Medicaid program.
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Gov. Pat Quinn says saving the Illinois Medicaid program will require cutting services, raising cigarette taxes and cutting payments to health-care providers.

Aides to the Democratic governor told The Associated Press on Thursday that Quinn is proposing a cigarette tax increase of $1 per pack. They expect the tax to generate about $337 million, which would then be matched by the federal government.

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Morning round-up
6:53 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, April 19, 2012

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Court approves $1.5 million settlement with former US Fidelis employees

More than 550 former employees of the auto services contract giant US  Fidelis will share in a nearly one point five million dollar settlement reached in bankruptcycourt.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Wednesday’s deal settles claims by the workers that they were not properly warned before being laid off.

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Teen Pregnancy
1:25 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Health Department: Teen birth rate down in St. Louis, follows national trend

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A new release out from the St. Louis Department of Health today says teen birth rates are down in the city of St. Louis. Here are a few by-the-numbers details for you from the Department:

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Election 2012
12:22 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Mo. Atty. Gen. Koster reports raising more than $890K since January

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has raised more than $890,000 for his reelection campaign since January.
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Missouri attorney general Chris Koster, a Democrat, reports that he has raised more than $890,000 for his reelection campaign since January.

Koster's campaign reported Wednesday that it now has $2 million raised for Koster's campaign. Campaigns must report their fundraising activities over the last three months by Monday.

Koster's campaign officials say the strong fundraising shows he has momentum going into the final campaign.

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