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Steam Pipe Rupture - Asbestos
5:20 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Health Department: Health risk 'minimal' following downtown steam pipe rupture

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Updated 3:54 p.m. with comment from Walker

We have an update on that steam pipe rupture that happened in downtown St. Louis Thursday morning.  The City of St. Louis Department of Health says that "while swab samples have indicated small amounts of ground level asbestos, air quality tests have come back clean."

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Morning Round-up
9:07 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, April 6, 2012

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Missouri House approves advertising on school buses

Missouri House members have approved legislation that would allow advertising on school buses to help districts cover transportation costs. 

The legislation would allow school districts to lease space on the inside and exterior of school buses for private advertisements. Ads could not feature gambling, alcohol or tobacco.

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Morning Round-up
8:55 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee will consider a new budget recommendation by Governor Jay Nixon that would help avoid cuts to health benefits for the blind.
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Mo. Senator accuses state labor department of improperly manipulating wages with unions

A top Missouri Senate leader says the state labor department is improperly working with unions to manipulate wages paid on public works projects. The state calculates an annual "prevailing wage" for various construction trades in each county based on surveys of wages already paid on jobs.

Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, a Republican from Dexter, said Wednesday that state bureaucrats and labor unions had engaged in what he called "collusion.

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Morning Round-up
8:42 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, March 23, 2012

Eads Bridge connecting St. Louis and East St. Louis over the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River is the second-most toxic river in the United States.
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Mississippi River is second-most toxic river in United States

A new report released by Environment Missouri says the Mississippi River is the second-most toxic river in the nation.

Data released Thursday shows that 12 million pounds of toxins were dumped into the Mississippi in 2010, with 672,000 pounds being released in Missouri. The only waterway more toxic is the Ohio River.

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Robotics
11:27 am
Thu March 22, 2012

"Final Four of Smarts" robotics competition takes over Chaifetz Arena

Teams of teens will be competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition regional at Chaifetz Arena this weekend.
(Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Forty-three teams of teens from Missouri and four surrounding states be competing in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition regional this weekend at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis.

(You can see a full feature on last year's FIRST competition here, too).

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St. Louis Rams / Gregg Williams
12:21 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Rams defensive coordinator Williams banned indefinitely from NFL

Gregg Williams, newly named defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams, at a 2010 commencement ceremony for Tulane University in New Orleans. Williams, formerly with the New Orleans Saints, has been suspended indefinitely from the NFL.
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Updated 3:53 p.m.: Includes details, comment from Rams press conference.

Without ever coaching a game, the Rams' new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has been banned from the NFL indefinitely over an issue with his prior team, the New Orleans Saints.

The NFL has suspended New Orleans head coach Sean Payton for the 2012 season, and former Saints defensive coordinator Williams is banned from the league indefinitely because of the team's bounty program that targeted opposing players.

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College Wrestling
4:45 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

St. Louis to host first sold-out NCAA Wrestling Championships this weekend

University of Missouri coach Brian Smith's team will have ten wrestlers competing in the NCAA Wrestling Championships this weekend.
(Alex King/St. Louis Public Radio)

This weekend's NCAA Wrestling Championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis sold out for the first time in the event's 82-year history. The event is expected to break its all-time attendance record with over 110,000 fans in attendance.

This is the sixth year St. Louis has hosted the tournament. NCAA associate director of championships Jeff Jarnecke says St. Louis is a great place to host the event.

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Morning Round-up
8:51 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, March 2, 2012

A Mo. House member is sponsoring legislation to restrict vasectomies
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Mo. House member proposes restriction on vasectomies

A Missouri House member frustrated with recent legislative debates over birth control and reproductive health is proposing to restrict vasectomies. 

Legislation sponsored by Democrat Stacey Newman would only allow vasectomies when they are necessary to protect a man from serious injury or death. The vasectomies would have to be performed in a hospital, ambulatory surgery center or health facility licensed by the state Department of Health and Senior Services.

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College Sports Tournaments
1:10 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

St. Louis hosts its own version of "March Madness"

The MVC men's basketball tournament and NCAA wrestling championships will be held at the Scottrade Center.
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The St. Louis region is kicking off what the St. Louis Sports Commission is calling its version of "March Madness." Beginning with the Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball tournament this weekend, the area will host four straight weeks of college sports tournaments.

The region will also host the MVC women's basketball tournament from March 8-11 at The Family Arena, the NCAA Division 1 wrestling championships from March 15-17 and the NCAA Division 1 men's basketball regional on March 23 and 25.

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Morning Round-up
8:53 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, February 24, 2012

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill hopes to transfer funding from construction projects in Afghanistan to road and bridge work in the U.S.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Mo. Senator seeks to transfer funding to U.S. road repair

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she will try to amend a transportation bill to strip funding for large construction projects in Afghanistan. The money would instead be used for roads and bridges in the U.S.

McCaskill hopes to attach her proposal to legislation re-authorizing the federal highway funding program.

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