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Morning Round-up
8:37 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, February 17, 2012

The Missouri Senate has voted to add cell phones to the state's no-call list for telemarketers.
(via flickr/papalars)

Missouri Senate votes to allow cell phones on no-call list

The Missouri Senate has passed a measure that would let people put cell phone numbers on the state's no-call list for telemarketers. The Senate voted 34-0 Thursday, to expand the list which is currently limited to land lines.

The measure would also forbid telemarketers from sending unwanted images or text messages to cell phones on the no-call list. 

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Metrolink maintenance
12:51 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Metrolink rails due for some grinding work

Metrolink tracks will undergo some grinding work over the next few months.
St. Louis Public Radio Staff St. Louis Public Radio

A months-long project that will involve grinding Metrolink’s entire system of rails begins Friday night.

It’s the first time since the late 1990’s that Metro has done the grinding on its light rail line. Metro spokeswoman Dianne Williams says it will make the track more smooth and improve riders' experience. 

"It needs to be done periodically. It simply extends the life of the rail, and that's a big investment in the track," Williams said.

The work will be done at night, which means people may see bright red sparks where the grinding of metal on metal is being done.

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Morning Round-up
8:29 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, February 10, 2012

Gordon Lamb was the interim president of the University of Missouri System in 2007 and 2008.
(via flickr/University of Missouri System)

Former University of Missouri interim president dies

The interim president of the University of Missouri system in 2007 and 2008 died Monday. Gordon Lamb was 77.  

Lamb also served as the president of Northeast Illinois University in Chicago and the interim chancellor of University of Wisconsin-Parkside, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

Current interim president Steve Owens released a statement Thursday night, announcing Lamb's death.

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Laser Pointers/ Aviation
3:46 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

St. Charles man indicted on charges of pointing laser at aircrafts

A view from the pilot's seat when a laser beam, like that from a laser pointer, hits the cockpit glass. (Video shot in a simulator).
(Screen capture via YouTube/ildalasershows/FAA/U.S. Air Force)

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced today that Brian David Monday has been indicted for allegedly pointing a green laser beam into the cockpit of an in-flight airplane and helicopter on Nov. 4, 2011 in St. Charles.

The 30-year-old Monday of St. Charles was indicted by a federal grand jury and is facing one felony count of interfering with an airplane and a helicopter.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000 if convicted. 

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Morning Round-up
8:49 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, February 3, 2012

Mo. revenues are lower than what is needed to balance the state budget.
(via flickr/yomanimus)

Mo. revenues behind amount needed for budget

Missouri's revenues continue to be behind what is needed to balance the budget. January's figures show that net state revenues grew two percent over the same month last year.

The fiscal year began in July. For the first seven months of the 2012 fiscal year, Missouri's general revenues were up 1.3 percent. That is almost half the 2.7 percent growth rate that the governor's budget office says is needed to meet the budget.

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Mercury Round-up
10:09 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources sponsoring mercury drop-off sites

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is launching a round-up of mercury items in Missouri.
(via flickr/Ben+Sam)

The Department of Natural Resources is launching a statewide roundup of mercury in Missouri. There will be around 50 mercury drop-off sites in the state, including four in the St. Louis area.

The department is working with fire departments and county health offices to provide drop-off locations where citizens and non-profit agencies can leave instruments containing mercury like thermometers, blood pressure cuffs, thermostats or switches.

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Morning Round-up
8:05 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, January 27, 2012

Tobacco Free St. Louis wants no businesses to be exempt from St. Louis County smoking ban
(file photo)

Anti-smoking advocates want more smoking bans

Groups against smoking are urging the St. Louis County Council to make changes to the smoking ban that went into effect last year.

Currently, businesses whose food sales result in 25 percent of gross sales including food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are eligible for an exemption from the smoking ban. There are 145 businesses that currently allow smoking in the county.

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MetroLink Shooting
10:24 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Warrants issued for arrest in MetroLink disturbance

Warrants have been issued for Dominic Webb for his part in a shooting at the Hanley MetroLink.
(St. Louis County Police Department)

The St. Louis County prosecutor has issued arrest warrants for a man who pointed a gun at a MetroLink security officer.

The warrants are for 29-year-old Dominic L. Webb of North County for one count of unlawful use of a weapon and one count of unlawful possession of a concealable firearm. The bond was set at $20,000. 

A security officer saw a disturbance between Webb and another man at the Hanley MetroLink platform on Tuesday, Jan. 24 around 4 p.m. The security officer intervened and Webb pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the officer. 

Water Pollution
4:01 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

EPA releases new online tool for mapping water pollution

Eads Bridge connecting St. Louis and East St. Louis over the Mississippi River. A new tool from the Environmental Protection Agency allows the public to access information about pollutants released into local waterways.
(via flickr/benclark)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a new tool that allows the public to access information about pollutants that are released into local waterways.

The Discharge Monitoring Report Pollutant Loading Tool brings together millions of records and lets users search for and map water pollution.

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