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2:07 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Scott Air Force Base Begins Furloughs

Furloughs began for Scott Air Force Base employees on July 8, 2013. Those affected will take unpaid leave one day a week for 11 weeks until the end of the fiscal year in September 2013.
Credit (via Wikimedia commons/SSGT CHAD R. GANN, USAF)

Scott Air Force Base employees will take unpaid leave beginning Monday as a result of sequestration cuts.

The furloughs began Monday for approximately 4,500 employees. The leave will be implemented one day a week for 11 weeks; most employees will take off Mondays or Fridays. 

The furloughs will last until the end of the fiscal year in September, but spokesman Lieutenant Korey Fratini says there is no word if furloughs will continue into the next fiscal year. 

The focus right now, he said, is supporting employees and their families affected by the cuts.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

St. Louis Welcomes New Citizens On Eve Of July 4th

A naturalization ceremony is held in the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis on July 3, 2012.
(Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

Just one day before the Fourth of July, St. Louis welcomed more than 50 new United States citizens.

The group took the oath of citizenship during an annual naturalization ceremony in the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. 

The immigrants came from 26 countries, including Vietnam, Nigeria, Nepal, Albania and Germany.

Congresswoman Ann Wagner of Missouri’s Second District was the guest speaker at the ceremony, which she said was her first.

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Business
2:29 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Metro Ready For Fair St. Louis, Continues New Farebox Testing

Credit St. Louis Public Radio Staff / St. Louis Public Radio

The mass transit agency Metro says buses and trains will run as usual for Fair St. Louis this week, despite the possibility of a labor strike.

Vice president of marketing and communications Dianne Williams says Metro is monitoring negotiations with its union, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788.

"We do expect to be able to serve Fair St. Louis this week," Williams said. "We will, if we're able, have extra services out on the street. We do every year for Fair St. Louis to accommodate the crowds."

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Fair St. Louis
3:04 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Two Tuskegee Airmen To Serve As Fair Saint Louis Honorary Grand Marshals

Grand Marshall Bill Macon on June 28 detailing plans for the 33rd annual Fair Saint Louis.
(Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

Next week will mark the 33rd annual Fair Saint Louis, and two surviving Tuskegee Airmen will serve as honorary grand marshals of the 136th VP Parade.

Grand Marshal Bill Macon announced Friday that Lieutenant Colonel George Hardy and Major George Boyd will be a part of the parade, a central event during the fair.

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Politics
3:39 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Nixon Vetoes Increases To Drivers License Fees

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announces his veto of Senate Bill 51 in St. Louis, Mo., on June 26, 2013. The bill would have increased an array of licensing office fees for Missouri drivers.
Credit (Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri drivers will not see their license fees double. Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have increased an array of fees at your local license office.

Under the bill, the costs of registering a vehicle would have gone up by $1.50. It also would have doubled the application fee for titles and obtaining or renewing a driver's license.

The bill was projected to raise $22 million annually, but Nixon in St. Louis Wednesday said it didn't specify the improvements that would be made using the money.

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Politics
2:25 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Roy Blunt Visits Mercy Hospital,Talks Healthcare

Senator Roy Blunt and Donn Sorensen of Mercy Hospital
Credit (Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri visited Mercy Hospital in St. Louis Monday to speak with healthcare workers about the implications of federal healthcare changes. He also received a tour of the hospital's Telehealth Services, often used to serve rural communities that don't have access to specialty or intensive care. 

Mercy SafeWatch is an electronic Intensive Care Unit(e-ICU) that serves Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Blunt learned how Mercy is able to provide an extra set of eyes and ears for doctors that can't always be there in person.

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Around Town
12:14 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Watch: Saint Louis Science Center Deflates Exploradome After 17 Years

The Exploradome sits deflated at the Saint Louis Science Center on June 24, 2013.
Credit (Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

After 17 years, the giant, inflated event and exhibition space at the Saint Louis Science Center known as the "Exploradome" has come down.

What started as an experiment to test the need for such a space, the Exploradome was deflated on Monday to make way for a permanent exhibition structure with indoor and outdoor elements. The Science Center says the dome took just over 9 minutes to deflate.

Here's a time lapse of the deflation:

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Patriot Coal
3:02 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Miners Rally Again To Protest Patriot Coal Bankruptcy

UMWA members and supporters protest in downtown St. Louis on June 17, 2013. This was the first rally since a Patriot Coal bankruptcy ruling allowed the company to change retirees' health benefits.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

More than a thousand United Mine Workers of America members were back in St. Louis on Monday, the latest in a series of protests against Peabody Energy and its handling of their  retirement and health care benefits.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:17 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Unique Cultural Exchange To Take Place As Chinese Youth Visit Missouri

(via Wikimedia Commons)

The relationship between the United States and China is important, as demonstrated by recent meetings between President Barack Obama and his counterpart, Xi Jinping.

A group of 37 Chinese students will begin arriving in St. Louis this week to attend Missouri Boys and Girls State, youth leadership programs held at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. 

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