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Agriculture / Disaster Declaration
4:35 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Disaster declared for farmers in 23 Mo. counties

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a disaster declaration for farmers in 23 Missouri counties, including several in the St. Louis area, hit by floods and heavy rain since May 1.

Friday's declaration allows farmers in those counties and 26 neighboring counties to seek federal assistance for losses caused by the severe weather. Gov. Jay Nixon had requested the declaration last month.

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Agriculture / Disaster Declaration
1:11 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Gov. Nixon requests disaster declaration from USDA

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Gov. Jay Nixon is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help farmers whose crops wilted this summer amid high temperatures and a lack of rain in much of the state.

On Thursday, Nixon asked Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to designate 101 Missouri counties (full list of counties below) as primary disaster areas. That would allow eligible farmers to get emergency loans and other federal help.

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Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
11:16 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Plane returns to Lambert after security concern

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
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Updated 1:11 p.m.

Passengers aboard a flight bound from St. Louis to Washington on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks had to make a return to the gate after crew became concerned about something found on the plane.

The Transportation Security Administration says GoJet Airlines flight 3681, a regional carrier for United Airlines, was still on the runway Sunday when it returned to the gate. A TSA spokesman says all passengers were re-screened at the request of the pilot. Nothing was found and the plane departed.

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Sept. 11:a decade later
7:00 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Sept. 11: a decade later

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Let's start with what we know.

Almost immediately, thousands of people died ten years ago. Countless lives were changed. Landscapes and skylines were scarred and scattered.

But it's been ten years since 9/11. An entire decade.

So, then, let's move forward with what we don't know for sure: how does something that started ten years ago still reach us, here in the St. Louis region, today? Did it ever end? Will it?

Through local news features, dedicated segments of St. Louis on the Air and special coverage from NPR we'll venture into these questions with you.

See our journalistic explorations here and we encourage you to offer your feedback.

Tweet us with your experiences of Sept. 11 @stlpublicradio, share with us on Facebook and comment on any of our stories here on stlpublicradio.org.

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President Obama on Jobs
5:45 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

NPR Special Coverage: President Obama speaks on jobs

President Barack Obama.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Thank you for joining us for this event.

President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress about his plans for boosting job growth.

See NPR's "The Two-Way" for online coverage regarding the President's remarks.

Peter Kinder / Election 2012
11:33 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Kinder to tour Mo. before deciding on gov's race

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
(Official Photo via Office of the Lt. Governor)

Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder plans to meet with residents across Missouri before deciding whether to challenge Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in next year's elections.

Although he has not officially declared his candidacy, Kinder has been preparing for months to run for governor.

But his potential campaign was dealt a setback earlier this month when Kinder acknowledged that he had repeatedly visited a strip club 17 years ago.

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St. Louis Public Radio on Marketplace Money
11:57 am
Mon August 29, 2011

Cleaning up your credit score

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Credit score got you down? You can boost your score by hiring a credit clean-up service.

In case you missed it, check out this story from our own Adam Allington for Marketplace Money on how a couple hundred dollars investment can result in big savings in mortgages and other loans.

Missouri "Facebook" law
11:24 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Missouri judge blocks Facebook limits for teachers

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Updated 4:19 p.m. with comment from the Missouri State Teachers Association and Missouri State Sen. Jane Cunningham, the sponsor of the original bill which became law

From Todd Fuller of the Missouri State Teachers Association:

“It’s a sigh of relief for all teachers throughout the state who use social media, and it allows them to continue to use it in the positive way that they’re already using it and continue to interact with their students the way they have been.”

From Missouri State Sen.  Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, who sponsored the bill.  She acknowledges that there’s been confusion over what the restrictions will and won’t do, and says she has a solution:

“We have come up with some language that we feel like is ready to go…we don’t need to punt for more input, (I’m) not opposed to it, but we’ve got some agreed upon language with the stakeholders and we’re ready to clarify that language.”

Updated 1:11 p.m. with Gov. Nixon's action

Gov. Jay Nixon says he will add the teacher Internet issue to the agenda for a special legislative session that begins Sept. 6. Nixon says he wants lawmakers to repeal the new law.

His Friday announcement came shortly after a Missouri judge issued a preliminary injunction (see below) blocking the law from taking effect as scheduled on Sunday.

Updated 11:32 a.m. with link to full ruling

A Missouri judge has blocked a law restricting Internet communications between teachers and students from taking effect Sunday.

(You can read the full ruling here).

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem issued a preliminary injunction against the law Friday, calling it a staggering prohibition of free speech rights.

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Morning News Round-up
10:51 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, August 19, 2011

(Courtesy Missouri State Fair)

Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

Missouri State Fairgrounds temporarily close after nighttime storms

Update: A tweet from the Missouri State Fair: "State Fair to Open Gates at 3 p.m. Today - Luke Bryan and Josh Thompson will take the Grandstand Stage at 7:30 p.m. as scheduled"

Original Story:

The Missouri State Fairgrounds are closed after a strong storm knocked out power.

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Lethal Injection in Missouri
2:25 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

Federal judge sides with Mo. in death penalty case

This gurney is used to perform executions at a facility in Terre Haute, Ind. by lethal injection. A federal judge has rejected a challenge by Missouri prison inmates to the state's execution procedure.
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A federal judge has rejected a challenge by Missouri prison inmates to the state's execution procedure.

The inmates' lawsuit argued that Missouri does not get valid medical prescriptions for the drugs used to put prisoners to death.

The lawsuit cited the state's use of non-medical personnel to administer the chemicals intravenously.

In a ruling Monday, U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey said the inmates' lawsuit failed to show actual harm to anyone.

Missouri's execution process has been the subject of legal wrangling for several years.

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