St. Louis County

Morning Round-up
7:53 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Morning Headlines - Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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Quinn will close two prisons, including Tamms

Rachel Otwell contributed reporting from Springfield, Ill.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn made it official on Tuesday - he will close two state prisons, including the state's supermax facility in Tamms.

Rep. Brandon Phelps, of Harrisburg, says he received a brief memo from Quinn, saying that Tamms and a prison in Dwight will close, as well as juvenile detention centers in Joliet and Murphysboro. That's despite legislators including money in the 2013 budget for the facilities.

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Heroin deaths
8:00 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Heroin deaths decline in St. Louis County

(via Flickr/Michael Velardo)

St. Louis County officials believe a strong public awareness campaign about the dangers of heroin use are having an impact.

The county has reported 14 deaths from heroin through April 10, down from 32 over the same period last year - a drop of more than 50 percent.

Morning Round-Up
7:56 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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US Chamber of Commerce weighs in on Missouri's GOP Senate primary

The US Chamber of Commerce has made an endorsement in the three-way Republican Senate primary in Missouri.

The chamber on Tuesday backed former Vi-Jon chairman John Brunner, saying his private sector experience in cutting spending and balancing budgets provides the best contrast with Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.

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St. Louis County
1:58 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

St. Louis Co. Jail urged to allow female inmates to wear Muslim headscarves

The St. Louis County Jail is located in the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo.
(Courtesy Nate Birt/Clayton-RichmondHeights.Patch.com)

A Muslim civil rights group is urging St. Louis County to revise its policy of requiring female Muslim inmates to remove religious headscarves. But the director of the jail cites a potential security risk.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations says a Ballwin, Mo., woman was jailed in January because of an unpaid traffic ticket.

She was ordered to remove her Islamic headdress, known as a hijab. The Muslim religion forbids women from exposing their head or neck to men outside the immediate family.

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Prostate Cancer
6:25 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Study: prostate cancer rate unusually high in St. Louis County

Diagram showing the anatomy of the prostate, a gland of the male reproductive system that produces fluid for semen. A recently released study found that the prostate cancer rate is unusually high in St. Louis County.
(National Cancer Institute)

Spikes and dips in cancer rates are not uncommon in public health statistics, but explaining why they occur and deciding what to do about them can often be as difficult as treating the disease itself. St. Louis Public Radio's Joseph Leahy takes a look at St. Louis County where the prostate cancer rate is unusually high. 

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Farmers' Markets
9:22 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

County health director proposes longer farmers' market permits

St. Louis County Health Director Dolores Gunn says the new permit ordinance will be a better deal for local vendors.
Joseph Leahy St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County is considering changing farmers’ markets ordinances to make it easier for food venders to do business. Instead of a $35 permit which lasts two weeks, the new permits would last seven-months, and cost $75. 

St. Louis County Health Department Director Dolores Gunn says the seven-month length – as opposed to a year – is intended to prevent abuses of the system.

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Mo. exports
2:34 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Mo. exports hit another record in 2011

A Chinese cargo plane lands at Lambert Airport on Sept. 23, 2011. The country was Missouri's third largest trading partner in 2011, which was a record year for exports from the state.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri companies exported $14.1 billion worth of goods and services last year, according to new data from the World Trade Center St. Louis and the World Institute for Strategic Economic Research.

That's a record level of exports, officials say - $500 million higher than the previous record, which was set in 2007. The state's biggest customers were Canada, Mexico and China, with China's consumption of goods like copper scrap, fan parts, and semiconductor devices growing another 18 percent in 2011.

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St. Louis County / Tornado Sirens
4:49 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Don't be alarmed: St. Louis County to re-test new tornado sirens

St. Louis County is scheduled to re-test some of their tornado sirens starting tomorrow, Feb. 1. Pictured is a warning siren in Kansas.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

In response to calls from residents during an actual tornado warning last month, St. Louis County officials have announced that they'll begin a series of re-tests of some of their new tornado sirens on Wednesday.

Any siren location where officials received multiple calls from residents claiming not to have heard the siren will be subject to the re-tests.

The re-tests will occur between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and will be accompanied by "This is only a test" messages at the beginning and end of each activation.

Morning round-up
9:32 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, January 26, 2012

The St. Louis Arch.
Flickr/jdnx

Gateway Arch project may not be finished by anniversary

The 50th anniversary of the Gateway Arch is three years away, but the project to improve and expand the grounds by then may not be finished on time.

Walter Metcalfe, director of the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation, which is leading the effort, says it's more important to get it right than to get it done in time for the anniversary.

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Ellisville
11:16 am
Thu January 12, 2012

St. Louis County woman struck by deer while standing in parking lot

Deer may look cute, but a St. Louis County woman had a painful encounter with one this morning in Ellisville.
(via Flickr/Ian Sane)

Here's a strange, and painful-sounding, story out of Ellisville this morning for you:

A 53-year-old St. Louis County woman is hospitalized with critical injuries after being struck in the head by a deer.

Authorities say the woman was standing in a service station parking lot in Ellisville when two deer ran through the lot. One of them ran into the woman, knocking her to the ground. The animal then bounded into an insurance company window.

The woman is hospitalized in critical but stable condition. Her name has not been released.

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