The Two-Way
9:46 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Heir To Billions Charged With Preventing Wife's Burial, Not Murder

Hans Kristian Rausing as he arrived at court earlier today.
Facundo Arrizabalaga EPA /Landov

Though he had been arrested on suspicion of murder, the son of a Swedish billionaire has only been charged with "preventing the lawful and decent burial of the body of his wife," The Guardian reports.

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Weather
9:40 am
Wed July 18, 2012

24 heat deaths in Missouri since June

jetsandzeppelins Flickr

The death of an 89-year-old St. Louis County man is blamed on the heat, bringing the number of heat-related deaths in Missouri to 24 since June.

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AM Newscasts
9:20 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Newscast for July 18, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • 18 applicants for Mo. Supreme Court opening
  • McCaskill uses disaster declaration to push farm bill
  • Sarah Palin backs Sarah Steelman in Mo. Republican U.S. Senate primary
Shots - Health Blog
9:11 am
Wed July 18, 2012

FDA Approves Second Diet Drug In A Month

The range of Qsymia doses approved by the Food and Drug Administration Tuesday.
AP

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 4:14 pm

After a 13-year hiatus, the Food and Drug Administration gave its OK to the second weight-loss drug in a month.

This time it's Qsymia, previously called Qnexa, from Vivus. The pill contains two active ingredients: topiramate, an anti-seizure medicine, and phentermine, a stimulant.

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Drought
9:08 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Mo. offers faster loans for farmers in drought

Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel
Office of Treasurer

Farmers suffering from this summer's dry, hot weather could get some help through the state treasurer's office.

Treasurer Clint Zweifel says he is offering emergency 24-hour approvals of low-interest loans through the Missouri Linked Deposit Program because of the drought conditions.

Under the program, the state deposits money at low rates in banks, which in turn can supply low-interest loans to farmers or businesses. Zweifel says it normally takes about 10 days to approve a deposit for a loan, but that can be speeded up in emergencies.

Utilities
9:04 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Mo. regulators review electrical grid security

Missouri Public Service Commission website

Missouri utility regulators are reviewing the cyber security practices of electric utilities.

The Public Service Commission says it is asking power companies 47 detailed questions about protections to shield the electrical grid against hackers. Regulators say they are not aware of any possible problems.

Requests were sent to Ameren Missouri, Kansas City Power & Light Co., KCP&L-Greater Missouri Operations Co. and The Empire District Electric Co. The commission is seeking responses by the end of August.

Politics
9:01 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Mo. unemployment rate falls as payrolls decline

Missouri unemployment rate falls
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Missouri officials say state payrolls declined by 4,000 jobs in June while unemployment simultaneously decreased to 7.1 percent.

Department of Economic Development officials say much of the decline in Missouri non-farm payrolls came in the local government sector, which shed 3,100 jobs in June.

The state unemployment rate has declined or held steady each month since June 2011. The jobless rate last month is the lowest in Missouri since December 2008.

Politics
8:58 am
Wed July 18, 2012

18 applicants for Mo. Supreme Court opening

The Missouri Supreme Court
Americasroof Wikimedia Commons

The commission that picks finalists for the Missouri Supreme Court will interview 18 applicants to replace Judge William Ray Price Jr.

The commission said the pool includes three women and one racial minority. The commission selects three finalists, and Gov. Jay Nixon makes the final appointment.

Applicants include at least five who have worked for Nixon or his administration.

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World
8:57 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Syrian Regime Hit By Deadly Blast In Damascus

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's follow up now on what appears to be a serious blow to the regime in Syria today. A blast repeatedly killed the country's defense chief, the brother-in-law of President Bashar al-Assad and wounded other top officials. This explosion, we're told, occurred inside the tightly guarded national security headquarters in Damascus. To sort out what we know, or don't know, about this incident so far, we've called Neil MacFarquar. He's a correspondent for the New York Times. He's in Beirut. Welcome back to the program.

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Politics
8:53 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Steelman touts Palin endorsement in Mo. Senate bid

Sarah Palin
eskimojoe flickr

Former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is backing Sarah Steelman in Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate primary.

Steelman touted Palin's endorsement as a potential boon in a GOP primary in which all three main candidates have been trying to appeal to conservatives.

Palin's statement praised Steelman as a "commonsense conservative woman" who has stood up to the political establishment "to stop out of control spending and the destructive debt it leaves in its wake."

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