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Politics
3:34 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Koster backs gay marriage but fights it in court

Credit Dan Verbeck / KBIA

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says he personally supports gay marriage but will defend the state's constitutional ban against it.

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Business
3:31 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

No health risk found at Bridgeton complex

The Environmental Protection Agency says preliminary radiation screening results showed no public health risk at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Koster reaches agreement with landfill owner

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's office has reached agreement with the owners of the Bridgeton Landfill, measures aimed at better controlling underground smoldering and reducing a strong odor that has troubled neighboring residents for months.

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Business
4:12 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Intelligence agency to replace St. Louis site

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A secret government agency that helped coordinate the hunt for Osama bin Laden plans to build a new facility in the St. Louis area to replace its aging home south of downtown.

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Politics
3:55 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Missourian O'Malley named ambassador to Ireland

President Barack Obama has appointed St. Louis attorney Kevin O'Malley as U.S. ambassador to Ireland.

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Health
4:10 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Bridgeton Landfill settlement might be in jeopardy

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A $6.8 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit over a smoldering St. Louis County landfill could be in jeopardy.

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Business
7:51 am
Fri March 28, 2014

St. Louis opposes Noranda's Ameren request

Credit File Photo / Ameren Missouri

The city of St. Louis is opposing a request by Noranda Aluminum for state regulators to lower the electricity rates it pays to Ameren Missouri.

An attorney for the city wrote to the Missouri Public Service Commission, saying that if Noranda's electric rates are lowered, it could result in higher costs for other consumers. City Counselor Michael Garvin says that it could cost St. Louis an additional $3 million over 10 years.

Noranda has sought about a 25 percent reduction in the rate Ameren charges at its aluminum smelter in the southeastern Missouri town of New Madrid.

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Politics
5:43 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Number of military records believed lost increases

Federal employees are looking into the disappearance of thousands of military files from a St. Louis federal records center.
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The number of missing or destroyed military records at a federal government warehouse in St. Louis is significantly larger than initially believed.

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Education
11:41 am
Thu February 6, 2014

DESE Hears Pleas To Keep Public In Charge Of Public Schools

Attorney William Douthit speaks during a public hearing on unaccredited schools on Feb. 5, 2014.

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 10:01 pm

As Missouri education officials continue to gather public comment on what the state should do to help unaccredited school districts, one sentiment became clear Wednesday night:

The public needs to have a strong voice in whatever plans are adopted.

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Missouri Olympic medalists
1:42 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Show me gold! Here are the olympic medalists born in Missouri [GRAPHIC]

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At least three U.S. Olympic athletes with Missouri ties are competing in Sochi this month. But they represent only a small part of the Show-Me State’s Olympic heritage. Nearly 100 medalists since the 1900s were born in Missouri, as shown by the interactive map below.

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Politics
8:43 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Progress made but more needed, King Day crowd told

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
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Hundreds gathered in St. Louis to honor Doctor Martin Luther King Junior's fight for equality, even as disparities still exist.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:28 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Survey Shows Numerous Cancers, Other Diseases, Near North St. Louis County Creek

An online survey has collected 1,242 reports of cancer from current and former residents of the neighborhoods around Coldwater Creek in North St. Louis County.

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 11:05 pm

New data are adding to concerns that exposure to radioactive waste in Coldwater Creek could be causing cancers and other health problems.

Nuclear waste generated by the Mallinckrodt Company was dumped in North St. Louis County after World War II, contaminating the creek and surrounding areas.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:10 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Missouri Attorney General Demands More Monitoring Of Smoldering Landfill In Bridgeton

An underground fire was first detected at the Bridgeton Landfill in December, 2010.

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 10:05 pm

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster wants more air monitoring at the Bridgeton Landfill, where an underground fire has been smoldering for more than three years.

Attorney General Koster asked the St. Louis County Circuit Court on Thursday to order the landfill's owner to collect more data on carbon monoxide emissions.

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Education
11:24 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Missouri lawmakers to confront student transfer law

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Missouri lawmakers are facing pressure to address a student transfer law and unaccredited school districts.

The law requires school districts without state accreditation to cover the costs for students who want to attend an accredited district within the same county or a bordering one. It makes no exceptions for those without room for new students.

Missouri now has three unaccredited districts. About 2,000 students have transferred from two districts in St. Louis County and transfers could start soon in Kansas City.

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Business
8:22 am
Mon December 23, 2013

St. Louis Looks To Immigrants To Bolster Region

(courtesy St. Louis Mosaic Project)

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 6:51 am

St. Louis city and county lost population in the 2010 census which created big concerns about the region’s future.

In reaction, the area's civic leaders quickly turned their attention to immigrants.

Foreign born residents make up less than 5 percent of the metropolitan area, far below most other major U.S. cities.

The St. Louis Mosaic Project came together this last year to address the issue.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Another Mo. Court ruling goes against red light cameras

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For the third time in slightly more than a month, a Missouri appeals court ruling raises concerns about red-light cameras.

The Missouri Court of Appeals' Eastern District on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling that favored the red-light camera law in the city of Arnold.

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Education
3:59 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court continues debate on school transfers

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The Missouri Supreme Court again is considering a court challenge to a law permitting students to transfer from unaccredited school districts to other districts nearby.

The court upheld the law earlier in a case from the St. Louis area. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court's focus turned to Kansas City, which has been unaccredited since 2012.

Taxpayers from five surrounding districts filed suit and contend the transfer law is an unfunded mandate violating the Missouri Constitution.

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Business
5:19 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

St. Louis eyes rival Chicago over ADM decision

St. Louis hopes to attract Archer Daniels Midland Co. to bring its headquarters to the city. But, Chicago wants the agribusiness giant to relocate to that city.
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Competition between St. Louis and Chicago isn't anything new, given the long disdain between Cardinals and Cubs baseball fans. But the rivalry is now extending into a new playing field.

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Politics
8:21 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Urban Crime Summit to feature law enforcement experts

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Police chiefs, mayors and prosecutors from Kansas City and St. Louis will join with law enforcement experts this month for a four-day Urban Crime Summit.

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Politics
8:16 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Public input on possible St. Louis merger sought

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A legislative panel studying a possible merger of St. Louis city and county governments is meeting in Clayton to hear public testimony on the idea.

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Education
8:34 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Unaccredited St. Louis school districts facing $23 million bill for transfers

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Two troubled St. Louis-area school districts could pay a combined $23 million to cover tuition and transportation costs for students opting to attend accredited districts.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that nearly 1,700 students in the Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts have applied to transfer. That follows a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling requiring unaccredited districts to pick up those costs for students who want to attend better schools.

The home districts must cover the tuition costs, and must pay for transportation to at least one school district.

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Arts and Culture
10:20 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Activists, public officials and religious leaders rally in St. Louis, for immigration reform

Activists rallied for immigration reform, in St. Louis, Sunday, June 30.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Public officials, activists and religious leaders packed into World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park this afternoon to rally for immigration reform, calling on members of the U.S. House of Representatives to move forward with a plan that cleared the Senate last week.

St. Louis native Vin Ko runs a pick up soccer league in St. Louis that he said brings together everyone from CEO’s to new immigrants.

More than just potential economic benefits, he said the nation needs immigration reform because it’s the right thing to do.

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Crime
7:24 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Mo. fire marshal advises caution with fireworks

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The Missouri fire marshal's office is urging people to be cautious with fireworks, saying that people should light only one at a time and keep water nearby.

Sales of fireworks by licensed seasonal retailers in Missouri began last week and continue through July 9.

State Fire Marshal Randy Cole said the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch public displays by trained professionals.

Cole's office recommended that anyone drinking alcohol avoid handling fireworks and consider giving the duties to a "designated shooter."

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Science, Health and Technology
8:35 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Columbia and Boone county score high on air quality, St. Louis and 8 counties fail

Eight Missouri counties received an “F” grade in The American Lung Association’s recent“State of the Air” report card. The latest report was released Wednesday – grades U.S. counties and cities on air quality. 

Out of the 17 counties with enough data available to issue a score, only Boone County received an “A” grade. And here’s the list of the counties that failed: Clay, Clinton, Jasper, Jefferson, Perry, St. Charles, St. Louis, and St. Louis city. Researchers used air quality data between 2009 and 2011 for the grading.

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Politics
8:22 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Mo. senators hear new plans for air export aid

Lambert Airport in St. Louis hopes to reopen terminal C in April.
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Business and civic leaders from the St. Louis area are renewing a push for new tax breaks to encourage international exports through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

A Senate committee heard testimony Wednesday on a plan that would authorize up to $7.5 million of annual tax credits for air cargo exports.

The proposal is a scaled-back version of a bill that failed during a 2011 special session. Other elements of that doomed package also are back before the Legislature.

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Sports
7:49 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Fans Remember Stan The Man

Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 5:25 pm

On Sunday morning fans gathered at Busch Stadium to remember St. Louis Cardinals legend and Hall of Famer Stan Musial, who died at the age of 92 last night.  

Below is audio of what some of them had to say. 

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Education
5:13 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

MU curators consider benefits proposal

Jesse Hall on the University of Missouri Campus
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A long-sought proposal to extend University of Missouri worker benefits to same-sex domestic partners has been expanded to include committed couples of the opposite sex, as well as other unrelated dependent couples, such as roommates.

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Crime
4:28 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

St. Louis man convicted of 1983 rape and murder expecting prison release

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Attorneys for a St. Louis man whose 1983 rape and murder convictions were recently thrown out by a Missouri judge say they expect his release from prison on Wednesday.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Law upheld for St. Louis firefighters to live outside city limits

The Camerons

The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a state law aimed at allowing veteran St. Louis firefighters to live outside the city limits.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Congressman Todd Akin defends "dog" analogy

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Republican Congressman Todd Akin is defending his statement comparing his opponent, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, to a dog.

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