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2008-06-21 15:00:23

By Jo Mannies, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 21--The Missouri Department of Labor is closing down the St. Louis Regional Claims Center as of Aug. 31, resulting in the loss of 63 jobs. St. Louis workers said they got layoff letters Friday morning notifying them that Aug. 31 would be their last day at work, unless they were offered a job at one of the three remaining regional call centers in Kansas City, Jefferson City and Springfield. The call centers handle claims for unemployment...

2008-06-20 06:00:31

By Steve Giegerich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 20--For over three-quarters of a century the program has provided lessons, along with a healthy dose of normalcy, to thousands of students bedridden in the area's primary children's hospitals. Now, the tradition of assigning two St. Louis Public Schools teachers to St. Louis Children's Hospital and a third teacher to Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center could become a victim of the cash-starved district's mandate to pare $30 million...

2008-06-20 06:00:27

By Gail Appleson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 20--In the world of grocery stores, the opening of the Whole Foods Market at Town and Country Crossing is a bit like a Rolling Stones concert, says the store's manager. "The first day we posted a behind-the-scene peek to customers on the Internet, all the (300) spots were filled," said Matthew Mell, the Town and Country store team leader. Anticipation among food enthusiasts has been building since the Austin, Texas-based chain announced in...

2008-06-19 06:00:08

By Tim Logan and Philip Dine, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 19--The tanker wars will continue. Government auditors Wednesday gave Boeing Co. new life in its fight to build a new fleet of aerial refueling tankers, with a stinging rebuke of the process that led the Air Force to award the $35 billion job to two Boeing rivals. It's a rebuke so stinging that it "virtually guarantees" the contract will be rebid, industry watchers say. The Government Accountability Office upheld seven...

2008-06-19 06:00:02

By Jo Mannies, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 19--SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Sen. John McCain left little doubt Wednesday about the role Missouri and its voters will play in the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's campaign schedule. "Missouri will be a battleground state. I will be back and back and back," McCain told about 500 cheering supporters packing an auditorium at Missouri State University, after ending a one-hour forum on energy. "I need to win here," he said. "I need your...

2008-06-18 12:00:18

By Eric Mink, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 18--Sunday morning, I asked Bill Teller, one of the shift managers at Kaldi's Coffeehouse in downtown Clayton, if he thought the media coverage of Tim Russert's sudden death on Friday had become excessive. "No," he said. Given how important Russert was to political reporting for so long, he had earned more than routine treatment. And of course you'd expect NBC to do even more for one of its own, Teller said. Twenty-six years old, Teller reads...

2008-06-18 12:00:06

By Michele Munz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 18--Dr. Sherman Silber has long been a trailblazer in fertility. Now the St. Louis-area surgeon is taking his expertise in humans and using it for endangered animals. Silber has performed the first successful reverse vasectomy on a severely endangered species. It's also the first done on an equid -- a hoofed mammal with slender legs, flat coat and mane. The patient was a Przewalski's horse named Minnesota living at the Smithsonian's National...

2008-06-18 12:00:03

By Tim Bryant, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 18--FOLEY -- John Watson plans to ride out this spring's flood in a tent set up near a portable generator, fan, TV and a cooler -- all on his roof. On Tuesday, water from the flooding Mississippi River remained a couple of miles away, out of sight in a line of pecan trees across wide bottomland fields. "But it's coming," Watson said. Water began pouring Tuesday over levees in several areas in Lincoln County. Authorities repeated their...

2008-06-17 12:00:20

By Robert Patrick, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 16--Lori Drew, accused of helping create a fake MySpace profile and using it to harass a 13-year-old Dardenne Prairie girl who later killed herself, pleaded not guilty this morning in federal court in Los Angeles. The pleas were expected and a minor milestone leading up to what the real battle will be in the case -- whether prosecutors' use of a law normally used to target computer hackers will work in a cyber bullying case. Megan...

2008-06-17 06:00:41

By Mary Jo Feldstein, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 17--As part of an ongoing restructuring, SSM HealthCare-St. Louis on Monday dismissed 75 members of its management team, including all hospital chief operating officers and vice presidents. Another 25 employees in human resources, finance and other administrative functions were let go earlier this year. A month after coming on board last year, Chief Executive Jim Sanger reorganized the hospital system into north and south geographic...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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