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Government's work stacking up a week into shutdown

Monday, 07 October 2013 02:38 Published in National News

   WASHINGTON (AP) - Because of the partial shutdown, government's work is piling up everywhere. It's not just paperwork.

   Litter lingers on sandbars along a stretch of the Missouri River in Nebraska because a volunteer clean-up was canceled when the government docked its boats. The Centers for Disease control has a backlog of food poisoning microbes that can't be checked because so many scientists are furloughed.

   And one woman is keeping a bald eagle in her freezer.  Wendi Pencille tends to injured birds in her upstate New York home. When a bald eagle dies, she sends the remains to a special eagle repository near Denver that ships feathers to Indian tribes for sacred ceremonies.

   But the federal bird shippers are furloughed while much of the government, like her fallen eagle, is on ice.

House aide resigns over gun left in Capitol restroom

Friday, 04 October 2013 04:31 Published in Local News

   There's more fallout from a loaded handgun found inside a bathroom at the Missouri Capitol last month.  

   The aide to House Speaker Tim Jones who left that gun behind has resigned.  The speaker's chief of staff, Tom Smith, confirmed Thursday that Dave Evans had resigned September 27.  

   Smith says he was satisfied with the corrective actions Evans agreed to after the incident but that Evans thought it was best for him to step down.  

   A 2011 Missouri law allows elected officials and their employees to carry concealed firearms inside the Capitol if they have permits.

 

STL County Health paid $3.4 million to

Friday, 04 October 2013 04:20 Published in Local News

   An independent audit of St. Louis County operations shows Edward Mueth collected $3.4 million from the St. Louis County Health Department before killing himself last month.  

   Mueth shot himself the day before he was to meet with his bosses at the County Health Department to discuss invoicing irregularities regarding his company, Gateway Technical Solutions.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it's still not clear what goods and services Mueth's company actually delivered to the health department over a six year period.  

   The audit, delivered to the County Council Thursday, found that the county had approved equipment purchases and leases from Gateway Technical Solutions at prices that were well above retail.  

   The audit had been commissioned before Mueth's scam came to light.  A police investigation into Mueth's financial dealings with the Health Department is ongoing.

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