WCBU http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Morning headlines: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-wednesday-december-28-2011 <p><strong>Study finds one-third of&nbsp;public school&nbsp;students would leave St. Louis district if they could</strong></p><p>A new study finds that nearly one-third of public school students would leave the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slps.org/slps/site/default.asp">St. Louis district </a>if they could take advantage of a contested Missouri law that lets them transfer to better-performing districts. And a coalition called the Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis said the transfers could bankrupt the unaccredited St. Louis School District.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 15:28:26 +0000 Julie Bierach, WCBU & The Associated Press 2760 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 Peoria Diocese quits court fight over civil unions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/peoria-diocese-quits-court-fight-over-civil-unions <p><em>Reporting by Alex Rusciano of WCBU was used in this report. </em></p><p><em>Updated at 5:08 p.m. with Associated Press information regarding appeal.</em></p><p>Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria is withdrawing its fight to regain state-funded social service contracts. &nbsp;A circuit judge in Springfield recently ruled that the State Department of Children and Family Services can cancel its adoption and foster care contracts with Catholic Charities. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 21:45:18 +0000 WCBU & The Associated Press 2204 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Peoria Diocese quits court fight over civil unions Quinn urges lawmakers to uphold his veto regarding utility rate hikes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-urges-lawmakers-uphold-his-veto-regarding-utility-rate-hikes <p><em>Reporting from WCBU&#39;s Denise Molina-Weiger used in this report.</em></p><p>Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn is traveling the state urging lawmakers to uphold <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-throws-switch-veto-bill-raise-ill-electric-rates">his veto</a> on a measure that allows Ameren and ComEd to automatically raise electric rates on consumers. The utilities say the rate increases are necessary to help pay for modernizing Illinois&rsquo; power grid.</p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 17:50:21 +0000 WCBU 2202 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn urges lawmakers to uphold his veto regarding utility rate hikes