robo-calls http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Morning headlines: Friday, February 24, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-february-24-2012 <p><strong>Mo. Senator seeks to transfer funding to U.S. road repair</strong></p><p>Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she will try to amend a transportation bill to strip funding for large construction projects in Afghanistan. The money would instead be used for roads and bridges in the U.S.</p><p>McCaskill hopes to attach her proposal to legislation re-authorizing the federal highway funding program.</p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 14:53:54 +0000 Alex King & The Associated Press 3141 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, February 24, 2012 Mo. Senate endorses adding cell phone numbers to No-Call list http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-endorses-adding-cell-phone-numbers-no-call-list <p>The <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate </a>has given first-round approval to<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=9267"> legislation </a>that would add cell phone numbers to the state&rsquo;s Do-Not-Call list.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 02:47:19 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3065 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate endorses adding cell phone numbers to No-Call list Mo. Senate will try again to require disclaimers on political robo-calls http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-will-try-again-require-disclaimers-political-robo-calls <p>For the 6th year in a row, a Missouri state lawmaker has introduced legislation that would require the party behind political robo-calls to inform a person who is paying for the call.</p><p>Republican state Senator Scott Rupp from the St. Louis area has sponsored the measure this year. He says free speech protections mean political calls cannot be banned the way that some advertising calls can. But he says providing more information is the next-best thing.</p> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 11:21:17 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 2757 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate will try again to require disclaimers on political robo-calls Telemarketers in "auto warranty" scam plead guilty in East St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/telemarketers-auto-warranty-scam-plead-guilty-east-st-louis <p>Two men <a href="http://www.ftc.gov/os/caselist/0923110/index.shtm">pleaded guilty to federal charges today</a> in East St. Louis in an auto contract robo-calling scheme that had 15,000 victims in all 50 states. Here's a breakdown of the people, places and charges involved:</p><p>These <strong>two men</strong> were the president and vice president of Transcontinental Warranty...</p><p>- Christopher D. Cowart, 49 of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and</p><p>- Cris D. Saganelli, 45, of Boca Raton, Florida</p><p><strong>The scheme</strong> the men admitted to in court on Monday worked this way:</p> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 23:44:10 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & Kelsey Proud 114 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Telemarketers in "auto warranty" scam plead guilty in East St. Louis Feds set to take action against "extended warranty" companies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/feds-set-take-action-against-extended-warranty-companies <p>This is the first criminal action against service-contract sellers: will update after 2:30pm hearing.</p> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 16:37:55 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 109 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Feds set to take action against "extended warranty" companies