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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:24 am
Thu December 31, 2009

Quinn says early prisoner release was big mistake

Chicago – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said a secret policy change that freed some inmates early was "a very big mistake" on the part of his corrections director.

Quinn said Wednesday he is reinstating a policy that requires all inmates to serve 61 days before becoming eligible for good-conduct time off.

The governor said Corrections Director Michael Randle made the decision to accelerate early releases counter to Quinn's guideline that none be violent offenders. However Quinn said he will keep Randle on the job.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:48 pm
Wed December 30, 2009

Redevelopment plans for old Mo. State Prison

The old Mo. State Penitentiary in Jefferson City.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – State and local officials have unveiled redevelopment plans for the old Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City.

Plans for the 140-acre site include government buildings, privately-owned residential and retail space, and preserving much of the historical prison facility.

Kelvin Simmons heads Governor Nixon's Office of Administration.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:03 pm
Wed December 30, 2009

Contractor selected for new Mississippi River bridge

As shown in this computer rendering, the new bridge will cross the Mississippi River just north of the Edward Jones Dome. (handout)

St. Louis – The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has awarded a $229.5 million contract to build the main span of the new Mississippi River bridge.

The winning bid went to a joint venture of St. Louis-based Alberici Constructors, Massman Construction of Kansas City and Traylor Brothers, Inc. The proposal, however, was still $39 million more than the Missouri Department of Transportation hoped to spend on the span.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:21 am
Wed December 30, 2009

Nixon urges General Assembly to pass ethics reform in 2010

Jefferson City, MO –

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is urging state legislators to craft a comprehensive ethics reform bill in 2010.

In a two-page letter, Nixon outlined four core elements he says are necessary to strengthen the credibility of Missouri's elected officials:

1. Reestablishing campaign contribution limits that were repealed in 2008.

2. Barring legislators from becoming lobbyists immediately after their term.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:49 pm
Tue December 29, 2009

Nixon proposes legislation for Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon wants increased regulatory authority as a means of protecting water quality at the Lake of the Ozarks.

And that proposal comes on the same day the latest test results are released.

Water samples gathered in October show contamination from some agricultural chemicals, including nitrogen and phosphorus. But Department of Natural Resources officials say tests for other pollutants were normal.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:35 pm
Tue December 29, 2009

Victim in police shooting ID'd

St. Louis – St. Louis police have identified the man shot and killed by officers responding to a 911 call.

Forty-year-old Antonio Hogans was shot six times at his house in the 1500 block of Salisbury around 7:30 Monday night. The officers were responding to reports of shots fired at the residence, apparently the result of an altercation over drugs or drug money. Police found crack cocaine in Hogans's pants pocket.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:00 pm
Tue December 29, 2009

Main bridge contractor could be picked tomorrow

An artist's rendering of the new Mississippi River bridge.

St. Louis – The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission could move the construction of a new Mississippi River crossing forward at its meeting Wednesday. Or it could delay the entire project by six months.

The commission will decide at the special meeting whether or not to accept either of the current bids for the main span of the new $640 million bridge, which will be built north of downtown. Both came in over budget.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:37 pm
Tue December 29, 2009

Missouri's new U.S. Attorneys poised to take office

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri will soon have two new U.S. Attorneys.

Richard Callahan will serve the state's Eastern District in St. Louis, while Beth Phillips will work in Kansas City.

Callahan has spent the past six years as a circuit judge in Jefferson City, where he heard a variety of high-profile cases involving state government.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:12 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Tougher school accreditation law takes effect Jan. 1

St. Louis – A new law is aimed at keeping Missouri school districts from going back and forth between unaccredited and provisionally accredited status.

As it stands, districts have two years to regain accreditation, even if they've lost it several times before. But starting Friday, districts will no longer get that two year grace period if they've slipped back into unaccredited status.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:09 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Washington University researchers seeking kids for weight loss study

St. Louis – Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine are recruiting families with overweight children for a study to help kids and parents lose and keep off pounds.

The two-year study will look at families with one or more children between the ages of 7 and 11 who are at least 20 percent above their ideal weight.

Researchers say the obesity rate for children has tripled over the last 30 years in the U.S., and early intervention is essential.

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