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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:57 pm
Fri May 29, 2009

Alderman seeks to open residency debate

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis city voters may be asked next November to change the residency requirement for municipal employees.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:46 am
Fri May 29, 2009

School board approves job cuts, school closures, raises for teachers

St. Louis – Public school officials in St. Louis approved a budget plan Thursday that includes 350 job cuts.

The special administrative board approved slashing the annual budget by $53 million. The plan also includes closing 14 schools.

Board president Rick Sullivan said the cuts will not hurt the quality of education because they will not include certified teachers.

He said most of the cuts will come through attrition and retirement of support staff, substitute teachers and central office workers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:39 pm
Thu May 28, 2009

New panels to help monitor city jails

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen's public safety committee has recommended the creation of two new panels to provide additional "eyes" on the city's two jails, following a March report by the American Civil Liberties Union that accused corrections officials of covering up widespread assaults, sexual misconduct, and poor health care at the jails.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:25 pm
Thu May 28, 2009

Search for new DESE Commissioner progresses

D. Kent King, 1943-2009
DESE

Jefferson City, MO – The search for a new commissioner for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education continues.

The State Board of Education heard an update on the search process today during a closed-door session of their monthly meeting.

Board President Russell Thompson told reporters afterward that there are several potential candidates for the job.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:21 am
Thu May 28, 2009

Preservationists complete work on Civil War-era archives

St. Louis – Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced the completion Wednesday of a massive effort to preserve key court archives from the post-Civil War era.

The St. Louis Circuit Court documents date from 1866 through 1868, and give a glimpse of a nation recovering from war.

Among the cases preserved was that of a slave owner who sued a ship captain for transporting a runaway.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:19 am
Thu May 28, 2009

Rain damages more homes in University City, new gym floor at SIUE

St. Louis – Several homes in University City were damaged by flash flooding from the latest round of storms.

Rain Wednesday caused flooding in the same neighborhood hit hard by flooding just eight months ago, in an area near the River Des Peres.

On one street, belongings floated in and out of garages and basements. Yards were under water. Several people moved things to upper floors and attics.

One homeowner said she had been through flash flooding four times in the past eight years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:47 pm
Wed May 27, 2009

Eminent domain ballot suit heard in Jefferson City

Jefferson City, MO – Two ballot initiatives over the use of eminent domain are at the center of a lawsuit heard Wednesday in Cole County Circuit Court.

One would affect government powers to buy and resell blighted property. The other would bar using eminent domain for private purposes, with exceptions for utilities.

Attorney Robert Hess, representing the Missouri Municipal League, argues that the language used could make a whole range of projects harder to develop.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:55 pm
Wed May 27, 2009

Kiel Opera House rehab gets initial approval

The Kiel Opera House at 14th and Market has sat vacant since 1991
(Rachel Lippmann/KWMU)

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis aldermen have given their initial approval to legislation providing financing to rehabilitate and reopen the Kiel Opera House. The building closed in 1991, and has sat vacant since. Past reopening attempts have failed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:32 am
Wed May 27, 2009

Sheri Coleman's family sues husband already charged in killings

Sheri Coleman and her sons Gavin (left) and Garett were found dead May 5 in their Columbia, Ill. home. (handout via UPI)

Columbia, Ill. – The family of Sheri Coleman, the Metro East woman found strangled in her home with her two sons is suing Christopher Coleman, who has already been charged in the killings.

Attorneys for Sheri Coleman's mother and brother filed the wrongful-death suit Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Christopher Coleman strangled his wife and their sons in the bedrooms of their Columbia, Illinois home on May 5. Police arrested Coleman two weeks later, and he has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:21 am
Wed May 27, 2009

Edwardsville cleaning up after heavy rain

Edwardsville, Ill. – The cleanup continues in Edwardsville after the community was pummeled for days by rain, damaging dozens of homes.

Edwardsville got about nine inches of rain, and that caused foundations to buckle on some houses. Officials say 45 homes suffered some sort of damage.

Edwardsville's fire chief says the intense rain Monday overwhelmed the city's storm sewers.

The water collected in low-lying areas and flooded homes. Damage estimates are not yet available.

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