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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:42 pm
Tue January 5, 2010

New drop-out prevention initiative to focus on attendendance

St. Louis – The anti drop-out coalition founded by a Missouri state Representative has announced a new initiative to keep kids in school.

Volunteers from In It 2 Win will start calling and knocking on the doors of St. Louis Public Schools students who are absent from school for more than a few days.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:53 am
Tue January 5, 2010

McKee gets state tax credits for north side redevelopment plan

Developer Paul McKee (file photo/Matt Sepic)

St. Louis – Developer Paul McKee has received $19.6 million in tax credits from the state of Missouri for his north side redevelopment plan.

McKee wants to spend $8 billion dollars over about 20 years to build a new community of homes and businesses near downtown.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development notified McKee of the award on New Year's Eve. Spokesman John Fougere said the state can give up to $20 million dollars annually, so McKee is eligible for more money this year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:32 am
Tue January 5, 2010

Metro East airman dies in Afghanistan

St. Louis – An airman from the Metro East has been killed in Afghanistan as the result of a roadside bomb.

The Defense Department says 24-year-old Senior Airman Bradley R. Smith, of Troy, Ill., died Sunday near Kandahar Airfield.

Smith leaves a wife and infant daughter, who was born in October.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:26 pm
Mon January 4, 2010

Mo. revenue to remain low, despite expected increase

Missouri State Capitol.

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's tax collections are expected to rise a bit in 2010, but remain well below what they were two years ago.

Both Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and GOP legislative leaders agree on the latest numbers. They estimate that state revenue collections will rise by about 3.6 percent after July first, but will still be about $780 million less than they were in 2008.

Linda Luebbering, the governor's Budget Director, says cuts will still be necessary.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:18 pm
Mon January 4, 2010

FEMA delays new flood insurance maps

St. Louis, MO – Metro East homeowners and businesses worried about the prospect of higher flood insurance rates are getting a temporary reprieve from the federal government.

New flood insurance maps were set to be released this summer for the bi-state region, including Madison, St. Clair and Monroe Counties. That prospect worried many in the metro east, Congressmen Jerry Costello and John Shimkus among them, who complained that it could mean dramatic increases in flood insurance premiums.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:12 am
Mon January 4, 2010

Bitter cold settles in for the week

St. Louis – A weather pattern that is bringing arctic cold from Canada into St. Louis will likely remain in place for at least a week.

Highs in St. Louis are unlikely to reach much above 20 degrees this week, with Wednesday being the warmest day with a forecast high of 22.

The National Weather Service is also forecasting two to four inches of snow on Wednesday, says St. Louis meteorologist Thomas Spriggs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:12 am
Mon January 4, 2010

Economic survey suggests weak growth this year in Midwest and Plains states

Omaha, Neb. – An economic survey of nine Midwest and Plains suggests the region's economy will recover only weakly this year.

The Business Conditions Index for the Mid-America region rose above growth neutral last month, reaching 50.3, compared with 47.5 in November.

The index ranges from zero to 100, and any score above 50 suggests economic growth in the next three to six months.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:26 am
Mon January 4, 2010

Census officials launch publicity effort in St. Louis

St. Louis – Officials from the U.S. Census Bureau are launching the region's educational efforts about the 2010 count in St. Louis.

All 12 census regions will have their own "Portrait of America" road tour. Visitors will have the opportunity to see some of the questions on the form, and make a video that the Census Bureau may post on the Web.

Dennis Johnson directs the Kansas City regional office, which includes St. Louis. He said the Bureau does similar education campaigns with every census.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:24 am
Mon January 4, 2010

Candidates for Illinois governor express variety of views on medical marijuana

Springfield, Ill. – Candidates for governor in Illinois have expressed a wide variety of opinions on medical marijuana.

Green Party candidate Rich Whitney backs general legalization and said he'd sign a bill to legalize medical marijuana as "a positive first step."

On the opposite end of the spectrum are Republicans Bill Brady and Bob Schillerstrom, who oppose any easing of restrictions.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:20 am
Mon January 4, 2010

Deer hunters set record during Missouri muzzleloading season

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri hunters using old-fashioned muzzleloading guns shot nearly 16,000 deer this year. That's the largest harvest since Missouri began its muzzleloading season 21 years ago. The previous high was set in 2007.

Osage County in central Missouri had the largest harvest, with hunters killing 403 deer.

Conservation officials say good weather drew more hunters during the 10-day season late last month. Bow hunters are out this week and next; Missouri's archery season ends January 15th.

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