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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:23 pm
Mon May 18, 2009

Mo. Supreme court hears school funding lawsuit

The Missouri Supreme Court

Jefferson City, MO – A lawsuit over how much money is spent on K-12 schools in Missouri finally reached the State Supreme Court today, five years after it was first filed.

A couple hundred public schools are suing the state, claiming lawmakers are underfunding them.

They're hoping the High Court will overturn a lower court ruling that sided with the legislature.

Attorney James Owen argued that the funding formula chosen by lawmakers won't be able to keep up with growing costs that schools face.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:54 pm
Mon May 18, 2009

Agricultural leaders convene at World Congress in St. Louis

World Agricultural Forum Chairman James Bolger (center) leads a panel discussion at a World Congress on food security in St. Louis.

St. Louis, MO –

The World Agricultural Forum is holding its sixth biennial World Congress in St. Louis this week. Agricultural leaders are meeting to discuss how to protect the world's food supply.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:31 pm
Mon May 18, 2009

Farmers, Gov. Nixon protest Gavins Pt. release

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and the state Farm Bureau have sharply criticized a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release water from a dam on the South Dakota-Nebraska border.

The Corps releases the water from the Gavins Point Dam, if conditions are right, in March and May to mimic natural rises in river levels that cause two endangered fish species to spawn. The latest release, which started at noon Monday, is just the third since they were authorized in 2003.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:33 am
Mon May 18, 2009

Missouri's first execution since 2005 set for Wednesday

Dennis Skillicorn

St. Louis – Three-and-a-half years after the last execution in Missouri, the state is set to put a convicted murderer to death this week.

Dennis Skillicorn is scheduled to die by lethal injection early Wednesday morning for his part in the fatal shooting of Richard Drummond of Excelsior Springs in 1994.

Colleen Cunningham with Missourians to Abolish the Death Penalty said that in addition to questions about Skillicorn's role in the murder, his work while in prison has received praise from some corrections officials.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:23 am
Mon May 18, 2009

Authorities search for missing philanthropist

I.E. Millstone (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – Authorities are investigating whether 102-year-old St. Louis philanthropist and builder I.E. Millstone jumped into the Missouri River.

Family members reported him missing Saturday. Sgt. Al Nothum with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said a witness reported seeing an elderly man jump from the Daniel Boone Bridge around the same time Millstone disappeared. Nothum said a caretaker's vehicle was found nearby.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:51 pm
Fri May 15, 2009

New plans revealed for Kiel Opera House

St. Louis, MO. – The Kiel Opera House redevelopment in downtown St. Louis finally is moving forward.

The $70 million renovation proposal calls for a 3,500 seat theater, another small theatre, a restaurant, and conference rooms.

The investment group includes Blues owner Dave Checketts and McEagle Properties. They's seeking $30 million in city amusement taxes on Blues tickets be diverted for bond payments on the project.

Alderman Fred Wessels co-sponsored legislation in the Board of Alderman Friday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:06 pm
Fri May 15, 2009

Mo. General Assembly passes economic development bill

Missouri State Capitol.

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri General Assembly has passed legislation expanding some tax incentives for businesses while placing new limits on others.

The Senate finally approved the bill late this morning, after a near-marathon session in which opponents nearly killed it.

The vote broke a three-month stalemate on the economic development legislation and raised hopes that lawmakers could accomplish one of their top priorities before the end of the session.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:09 pm
Fri May 15, 2009

Abortion bill likely dead

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has chosen not to take up an informed consent abortion bill passed by the State Senate.

It would require doctors to tell women in person about potential medical risks before having an abortion, but language making it a crime to coerce a woman to end a pregnancy was removed.

Speaker Pro-tem Bryan Pratt (R, Blue Springs) says they've sent the original House version back to the Senate, which contains the coercion language.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:35 am
Fri May 15, 2009

2009 Mo. legislative session ends

Memebers of Missouri House toss paper in the air as the 2009 session is adjourned sine die.
Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

Jefferson City, MO – The 2009 Missouri legislative session is over.

Lawmakers passed several bills before 6:00 p.m. Friday.

Perhaps the biggest one was a wide-ranging economic development bill that barely made it out of the Missouri Senate, due to opposition over the amount of tax breaks contained.

House Speaker Ron Richard (R, Joplin) was relieved that it made back to his chamber, although it wasn't quite the bill he wanted.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:29 am
Fri May 15, 2009

Economic development bill still stalled in Mo. Senate

Jefferson City, MO – The final day of the 2009 Missouri legislative session has arrived, and one of Governor Jay Nixon's top priorities is no closer to passage than it was three months ago.

The Missouri Senate announced a tentative agreement on the economic development bill around 12:40 in the morning. Also known as the jobs bill, it has been under attack and the target of filibusters since it was passed by the Missouri House in early February.

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