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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:35 am
Thu May 14, 2009

Senate approves face-to-face mandate for discussion of abortion risks

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri state House has approved legislation that requires women seeking an abortion be told about the health risks of the procedure in person.

Women must already receive that information 24 hours before getting an abortion, but are currently allowed to get the consultation over the phone.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:29 pm
Wed May 13, 2009

Missouri soldier among those shot by sergeant

St. Louis, MO. – A Missouri man was among five soldiers killed when an Army sergeant allegedly open-fired at a combat stress unit in Baghdad.

Specialist Jacob Barton was from Lenox, Missouri about 30 miles south of Rolla.

The 20-year old was originally assigned to Fort Leonard Wood's Army Reserve Unit.

Spokesman Mike Alley says Barton was reassigned to 277th engineer company out of Texas as part of its deployment to Iraq.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:16 pm
Wed May 13, 2009

Boeing lobbies Congress for St. Louis-made aircraft

Boeing's F/A-18 Superhornet

St. Louis, MO – Boeing's defense unit - and its union members - have been lobbying Congress this week to reject proposed cuts in its C-17 and F/A-18 production lines.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wants to cancel the C-17, parts of which are made in St. Louis. And he wants to buy just 31 St. Louis-built F/A-18 Superhornets next year - down from 45 this year.

Bruce Darrough with Boeing's local machinists union says the cuts don't make economic sense.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:37 pm
Wed May 13, 2009

Mo. House passes death penalty study

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Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has passed a crime bill that includes authorizing a commission to study the use of the death penalty in the state.

The original amendment called for a moratorium on executions in Missouri while the study is conducted, but it was stripped out on a mostly party-line vote.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:19 pm
Wed May 13, 2009

St. Louis Board of Aldermen hear testimony on city jails

St. Louis, MO – The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri claims to have new evidence further detailing alleged beatings, sexual abuse and cover-ups at city jails.

The group published an 18-month report last March. Redditt Hudson, the author of the report spoke before the St. Louis Board of Alderman's Public Safety Committee on Wednesday.

In the months since the initial report, Hudson says an additional 8 corrections officers have come forward to corroborate accounts of extensive human rights violations.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:43 pm
Wed May 13, 2009

Glimpses of Paul McKee's plan emerge

St. Louis, MO. – Details of a major redevelopment proposal in north St. Louis by developer Paul McKee are beginning to emerge.

Two alderwomen, April Ford-Griffin and Marlene Davis, held a meeting for constituents about the project earlier this week.

The media, including KWMU, were not allowed into the event.

But assistant director of the Landmarks Association and KWMU commentator Michael Allen was there.

He says McKee's redevelopment plan would cover a substantial area.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:09 pm
Wed May 13, 2009

Aldermen start looking for solutions beyond furloughs

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis aldermen have started posing their own solutions to avoid controversial furloughs of city employees.

The budget for fiscal year 2010 asks the city's 4300 unionized employees to take a week off without pay. Non-unionized managers would take two weeks off.

One proposal would allow city employees to work four, ten-hour days. But that won't save the three point four million dollars needed to keep the budget balanced, said budget director Paul Payne.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:55 am
Wed May 13, 2009

Plans emerge for McKee-owned properties

St. Louis, MO – Details of a major redevelopment proposal in north St. Louis by developer Paul McKee are beginning to emerge.

The media, including KWMU, were barred from a meeting on Monday arranged by Alderwoman April-Ford Griffin and Marlene Davis. But KWMU commentator and Landmarks Association vice president Michael Allen said the plan includes four major commercial developments as well as housing.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:48 am
Wed May 13, 2009

Federal court denies Skillicorn a stay of execution

Kansas City, MO – A federal judge has refused another attempt to postpone the execution of convicted murderer Dennis Skillicorn.

The 49-year-old Skillicorn had filed suit asking an independent board to evaluate his request for clemency, rather than Governor Jay Nixon. Skillicorn's lawyers argued that Nixon could not be fair because he is a former attorney general.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:43 am
Wed May 13, 2009

Lawmakers still looking for health care compromise

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri lawmakers will try again to reach a compromise on health care expansion after the state House Tuesday night passed a plan that differs greatly from the one sought by Gov. Jay Nixon and the state Senate.

Senators and the governor want to cover about 35,000 working parents without health insurance by raising the income eligibility limit to 50 percent of the poverty line. The Senate wants to create a new program, the governor wants to expand Medicaid.

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