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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:10 pm
Mon December 14, 2009

Reaction mixed to Wellston/Normandy merger

St. Louis – Passionate outbursts from a packed house at a North County elementary school Monday night were not enough to stop the merger of two area school districts.

Parents, teachers and staff of Normandy and Wellston schools districts crowded into the cafeteria at Normandy's Lucas Crossing Elementary to hear from local and state officials about the need for the merger, which will likely be approved on Thursday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:30 pm
Mon December 14, 2009

Mo. House GOP working on economic package

Mo. House Speaker Ron Richard
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Republicans in the Missouri House are targeting technology and the auto industry as ways to spur job growth during the 2010 legislative session.

They hope to persuade Ford Motor Company to expand its operations in the Kansas City area, although they have yet to provide specifics on how to do that.

House Speaker Ron Richard (R, Joplin) won't say yet whether there will be a specific bill aimed at Ford.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:22 pm
Mon December 14, 2009

New bipartisan ethics proposal from Mo. lawmakers

(l-r) State Reps. Jason Kander (D, Kansas City) and Timothy Flook (R, Liberty).
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – New ethics rules are being proposed by two Missouri House members from opposite parties.

Democrat Jason Kander of Kansas City and Republican Timothy Flook of Liberty are co-sponsoring the bill.

It contains several provisions. One would make it a felony to mask the source of a financial contribution by transferring it through a number of political committees.

Flook says it would eliminate what he calls, in effect, a form of money laundering.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:44 am
Mon December 14, 2009

State education chief to discuss plans for Wellston schools

St. Louis – Missouri State Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro will meet with parents and staff of the troubled Wellston School district this evening. State officials are recommending that the Wellston schools be dissolved and folded into the neighboring Normandy School District.

Performance scores at the 550-student district have been abysmal in recent years-with just 12 percent of students passing state requirements in communication arts and five percent in math.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:30 am
Mon December 14, 2009

Baby in critical condition after he was shot by 7-year-old sister

St. Louis – A 1-year-old St. Louis boy is in critical but stable condition after he was shot by his 7-year-old sister.

The shooting happened Saturday afternoon. An investigation continues and police spokeswoman Erica Van Ross says charges are possible.

Van Ross says the children were in the bedroom of a home when the gun discharged. The parents and other adults were in the living room and heard the shot.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:29 am
Mon December 14, 2009

Quinn suspends early prison release program

Springfield, Ill. – Gov. Pat Quinn is reviewing the Illinois prison system's early release program after The Associated Press reported some inmates are serving less than three weeks of yearlong sentences. Quinn suspended early releases Sunday and called for a "top-to-bottom" review.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:48 am
Mon December 14, 2009

Hazardous waste commission eyes Missouri computer sellers

Jefferson City, Mo. – Computer recycling will be the focus of Missouri's Hazardous Waste Commission meeting this week.

The commission plans to vote Thursday on plans for an electronics scrap management rule, one of the final steps before a proposed rule becomes effective.

The proposal says manufacturers who sell computers and accessories in Missouri must detail how those products will be recycled or reused. The collection method has to be convenient and free.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:08 pm
Fri December 11, 2009

Pre-filed legislation would limit eminent domain in Mo.

Activists march at City Hall to protest the use of eminent domain in St. Louis.
(KWMU staff)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Legislation has been filed in Jefferson City for a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the use of eminent domain in so-called "blighted" neighborhoods.

The resolution is sponsored by State Representative Belinda Harris (D, Hillsboro). She says it's designed to protect homeowners who are working to improve their properties from having local governments give them to a developer via eminent domain.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:58 pm
Fri December 11, 2009

Aldermen pass pay plan, financial help for Renaissance Grand

St. Louis Public Radio – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen has sent Mayor Francis Slay a pay plan that will force some city employees to take two weeks off.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:03 pm
Fri December 11, 2009

Convicted murderer sentenced to death

St. Louis – Gregory Bowman has been sentenced to death for killing a teenager in St. Louis County more than 30 years ago.

Circuit Judge David Lee Vincent III on Friday agreed with the jury's recommendation for the death penalty. Bowman's attorney says he will appeal.

Bowman had spent 28 years in prison for two killings in Illinois before his conviction was vacated.

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