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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:57 am
Fri May 1, 2009

Fenton Chrysler plants to close

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St. Louis – Thursday's announcement that Chrysler is filing for bankruptcy has major implications for the St. Louis region.

Both of Chrysler's assembly plants in suburban Fenton are scheduled to close permanently by the end of next year, marking the end of yet another well-known brand manufactured in St. Louis.

The announcement from President Obama about Chrysler filing chapter 11 had a whole lot of bad news couched in a few reasons to hope.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:11 pm
Thu April 30, 2009

Adams unveils uniform policy for SLPS

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis public school students could be wearing uniforms to class under a policy introduced Thursday night by district superintendent Kelvin Adams.

District policy does not allow the appointed board to order all students to wear uniforms, so the proposed new uniform policy requires two-thirds of parents in the district to approve any changes. Adams expects parents to be supportive once they understand his rationale.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:26 pm
Thu April 30, 2009

Mo. House rejects stimulus projects bill

Jefferson City, MO – In a surprising reversal, the Missouri House has defeated a bill that would have used $336 million in federal stimulus dollars to pay for numerous projects, just one day after giving the measure first-round approval.

It originally contained projects of statewide interest, but numerous regional projects were added on, prompting 32 Republicans to join 50 Democrats in voting "no." House Majority Floor Leader Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) says there's a chance the bill could be brought back for another vote.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:56 pm
Thu April 30, 2009

St. Louis Dems say Nixon "silent" on Metro

St. Louis, MO. – Governor Jay Nixon is taking heat from some St. Louis-area Democrats for what they call his "silence" on funding for Metro.

Legislation that included $12 million for the troubled St. Louis transit agency failed in the Missouri House Thursday.

Representative Ted Hoskins, a Democrat from Berkeley, says the governor should support giving Metro the $35 million it requested.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:54 pm
Thu April 30, 2009

Mo. House passes tax cut

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has passed a bill giving citizens a tax cut that would be paid for in part by federal stimulus funds.

Supporters had originally sought a two-year tax cut, with the lost revenue being covered by $1 billion in federal stimulus dollars.

But GOP lawmakers expanded it to a permanent tax cut totaling $463 million a year.

Speaker Pro-tem Bryan Pratt (R, Blue Springs) backed the expansion.

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5:10 pm
Thu April 30, 2009

Chrysler North employees "disappointed" with bankruptcy

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Fenton, MO – Employees at the Chrysler truck plant in Fenton are disappointed with the company's bankruptcy filing.

The smallest of the American auto manufacturers filed for Chapter 11 protection Thursday after it could not reach a deal with creditors.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:29 pm
Wed April 29, 2009

Swine flu may have reached Missouri

Jefferson City, MO – An unidentified resident of Platte County may be the first Missourian to contract swine flu.

State health officials have sent a virus sample taken from the anonymous patient to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta to verify whether he or she has swine flu.

In the meantime, Governor Jay Nixon says the state will begin distributing its stockpile of influenza drugs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:28 pm
Wed April 29, 2009

Cancer center funding restored

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has restored funding for a cancer research center at the University of Missouri - Columbia.

Two days ago, a House committee stripped the money following a walkout by Democrats on the committee.

The $31 million taken away from the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center was restored on the floor of the House today by the chair of the House Budget Committee, Allen Icet (R, Wildwood).

The facility is in the district of Democratic House Member Stephen Webber of Columbia.

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5:05 pm
Wed April 29, 2009

Obama visits suburban St. Louis

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St. Louis –

President Obama marked his 100th day in office by visiting the St. Louis suburb of Arnold. The president took questions at a town-hall meeting and laid out his vision for economic recovery.

Obama tempered his remarks by reiterating that the challenges confronting his administration have been unprecedented and there is still a long way to go. But, given the stakes that the country is facing the president said there is reason to be optimistic.

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4:36 pm
Wed April 29, 2009

Judicial reform resolution likely dead

Jefferson City, MO – A proposed constitutional amendment that would give the governor more say in selecting judges for the State Supreme Court and lower courts will most likely die in the Missouri Senate.

The sponsor, State Senator Jim Lembke (R, St. Louis Co.) made that admission during floor debate today.

But he expressed confidence that an alternate version will make it onto the 2010 ballot via petition drive.

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