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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:19 am
Thu April 23, 2009

Mo. House leaders propose tax rebate

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri taxpayers would get a $1 billion rebate under a new plan revealed today by House Republicans.

The money would come from the state's share of federal stimulus dollars.

Missouri House budget writers came up with the proposal after scrapping plans to divvy up the money among projects in members' districts.

House Speaker Ron Richard (R, Joplin) says the new plan represents a better use of stimulus money.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:18 am
Thu April 23, 2009

Wentzville GM plant gets three additional weeks of shutdown

St. Louis, MO – Workers at GM's Wentzville assembly plant are facing another three weeks of downtime as the American automotive company struggles to cut costs and avoid Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The plant was already scheduled to be closed the entire month of July for the standard summer idling - its 1800 hourly and 140 salaried workers will now also be off for three weeks in June.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:38 am
Thu April 23, 2009

AmerenUE drops plans for nuclear power plant

St. Louis, MO – AmerenUE has suspended plans to build a second nuclear power plant in mid-Missouri.

That's after a bill allowing companies to pass construction costs on to consumers during construction appears deadlocked in the Senate.

Ameren officials made the announcement on Thursday, a day after supporters of legislation designed to help the company build a second nuclear reactor called it increasingly unlikely the bill would pass this year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:04 pm
Wed April 22, 2009

St. Louis Public Schools students participate in national debate championships

St. Louis – Starting Thursday, 76 debaters from urban school districts across the nation will gather in Chicago to start the process of crowning the best from their ranks.

Four of the participants in the Chase Urban Debate League National Championships will be St. Louis Public Schools students.

KWMU's Rachel Lippmann introduces us to these unexpected stars.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:00 am
Wed April 22, 2009

Budget asks for sacrifices from city employees

St. Louis, MO – City of St. Louis employees would be asked to make several sacrifices in the proposed 2010 budget.

The city expects revenue to be flat next year. In order to meet increasing costs, employees are being asked to take as much as two weeks of furlough and forgo cost-of-living increases this year.

All departments except finance and public safety would have their budgets cut, and officials want to eliminate 121 positions, a couple dozen of which are currently occupied.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:15 am
Wed April 22, 2009

Area businessman sentenced for Ponzi scheme

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis area businessman Scott Luster has been sentenced to six years in prison for a Ponzi scheme he ran while the president of Rate Search, Inc.

Luster, a 53-year-old native of Belleville, pleaded guilty to mail and tax fraud charges in February. Rate Search marketed and sold certificates of deposit, but Luster failed to purchase the CDs for customers despite their directions, and did not tell them he hadn't done so. He used the customer's money for personal and other business expenses.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:50 am
Wed April 22, 2009

Cole Co. judge upholds ballot language

An ampoule containing a medium for stem cell storage. (Reuters photo/Peter Macdiarmid)

Jefferson City, MO – A Cole County judge has upheld the language on a proposed ballot initiative that would bar public funding for abortions and embryonic stem cell research.

The group Missouri Roundtable for Life is sponsoring the ballot question. They sued Secretary of State Robin Carnahan for the wording her office used, claiming it would bias voters against the measure.

But Circuit Court Judge Patricia Joyce disagreed.

Laura Egerdal is spokesperson for the Secretary of State's office.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:48 am
Wed April 22, 2009

MLB All-Star Game tickets cheaper this year

St. Louis, MO – With a faltering economy ticket prices for baseball's All-Star game in St. Louis will be cheaper this year.

The New Busch Stadium will be the site of the first All-Star game in St. Louis since 1966.

Tickets to the game will cost from $100 up to $360.

Tim Brosnan, Major League Baseball's Executive Vice President of Business says he still doesn't know how many tickets will be made available to the general public

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:21 am
Wed April 22, 2009

Ameren's CWIP bill may be dead this year

Jefferson City , MO – One of the most controversial bills of the 2009 Missouri legislative session appears to be dead in the water.

It's the one that would allow exemptions to the Construction Work in Progress law (CWIP), which bars utilities from charging customers for new power plants while they're being built.

The bill has been blocked for weeks by a filibuster, and supporters now say it appears unlikely that a compromise can be reached.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:54 am
Wed April 22, 2009

Senators take differing views on release of intelligence information

St. Louis, MO – Missouri's two Senators appear split on whether or not the Obama administration should release information about intelligence gathered by the use of harsh interrogation tactics.

The administration released a Congressional report Monday that gives more detail about the techniques military interrogators used, which had approval from high-ranking officials in the Bush administration.

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