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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:23 am
Fri November 27, 2009

Cold War-era loyalty oath remains popular among Illinois politicians

Chicago – The vast majority of candidates for statewide office in Illinois have signed what's called the "loyalty oath." It's an optional form that candidates in may file when they turn in their petitions to get on the ballot.

On it, they swear they're not affiliated with any communist groups, and don't plan to teach or advocate for the overthrow of the government.

A document from the state board of elections says the oath was signed by all but two of the candidates for Illinois governor.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:07 pm
Tue November 24, 2009

Mo. would pay first-year property taxes under proposal

Mo. Treasurer Clint Zweifel.
State of Missouri file photo

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and State Treasurer Clint Zweifel are backing a proposal to pay the first year's property taxes for some homebuyers.

The plan targets families making less than $98,000 a year, who buy a new or existing home after January 1st.

Zweifel says they would be eligible to have their first-year property taxes paid by the state, up to $1,250.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:22 pm
Tue November 24, 2009

City changes DUI prosecution policies

St. Louis – The prosecutor in the city of St. Louis will no longer offer plea deals to first-time drunk drivers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:16 pm
Tue November 24, 2009

Pujols wins second straight National League MVP

(UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – For the second year in a row, Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is the Most Valuable Player in the National League.

Pujols received all 32 first-place votes from the baseball writers who vote on the national awards. He is the first unanimous MVP pick since Barry Bonds in 2002. Pujols is also the first player to repeat as MVP since Bonds won four in a row between 2001 and 2004.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:20 am
Tue November 24, 2009

Illinois budget troubles define governor's race

Chicago – By all accounts, the state of Illinois' money situation is a mess.

Bills keep backing up, and the problem is getting worse because revenues keep falling short. It's the issue that affects all others in the race for Illinois governor.

But as Sam Hudzik reports, the election itself may be the biggest obstacle to solving the problem.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:44 am
Tue November 24, 2009

Republican county executive candidate promises tax reform

St. Louis – The election for St. Louis County executive is nearly a year away, but Republican candidate Bill Corrigan is already promising to freeze property taxes if he's elected.

Corrigan wants a moratorium on raising property tax rates, and said assessments should not rise faster than inflation.

On Monday, Corrigan accused Democratic County Executive Charlie Dooley of lobbying for property tax increases when homeowners can least afford it.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:12 pm
Mon November 23, 2009

Mo. highway funding expected to drop by $1 billion by 2014

MoDOT Director Pete Rahn, before the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight.
St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation today told lawmakers that the state agency is facing a large funding shortfall in the coming years.

MoDOT Director Pete Rahn appeared before the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight, telling members that 83 percent of Missouri's major highways are in good condition. But he says the $1.5 billion being spent this year on Missouri's roads will drop to just over $420 million five years from now.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:09 pm
Mon November 23, 2009

Residents rally against crime as controversial report ranks St. Louis as second-most dangerous

St. Louis – About two dozen residents of the Fountain Park neighborhood in north St. Louis gathered to protest rising violence Monday, the same day a controversial yearly study ranked St. Louis the second most dangerous city in the United States.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:36 am
Mon November 23, 2009

State rep arrested amid fracas at fire board meeting

St. Louis – Three people, including a state lawmaker, were arrested Sunday after an emergency meeting of a troubled suburban St. Louis fire department.

The Post Dispatch reports that the board of the Northeast Ambulance and Fire Protection District voted to pay its attorneys and fire chief severance packages totaling more than $780,000.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:22 am
Mon November 23, 2009

Metro East levee leak highlights urgency of fixing system, flood protection chief says

St. Louis – The head of the Flood Prevention District in the Metro East says fixing aging levees is the St. Louis region's most urgent issue.

Last week, the Army Corps of Engineers discovered a leak in the Wood River Levee near the Melvin Price Lock and Dam in East Alton, Ill. The corps said the levee is not in danger of failing now, but it could give way during a flood.

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