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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:48 am
Mon November 30, 2009

Missouri hunters shoot fewest deer in a decade

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation says the November firearms deer season produced the lowest harvest in the state in a decade.

The department says between Nov. 14 and 24, hunters killed slightly more than 193,000 deer. Last year, hunters took nearly 201,000.

State biologist Lonnie Hansen said most of the deer are shot during the first two days of the season. But this year, the second day of the season was cold and wet, causing a drop in numbers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:24 am
Mon November 30, 2009

Mo. lawmaker says FBI inquiring about failed sales tax measure

State Rep. Timothy Jones.
Mo. House of Representatives

Jefferson City, Mo. – A St. Louis-area lawmaker says he's been interviewed by the FBI as to why Missouri House members failed to act on legislation affecting city sales tax rates.

Republican Timothy Jones of Eureka sponsored the bill, which would have allowed cities to continue charging multiple sales taxes, as long as they didn't exceed certain limits.

House Speaker Ron Richard (R, Joplin) says he doesn't know why the FBI is asking question about the bill's failure.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:23 am
Mon November 30, 2009

Son of Catholic priest who spoke out about experience dies at 22

St. Louis – A suburban St. Louis man whose father was a Roman Catholic priest has died of brain cancer at age 22, according to today's New York Times.

After he was diagnosed with the terminal illness, Nathan Halbach of O'Fallon, Mo. decided to speak out about growing up knowing his father was a priest.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:18 am
Mon November 30, 2009

I-64 overhaul enters final week

St. Louis – Drivers in St. Louis could face one last major snarl this week as the rebuild of Interstate 64 winds down.

Missouri Department of Transportation spokeswoman Linda Wilson says workers are installing guardrails and signs, and finishing the striping along the stretch between Interstate 170 and Kingshighway.

That includes repainting lane lines on the ramps at the 170 interchange. Wilson said the work on Thursday and Friday may cause some delays.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:11 am
Fri November 27, 2009

Natural resources chief says he's ready for more budget cuts

Jefferson City, Mo. – The 2010 Missouri legislative session is just over a month away. State lawmakers and members of Governor Jay Nixon's cabinet are making preparations for what's expected to be another financially-strapped fiscal year, as state revenues continue their downward trend.

Mark Templeton, Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, said his agency is not as dependent on state tax collections.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:35 am
Fri November 27, 2009

Slay wants to eliminate Lambert Airport smoking lounges

St. Louis – Mayor Francis Slay says he wants to make Lambert Airport smoke free in a little more than a year.

The airport is in St. Louis County but is owned by the city. Its ventilated smoking lounges are exempt from recently-passed indoor smoking bans, but Slay said this week on his blog that he wants Lambert to be smoke free by January of 2011.

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

FEMA implements emergency plan program for Missouri dams

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has launched a new program to insure that Missouri's dams have plans in place in case of an emergency.

Of the more than 450 "high-hazard potential" dams in the state, only 34 have action plans designed to notify emergency responders in an organized manner.

Ronald Butler works with a Kansas City-area company contracted by FEMA to encourage dam owners to implement emergency action plans:

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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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