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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:32 am
Tue April 21, 2009

House committee rejects Nixon's business incentive plan

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House Budget Committee has rejected a proposal by Governor Jay Nixon to use federal stimulus money to attract more employers to the state.

The governor had wanted to use $200 million to set up two funds for business incentives.

But Republican House Budget Chairman Allen Icet only allotted $100 million to the plan, and Monday night that money was diverted to projects in the districts of budget committee members from both parties.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:28 am
Tue April 21, 2009

Army reservist faces discharge hearing after opposing wars

St. Louis – A U.S Army reservist who refused to be reactivated last summer will face an administrative hearing in St. Louis Tuesday.

Sgt. Matthis Chiroux is a member of the Individual Ready Reserve, which consists of inactive military personnel.

After he refused to deploy last year, Chiroux said the Army informed him that he would be discharged for 'misconduct'.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:33 am
Tue April 21, 2009

Mayor Slay calls for merger of city with county

(UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay took the oath of office for a third term on Tuesday.

The mayor delivered his inaugural address in a ceremony in the rotunda at city hall. He began the speech with a plea for cooperation and a call to put aside what he called "old St. Louis fights".

The mayor laid out several ambitious goals including a return to local control for the St. Louis Police Department, combined governance of the region's airports and a push to make the city part of St. Louis County.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:39 am
Tue April 21, 2009

Mo. state agency hears Ballpark Village proposal

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Jefferson City, MO – Developers for the $600 million Ballpark Village project at St. Louis' Busch Stadium gave a state agency an update in Jefferson City today.

The St. Louis Cardinals and their partners are hoping the Missouri Development Finance Board will kick in $188 million in tax incentives for Ballpark Village.

Bill Dewitt III is Cardinals' president.

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