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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:33 am
Tue May 5, 2009

Mo. budget agreement in trouble

Jefferson City, MO – House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on Missouri's budget for Fiscal Year 2010.

But House Republicans are not happy with a proposed Medicaid expansion in one of the bills.

Budget negotiators added a provision to raise hospital taxes in order to increase Medicaid coverage to parents earning up to 50 percent of the federal poverty level.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:17 am
Tue May 5, 2009

Mo. House revives stimulus projects bill

Missouri State Capitol.
(KWMU)

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has reversed itself again and passed a bill that would spend $336 million in federal stimulus dollars on numerous state projects.

Three dozen Republicans had joined most Democrats last week in voting the bill down, saying it contained too much pork.

But Budget Chairman Allen Icet (R, Wildwood) persuaded the House GOP caucus that the bill contained lots of worthwhile projects.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:26 pm
Mon May 4, 2009

Local professor elected to Nat'l Academy of Sciences

St. Louis, MO – A University of Missouri-St. Louis biology professor has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Robert Ricklefs has taught at the university for 14 years - his research focuses on evolutionary biology. He is the first UM St. Louis professor to receive the honor.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:36 am
Mon May 4, 2009

Census preparations ahead of schedule

St. Louis – Some of the preparations for next year's U.S. Census have been finished far ahead of schedule.

Officials say temporary workers completed address verifications in the St. Louis area in less than three weeks; the Census Bureau had expected that work to take about three months.

Census Bureau Assistant Regional Director Sydnee Chattin-Reynolds said handheld computers improved efficiency, and the tough economy has made it easy to find well-qualified temporary employees.

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7:34 am
Mon May 4, 2009

Attorneys general to meet with Craigslist

St. Louis, MO. – State attorneys general from Missouri, Illinois, and Connecticut are taking part in negotiations with Craigslist Tuesday in an effort to eliminate ads for what they say is prostitution.

The three states are representing a group of attorneys general from across the U.S.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says last year Craigslist agreed to let consumers flag ads that appeared to be illegal. He says that has not worked.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:30 am
Mon May 4, 2009

Four more likely cases of H1N1 found in Missouri

Kansas City – Missouri health officials say four more probable cases of the H1N1 swine flu have been discovered in the Kansas City area.

On Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that a Kansas City resident tested positive for the H1N1 virus while receiving medical care in Nebraska for a different condition.

Two other probable cases involving a father and son were discovered Friday in Howard County in central Missouri.

The state's first swine flu case was disclosed on Wednesday in Platte County.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:25 am
Mon May 4, 2009

Fine, probation recommended in MySpace suicide case

Megan Meier (handout)

Los Angeles – A pre-sentence report recommends probation and a $5,000 fine for Lori Drew.
In November, a federal jury convicted her of three misdemeanors linked to the online harassment of Megan Meier, a suburban St. Louis teenager who committed suicide.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Lori Drew's lawyer, Dean Steward, filed a brief yesterday, which revealed the recommendation.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:18 pm
Fri May 1, 2009

Missouri towns face flooding

Jefferson City, MO – Emergency management officials are monitoring the weather as recent heavy rains have caused mild to moderate flooding in several river towns across Missouri.

"We can expect more rain over the weekend...we do know there is some low land flooding...the Mississippi River is high, it caused some of the tributary rivers to back up...right now, SEMA continues to monitor the situation," said Susie Stonner, spokesperson for the State Emergency Management Agency.

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4:26 pm
Fri May 1, 2009

Smoking ban introduced in the city

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen has begun the often slow process of considering a near total ban on smoking in the city's public places.

Under legislation introduced Friday by Alderwoman Lyda Krewson, smoking would be outlawed in almost all public places, including bars, restaurants and casinos. Only certain tobacco stores, private clubs that have no staff and are not being used for a public event, and some hotel rooms would be exempt.

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9:57 am
Fri May 1, 2009

Fenton Chrysler plants to close

(UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

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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