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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:41 am
Wed April 8, 2009

Slay wins re-election to third term

Mayor Francis Slay thanks supporters at the Moolah Theatre after winning a third term
(KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – Mayor Francis Slay has been elected to a third term in office.

The Democrat incumbent defeated independent, Green Party, and Libertarian challengers taking 61 percent of the vote - his narrowest margin of victory in three elections.

Slay says voters returned him to City Hall because they are generally pleased with the direction St. Louis is moving.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:28 am
Tue April 7, 2009

Pilot faces federal charges over stolen plane

Adam Dylan Leon faces two federal counts for allegedly stealing a plane from a Canadian flight school
(UPI Photo/Butler County Sheriffs Department)

St. Louis, MO – Federal prosecutors have charged a 31-year-old Canadian man who stole a plane from an Ontario flight school where he was a student.

Adam Dylan Leon is charged with with unlawful transport of a stolen aircraft and entering the U.S. illegally. He flew the plane for seven hours - most of them under the watchful eye of fighter jets - before landing in southeast Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:17 am
Tue April 7, 2009

Photo ID resolution passes Mo. House committee

Jefferson City, MO – A State House committee has passed a resolution that would require Missouri voters to present photo identification and make other changes to voting laws.

The sponsor, State Representative Stanley Cox (R, Sedalia), says in addition to requiring photo I.D.'s, the resolution would make it easy for those who don't have one to get one.

"It provides you, if you can't afford it, a photo I.D., the non-driver's license (I.D.), for people who don't have one free of charge," Cox said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:39 am
Tue April 7, 2009

Steelworkers rally against Indian pipe

Adam Allington (KWMU)

Granite City, IL – About 1,000 laid off steelworkers in Granite City, Illinois rallied on the banks of the Mississippi River to protest against imported steel from India.

The steel pipe was purchased to build a pipeline to move tar sands from Canadian province of Alberta down to the Conoco-Phillips Wood River oil refinery.

The pipe was shipped by rail and now sits in the shadow of U.S. Steel's idled Granite City plant. Gary Warren says the sight of the Indian steel is slap in the face to American workers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:33 am
Tue April 7, 2009

NTSB blames American Airlines for plane fire at Lambert

Washington, D.C. – Safety officials are blaming poor oversight by
American Airlines of aircraft maintenance for an engine fire in
2007 that forced an emergency landing.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:51 am
Mon April 6, 2009

St. Louis mayoral election tomorrow

St. Louis – Candidates for mayor of St. Louis have just one day of campaigning left before voters go to the polls Tuesday.

Incumbent Francis Slay, a Democrat, is seeking his third term in office. He is being challenged by independent candidate Maida Coleman, Elston McCowan of the Green Party and Libertarian Robb Cunningham.

Slay said his record speaks for itself.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:56 am
Mon April 6, 2009

Gates asks for fewer Super Hornet fighters

A single-seat version of the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet aboard the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier. (photo: Matt Sepic)

St. Louis – Defense Secretary Robert Gates outlined a major reshaping of military spending priorities Monday.

Among other things, he proposed cutting the C-17 transport plane, parts of which are made at Boeing in St. Louis. Gates also wants to buy just 31 St. Louis-built F/A-18 Superhornets next year; that's down from this year's 45.

At the Boeing plant Monday, U.S. Senator Kit Bond criticized Gates' plan to boost funding for Lockeed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:24 am
Mon April 6, 2009

Ahead of Pentagon announcement, Boeing remains confident about future of Super Hornet

A St. Louis-built F/A-18 Superhornet on the flight deck of the USS Harry S. Truman (photo: Matt Sepic/KWMU)

St. Louis – In the face of tight budgets and two insurgent wars, the Pentagon is rethinking military strategy. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is scheduled today to announce what he calls a "fundamental shift in priorities," which means reducing or eliminating some of the nation's most advanced, and expensive weapons programs, including fighter jets.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:55 am
Mon April 6, 2009

Mo. revenues continue slide in March

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's tax revenues continue to slide.

The March revenue report shows that year-to-date collections dropped by just over half a percentage point (0.6%).

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says about the only bright spot there is, is that the drop off hasn't been worse.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:46 am
Mon April 6, 2009

Missouri borrows cash from reserve funds

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri has had to borrow reserve funds to stay afloat the past two months.

Records show the state borrowed $175 million from its reserve funds in February and $150 million in March, in order to pay state workers, keep schools operating and cover other expenses.

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says, though, they don't expect to borrow any more.

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