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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:10 am
Mon April 6, 2009

AARP rallies against CWIP bill

St. Louis, MO – Missouri lawmakers are set to consider legislation this week that would repeal a voter-approved ban on some electric rate increases.

AmerenUE says it needs the construction work-in-progress legislation to fund a new reactor at its Callaway nuclear power plant - it's paid for three television ads. The bill would allow the state's investor-owned utilities to include the construction costs for new renewable energy or low-carbon power plants before those plants are generating electricity.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:39 am
Mon April 6, 2009

Police officer shot, wounded in south St. Louis

St. Louis – A St. Louis policeman is recovering from a gunshot wound and two suspects are being sought after a late-night undercover operation erupted in gunfire.

Police chief Dan Isom said two officers were on patrol around 11 p.m. Sunday near Chouteau and Boyle on the city's south side when they encountered two people who appeared to be armed.

Isom said the suspects fired several shots, hitting one officer in the shoulder; bullet fragments also struck near his eye.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:30 am
Mon April 6, 2009

Carbon cap-and-trade has many uncertanties

Ann Arbor, Mich. – President Obama wants the United States to reduce greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide, that contribute to global warming. And Congress is considering a carbon cap-and-trade program.

In the third part of our series on the future of coal, the Environment Report's Lester Graham looks at what such a program will mean to coal-burning industries and your power bill.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:24 am
Fri April 3, 2009

Man crashes car into Florissant nursing home

St. Louis – Police say a man intentionally drove his car through the front doors of a Florissant nursing home Friday morning.

The car caught fire, injuring the driver and one nursing home resident.

The incident happened about 6:30 a.m. at the St. Sophia Health and Rehabilitation Center in Florissant.

The injured resident is a 54-year-old woman. Details of her injury were not immediately known. The car driver suffered burns.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:53 am
Fri April 3, 2009

Small railroads get mixed results from stimulus

St. Louis – The list of transportation projects Missouri and Illinois have submitted to the federal government for approval are heavy on road construction and repair.

The stimulus bill that will fund those projects set aside $ 9 billion for rail, but it's intended for high-speed trains and improvements to Amtrak, not the smaller regional railroads known as shortlines.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:43 am
Fri April 3, 2009

Missouri and the stimulus, Part 2

Michele Boldrin

St. Louis – As Missouri lawmakers work on the budget this year, they have the additional duty of figuring out how to spend more than $4 billion in federal stimulus money.

Not surprisingly Democrats and Republicans have very different ideas on how to do that.

We turned to two Washington University economics professors to get their thoughts on the best way to use the money.

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