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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:45 am
Mon September 14, 2009

Martinez out as Mo. Economic Development chief

Linda Martinez
Greenblatt (UPI)

Jefferson City, MO – Linda Martinez has stepped down as Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Her resignation comes on the heels of rumors that Governor Jay Nixon had been unhappy with her performance.

Press Secretary Scott Holste would not comment on that, other than to say the governor appreciates the work she did during her tenure.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:04 pm
Fri September 11, 2009

Nixon orders D.O.I. to examine insurance reimbursements

Gov. Jay Nixon (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Jefferson City, MO – Governor Jay Nixon has ordered the Missouri Department of Insurance to look into complaints that health insurance companies are unreasonably delaying reimbursements to doctors and hospitals.

The complaints number in the hundreds, according to Insurance Department spokesman Travis Ford.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:19 pm
Fri September 11, 2009

9/11 remembered at Mo. Capitol

Vendors and emergency responders set up tent displays on the South Lawn of the Mo. State Capitol on the 8th anniversary of 9/11.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Emergency responders and volunteers in Jefferson City marked the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the South Lawn of the State Capitol Building.

Vendors handed out free food, soft drinks and information about their services to passersby as state officials talked about the importance of service and of remembering the victims of 9/11.

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder emphasized that Patriots Day day should primarily be a day of remembrance.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:51 am
Fri September 11, 2009

Missourians honor those killed eight years ago

St. Louis – Communities across the area are marking the eighth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks today.

At the Hispanic Festival in downtown St. Louis, organizers are setting up a traditional altar to honor people killed on 9/11.

The Saint Louis University College Republicans are planting 2,977 American flags on campus, and in O'Fallon, Mo., a ceremony to honor first responders begins at 8.30 a.m.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:37 am
Fri September 11, 2009

Relationship between Nixon, Kinder remains tense

Jefferson City, Mo. – As professional bicyclists race across Missouri this week, many are breathing a sigh of relief after the Tour of Missouri's near cancellation two months ago.

The initial decision to withhold state funding and the reversal that followed days later puts a spotlight on the tense political relationship between Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder.

St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin reports:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:15 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

Mo. Higher Education board: No budget growth for FY 2011

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's colleges and universities will likely continue to struggle financially during the next fiscal year.

The Coordinating Board for Higher Education is recommending the state spend $961 million during Fiscal Year 2011, which begins next July. That's about the same amount of money allocated this year.

Deputy Commissioner Paul Wagner calls it a continuation of bad news.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:10 am
Thu September 10, 2009

Monsanto to cut another 900 jobs

Monsanto's St. Louis headquarters

St. Louis, MO – The world's largest seed maker had said back in June that it would reduce its staff by four percent, or about 900 jobs.

Now, Monsanto says the cuts will actually go deeper and involve another 900 jobs. About 300 of the total job reductions will occur at its headquarters in the St. Louis suburb of Creve Couer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:26 am
Thu September 10, 2009

McKee says he'll pay to relocate residents, businesses

Paul McKee (photo: Matt Sepic/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – Developer Paul McKee said he'll offer relocation assistance to any residents or businesses displaced by his proposal to rebuild a wide swath of north St. Louis.

McKee submitted a revised and more detailed proposal to city officials Wednesday.

He's seeking $398 million in tax-increment financing-backed bonds for his $8 billion plan to build homes, offices and retail on more than two square miles north of downtown. He wants the city to guarantee half those bonds.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:58 pm
Wed September 9, 2009

Administrative law judges' firings blocked

Jefferson City, MO – A Cole County judge has blocked the firings of three administrative law judges who hear workers' compensation cases in Missouri.

Circuit Judge Jon Beetem issued a permanent injunction, blocking the Nixon Administration from firing judges Henry Herschel, Matthew Murphy and John Tackes.

John Commerford is their attorney.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:47 pm
Wed September 9, 2009

Alternate court plan approved for circulation

Mo. Supreme Court Building.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – A ballot initiative that would change the way judges are chosen for the Missouri Supreme Court, Appeals courts and some of the state's lower courts has been approved for circulation.

The ballot question would scrap the current system, also known as the Missouri Plan, in which special commissions select three nominees for judicial vacancies and the governor picks among the three.

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