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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:47 am
Fri February 27, 2009

Science, business leaders say Missouri needs "green" jobs

St. Louis, MO –

Members of St. Louis' science and business communities say that Missouri needs new so-called "green" jobs. On Friday, they expressed that view to Ted Abernathy, the executive director of the Southern Growth Policies Board, which is a North Carolina-based think tank.

He says Missouri's energy priorities reflect a national shift from the supply and cost of energy to how to ride out the recession.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:25 am
Fri February 27, 2009

St. Louis lawmaker sponsors cigarette tax bill

Jefferson City, MO – A St. Louis lawmaker wants to raise Missouri's cigarette tax as a means of providing needed revenue.

The bill by Democratic House member Jamilah Nasheed would raise taxes on cigarettes from 17 to 33 cents a pack. She argued for the tax hike in a hearing Wednesday before the House Tax Reform Committee.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:34 am
Thu February 26, 2009

Mo. House passes 4-day school week

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has passed a bill that would allow school districts to switch to four-day weeks.

The bill was sponsored by State Representative Gayle Kingery (R, Poplar Bluff). He told fellow House members that allowing four-day weeks will enable poorer school districts to save money on operational costs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:28 am
Thu February 26, 2009

Superintendent recommends closing 17 city schools

St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams announces his building closure proposal at a meeting of the Special Administrative Board.

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Public Schools superintendent Kelvin Adams is recommending 17 buildings be closed instead of the 29 suggested by a consultant.

On Thursday evening, Adams told the Special Administrative Board the facilities plan put together by MGT of America did not account for educational factors that he must consider.

"They only looked at facilities," Adams said. "Their responsibility was not to look at movement of students, test scores, enrollment over a five year period."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:12 am
Thu February 26, 2009

Stimulus money to fund science research, jobs

St. Louis, MO –

Governor Jay Nixon was in St. Louis Thursday to discuss how Missouri can use federal stimulus money to create jobs in life- and plant- sciences. He talked with leaders from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center about how St. Louis can leverage its biotech expertise to capitalize on stimulus dollars.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:41 am
Thu February 26, 2009

County sued over sewer fees

St. Louis, MO – A group of 14 home and property owners is suing the St. Louis County revenue collector for improperly charging a fee that funds repairs to sewer lines that feed homes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:41 am
Thu February 26, 2009

Mo. lawmakers back "predictable" property tax

(l-r) State Rep. Brian Nieves (R, Washington) and State Senator Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield), address reporters at a news conference today in Jefferson City.
KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri House and Senate members are co-sponsoring bills that would create a "predictable" property tax for homeowners.

The legislation would limit tax assessments for homeowners to either two percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.

Republican Jane Cunningham of Chesterfield is sponsoring the bill in the Senate.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:21 am
Thu February 26, 2009

Governor Nixon pursues children's healthcare expansion

St. Louis, MO –

Governor Jay Nixon says he will continue to press for the expansion of children's health care after Missouri House Republicans rejected his proposal Wednesday.

Nixon, a Democrat, wanted to increase the number of families eligible for the S-CHIP program and cap monthly premiums for others.During a visit to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Thursday Nixon said he was hopeful the issue will be revisited when the budget reaches the floor.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:18 am
Wed February 25, 2009

Authorities investigate blast at Alton explosives company

Alton, Ill. – Authorities in Alton are trying to pinpoint what sparked an explosion at a
business that makes explosive devices.

No injuries were reported after the blast shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday at Hanley Industries.

Authorities say the explosion destroyed a building at the business and sparked a fire in a nearby wooded area.

The Alton company manufactures devices such as detonators and explosive bolts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:38 am
Wed February 25, 2009

County will receive bulk of locally distributed stimulus money

St. Louis, MO – A project to extend Woods Mill Rd. from Olive to the Page Avenue extension will receive the largest bulk of the St. Louis region's stimulus money. That funding is separate from what the area may receive through the Missouri Department of Transportation.

On Wednesday, the East-West Gateway Council of Governments unveiled which of the nearly 400 projects local governments submitted for funding will receive money.

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