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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.
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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:17 am
Wed February 25, 2009

Kinder, GOP leaders wary of stimulus provision

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Jefferson City, MO – Republican leaders in Jefferson City say one section of President Obama's federal stimulus package comes with strings attached.

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder told reporters Wednesday that accepting unemployment compensation funding within the package would require Missouri to change its laws.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:42 am
Wed February 25, 2009

State officials break up third Missouri puppy mill in two weeks

St. Louis, MO – The state Department of Agriculture seized over 200 dogs from an unlicensed breeder in southwest Missouri on Wednesday.

It case marks the third incident involving Missouri puppy mills in two weeks.

The owner of the River Valley Kennel in Ozark County is alleged to have set fire to the facility after officials contacted him about not having a breeder's license.

Matt Rold of the Missouri Department of Agriculture says most of the dogs were English Springer Spaniels and German Shorthair Pointers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:18 am
Wed February 25, 2009

Medicaid rally at Mo. State Capitol

Jefferson City, MO – Hundreds of people rallied today inside the State Capitol Rotunda, demanding health care access be expanded to more low-income Missourians.

The crowd rattled plastic piggy banks with pennies inside them as they called on lawmakers to restore cuts made to Medicaid benefits under former Governor Matt Blunt.

New Governor Jay Nixon asked the crowd to lobby House Budget committee members in favor of a bill to restore some of the cuts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:18 am
Wed February 25, 2009

Rev. Jesse Jackson visits St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson says with one dream realized, it's now time to work for economic equality in the U.S.

Jackson is in St. Louis today to speak at an African-American History Month event at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He says while there is wage disparity in the U.S., the economic recession has affected all races.

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