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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:33 am
Wed March 4, 2009

Lawmakers critcize MoDOT lobbying

Jefferson City, MO – Two State Representatives are accusing the Missouri Department of Transportation of having state workers lobby for legislation while on state time.

The bill in question is the primary seat belt enforcement bill, MoDOT's top legislative priority this year.

State Representative Shane Schoeller (R, Willard) says it's not appropriate.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:19 am
Tue March 3, 2009

Woman accused of trying to drown newborn

Elyse Mamino (handout)

Columbia, Ill. – Authorities say a Metro East woman accused of trying to drown her baby in a toilet late last year was allowed to take the child home from the hospital after the incident.

Police in Columbia, Ill. said Elyse Mamino, 23, had custody of the baby girl Victoria from the time of the child's release from a hospital in December until Mamino was arrested last week.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:54 am
Tue March 3, 2009

Mo. House committee passes CWIP bill

Callaway plant in Fulton (company photo)

Jefferson City, MO – A Missouri House committee has passed legislation that would allow utility companies to charge their customers for the cost of building new nuclear plants while under construction.

St. Louis-based AmerenUE is lobbying for the bill, in the hopes of building a second nuclear reactor at its plant near Fulton.

The bill that would revise the Construction Work in Progress law (CWIP) passed by a near unanimous vote, after a number of reforms were added.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:58 am
Tue March 3, 2009

Bond suggests solution to economic crisis

(UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis, MO – Missouri senator Kit Bond has suggested making the Federal Insurance Deposit Corporation the lead agency to address the nation's economic crisis.

"It's critical that one government agency be selected to lead the clean-up," Bond said in a speech on the Senate floor Monday outlining his proposal. "Management by committee and multiple regulators is a recipe for disaster."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:11 am
Tue March 3, 2009

Report: former governor had 'insufficient' e-mail policy

Former Mo. Gov. Matt Blunt (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Investigators looking into the e-mail retention practices of former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt have concluded that his office had "insufficient" public records
policies.

The report released Tuesday wraps up a one-and-a-half-year probe
into Blunt's office that began after a former legal counsel claimed
he was fired for raising concerns about e-mail deletions in the
office.

Although raising concerns, the investigators decided not to refer the matter to prosecutors.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:21 am
Mon March 2, 2009

Legislation targets sexual misconduct by inmates

The Eastern Reception Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Mo.
(file)

Jefferson City, MO – A bill in the Missouri House would make it a felony for inmates to direct acts of sexual misconduct at prison guards.

It's sponsored by State Representative Linda Fischer (D, Bonne Terre), whose hometown is also home to the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:09 am
Mon March 2, 2009

Bill would ease public defender workload in Mo.

Jefferson City, MO – A bill that would ease the workload of public defenders in Missouri has been approved by a State Senate committee.

The legislation would place limits on the number of cases a public defender can take at one time.

It would also secure funds for the system, ensuring they won't be diverted to other state needs. And the state would pick up parking costs for all public defender employees.

Still, the bill's sponsor, State Senator Jack Goodman (R, Mount Vernon), says it's not enough.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:57 am
Mon March 2, 2009

City voters pick candidates in Tuesday's mayoral primary

St. Louis – Democrats in the city of St. Louis will elect their party's candidate for mayor Tuesday.

There are three names on the ballot - incumbent Francis Slay, Former Alderwoman Irene J. Smith and attorney Denise Watson-Wesley Coleman.

Slay said his record over two terms is strong, although he has been criticized by some in the African-American community for how he handled the firing of Fire Chief Sherman George.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:56 am
Mon March 2, 2009

First Republican enters Illinois gubernatorial race

Chicago – State Sen. Bill Brady is running for governor again, and he plans to kick off his second gubernatorial campaign with a four-city fly-around Monday.

The Bloomington Republican received about 20 percent of the vote in the 2006 gubernatorial primary, and he's the first candidate to formally begin campaigning for the job this year.

Brady has scheduled stops in Chicago, Springfield, Marion and Bloomington to announce his candidacy.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:43 am
Mon March 2, 2009

Conference outlines priorities for women's health research

St. Louis – Scientists, health care providers and advocacy groups are meeting in St. Louis this week to determine priorities for women's health research.

The National Institutes of Health is hosting the forum at Washington University.
It is the first of several regional conferences.

Jennifer Elam directs the Center for Women's Infectious Disease Research at Washington University. She said attendees will look at seven topics including eating disorders, chronic pain syndromes, and bladder and pelvic floor disorders.

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