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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:38 am
Fri September 18, 2009

Former St. Louis policeman gets three months in prison for taking drug cash

St. Louis – A former St. Louis police officer has been sentenced to three months in prison and ordered to pay back $8,000 for stealing and splitting drug-linked money with other officers.

Leo Liston. 35, of St. Louis pleaded guilty in May to misapplying money seized in a June 2008 drug raid and writing a false report to cover his crime. Liston resigned from the force in April.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:36 am
Fri September 18, 2009

American makes big cuts to flights from St. Louis

St. Louis – American Airlines is making drastic cuts to flights from St. Louis. By next summer, the carrier will drop 46 flights and 20 destinations from its schedule at Lambert Airport.

That will leave just 36 American departures each day from St. Louis to nine cities.

American spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan said the flights will not be coming back any time soon.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:38 pm
Thu September 17, 2009

Mortgage fraud targeted by state Attorneys General

Chris Koster
(file)

Jefferson City, MO – Attorneys General from eight states, including Missouri's Chris Koster and Illinois' Lisa Madigan, discussed combating mortgage fraud today in Washington, DC, with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal officials.

Koster says he and his colleagues began preparations for a joint federal-state effort against fraud in the areas of mortgage refinancing and debt settlement.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:26 am
Thu September 17, 2009

Despite his ambitions, McKee has a long way to go to overcome financial and political barriers

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

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:37 am
Thu September 17, 2009

Chancellor says Washington University needs $30 million budget cut

(UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – Washington University's chancellor says the institution needs to cut $30 million from its budget to make up for an expected shortfall.

Mark Wrighton announced the need for the cuts in an e-mail to faculty and staff Wednesday.
The shortfall primarily affects the main campus, not the medical school.

The university's endowment is down 30 percent from its peak value two years ago.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:31 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

No overrides during Mo. veto session

Mo. House members conduct business during the 2009 veto session.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, MO – None of Governor Jay Nixon's vetoes were overridden today during the Missouri General Assembly's annual veto session.

Lawmakers in the Missouri House talked about several bills that didn't get past Governor Nixon, but only attempted to override one: A bill that would have created an oversight committee to examine the state's use of federal stimulus money.

State Representative Jason Smith (R, Salem) sponsored the motion.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:46 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

Career Ladder program may face cuts

Jefferson City, MO – House Democrats in Jefferson City today blasted Republicans over potential plans to de-fund a program that supplements teacher income.

The Career Ladder program provides extra pay to teachers who take on extra duties. Nearly 350 school districts in Missouri took part in the program during the 2007-2008 school year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:40 am
Wed September 16, 2009

Belleville police now say school bus attack not racially motivated

Belleville, Ill. – Police in Belleville say the videotaped attack on a 17-year-old student by two other riders on a school bus doesn't appear to have racial overtones after all.

Police Capt. Don Sax said Monday that the beating of a white Belleville West High School student by two black schoolmates appeared to be racially motivated.

But yesterday, he said the attack appears to have been about only where the victim wanted to sit on the bus.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:57 am
Wed September 16, 2009

Steelman will not run to replace Bond

Sarah Steelman

Jefferson City, Mo – Former state treasurer and Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Steelman has announced she will not run for the U.S. Senate.

Steelman had seriously considered a run for the seat to be vacated when Kit Bond retires in January 2010. But she ultimately chose not to run because she wants to raise her children in Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:33 am
Wed September 16, 2009

Uncertainty over development plan raises concerns in the community

St. Louis – Developer Paul McKee wants to spend $8 billion to revitalize two square miles of north St. Louis near downtown. He's already spent millions buying up property. Still, he controls just a fraction of the land he needs, and he wants the city to grant him the right to redevelop the rest.

That has some people who live and work in the area concerned about their future, and the possibility of eminent domain.

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