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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:24 am
Fri August 28, 2009

State drops rules for church-run day care centers

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri health officials are proposing to relax many of the health and safety requirements for hundreds of church-run child care centers.

The regulations have been in place for 14 years. But state health officials said Thursday they have no legal authority to enforce them, and their vote to repeal was reluctant.

State child care regulators say they'll push lawmakers to give them oversight authority when the legislature reconvenes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:45 pm
Thu August 27, 2009

Education chief visits St. Louis

St. Louis, MO. – The nation's education chief, Arne Duncan, says St. Louis is on the verge of an educational "sea change."

Duncan was at Lexington Elementary in St. Louis as part of a union-sponsored "back to school" tour.

As the former CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Duncan says he understands the barriers to success urban districts like St. Louis face and that urban schools need to provide an entire range of social services for both students and parents beyond just holding students for eight hours per day.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:00 pm
Thu August 27, 2009

New laws take effect in Mo. Friday

Mo. State Trooper on his motorcycle.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Several new laws affecting motorists in Missouri take effect tomorrow.

The one garnering the most attention is the ban on texting-while-driving for drivers age 21 and under.

Lt. John Hotz with the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the new law is aimed at the young, inexperienced driver.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:29 pm
Thu August 27, 2009

Boeing celebrates 70 years in St. Louis

Sen. Kit Bond looks over F-15 at Boeing's 70th anniversary celebration
(UPI photo)

St. Louis, MO – Aircraft maker Boeing marked a milestone today. Boeing and its predecessor company McDonnell Douglas, have been in St. Louis for 70 years.

At a celebration with workers and elected officials today, Boeing touted its history of producing military aircraft and weapons. And the president and CEO of Boeing's Integrated Defense Systems, Jim Albaugh, took the opportunity to thank the St. Louis region, which he says has been very good to the company.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:53 am
Thu August 27, 2009

Claire McCaskill holds town hall meeting in Jefferson City

Sign at a health care town hall meeting in Jefferson City.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill continued her series of health care town hall meetings last night in Jefferson City. And the Missouri Democrat once again faced a crowd that was for the most part less than friendly.

Nearly 400 people crowded into Lewis and Clark Middle School to hear and sometimes jeer McCaskill. She told the audience that doing nothing to America's current health care system is not an option.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:22 pm
Wed August 26, 2009

Carnahan reacts to guilty pleas

St. Louis, MO. – Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan commented Wednesday on the felony pleas, and subsequent resignations of two-state legislators in connection to his 2004 congressional campaign.

Up until now Russ Carnahan has refrained from commenting on the rumors surrounding former Senator Jeff Smith and State Representative Steve Brown.

Smith and Brown pleaded guilty Tuesday to obstruction of justice charges for lying about their involvement in producing anonymous campaign flyers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:17 pm
Wed August 26, 2009

Gaming commission turns down plans for Admiral riverboat

(UPI photo)

St. Louis, MO – It appears that a new casino license will be up for grabs next year in Missouri.

State gaming regulators say the owners of the President Casino in St. Louis must apply for a new casino license if they want to replace the aging riverboat.

Pinnacle Entertainment, which owns the casino on the Admiral, wants to replace it with a new barge at the same site on Laclede's Landing once the Admiral is decertified next summer. But Missouri Gaming Commission executive director Gene McNary says that's not possible.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:19 pm
Wed August 26, 2009

Nixon: "Disappointed" by Smith and Brown's actions

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon on Aug. 26th, 2009.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Special elections will be held in November to fill two St. Louis-area legislative seats.

Former Senator Jeff Smith (D, St. Louis) and former Representative Steve Brown (D, Ladue) resigned their seats Tuesday after pleading guilty to federal obstruction of justice charges.

Governor Jay Nixon says it's disappointing that Smith and Brown lied to federal authorities.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:43 pm
Tue August 25, 2009

Vote on county smoking ban in hands of executive

Clayton, MO – The fate of efforts to allow St. Louis County residents to vote on a smoking ban in November now rests with County Executive Charlie Dooley.

The County Council Tuesday night approved the measure calling for the election on a 4-3 vote. The ban covers most indoor areas - bars and the gaming floors of casinos are the major exemptions.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:16 pm
Tue August 25, 2009

Mo. politicians react to Smith and Brown

Missouri State Capitol.

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri politicians are sounding off on the resignations of State Senator Jeff Smith and State Representative Steve Brown.

The two Democrats from St. Louis pleaded guilty today to federal charges related to Smith's failed 2004 Congressional bid.

In a written statement, Governor Jay Nixon called the resignations of Smith and Brown "necessary and appropriate," and he has scheduled a special election to fill their seats on November 3rd.

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