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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:15 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

Mo. Higher Education board: No budget growth for FY 2011

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's colleges and universities will likely continue to struggle financially during the next fiscal year.

The Coordinating Board for Higher Education is recommending the state spend $961 million during Fiscal Year 2011, which begins next July. That's about the same amount of money allocated this year.

Deputy Commissioner Paul Wagner calls it a continuation of bad news.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:10 am
Thu September 10, 2009

Monsanto to cut another 900 jobs

Monsanto's St. Louis headquarters

St. Louis, MO – The world's largest seed maker had said back in June that it would reduce its staff by four percent, or about 900 jobs.

Now, Monsanto says the cuts will actually go deeper and involve another 900 jobs. About 300 of the total job reductions will occur at its headquarters in the St. Louis suburb of Creve Couer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:26 am
Thu September 10, 2009

McKee says he'll pay to relocate residents, businesses

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

St. Louis – Developer Paul McKee said he'll offer relocation assistance to any residents or businesses displaced by his proposal to rebuild a wide swath of north St. Louis.

McKee submitted a revised and more detailed proposal to city officials Wednesday.

He's seeking $398 million in tax-increment financing-backed bonds for his $8 billion plan to build homes, offices and retail on more than two square miles north of downtown. He wants the city to guarantee half those bonds.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:58 pm
Wed September 9, 2009

Administrative law judges' firings blocked

Jefferson City, MO – A Cole County judge has blocked the firings of three administrative law judges who hear workers' compensation cases in Missouri.

Circuit Judge Jon Beetem issued a permanent injunction, blocking the Nixon Administration from firing judges Henry Herschel, Matthew Murphy and John Tackes.

John Commerford is their attorney.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:47 pm
Wed September 9, 2009

Alternate court plan approved for circulation

Mo. Supreme Court Building.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – A ballot initiative that would change the way judges are chosen for the Missouri Supreme Court, Appeals courts and some of the state's lower courts has been approved for circulation.

The ballot question would scrap the current system, also known as the Missouri Plan, in which special commissions select three nominees for judicial vacancies and the governor picks among the three.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:49 am
Wed September 9, 2009

Blagojevich aide pleads guilty in fraud case

Chicago – Rod Blagojevich's former chief fundraiser has pleaded guilty to taking part in a $8.5 million fraud arising from hangar roofing contracts at Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

Christopher Kelly, former head of the Friends of Rod Blagojevich campaign fund, signed a plea agreement Tuesday.

It calls for Kelly to serve a 57-month sentence on top of a 37 month prison term he must serve in an unrelated tax case. Kelly is to start serving his sentence next week.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:43 am
Wed September 9, 2009

State says medical malpractice cases down in Missouri

Jefferson City, Mo. – The number of medical malpractice claims pending in Missouri has reached a record low.

A state insurance department report released Tuesday shows there were slightly more than 3,000 malpractice cases pending against doctors, hospitals and other health care providers at the end of last year.

Insurance Department spokesman Travis Ford says that's the lowest number since the agency began keeping records about 30 years ago.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:21 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

Anti-abortion group wants amendment to ban 'cloning'

Jefferson City, MO – Abortion opponents in Missouri want voters to decide a state constitutional amendment that would prohibit public funding for a type of stem cell research they consider to be human cloning.

The Missouri Roundtable for Life says a law with that aim was undermined in 2006, when voters passed Amendment Two.

That measure protects all stem cell research in Missouri that's allowed by federal law.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:35 am
Tue September 8, 2009

Springfield, Mo. likely to repeal same-gender sex law

Springfield, Mo. – Officials in Springfield, Mo. are expected to get rid of an ordinance that prohibits people from soliciting sex with someone of the same gender. The law dates to 1976.

Springfield Councilman Doug Burlison said he called for the ordinance's removal after an uproar during the annual PrideFest celebration in June.

Burlison said he has had to explain to people that removing the ordinance does not legalize same-sex marriage, nor does it give gay people any new rights.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:32 am
Tue September 8, 2009

Illinois EPA threatens fines for improper tire storage

Springfield, Ill. – Leaving old tires uncovered could result in a $1,500 fine in Illinois.

Used tires make the perfect habitat for mosquito breeding, said the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's Todd Marvel.

"The way they're shaped, once they're taken off the rim, and the fact that they're black and they hold in heat, nice and warm, they accumulate water, they get that organic matter in there, and they're an ideal breeding habitat for mosquito larvae."

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