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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:44 am
Fri February 6, 2009

Nixon still backs Linda Martinez

Mo. Gov. Nixon taking questions today (2/6/09) from reporters in Jefferson City

Jefferson City, MO – Governor Jay Nixon isn't saying much about the filibuster in the Missouri Senate that's blocking the confirmation of Linda Martinez as the state's Economic Development Director.

It's being conducted over concerns that Martinez is soft on illegal immigration.

"Oh, I think that my record in those areas is clear, and so is hers, and we look forward to working with the Senate to get her approved next week," Nixon told reporters today in Jefferson City.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:25 am
Fri February 6, 2009

Mo. Gov. Nixon asks for disaster declaration

Jefferson City, MO – Governor Jay Nixon is asking President Obama to declare 22 Missouri counties as a major disaster area following last week's winter storm.

Nixon told an audience of statewide county officials in Jefferson City that Missouri has suffered around $128 million in damages.

"We still have thousands and thousands and thousands of poles on the ground...we have thousands and thousands and thousands of people still without power," Nixon said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:18 am
Thu February 5, 2009

Students protest school-closing plan

St. Louis, MO – Students, teachers and administrators are furious over plans to shut down and consolidate nearly 30 schools. The three members of the state-appointed board that oversees the St. Louis Public Schools got an earful Wednesday night in the first of two public meetings on the plans for school closures.

Students from Gateway High School demonstrated outside the meeting at Roosevelt High.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:24 am
Thu February 5, 2009

UM Board of Curators gives preliminary authority for furloughs

Columbia, MO – A committee of the University of Missouri Board of Curators has voted to give system president Gary Forsee the authority to furlough employees to save money.

Forsee will have to consult the board before requiring any employees to take time off. The authority will also expire at the end of June. Forsee says he will not use the authority unless the economic situation demands it

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:18 am
Thu February 5, 2009

Mo. House passes jobs bill

Missouri State Capitol.
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Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has passed a bill designed to spur job creation and pump more money into the state's economy.

The bill primarily expands the Quality Jobs program. Tax breaks from the program had been capped at $60 million, but this year's bill removes the cap entirely. It also provides other incentives to draw high-tech employers to Missouri.

State Representative Tim Flook, R-Liberty, sponsored the bill.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:14 am
Thu February 5, 2009

Martinez confirmation still blocked

Linda Martinez
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Jefferson City, MO – A member of the Missouri Senate is still blocking the confirmation of Linda Martinez to head the state's Economic Development Department.

Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville) met with Martinez today, and says he thinks she would make an excellent director.

But he's unwilling to end his filibuster until he's reassured, in writing, that Martinez will uphold the state's illegal immigration laws.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:56 am
Thu February 5, 2009

Man charged with stealing Metro passes

St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis man has been charged with stealing more than $111 thousand worth of Metro passes from the mail.

Forty-four year old Corvin White drove a tractor trailer for the US Postal Service. His duties included transporting mail, including bundles of Metro passes, from the central distribution center to post offices.

White is accused of taking some of those bundles and selling the passes, keeping the money for himself.

White was indicted Thursday on a single felony count of mail theft.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:53 am
Thu February 5, 2009

Crash involving wrong-way driver kills three

St. Louis, MO – The Madison County coroner has identified the three victims of an early-morning wrong-way crash on Route 255 near Interstate 270.

Twenty-eight year old Jon L. Moss and 32-year-old Tawanda Jackson, along with Jackson's nine year old son Arnold, were killed when a Pontiac Grand Am driven by 46-year-old Newton Keene hit their Chevrolet Aveo around 1:30 this morning. Keene and Jackson's 11-year-old daughter Takia remain hospitalized.

Police say Keene has a previous DWI and was driving without a license.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:15 am
Thu February 5, 2009

Starbucks thief pleads guilty in death

St. Louis, MO – A Georgia man pleads guilty in a case of a stolen tip jar and the death of a Good Samaritan who tried to intervene.

Aaron Poisson, of Cumming, Georgia, pleaded guilty today to involuntary manslaughter, stealing and leaving the scene of an accident.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:28 am
Wed February 4, 2009

Nixon to return $10,000 to potential state contractor

(UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon says he'll return a $10,000 contribution from Motorola.

After taking office Jan. 12, Nixon put a hold on the company's $80 million contract to construct a new emergency radio system because of budget problems. But campaign finance reports show Nixon received $10,000 from Motorola last week.

After the Associated Press asked about the money Tuesday, Nixon campaign manager Ken Morley said it would be refunded because of Motorola's pending state contract.

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