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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:21 am
Thu January 29, 2009

Thousands still without power in southern Missouri

St. Louis – Nearly 120,000 homes and businesses in Missouri are still without power and many could remain in the dark for days to come.

A two-day winter storm dumped snow, sleet and ice over much of the state, but an area south of Interstate 44 and the Bootheel region were hardest hit. Six deaths were blamed on the weather - five in accidents on slick roads and one case of hypothermia.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:08 am
Thu January 29, 2009

Kinder critical of MOHELA suspension

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is not happy with Governor Jay Nixon's halting of the MOHELA college construction program.

In a brief news conference, he described the decision to halt five construction projects currently under way as abrupt.

"These projects are worthy projects that will create jobs in the short term and over the long term...the economy will truly be stimulated as opposed to this bogus, pork-ulous, stimulus fraud coming out of Washington DC," Kinder said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:04 am
Thu January 29, 2009

Illinois Senate ousts Blagojevich

Springfield, IL – The Illinois State Senate has voted to remove Governor Rod Blagojevich from office.

He is the 8th governor in the history of the United States, and the first from Illinois, to be impeached and convicted.

The Senate also voted to bar Blagojevich from ever holding elected office in the state again.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:59 am
Thu January 29, 2009

Martinez confirmation postponed

Linda Martinez
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Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Senate has postponed its confirmation of Linda Martinez as Governor Jay Nixon's Economic Development Director.

State Senator Brad Lager (R, Maryville) wants a list of clients Martinez has represented to see if there may be any conflict of interest.

Martinez has worked as an attorney in St. Louis. She says she would recuse herself if one of her former clients were to pursue economic development incentives.

Critics have also accused Martinez of advocating for illegal immigrants.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:46 am
Thu January 29, 2009

Normandy to lay off nearly 90 staffers

St. Louis, MO – The Normandy School District has announced plans to lay off nearly eight percent of its workforce.

Forty-five teachers and nearly 40 other support staffers will be laid off February 27th. The cuts will allow the district to save $1.6 million before its fiscal year ends June 30th.
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Graylon Brown is a Missouri National Education Association coordinator for a region that includes Normandy.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:34 am
Thu January 29, 2009

St. Louis Public District considers closing 30 schools

St. Louis, MO – A facilities master plan conducted on behalf of the St. Louis Public School District recommends closing nearly 30 schools and renovating more than 30.

The facilities master plan put together by MGT of America Inc. was presented to the public Thursday night.

Under the phased plan, 18 buildings would be shuttered in phase one, and others would be combined and renovated. No high schools are slated for closure.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:27 am
Thu January 29, 2009

Mo. Senate kills pay raises for elected officials

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Jefferson City, MO – It's now official: Missouri lawmakers, most judges and other state elected officials will not be getting pay raises this year.

The final nail in the coffin was the 33 to one vote today by the State Senate to reject the salary increases. The House voted overwhelmingly against the raises earlier this week.

State Senator Joan Bray (D, St. Louis) cast the lone "no" vote:

"We're not talking about, you know, big pay raises, we're talking about cost of living increases," Bray said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:33 am
Thu January 29, 2009

Blagojevich tells lawmakers he did nothing wrong

Rod Blagojevich

Springfield, IL – Governor Rod Blagojevich says he's innocent and he's not going to quit. The embattled Democrat took less than 50 minutes to deliver his closing statement before the Illinois Senate's impeachment trial today.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:30 am
Wed January 28, 2009

Illinois Senate hears FBI wiretap tapes of Blagojevich

Springfield, Ill. – The Senate impeachment trial of Governor Rod Blagojevich resumes Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the senators weighing Blagojevich's political fate listened to the governor's own voice captured on a secret recording, and they heard an FBI agent testify that government wiretaps caught statements pointing to one corrupt scheme after another.

Next they'll hear accusations that Blagojevich unconstitutionally defied the Legislature, evaded state hiring laws and wasted tax dollars.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:07 am
Wed January 28, 2009

Street crews get most area roads clear

St. Louis, MO – Streets departments across the St. Louis region say they're mostly caught up after a two-day snowstorm dumped six inches of snow on area roads.

Crews from St. Louis city, county and the Missouri Department of Transportation are still working 12-hour shifts to finish the last of the plowing. But most main routes are just wet, and the secondary streets are getting cleared.

MoDOT spokeswoman Kara Price says motorists still need to drive carefully.

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