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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:02 am
Tue January 27, 2009

State of the State Preview

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will deliver his first State of the State Address tonight. The core of the speech is expected to focus on crafting a state budget in hard economic times. Republican Allen Icet of St. Louis County, who chairs the House Budget Committee, said that "the governor has to withhold at least 3 to 400 million in the 2010 Fiscal Year, and depending on some factors beyond all of our control, it may actually turn out to be a little bit more than that."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:50 am
Tue January 27, 2009

Mo. Gov. Nixon to deliver first State of the State Address

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Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon delivers his first State of the State Address tonight (Tuesday).

The core of Nixon's speech to the General Assembly is expected to focus on putting together a budget despite a decline in tax revenues. Allen Icet (R, Wildwood) chairs the House Budget Committee.

"The governor has to withhold at least $300-400 million in the 2010 Fiscal Year, and depending on some factors beyond all of our control it may actually turn out to be a little bit more than that," Icet said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:05 am
Tue January 27, 2009

2009 Tour of Missouri will start in St. Louis

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton at the announcement of the route of the 2009 Tour of Missouri
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St. Louis, MO – The city of St. Louis will once again have a starring role in the 2009 Tour of Missouri.

Organizers of the international race - one of the top in North America - have flipped the start and finish sites of the last two years. The 2009 Tour will start September 7th with a circuit race through St. Louis and finish in Kansas City.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:33 am
Tue January 27, 2009

Tapes played during Blagojevich trial

Springfield, IL – The voice of Gov. Rod Blagojevich boomed through the Illinois Senate chambers as senators listened to secretly recorded conversations in which Blagojevich appears to talk about pressuring people for campaign donations.

The senators conducting the governor's impeachment trial listened intently to the few minutes of tape Tuesday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:12 am
Tue January 27, 2009

Mo. House votes "no" to raises for elected officials

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Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has passed a resolution that would block pay raises for elected officials and most of the state's judges.

A special citizens' commission on salaries for judges and elected officials had recommended giving them the same raises that state workers get.

Virtually every Republican and most Democrats voted for the resolution, saying allowing politicians to get raises during economic hard times sends the wrong message.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:34 am
Mon January 26, 2009

What's that stench?

St. Louis – St. Louis-area residents are smelling an unpleasant odor that firefighters are working to identify.

St. Louis Fire Department Capt. Bob Keuss said calls started coming in Sunday morning. He said crews have gone out several times in the hopes of identifying the stench, but its source remained a mystery Monday morning.

Keuss said air quality tests have ruled out natural gas and there doesn't appear to be any danger to the public.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:25 am
Mon January 26, 2009

Forest Park Forever switches focus to maintenance

A rendering of Government Hill in Forest Park. Forest Park Forever directed the restoration of several sites in the park, including Government Hill

St. Louis, MO – Forest Park Forever has approved a new strategic plan that directs the private group's energy toward maintaining the park it helped renovate.

The group approved the new strategic plan on Monday. It will focus on, among other things, finding a sustainable source of funding to maintain the 1300 acre park, which costs about $15 million to run. The city and Forest Park Forever raise about $10 million a year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:18 am
Mon January 26, 2009

After drop in fuel prices, ethanol advocates regroup in St. Louis

St. Louis – Following a difficult year for the ethanol industry, advocates for the corn-based fuel are gathering in St. Louis for a two-day meeting.

Interest in ethanol rises when gas prices surge. But when prices at the pump dropped last year, so did interest in the biofuel.

In addition, tightening credit markets put some ethanol producers out of business or severely damaged their stock value.

Michelle Kautz with the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition says the future is brighter

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:12 am
Mon January 26, 2009

Blagojevich on media blitz as impeachment trial begins

Springfield, Ill. – Today Illinois state senators begin the impeachment trial that could remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office.

But the Democratic governor is refusing to take part in the proceedings. Blagojevich said the rules are so biased that he cannot possibly get a fair hearing.

Instead of attending his trial in Springfield, Blagojevich traveled to New York for a media blitz.

He told the Today Show he thinks "the fix is in" and he accused lawmakers of deciding "essentially to do a hanging without even a fair trial."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:49 am
Mon January 26, 2009

Missouri creates Midwest-China Trade Commission

U.S. Senator Kit Bond and Chinese Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong
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St. Louis, MO – Regional business leaders and politicians remain optimistic about creating a Midwest air hub in St. Louis to promote international trade with China

Chinese Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong was in St. Louis for the second time in less than a year on Monday.

Ambassador Zhou says the recent creation of the so-called "Midwest-China Hub Commission" assures that the concept is more than "just talk."

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