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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:02 am
Fri January 9, 2009

Illinois House impeaches Blagojevich

(UPI file photo, Bill Greenblatt)

Springfield, Ill. – Driven by anger and politics, the Illinois House has voted to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The unprecedented action sets the stage for a Senate trial on whether the Democrat should be thrown out of office for corruption and abuse of power. It's the first time in state history a governor has been impeached.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:53 am
Thu January 8, 2009

Illinois impeachment panel to hear from Burris

Former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris (file)

Springfield, Ill. – A House impeachment committee at the Illinois capitol is moving closer to making a recommendation to the full House on whether Governor Rod Blagojevich should stand trial in the Senate.

As Sean Crawford reports, lawmakers on the committee are chomping at the bit to finish their work.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:24 am
Thu January 8, 2009

Drew lawyers ask federal judge to toss conviction

Los Angeles – A defense attorney has asked a federal judge in Los Angeles to dismiss the conviction of Lori Drew.

A jury found Drew guilty in November of three misdemeanor counts of accessing computers without authorization for setting up a fake MySpace account that was used to harass 13-year-old Megan Meier. Megan hanged herself in 2006.

Judge George Wu is expected to hear defense arguments today (Thurs.) and may also issue a ruling.

Drew's lawyers contend it's not a federal crime to violate the service terms of a Web site.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:19 am
Thu January 8, 2009

Police arrest man in connection with suburban burglaries, robberies

St. Louis – A 24-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in connection with two St. Louis-area home invasions, and the robberies of a bank and a restaurant.

Police have not released the man's name. He is on parole for a previous robbery, and has a long criminal record.

Both of the home burglaries occurred in the St. Louis suburb of Glendale.

Police say the break in the case came when an employee of the bank that was robbed recognized the suspect as a former customer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:25 am
Thu January 8, 2009

Bond says he will not seek re-election in 2010

(UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Sen. Kit Bond says he won't seek re-election in 2010.

The Republican made the announcement Thursday morning at the state Capitol, shortly after Missouri lawmakers convened. "In 1973, I became Missouri's youngest governor," he said. "I do not aspire to become Missouri's oldest Senator."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:25 am
Wed January 7, 2009

Doe Run cuts jobs, lead production

St. Louis – The Doe Run Co. says it will cut more than 100 jobs and reduce its lead mining output by 1 million tons.

The St. Louis-based lead producer said the global economic downturn has eroded the market price for the metal used in products such as car batteries.

Mine output will be reduced to 5 million tons per year, from a planned 6 million tons.

The job cuts, represent 10 percent of Doe Run's work force, and are all in Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:22 am
Wed January 7, 2009

Unemployment rises again in Missouri

St. Louis – Missouri ’s unemployment rate for November jumped to 6.7 percent.

In the St. Louis area, which includes the Metro East, that figure is slightly higher at 7.3 percent.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says nearly 103, 786 people in the St. Louis area are seeking work but cannot find it.

Both figures represent a significant jump from November 2007.

Much more detail is available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:54 am
Wed January 7, 2009

2009 Mo. legislative session begins

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Jefferson City, MO – The 2009 Missouri legislative session is underway.

Despite economic hard times, House and Senate leaders began the session by pledging to work together to hammer out a workable budget, spur the economy and help working families.

New House Speaker Ron Richard (R, Joplin) told lawmakers they need to rise to the challenge of doing more with less.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:12 am
Wed January 7, 2009

DESE Commissioner Kent King dies

D. Kent King, 1943-2009
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Jefferson City, MO – Dr. Kent King, Commissioner of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), has died.

He passed away today at his home in Rolla following a lengthy fight with brain cancer.

King's tenure was not without controversy, as he had recommended the state takeover of the St. Louis School District nearly two years ago.

State Representative Jamilah Nasheed (D, St. Louis) says despite that, King was a fair-minded man.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:56 am
Wed January 7, 2009

Seat belt use jumps in South County following patrol

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis County Police say they are pleased with the results of a November patrol that looked for people not wearing their seatbelts.

County officers saturated a stretch of Tesson Ferry Road for the last two weeks on the month to publicize a new ordinance that allows drivers to be pulled over simply for not wearing their seat belt. Officers wrote about 900 tickets under the new law in those two weeks.

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