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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:03 am
Fri November 10, 2006

Suspect dead inside Belleville home where officer shot during standoff

Belleville, Ill. – Authorities have identified a man who
apparently killed himself after a standoff with police in Belleville as Larry Sicka.

Police say the Belleville man was being sought in connection with the slayings of a Swansea couple. He was found dead Friday night in a Belleville home where an officer had been shot earlier.

Police say SWAT members entered the house about eight p.m. and found the suspect dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The suspect had apparently killed himself several hours earlier.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:22 am
Thu November 9, 2006

Hanaway settles with online gambling company

st. Louis, MO – The U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis has reached a settlement with London-based online gambling firm BetOnSports. The settlement ends a massive civil case filed this summer.


The agreement permanently bars the company from accepting any bets from the U.S. It also requires BetOnSports to open a toll-free telephone service to inform bettors how they can reclaim wagers pending before the suit was filed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:17 am
Thu November 9, 2006

Jetton says he's 'thrilled' to keep GOP control in Jeff. City

Speaker Rod Jetton (R-Marble Hill)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton says he's thrilled his party only lost five House seats, given the national trend of Democratic gains.

Democrats, meanwhile, touted their first net gain of seats in 20 years and their largest pickup since 1978.

Election results show Democrats adding five seats, bringing the House margin to 92 Republicans and 71 Democrats.

Jetton said he was glad to still have a solid majority, especially as several other state Houses around the country turned over to Democratic control.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:16 am
Thu November 9, 2006

Embryonic stem cell opponents: Battle is just starting

Kansas City, MO – After Missouri voters narrowly passed Amendment 2 on Tuesday, opponents say they are not giving up and the fight is just beginning.

The measure will protect federally approved stem cell research from being criminalized by state lawmakers (including embryonic stem cell research).

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:58 am
Thu November 9, 2006

Blagojevich immediately pushes for min. wage hike

Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks at a news conference Thursday in Wood River, Ill. (UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Wood River, Ill. – Rod Blagojevich said Thursday his first priority as a Illinois' newly-reelected governor will be to raise the minimum wage for a second time in three years.

The governor wants lawmakers to raise the hourly minimum to $7.50, from the current $6.50, and he wants them to do it during their fall veto session that begins Tuesday.

Blagojevich also wants the wage to be indexed to inflation so it will change every year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:46 am
Thu November 9, 2006

New PSA features highway worker killed by motorist

The late Ken Hoierman, appearing in a new public service announcement

St. Louis – Highway officials in Missouri hope a new public service announcement will get drivers to slow down in construction zones.

The Department of Transportation has produced new television and radio ads that feature part of a TV news interview with MoDot worker Ken Hoierman.

In the interview, Hoierman talks about work zone safety. But MoDot spokesman Jeff Briggs says a week after it was recorded, Hoierman was killed by a motorist in a St. Louis construction zone.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:17 am
Thu November 9, 2006

St. Louis County and city to receive $2.6 million for storm cleanup costs

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St. Louis – St. Louis city and county will get $2.6 million in grant money to reimburse the costs of a massive cleanup effort following two storms in July.

The storms knocked out power to more than 500,000 people and left trees down throughout the St. Louis area.

The grant money from FEMA will reimburse city and county authorites for their cleanup costs.

St. Louis County will get $1.2 million to cover tree removal and the cost of disposing of spoiled food.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:46 am
Thu November 9, 2006

Analysts OK student loan asset sale

Jefferson City, Mo. – Independent financial analysts have OK'd a plan to sell $350 million in Missouri student loan assets.

Governor Matt Blunt wants to use funds from the Missouri Higher
Education Loan Authority for college construction projects.

The MOHELA board endorsed the plan in September. Thursday, MOHELA released a report saying the agency is financially capable of following through on the deal.

It was done at MOHELA's request by Liscarnan Solutions, a consulting firm with offices in the Washington, D.C. area.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:17 am
Wed November 8, 2006

Hazelwood Schools gain second big bond issue in two years

St. Louis, MO – The Hazelwood School District is celebrating a second major bond issue in two years.

Voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $65 million bond to pay for improvements to more than 20 schools in the district. That comes two years after voters approved a $75 million bond to build four new middle schools. Those schools are scheduled to open next year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:48 am
Wed November 8, 2006

Other election results

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