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MLK Day of Service
5:05 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Martin Luther King Day of Service events to be held Monday

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leaning on a lectern on March 26, 1964. Monday, Jan. 17 is a national holiday, one that some will be using as an opportunity to serve their communities. (Wikimedia Commons/Marion S. Trikosko)
Marion S. Trikosko Wikimedia Commons

For some, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day will be a day of service rather than a day off.

More than 400 volunteers are expected to take part in projects organized by AmeriCorps St. Louis and the City of St. Louis.

Brittany Ledbetter with AmeriCorps says they're hoping to foster volunteerism that will help the community long-term.

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Other News
5:01 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Nixon still supports death penalty

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
St. Louis Public Radio

Speaking in St. Louis on Thursday Missouri Governor Jay Nixon would not elaborate on the reasons why he commuted the death sentence of convicted murderer Richard Clay.

Clay was sentenced to death for the 1994 murder-for-hire of Randy Martindale.

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Mo. House of Representatives
3:03 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Smoking still allowed in Mo. House Capitol offices

The dome of the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. Mo. House of Representatives members voted against a ban on smoking in their Capitol offices today. (via Flickr/jimbowen0306)
(via Flickr/jimbowen0306)

Though the recent trend in Missouri has been to go smoke free, the Missouri House voted today to continue to allow smoking in members' offices in the Capitol building.

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State of Missouri Finances
12:55 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Mo. finances up, but cuts remain

Figures from the Mo. state treasurer's office show Missouri's general revenue fund was up 57 percent from the previous year. (via Flickr/yomanimus)

Missouri's finances are improving, but Gov. Jay Nixon's administration remains reluctant to reverse spending cuts affecting public schools, college scholarships and other services.

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St. Louis Rams
12:28 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Cleveland Browns hire Pat Shurmur as coach, was Off. Coord. for Rams

St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo during his final press conference of the season on January 3, 2011. Spagnuolo will lose his offensive coordinator, Pat Shurmur, who was hired by the Cleveland Browns as head coach today. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is Cleveland's new coach.

The Browns hired Shurmur on Thursday, ending a search that began when Eric Mangini was fired on Jan. 3. Shurmur was the first candidate interviewed by Browns president Mike Holmgren and is the Browns' fifth coach since their expansion return in 1999.

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Scott Air Force Base
11:11 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Scott AFB to be featured on "Modern Marvels"

The Belleville Gate entrance to Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, Ill. (via Wikimedia commons/SSGT CHAD R. GANN, USAF)

Ever wonder how all of the items required get to every single branch of the American military?

That would be the job of the U.S. Transportation Command, based at Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, Ill.

The Belleville News Democrat reports that the work the men and women at U.S. Transportation Command, Air Mobility Command and the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command at Scott Air Force Base do every day will be featured Friday on the television program Modern Marvels.

According to the paper the episode will highlight "Packaging" and explore the technology and ingenuity required to create and sustain movement of goods.

The hour long show will air at 8 p.m on Friday, Jan. 13 and is available online after it airs.

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Morning round-up
9:13 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Morning headlines: Foreclosures in St. Louis hit record high, Mo. House preparing to work on new congressional map, smaller harvest for Mo. farmers

  • Foreclosure activity in the St. Louis area hit an all-time high in 2010. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that according to figures released by the data firm RealtyTrac, one in every 57 houses in the 17-county St. Louis region received at least one foreclosure filing during the year. The filings are up nearly 12 percent from last year and slightly above the previous records in 2008. The Post-Dispatch reports that these figures come despite billions of federal dollars poured into mortgage modification programs in the past two years, and despite the relatively stable housing market in St. Louis.
  • Missouri House members are preparing to start work on a new congressional map that will have only eight districts, down from the current nine. U.S. House districts are redrawn every 10 years to reflect changes in population based on the census. The U.S. Census Bureau announced last month that Missouri will lose one seat in the U.S House. The eight districts are the fewest for Missouri since the census of 1850. The state Legislature is responsible for drawing the new congressional districts and will approve them just like any other legislation. A special House committee on redistricting scheduled an organizational meeting Thursday morning, with no plans to take public testimony.
  • Missouri farmers took in a smaller harvest last year of some of the state's leading crops, Missouri Agricultural Statistics reports that corn production totaled 369 million bushels in 2010, down 17 percent from the previous year. Soybean production totaled 210 million bushels, down 9 percent from the 2009 crop. Hay production fell 7 percent compared with the previous year. And grain sorghum production reached its lowest level since 1955. But harvests did rise last year for cotton and rice farmers. Rice production, in fact, broke the previous state record set in 2005.

Cass Tech High School
9:11 am
Thu January 13, 2011

St. Louis developer interested in iconic Detroit school

A classroom in the old Cass Tech building (BuildingsofDetroit.com)

If you were listening to NPR's Morning Edition around 6:30 a.m. or again around 8:30 a.m., you might have heard a familiar name - developer Richard Baron, of McCormack Baron Salazar.

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MO Statehouse
8:26 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Mo. House committee votes to require drug testing for welfare recipients

Members of the House Committee on General Laws passed legislation requiring welfare recipients to undergo drug testing in order to receive benefits on Wed. (Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House committee has passed legislation that would require some welfare recipients to undergo drug testing in order to receive benefits.


Members of the House Committee on General Laws took testimony from supporters and opponents before casting their votes.


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MO Statehouse
3:42 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Missouri adopts policy for red-light cameras

New standards for red-light cameras were approved unanimously today. (St. Louis Public Radio)

A uniform policy for the use of traffic enforcement cameras was approved unanimously today by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

The new standards require that all tickets for red-light violations be issued by an actual police officer.

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