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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:18 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

Mo. revenue collections remain sluggish

Mo. Budget Director Linda Luebbering
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's revenue collections are improving, although they're still generally lower than at this time last year.

Overall revenue for the current Fiscal Year is more than one percent lower than it was a year ago at this time. But income tax collections are nearly two percent higher than last year, and nearly four percent higher than last month.

Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the increases were spurred by a dip in unemployment.

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1:53 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

Hearing delayed for accused Mo. lawmaker

Rep. Brian Nieves
(Missouri House of Representatives website)

JEFFERSON CITY, MO –
A Missouri judge has postponed a hearing on whether to order Republican House member Brian Nieves to stay away from a rival candidate's staff member.

Cole County Judge Jon Beetem canceled Thursday's scheduled hearing but did not immediately set a new date.

Nieves' attorney, Michael Payne, said he requested the delay so he could review a recently amended petition filed on behalf of Shawn Bell.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:04 am
Thu September 2, 2010

Boy, 15, accused in southwestern Ill. killing

Belleville, Ill. – Authorities in St. Clair County have charged a 15-year-old boy as an adult in the shooting death of a man outside an East St. Louis convenience store.

Prosecutors charged Jevon Wilbourn of Washington Park with first-degree murder.

Authorities contend Wilbourn shot 28-year-old Damario Moore to death after the two exchanged words early Sunday outside the store.

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11:08 pm
Wed September 1, 2010

Five bid for 13th casino license

The President Casino on the Admiral, which closed down earlier this year. (KWMU photo)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Five companies have submitted applications to the Missouri Gaming Commission for the state's 13th casino license.

The deadline was Wednesday.

The proposals include two in the St. Louis region, two in suburban Kansas City and one in Cape Girardeau, which does not have a casino.

Casino Celebration LLC submitted an application for a casino in north St. Louis city just south of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge.

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6:45 pm
Wed September 1, 2010

Koster creates domestic violence task force

Chris Koster
(file)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has set up a task force to review the state's domestic violence laws.

The task force will examine laws currently on the books and recommend new legislation for lawmakers to sponsor next year. Koster says one area he wants to address is reluctance of domestic violence victims to testify against their abusers.

"We're gonna listen to prosecutors and social workers give us the arguments on what to do on this type of situation," Koster said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:51 pm
Wed September 1, 2010

Offer submitted to buy Chrysler plant in Fenton

St. Louis, MO. – An alternative energy group put in an offer Wednesday to buy the Chrysler plant in Fenton, but its identity is not being disclosed.

The development team submitted the offer to Capstone Advisory Group, the restructuring firm that's handling Chrysler's bankruptcy.

Denny Coleman, president of the St. Louis County Economic Development Council, says the group includes several companies involved in alternative and renewable energy.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:45 pm
Wed September 1, 2010

Offer submitted to buy Chrysler plant in Fenton

St. Louis, MO. – An alternative energy group put in an offer Wednesday to buy the Chrysler plant in Fenton, but its identity is not being disclosed.

The development team submitted the offer to Capstone Advisory Group, the restructuring firm that's handling Chrysler's bankruptcy.

Denny Coleman, president of the St. Louis County Economic Development Council, says the group includes several companies involved in alternative and renewable energy.

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5:26 pm
Wed September 1, 2010

Judge Judy Draper not recommended for retention

A judicial review committee has recommended that Judge Judy Draper not be retained.
(St. Louis County Web site)

ST. LOUIS – The committee in charge of reviewing judges in St. Louis County has recommended that voters do not allow associate circuit judge Judy Draper to remain a judge in November.

This is not the first time that Judge Draper has received low marks from the review committee. In 2006, 73 percent of attorneys who participated in a survey recommended that she not be retained. She was, with 60 percent of the vote.

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12:05 pm
Wed September 1, 2010

Flares by boys suspected of sparking house fire

East Carondelet, Ill. – The two boys, ages 13 and 12, are in custody in connection with
Monday's blaze in East Carondelet. But their names haven't been released, with investigators expected to present their case to St. Clair county prosecutors Wednesday.

Sheriff's Capt. Steve Johnson says the boys were headed to a relative's house in a stolen car when they ran out of gas, then went into a property owner's shed and knocked over a motorcycle in search of fuel.

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9:27 am
Wed September 1, 2010

Woman dead, man and 2 children hurt, after driver tries to elude police

Hazelwood, Mo. – One woman is dead and three others, including two young children, are injured after the car they were in crashed soon after police tried to pull over the car's driver, a
suspected shoplifter.

It happened Tuesday afternoon in Hazelwood, when workers at a Family Dollar store called police to report a man had stuffed bottles of laundry detergent in his pants.

Police tried to pull the suspect's car over. The driver took off but police did not give chase.

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