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9:12 am
Wed January 5, 2011

Morning headlines: You Tube video of St. Louis police officer, redrawing Il political lines, Army's chief views tornado damage

St. Louis police are investigating a You Tube video that show an officer beating a man with his nightstick at a convenience store. (SLPR)
(St. Louis Public Radio file photo)
  • St. Louis police are investigating after a You Tube video surfaced showing a city officer beating a man with his nightstick. The officer is on administrative duty pending the completion of the department's investigation. The video was shot at a convenience store, through an uninvolved vehicle's window. The convenience store owner says the off-duty officer was working security when a young man came in and caused a disturbance. He says the video doesn't show the man grabbing at the officer's ankles and that he believes the officer did nothing wrong. You Tube removed the video Tuesday afternoon.
  • Illinois legislators will begin the process to redraw the state's political lines in the spring. On Tuesday, lawmakers passed changes to the redistricting process, making public input mandatory. If the governor signs the measure, four public hearing will be required by law. There, voters can tell legislators what they want the map to look like before one is drafted. However, critics say the hearing should also be mandatory after a proposed new legislative map is released. Woodstock Democratic Representative Jack Franks says the reforms aren't a panacea to the politically charged process. The changes will also provide increased protections for monitories, ensuring that districts are drawn so minority voters aren't split into too many districts.
  • The U.S. Army's chief of staff is pledging to get financial help from Congress for soldiers and families affected by last week's tornado at Missouri Fort Leonard Wood. General George Casey Jr. toured the sprawling southern Missouri post on Tuesday, four days after an EF-3tornado destroyed about 30 homes and left more than 60 others needing repairs. Thousands of people were off the post when the tornado struck on New Year's Eve. Casey noted that only a few people were injured. He said most people at the post had a 15-minute warning through sirens and a public address system. He also praised the support from neighboring communities that have donated thousands of items of food, clothing, toys and bedding.

MO Statehouse
6:48 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Missouri business interests release 2011 legislative agenda

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Business interests in Missouri have outlined what they want from lawmakers during the 2011 legislative session, which begins tomorrow.


Their requests include increased protection from lawsuits, changing worker compensation laws, and freezing corporate franchise taxes.


 


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John Cochran VA
5:17 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

New problems at John Cochran revealed

Cong. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and nurses at John Cochran VAMC take questions about equipment problems at the veteran's hospital
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 8:36pm with response from John Cochran officials.

The troubled John Cochran veteran's hospital is under fire again, this time for allegedly failing to keep critical supplies stocked on a timely basis.

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Max J. Starkloff
4:52 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

"We admired him, we all loved him."

Max J. Starkloff in 2008 when he received his star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The sanctuary at St. Francis Xavier Church on the Saint Louis University campus was filled today with people who had gathered for one purpose - to remember the life of Max Starkloff.

Such a crowd, said former Washington University chancellor William Danforth, would have been unheard of in 1959, when an automobile accident left Starkloff a paraplegic and living in a nursing home at the age of 21.

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MO Statehouse
4:29 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Supporters of Richard Clay ask Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon to halt his execution

Kiefer Clay, son of Mo. death row inmate Richard Clay, reads a statement asking Gov. Nixon to spare his father's life. (Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio)

The family of Missouri death row inmate Richard Clay and an anti-death penalty group are asking Governor Jay Nixon to halt Clay's scheduled execution next week.

Clay was sentenced to die for the 1994 shooting death of Randy Martindale in New Madrid.  But his supporters say authorities arrested, tried and convicted the wrong person.

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Goodwill Embezzlement
4:06 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Former Mo. Goodwill exec. pleads guilty to million dollar embezzlement from Goodwill

A patron of a Goodwill store donates clothes in August 2010. A top executive of the Missouri division of the company has pled guilty to million dollar embezzlement charges against Goodwill. (via Flickr/ juliejordanscott)

Many Missourians may be familiar with Goodwill, an organization and chain of stores that allow patrons to donate clothing and other goods for sale to others.  It now seems that a former executive of the Missouri division of the company was benefiting more from the company than he should have.

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YouTube Police Video
2:59 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

St. Louis police say video of beating concerning

Video contains adult language, viewer discretion advised.

UPDATED: 4:21 p.m. Jan. 4, 2011

You may have heard about a video of a St. Louis city police officer using his nightstick to beat a man. The video is available for you to watch above.

For a few hours this afternoon, the video was removed from YouTube under its "shocking and disgusting content" policy and has since been re-activated.

According to the Associated Press, police said in a statement Tuesday that while the circumstances are not yet known, the video is disturbing. Police say they have not yet identified the officer, but he will be placed on administrative duty once identified, until the investigation is complete.

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Kit Bond
2:27 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Kit Bond to join Thompson Coburn lawfirm

Kit Bond with U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill in May 2010. Bond announced his move to St. Louis lawfirm Thompson Coburn today, his next step after retiring from the U.S. Senate. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

As we told you about earlier, Kit Bond is joining the St. Louis-based law firm Thompson Coburn after his retirement from the U.S. Senate.

But what will he be doing, exactly? And why Thompson Coburn?

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State of the State
1:41 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Nixon sets State of State for Jan. 19

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon announced the date of his annual State of the State address today. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to deliver his annual State of the State speech on Jan. 19.

The speech is given each year in the House chamber before a joint legislative session. Governors use the speech to outline their priorities, highlight past polices and present their proposed state budget.

Policymakers estimate that Missouri is facing a $500 million budget deficit.

Nixon's speech is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Read last year's state of the state address here for some perspective on where Missouri was on the issues a year ago.

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