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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:01 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Board to add two new check-offs to property tax bills

St. Louis – Social service providers that work with the homeless and utility assistance provider Heat Up St. Louis could see extra money when people pay their property taxes next year.

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Election 2012
4:41 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Nixon "leads" Kinder by 8, hypothetically

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon

As reported by Public Policy Polling, current Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has an 8 point lead over likely  election challenger Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder.  The approval rating of the Governor is also up in relation to other U.S. Governors -- but not because of the support of his Democratic base.

From Public Policy Polling:

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Tax checkoffs
4:31 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

More property tax check-offs possible

There could be two new options for St. Louis residents to use their property tax bills  next year as a vehicle for charitable donations.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:08 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Businessmen brothers ordered to prison in tax case

ST. LOUIS – Two brothers who run several St. Louis businesses each were ordered to spend a year and a day in federal prison on tax-evasion charges.

A federal judge in St. Louis on Friday also sentenced William
Bialczak to $100,000 in fines and $370,000 in restitution to the
Internal Revenue Service. That payback will be taken out of
$500,000 the government seized when it raided the brothers' St.
Louis Metropolitan Towing company in August 2008.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:55 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Man sentenced to 25 years for porn involving boy

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – A southwestern Illinois man has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison on porn charges involving a 12-year-old boy he lured into his recreational vehicle outside a church.

A U.S. District judge in East St. Louis also ordered 41-year-old Blake Young of Bethalto to spend the rest of his life on supervised release after his prison term is up.

Young pleaded guilty in August to charges of producing and possessing child pornography.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:48 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Mo. has $1M in tax credit penalties

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon

ST. LOUIS – Missouri has levied more than $1 million of penalties against dozens of tax credit recipients for violating a state reporting law intended to gauge whether their projects actually are producing the promised results.

Records provided to The Associated Press show 56 businesses, nonprofit groups and individuals have failed to meet the mandates of a 2004 state law that requires annual progress reports after receiving tax credits.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:26 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Quinn to sign civil unions bill next year

Pat Quinn

CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn says he will wait until next year to sign civil union legislation giving gay couples many of the samelegal rights as heterosexual married people.

Quinn said Friday he expects to hold a bill-signing ceremony
early in the new year. Illinois lawmakers passed the landmark
legislation earlier this week during the fall veto session.

The governor has praised the new law calling it "historic."
The law goes into effect in June, after Quinn signs the bill.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:23 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Man accused in sex-slave case facing gun charges

ST. LOUIS – A suburban St. Louis man already among five men accused of torturing and mutilating a young Missouri woman who authorities say was a sex slave now faces charges that he illegally possessed a cache of guns.

Federal grand jurors in St. Louis indicted 32-two-year-old
Bradley Cook of Kirkwood on Thursday on a felony charge that he
unlawfully transported firearms.

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St. Louis Symphony
11:56 am
Fri December 3, 2010

Youth orchestra remains strong after 40 years

At noon on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the 90 members of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra are on stage at Powell Hall getting ready to rehearse German composer Paul Hindemith's "Symphonic Metamorphosis."

Typical Thanksgiving break plans for trombonist David Lindsay, a junior at Pattonville High School who's in his first year with the orchestra, don't include an hour and a half rehearsal.

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MO House
11:47 am
Fri December 3, 2010

Democrats to chair 3 Mo. House committees

Mo. State Rep. Chris Kelly, (D - Columbia) speaks at a press conference with House Speaker-elect Tilley on Dec. 1, 2010.
(Flickr Creative Commons User MoNewsHorizon, credit for photo: Tim Bommel of Missouri House Communications)

Three Democratic members of the Missouri House will chair committees next year, despite the increase in power by the Republican Party in that chamber.

Incoming House Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) told reporters at a press conference today that he picked the best qualified lawmakers to head the committees, regardless of party.

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