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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:48 am
Wed April 14, 2010

Nixon says he'll divide midyear cut among all school districts

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon says he will ignore lawmakers' instructions to shield some of Missouri's public school districts from a two-percent midyear funding cut. Instead, Nixon plans to spread the 43 million dollar shortfall across all 524 districts.

Lawmakers tried to exempt about 150 districts from the reduction, but Nixon says that would have been unconstitutional.

Yesterday he directed education officials to follow their initial plan of dividing the shortfall among all the districts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:58 am
Tue April 13, 2010

Minority stakeholder makes push for full ownership of Rams

(file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – St. Louis Rams minority owner Stan Kroenke has decided to exercise his right of first refusal and try to buy the remaining 60 percent share of the football team.

Kroenke went public with his plans Monday. His move comes despite the fact that
Illinois businessman Shahid Khan reached a purchase agreement with majority owners Chip Rosenbloom and his sister, Lucia Rodriguez on Feb. 11.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:58 am
Tue April 13, 2010

Mo. Supreme Court to hear arguments on charter school funding

St. Louis – The state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday on a suit challenging the constitutionality of the way Missouri funds its charter schools.

The lawsuit filed by the Kansas City School District and two residents argues that the whole system of charter schools violates the state constitutional ban on unfunded mandates. The state directly pays the charters the state funding that would have otherwise gone to the local district.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:43 am
Tue April 13, 2010

Tea Party rally at Mo. Capitol

A replica of a flag used by rebellious colonies during the American Revolution on display at at Tea Party rally at the Mo. State Capitol.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's State Capitol was the site of a Tea Party rally Tuesday.

Around 400 people crowded onto the south lawn to hear several Republican lawmakers and Lt. Governor Peter Kinder criticize the recently-signed national health care bill.

The keynote speaker was talk show host and son of former President Ronald Reagan, Michael Reagan. He told the crowd that liberals and progressives are "like termites."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:25 pm
Mon April 12, 2010

Missouri gets $54 million for school turnarounds

St. Louis – The state of Missouri has received $54 million from the federal stimulus package to help districts turn around their lowest-performing schools.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:02 pm
Mon April 12, 2010

Cardinals fans out in force for opening day

Cardinals fans on opening day
Adam Allington, STL Public Radio

St. Louis, MO – The players and fans of Redbird Nation filled Busch Stadium on Monday to mark the home opener of the 2010 baseball Season.

Unlike last year, fans have a perfect day, with clear skies, low humidity and temperatures in the low 80's

Don Munie and his friend are from Freeburg, Illinois. He says southern Illinois is definitely Cardinals territory.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:25 pm
Mon April 12, 2010

State audit examines theft at Mo. Veterans Commission

Jefferson City, Mo. – A former accountant for the Missouri Veterans Commission is accused in a state audit of embezzling more than $90,000 to cover personal credit card bills.

State Auditor Susan Montee says Stacy Griffin-Lowery also ran up more than $17,000 worth of charges on state-issued credit cards.

"Our issue here is that obviously there was not supervisory review, and there were some ways to have prevented this from happening or found it in a more expedient way," Montee said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:27 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Cardinals play home opener before sellout crowd

(photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – It's an unofficial holiday in St. Louis today as the Cardinals play their home opener.

The Redbirds face the Houston Astros at 3:15 before a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium.

Despite the down economy, business boosters in St. Louis say the Cardinals will continue to have a major economic impact on the region.

Dick Fleming of the Regional Chamber and Growth Association says team officials realized early on that many fans may not have as much disposable income.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:19 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Key document may be unveiled in Blagojevich case

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Chicago – The federal judge overseeing former governor Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial may unseal a key legal document this week. Blagojevich attorneys have until today to say what they do - and don't - want made public.

At issue is a government filing that outlines the case prosecutors will make against Blagojevich and his alleged co-conspirators. And the filing does contain some new evidence.

But Judge James Zagel says potential jurors won't remember such details by June, when the trial's set to begin.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:15 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Man wins St. Louis marathon for third time

St. Louis – A 31-year-old man from central Missouri has won the St. Louis marathon for the third time.

Karl Gilpin of Russellville, Mo. finished the 26.2 mile race Sunday with a time of 2 hours 25 minutes and 41 seconds. He also won the men's marathon in 2007 and 2008.

Julie Lossos won the women's marathon with a time of 2:52:31. She's also a repeat champion, having won the race previously in 2001.

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