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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:27 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Nixon cuts Mo. budget again

file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon has again cut the state budget for the current fiscal year, which began in July of 2009.

Budget Director Linda Luebbering says about $45.5 million has been withheld because revenues for April are coming in lower than originally projected.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:27 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Mo. Senate passes education merger

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Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would combine the two departments that oversee education into one state agency.

The resolution would merge the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), which oversees K-12 schools, and Higher Education, which oversees universities and community colleges, into a new agency to be called the Department of Education.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:17 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Metro loses $4 million in state money

St. Louis – The head of St. Louis' mass transit agency says the state budget cuts announced Thursday will not slow down service restoration.

Slumping revenue forced Governor Jay Nixon to make another $45 million in cuts, which included eliminating the last $4 million of the $12 million in emergency state aid that helped Metro avoid drastic service reductions when a half-cent sales tax increase failed in 2008.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:52 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Missouri Gaming Commission director resigns

St. Louis – The executive director of the Missouri Gaming Commission has resigned.

Gene McNary, a former Republican St. Louis County executive, and the commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service during the presidency of George H.W. Bush, will leave office on July 1. He's served since July 2006.

McNary's resignation comes a day after Governor Jay Nixon appointed two new members to the Commission, and as the state is beginning the process of re-awarding the license currently held by the President Casino.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:17 am
Thu April 22, 2010

Thousands rally at Illinois Capitol to call for tax hike

(photo: Sean Powers, Illinois Public Radio)

Springfield, Ill. – The threat of drastic budget cuts prompted the largest statehouse rally in recent history.

An estimated 15,000 people came to Springfield to protest impending cuts to education, programs for the mentally ill, and home care services.

They came to press state legislators to ward off the cuts by passing a tax increase. William McNary, head of Citizen Action Illinois, stirred up the crowd.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:03 am
Thu April 22, 2010

Study: Flood insurance would cost Metro East $50 million

St. Louis – Metro East residents who live near the Mississippi River would have to pay an extra $50 million a year in flood insurance if the federal government de-accredits east side levees.

That's according to a study released Wednesday by the East West Gateway Council of Governments.

Officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency want to mandate flood insurance because the condition of the levees isn't known.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:21 pm
Wed April 21, 2010

Nixon, Mo. House, clash over tax breaks

Gov. Jay Nixon speaks about tax credits at a press conference outside his State Capitol office.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – A war of words erupted today between Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and the Republican-controlled Missouri House over the use of tax credits.

Surrounded by a crowd of educators from K-12 schools, community colleges and universities, Governor Nixon called on lawmakers to support his plan to reduce the number of tax breaks handed out each year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:49 pm
Wed April 21, 2010

St. Louis police budget includes furloughs, salary freezes

St. Louis – Civilian employees will be furloughed for up to 10 days and officers will not get raises unless they are promoted under a budget approved Wednesday by the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners.

Police chief Dan Isom told a packed board room that the cuts enable the department to close a $5 million deficit without taking officers off the streets. Employees will also pay higher deductibles on their health insurance, and tuition assistance will be limited only to those officers looking to get bachelor's degrees.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:50 pm
Tue April 20, 2010

House endorses equalizing Access Missouri scholarships

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Jefferson City, Mo. – Legislation that would equalize the amount of money awarded to college students through Access Missouri scholarships received first-round approval today from the State House.

Currently, the needs-based scholarship program provides up to $4,600 per student per year at four-year private institutions, while those enrolled at state-run schools can only receive up to $2,150 per year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:46 pm
Tue April 20, 2010

Metro sued by minority contractors

St. Louis, MO – A group representing minority contractors teamed up with the NAACP to file suit against the St. Louis transit agency Metro on Tuesday.

The organization MOKAN claims that Metro discriminated against minority contractors during the 2003 cross-county Metrolink expansion.

Freeman Bosley Jr. is an attorney for the plaintiff. He says Metro signed a memorandum of understanding in 2003 to increase minority participation a agreement which Metro has broken.

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