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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:52 am
Mon April 5, 2010

Son offers reward in mayor's murder

Washington Park, Ill. – The son of Washington Park's mayor is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of his father's killer.

Police say Mayor John Thornton, 52, was shot three times at close range while sitting in his car Thursday. He was returning home from a second job.

Two people police identified as "persons of interest" in the killing were released Saturday without charges.

Meanwhile, funeral arrangements for the mayor have been set.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:28 am
Mon April 5, 2010

Supporters hope third time's the charm for Metro tax

St. Louis – Chesterfield mayor John Nations can drive one of three cars, including a Jaguar, to his office at City Hall, or his day job at a downtown law firm. And the Republican has a low-tax, small government philosophy.

So Nations will admit that his role as front-man for Proposition A can be a little hard to fathom, especially since his constituents voted against the same tax two years ago.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:54 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

Mo. House passes bill removing obsolete laws

State Rep. Cole McNary (R, Chesterfield)
Mo. House of Representatives

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House this week passed legislation that would remove expired and obsolete laws from the state's books.

Examples include outdated methods for collecting census data to laws licensing pool tables and allowing pharmacists to prescribe liquor to patients. The bill was sponsored by State Representative Cole McNary (R, Chesterfield).

"The number of volumes (of statutes) has grown from three to five to eight as the budget has grown," McNary said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:57 pm
Thu April 1, 2010

Mo. Senate committee slashes state budget

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Senate budget writers are going through the state budget bills passed last week by the Missouri House and making even more cuts to the nearly $24 billion spending plan submitted by Governor Jay Nixon.

House members slashed $200 million from the budget before passing it last week. Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee so far have proposed additional cuts to life sciences research and Access Missouri scholarships.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:41 pm
Thu April 1, 2010

Mo. House kills bill to name "State Historical Dog"

A statue of Seaman outside the Mo. State Capitol in Jefferson City.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House today killed a bill that would have designated "Seaman" as the state's Historical Dog.

Seaman was the Newfoundland Retriever that accompanied Lewis and Clark on their exploration of the Louisiana Purchase two centuries ago.

The bill's sponsor, State Representative Jason Brown (R, Platte City), says he's surprised by the bill's rejection.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:48 pm
Thu April 1, 2010

Washington Park mayor killed

St. Louis, MO. – Two men are in custody in the shooting of a Metro East mayor.

Washington Park Mayor John Thornton was shot twice in the chest early Thursday morning. He later died at a hospital.

Detective Kim McAfee says the shooter was in the car with Thornton and shot him at close range.

The car then crashed into a tree.

Witnesses told police the shooter limped to a waiting car and fled.

Police arrested the driver of the getaway car. Another man later turned himself in.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:30 am
Thu April 1, 2010

Business survey suggests growth ahead for Midwest

St. Louis – An index that measures business conditions in the Midwest has hit its highest level since May 2006.

The Business Conditions Index for the Mid-America region hit 64.3 in March, up from 61 in February - the fourth increase in as many months.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss calculates the index from a survey of supply managers and business leaders in nine states, including Missouri and Kansas.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:13 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

Judge finds tax credit constitutional

St. Louis, MO. – A Cole County judge ruled Wednesday against plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of a state tax credit.

The suit against the Distressed Areas Land Assemblage Tax Credit argued it failed to meet a public purpose and benefited one person, developer Paul McKee

But Judge Patricia Joyce said the plaintiffs failed to prove that.

Paul Puricelli, an attorney for Paul McKee, says the law is very specific about how the tax credit proceeds can be used.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:46 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

Downtown crime on the decrease, police say

St. Louis, MO – The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis released a report on Wednesday that says crime in the downtown area is decreasing.

The report says total crime in the Downtown Neighborhood dropped by 14 percent and the Downtown West area by 3 percent.

Captain Gwen Spicer is the commander of the Fourth District which oversees downtown. She says the biggest improvement came in the area of car thefts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:39 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

Mo. House rejects St. Louis Police local control bill

St. Louis Police Headquarters.
KWMU.

Jefferson City, Mo. – Early this afternoon, the Missouri House rejected legislation that would have given St. Louis control over its police department.

The state has overseen the city's police force since the Civil War.

In voting against local control, State Representative Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City) noted that the bill's supporters included lots of politicians, while the opposition came from groups representing police officers.

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