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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:27 am
Thu March 25, 2010

Lawmakers cut pensions for future Illinois state employees

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois is one step away from a two-tiered pension system for most public employees. The House and Senate easily approved changes for future workers Wednesday. Those currently on the payroll and retirees won't be affected. But anyone hired beginning next year will be required to work until age 67 and face limits on how much they can receive in retirement.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:47 pm
Wed March 24, 2010

Pete Rahn resigning from MoDOT

Pete Rahn announces his resignation as MoDOT Director, effective April 23rd.
MoDOT

Jefferson City, Mo. – Pete Rahn has announced his resignation as Director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, effective April 23rd.

He's been the head of MoDOT since September 2004. Rahn oversaw the massive redesign of U.S.40/I-64 in St. Louis and the approval of the program to replace or repair more than 800 aging bridges in Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:37 pm
Wed March 24, 2010

Suspect charged in police officer's death

A St. Louis Police officer watches as the patrol car that was driven by 27 year-old officer David Haynes is loaded onto a flatbed in St. Louis Wednesday.
(UPI photo)

St. Louis, MO – A suspect involved in a chase that led to the death of a St. Louis police officer has been charged with second-degree murder.

Twenty-three year old Sheldon Beckham was taken into custody Wednesday.

Officer David Haynes, 27, was killed when his patrol car collided with two other vehicles at South Kingshighway and Oleatha as he pursued a burglary suspect.

Authorities said the cruiser's lights and sirens were on.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:58 pm
Wed March 24, 2010

Mo. House cuts salaries for Nixon staffers

file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri House members working on budget cuts today turned their attention to staff members working for Governor Jay Nixon and other statewide office holders.

On a mostly party-line vote, House members voted to cut the salaries of top aides who earn more than $86,500 a year down to that figure.

The sponsor, State Representative Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City), says Governor Nixon has a lot of high earners on his staff.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:24 am
Wed March 24, 2010

Nixon proposes slashing tax credits by half

St. Louis – Missouri governor Jay Nixon wants to cut the state's $650 million dollar tax credit program in half.

The budget Nixon outlined in January faces as much as a $500 million shortfall amid dwindling tax revenues and uncertain federal aid.

Nixon's economic development director outlined a plan to consolidate the state's 60 tax-credit programs into six broader initiatives. Those include redevelopment, low-income housing, and the financial and insurance industries.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:55 am
Wed March 24, 2010

Mo. House debates, cuts state budget

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House spent several hours Tuesday debating what to include and what to cut from the state budget.

Among the proposals is a list of salary reductions for the state's agency heads. It's sponsored by State Representative Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City).

"I just think that if we're going to be firing state employees and if we're going to be talking about how government needs to tighten its belt, then we need to start and tighten our belt, from the top," Silvey said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:44 am
Wed March 24, 2010

Mo. Senate adopts budget-cutting suggestions

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate took a day off from regular business Tuesday to review hundreds of suggestions on how to cut state government costs.

Many of the suggestions came from citizens across the state, sent in via email to a special website set up by the Missouri Senate.

Senator Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) says one suggestion is to furlough state workers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:38 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

St. Louis to host exhibit of art and relics from Vatican

A chalice used by Pope John Paul II is one of nearly 200 objects that will be displayed at the Missouri History Museum for \"Vatican Splendors.\"
(copyright Citta del Vaticano)

St. Louis – The city of St. Louis has been selected to host one of the largest exhibits of art and religious symbols from the Vatican.

The Missouri History Museum in Forest Park is the first of three North American sites for the "Vatican Splendors" exhibit. It will also stop in Pennsylvania and Florida.

Museum officials used the strong Catholic heritage of St. Louis to help attract the exhibit. But Archbishop Robert Carlson said the exhibit has broader appeal.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:24 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

Funding restored for crisis nurseries

St. Louis – The Missouri Department of Social Services has restored full funding to the state's 12 crisis nurseries.

The facilities provide emergency shelter for young children whose families are under severe strain and may be at risk of abusing or neglecting the children. Earlier this week, DSS had informed the nurseries, which are funded through a combination of private donations and state funds, that they would not receive state dollars until July.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:00 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

Metro East prosecutor withdraws plea deal in crash involving trooper

St. Louis – Prosecutors in St. Clair County have withdrawn a plea bargain offered to an Illinois state trooper accused of homicide in a freeway wreck that killed two sisters.

State's attorney Robert Haida said Tuesday he believes it's in the best interests of the victim's parents that he prosecute trooper Matt Mitchell for reckless homicide. He says complications with a civil case halted the deal, but would not elaborate.

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