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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:06 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

Mo. Senate committee passes limits to abortion coverage

Jefferson City, Mo. – A Missouri Senate committee has moved quickly to bar insurance companies from providing coverage for abortions, following Sunday's health care overhaul passed by Congress.

The national health care bill creates new insurance purchasing pools, called exchanges, that include abortion coverage, but it also allows states to exclude such coverage from those pools. And the Missouri Senate's Insurance Committee has approved legislation doing just that.

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4:29 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

Only one Missouri Democrat breaks ranks on health care vote

St. Louis – Missouri lawmakers generally followed their party's leadership Sunday as Congress passed landmark health care legislation.

The House used a procedure known as reconciliation to pass the Senate bill and a package of changes separately. The maneuver led many Republicans to accuse Democrats of ramming the measure through.

Republican Todd Akin of suburban St. Louis calls the measure a "government take-over" that will get between doctors and patients.

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10:17 am
Mon March 22, 2010

Fire destroys Robert E. Lee riverboat

A St. Louis firefighter waits for water as the Robert E. Lee is engulfed in flames at a north St. Louis dock. (photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – The Robert E. Lee riverboat was destroyed in a fire yesterday.

The replica vessel was built in 1969 and had once been a popular St. Louis riverfront restaurant.

It was docked at a repair yard in north St. Louis when the fire broke out. The cause is under investigation.

An investor bought the boat in 2008 and had planned to make it a riverside attraction in St. Charles.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:52 am
Mon March 22, 2010

Illinois Dems narrow field of Lieutenant Governor applicants

Springfield, Ill. – Out of more than 240 applicants seeking the Illinois Democratic Party's nomination for Lieutenant Governor, the State Central Committee has narrowed that list to 17. Most who made the cut have at least some history in politics.

Dozens of people appeared before Democratic leaders in meetings across the state in what was akin to a political version of American Idol.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:47 am
Mon March 22, 2010

Following building closure plan, KC schools chief proposes academic turnaround plan

Kansas City, Mo. – The superintendent of the struggling Kansas City school district has released a five-year turnaround proposal.

The announcement comes a week after a divided school board approved plans to close nearly half the district's schools.

Superintendent John Covington now wants a longer school year, a longer school day and better teaching.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:47 pm
Fri March 19, 2010

St. Louis Co. to receive $7.5 million in anti-smoking grant

St. Louis – St. Louis County has received $7.6 million in federal stimulus money to battle tobacco use across the region.

The grant is one of 44 awarded Friday to cities and counties across the nation. St. Louis County is the only Missouri municipality to get the funds.

Missouri has one of the highest rates of adult smoking in the country, said state health director Margaret Donnelly. Prevention can help reduce the high economic cost to the state.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:39 pm
Fri March 19, 2010

Mo. Senate passes motor vehicle bill

Jefferson City, Mo. – A wide-ranging motor vehicle bill passed the Missouri Senate this week.

It includes a proposal to expand the ban on texting while driving to all motorists. Current law only prohibits those age 21 and younger from writing, sending and reading text messages while driving a vehicle.

The bill was sponsored by State Senator Ryan McKenna (D, Crystal City).

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:56 am
Fri March 19, 2010

Officer sentenced for stealing government property

St. Louis – A former St. Louis police officer has been sentenced to two years probation, and must pay about $1,500 in restitution, for stealing and selling electronic merchandise seized in a traffic stop.

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8:18 am
Fri March 19, 2010

Wellston schools prepare for permanent shutdown

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9:26 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

Mo. budget passes House committee

Mo. House Budget Committee members prepare to vote on budget bills for FY 2011.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – The House Budget Committee has passed the 13 bills that make up Missouri's state budget for next year. But the cuts made this week don't cover a projected funding shortfall.

Governor Jay Nixon says about half a billion dollars needs to be sliced from his original budget proposal made in January. The House Budget Committee, however, cut no more than $90 million before adjourning for the week.

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