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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St. Louis – Prosecutors in St. Clair County have withdrawn a plea bargain offered to an Illinois state trooper accused of homicide in a freeway wreck that killed two sisters.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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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:53 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

Nixon fills out St. Louis police board

St. Louis – Governor Jay Nixon has named a former circuit judge and a chiropractor to the board that oversees the St. Louis police department.

The appointments of Michael B. Calvin and Michael Gerdine to the Board of Police Commissioners need Senate approval. Calvin served on the bench of the St. Louis circuit court for 29 years, and heard cases at the state Supreme Court three times. He has also served as a truancy court judge at Beaumont High School.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:31 am
Tue March 23, 2010

Illinois lawmakers propose four-day school week

Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois House wants to give struggling schools a chance at saving money by having students in class only four days a week.

The measure advanced easily to the state Senate. The sponsor, Republican Bill Black, said it would require schools that drop a day to have longer hours when school is in session.

But opponents including Democrat Monique Davis of Chicago said the state should not force students and their families to deal with the state's money problems.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:27 am
Tue March 23, 2010

Students protest cuts to state grants

St. Louis – Students at Missouri's private colleges and universities are speaking out against Governor Jay Nixon's plan to cut state scholarships and grants.

At Missouri Baptist University in suburban St. Louis, students gathered Monday to make phone calls and write letters to the governor.

Amid dwindling tax revenue, Nixon wants to eliminate the $4,600 per year that students at private schools may receive in Access Missouri grants.

Missouri Baptist sophomore Angela Dickson said the money is vital.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:10 am
Tue March 23, 2010

Kinder seeks to join health care lawsuit

Kinder
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Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder has announced his intent to join attorneys general in several other states in their suit challenging the federal health care law signed today by President Obama.

The lawsuit contends that the federal government cannot require people to have health insurance.

Kinder told reporters that as a constitutional officer of the state he has the authority to join in the suit.

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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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