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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:02 pm
Wed August 4, 2010

Slay says April 2011 election on earnings tax is almost guaranteed

St. Louis – Mayor Francis Slay says he expects that city residents will have to decide in April whether to keep St. Louis's one percent earnings tax.

The Secretary of State on Tuesday certified a measure for the November ballot that would require voters in Kansas City and St. Louis to approve their earnings taxes every five years. The measure also includes language that blocks other cities from ever implementing an earnings tax, which Slay said will make efforts to defeat the statewide measure tough.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:04 pm
Wed August 4, 2010

Aldermen, mayor break ground on "historic" rec center in north city

Artist renderings at the site of the new O'Fallon Park recreation center
(photo by Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – After a year delay to secure a record level of minority participation, St. Louis politicians gathered in a North City park Wednesday to break ground on a new recreation complex.

The $22 million facility in O'Fallon Park is the first new recreation center on the north side in 71 years. The oldest, West End at Union and Martin Luther King, was built in the late 1800s.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:12 pm
Wed August 4, 2010

About 23 percent cast ballots in Missouri primaries

Jefferson City, Mo. – About 23 percent of Missouri voters turned out for Tuesday's primary elections.

The biggest draw was Proposition C. Nearly 939,000 people cast ballots on the measure saying government cannot require people to have health insurance nor penalize those who do not. It passed with 71 percent of the vote.

The Missouri law conflicts with a federal law requiring most Americans to have health insurance or start facing penalties in 2014.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:21 am
Wed August 4, 2010

Missourians pass Proposition C by overwhelming margin

St. Louis, MO – The first major test of national health care overhaul legislation was voted on by Missourians on Tuesday.

The core of Proposition C is an opt-out provision that bars the government from forcing Missourians to buy individual health insurance, as part of the administration's larger overhaul of health care.

The measure's passage was good news for Republicans who oppose the President's agenda on health care.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:10 am
Wed August 4, 2010

Purgason finishes distant second to Roy Blunt

GOP U.S. Senate candidate Chuck Purgason
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – State Senator Chuck Purgason finished a distant second to GOP Senate nominee Roy Blunt in the race to replace retiring Missouri U.S. Senator Kit Bond.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Blunt had 71 percent of the vote to Purgason's 13 percent.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:22 pm
Tue August 3, 2010

Heat wave plagues Missouri, Illinois

Jefferson City, Mo. – Heat warnings and advisories have been issued across Missouri and Illinois as temperatures this afternoon hover in the upper 90's and low 100's.

Missouri health officials are telling residents who don't have air conditioning at home to go to places that do, such as libraries and shopping centers.

In Jefferson City, poll supervisor Dick Crater says voters can avoid the heat by hanging around after casting ballots.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:50 pm
Tue August 3, 2010

First vote on earnings tax will be on November ballot

St. Louis – A measure which could lead to the elimination of earnings taxes in St. Louis and Kansas City will be on the November ballot.

The measure was one of two certified Tuesday by the Missouri Secretary of State. If it's approved in November, voters in St. Louis and Kansas City would decide in November 2011 whether or not to keep their city's earnings tax, which make up a sizable portion of the budget in each city. The measure also prevents other cities from implementing an earnings tax in the future.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:22 am
Tue August 3, 2010

St. Louis to premiere movie "The Other Guys"

St. Louis, MO – They're rolling out the red carpet in suburban St. Louis, the site of the premiere of "The Other Guys," a buddy cop movie starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.

The premiere will be Thursday at Wehrenberg Theatres' Chesterfield Galaxy 14 Cine. St. Louis was chosen in a Facebook poll over five other competitors: Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Dallas and Philadelphia.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:15 am
Tue August 3, 2010

Barges strike Mississippi River bridge in Hannibal

Hannibal, MO – Authorities in Hannibal say the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River appears sound after being struck by runaway barges.

An American Commercial Lines tugboat with 12 barges struck the center span of a railroad bridge Monday afternoon. The barges then broke loose and some struck the bridge that carries Interstate 72 traffic over the river.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:45 am
Tue August 3, 2010

Prop C vote measures federal health insurance popularity

St. Louis, MO – Missouri voters will decide Tuesday whether to opt out of mandatory health insurance. The vote on Proposition C is the federal health care overhaul's first official popularity test.

The measure's conservative backers want to deny the government authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance.

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