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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:15 pm
Wed August 25, 2010

Steelman defends math on Blunt jobs plan

St. Louis – Missouri's former state treasurer says "the numbers work" on the jobs plan proposed by Republican Senate candidate Roy Blunt.

Sarah Steelman helped Blunt draft the plan as the chair of his campaign's small business coalition. Chief among its proposals are a repeal of the health care overhaul and an extension of the Bush tax credits. The plan also identifies $2 billion in cuts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:47 am
Wed August 25, 2010

St. Louis home sales down 38 percent

St. Louis – Home sales in the St. Louis area dropped sharply last month.

Sales figures for July released Tuesday show that sales of previously-owned homes fell 38 percent compared with July of last year.

Nationally, the decline was 27 percent. The drop follows a surge in sales brought on by the federal tax credit for first-time home buyers. That credit expired June 30th.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:41 am
Wed August 25, 2010

New transit boss says Metro must never take public trust for granted

John Nations
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St. Louis – John Nations will step down as mayor of Chesterfield to take over as president of the transit agency Metro.

Nations led the successful effort to pass a new transit sales tax in St. Louis County earlier this year.

A similar tax effort failed in 2008, after Metro lost millions in a lawsuit to recoup cost overruns from the MetroLink expansion.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:59 pm
Tue August 24, 2010

NFL owners approve Kronke's bid for Rams

Stan Kronke
(UPI)

St. Louis – The NFL has unanimously approved allowing Stan Kroenke to take over the majority ownership of the St. Louis Rams.

The proposal is contingent, though, on Kroenke turning over control of his NBA and NHL teams in Denver to his son Josh Kroenke by the end of the year.

Kroenke already has 40% ownership of the Rams.

The NFL club owners voted Wednesday in favor of allowing Kroenke to buy the remaining 60%.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:13 pm
Tue August 24, 2010

Chain of Rocks casino gets city backing, but hurdles remain

St. Louis – The city of St. Louis has given its blessing to a proposed casino at the Chain of Rocks Bridge in north St. Louis.

Komen Properties, which also owns and operates the Casino Queen, wants to put a 120,000 square-foot casino at the foot of the Chain of Rocks bridge. The $115 million plan got approval Tuesday from the city's redevelopment and port authorities.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:12 pm
Tue August 24, 2010

Agriculture disaster declared in Mo., Ill.

Jefferson City, Mo. – Fifty-five counties in Missouri and 11 in Illinois have been declared agriculture disaster areas, due to flooding and wind damage this year.

Farmers who lost at least 30 percent of their crops or livestock to floods and storms between February 1st and July 15th can qualify for low-interest federal loans.

Ed Hamill is with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:52 pm
Tue August 24, 2010

Illinois loses out in "Race to the Top" competition

Springfield, IL – The top education leader in Illinois is diappointed the state got shut out on federal money. But state schools Superintendent Christopher Koch says the reform agenda will proceed.

Illinois was a finalist twice for "Race to the Top" grants and hoped to get $400 million this time. But the U.S. Education Department named nine states and the District of Columbia as recipients in the final round of stimulus program funding.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:18 pm
Tue August 24, 2010

FBI: Tues. bank robbery may be work of a serial robber

St. Louis – The St. Louis office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation says one robber may be responsible for three of the city's latest bank robberies.

According to the FBI, just after 9:30 Tuesday morning, a man entered the Bank of America branch at Gravois and Kingshighway and handed the teller a note demanding cash. The note stated the robber had a gun, which was never displayed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:10 am
Tue August 24, 2010

Montee to audit Missouri public defender system

Jefferson City, Mo. – Auditor Susan Montee plans to review Missouri's Public Defender Commission.

Public defenders represent criminal defendants who face prison and cannot afford attorneys, and officials have long said the system is in crisis because of high caseloads. Public defenders represent criminal defendants who face prison and cannot afford attorneys, and officials have long said the system is in crisis because of high caseloads.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:45 am
Tue August 24, 2010

Murder suspect, 16, denied distance learning classes

Jefferson City, Mo. – A Missouri judge has again denied a request to let a teenager accused of killing a 9-year-old neighbor continue her education while awaiting trial.

Alyssa Bustamante, 16, is charged as an adult with first-degree murder for last fall's killing of Elizabeth Olten in a rural area west of Jefferson City.
Bustamante is jailed without as she awaits trial next spring.

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