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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:29 pm
Mon January 25, 2010

Federal Stimulus Money Goes to Home Weatherization in Missouri

St. Louis – Stimulus funds are being used to weatherize the homes of about 21,000 low income Missourians.

The state has received $128 million in federal stimulus money to make homes more energy efficient. Eligibility was recently expanded so people who earn less than twice the federal poverty level may apply.

That means a family of four that makes less than $44,100 a year is eligible.

The funds go to 16 consumer advocacy agencies around the state that weatherize the homes of low-income residents.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:34 am
Mon January 25, 2010

Trial delayed in suit against McKee tax credit

St. Louis – Opponents of an $8 billion redevelopment plan for north St. Louis say they'll press forward with their lawsuit even though a trial that was to begin this week has been delayed. The trial was delayed because Richard Callahan, the judge in the case, was sworn in Friday as St. Louis' new federal prosecutor.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:22 am
Mon January 25, 2010

Fairmount to keep racing in 2010

Collinsville, IL – The Fairmount Park race track in Collinsville will continue business after a tentative labor agreement restored nearly all of its live racing dates.

The move to cut the track's racing days from 52 to three was in partial response a breakdown in labor negotiations between the board and six of its track supervisors.

Local officials estimate that closing the track would have affected an additional 1,000 workers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:47 am
Mon January 25, 2010

Missouri Supreme Court hears appeal in death row case

Jefferson City, Mo. – An appeal from a man on death row convicted in a murder that he videotaped goes before the Missouri Supreme Court this week.

Richard D. Davis, 45, was convicted in 2008 in Kansas City for the killing of Marsha Spicer.

Davis and his girlfriend, Dena Riley, videotaped the assault and prosecutors presented video excerpts and still photos at Davis' trial. Riley pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:12 pm
Fri January 22, 2010

New legislation would make car break-ins a city crime as well

Mayor Francis Slay (center) honors his father (left) at a ceremony at City Hall on Friday. The elder Francis Slay was a long time Democratic committeeman. The mayor's mother and some of his ten siblings are also pictured
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – The alderwoman representing downtown St. Louis has proposed legislation that would add car break-ins to the list of city offenses.

The crime can already be prosecuted at the state level. The change introduced Friday by Ald. Phyllis Young would allow the city attorneys to file charges as well.

Crime was down overall in the city of St. Louis last year, but the number of car break-ins jumped almost 13 percent. Defendants prosecuted in the city would face 90 days in jail and a $500 fine.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:29 am
Fri January 22, 2010

Poll shows Blunt ahead of Carnahan by 6 points in Senate race

St. Louis – A new poll shows Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan trailing Republican Congressman Roy Blunt by six points in the race to fill Kit Bond's Senate seat.

The Rasmussen poll released Thursday shows Blunt leading Carnahan 49 to 43 percent, a reversal from last month when Carnahan lead Blunt by two points.

Blunt said his opposition to Democratic proposals for healthcare legislation is one factor driving his surge in the polls.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:13 am
Fri January 22, 2010

FBI investigates Jetton's handling of strip club bill

Rod Jetton (file photo)

Kansas City, Mo. – A former Kansas City area lawmaker says he has been questioned by the FBI about former House Speaker Rod Jetton.

Republican Bob Johnson, of Lee's Summit, told The Kansas City Star that FBI agents interviewed him last week about Jetton's handling of a 2005 bill that sought to regulate the adult entertainment industry.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:03 am
Fri January 22, 2010

Senate candidates take opposing views on campaign finance ruling

St. Louis – Missouri's leading Senate candidates are taking opposite positions on a Supreme Court ruling allowing businesses to spend money on federal races.

On Thursday the nation's high court overturned a law barring companies and unions from spending money on campaign ads that support or oppose candidates for president or Congress.

Republican Congressman Roy Blunt said he's pleased the court recognized that the freedom of speech may not be legislated away through campaign finance reform.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:18 pm
Thu January 21, 2010

Nixon's K-12 budget not fully funded

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's public schools will be getting more money in Governor Jay Nixon's budget for next year, but they will not be fully funded.

While K-12 funding will increase by $18 million through the state's school funding formula, it's still $87 million short of what schools need to be considered fully funded.

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says given the difficult budget situation, any increase is good.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:52 am
Thu January 21, 2010

Nixon optimistic about Missouri economy, but says more cuts will be needed

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said the state will balance its budget without raising taxes.

Nixon outlined a plan Wednesday to eliminate more than $250 million in spending in the next fiscal year.

Later, the governor acknowledged in his State of the State address the economy remains poor. But he said Missouri has avoided the financial meltdown that has occurred in other states.

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