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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:24 pm
Thu January 28, 2010

Mo. Senate committee hears tax overhaul proposal

Jefferson City, Mo. – Supporters and opponents of scrapping the state income tax in favor of an expanded sales tax sounded off on the issue at a Missouri Senate committee meeting today.

Among the resolution's supporters was lobbyist and former GOP House Member Ed Robb. He told the Senate committee on fiscal oversight that the measure would transform Missouri into a "Mecca for investment and job opportunities."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:17 am
Thu January 28, 2010

Government to spend $1.1 billion on St. Louis-Chicago passenger rail line

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
Bill Greenblatt (UPI)

St. Louis – The White House announced $8 billion in grants for rail projects across the country on Thursday, including a high-speed corridor between St. Louis and Chicago and track upgrades between St. Louis and Kansas City.

All told $1.1 billion dollars will go toward upgrading Amtrak's Chicago to St. Louis route, enabling up to eight round trips daily at speeds up to 110 mph.

$31 million will fund track, bridge and crossing upgrades between St. Louis and Kansas City.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:27 pm
Wed January 27, 2010

Strong support for expanded texting-while-driving bill

Jefferson City, Mo. – Legislation that would expand Missouri's ban on texting-while-driving to everyone has drawn lots of support.

In a State Senate committee meeting Wednesday, lobbyists for highway workers, law enforcement, senior citizens, and bicyclists spoke in favor of the bill.

No one spoke against it.

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

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:35 pm
Wed January 27, 2010

2010 set to be big year for downtown St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – Downtown St. Louis boosters met on Wednesday to discuss future downtown development projects that have been sidetracked by the faltering economy.

Maggie Campbell is the President of the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis. She says 2010 will see the start or completion of a number of mult-million dollar projects.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:21 pm
Wed January 27, 2010

Mo. Gaming Commission moves to revoke President Casino license

The President Casino on the Admiral (KWMU photo)

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Gaming Commission has voted unanimously to revoke the license of the President Casino in downtown St. Louis.

The century-old Admiral riverboat that houses the President Casino is located within walking distance of the much-larger and more lavish Lumiere Place Casino. Both properties are owned by the same company, Pinnacle Entertainment of Las Vegas.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:18 am
Wed January 27, 2010

Missouri Supreme Court overturns death sentence of 'mentally retarded' man

St. Louis – The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence of a southeast Missouri man after determining he is mentally disabled.

Andrew Lyons had been sentenced to death for killing his estranged girlfriend and her mother more than 17 years ago in Cape Girardeau.

On Tuesday, Missouri's high court determined Lyons is "mentally retarded" and reduced his sentence to life in prison for the murder of his girlfriend, Bridgette Harris.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:17 pm
Tue January 26, 2010

Bray: Missouri's campaign finance system is discriminatory

Bray

Jefferson City, Mo. – A veteran Missouri Senator says the state's campaign finance system favors white male politicians and discriminates against women and minorities.

Joan Bray (D, St. Louis) made the statement Tuesday during a committee hearing on an ethics reform bill.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:13 pm
Tue January 26, 2010

Lawmakers move to stop President's closure

St. Louis – Two St. Louis-area lawmakers have introduced legislation that would block the Missouri Gaming Commission from shutting down the struggling President Casino.

The regulators are expected to vote on that recommendation at their meeting Wednesday, which Mayor Francis Slay calls "arbitrary, unsupportable, and illegal."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:07 pm
Tue January 26, 2010

New plan for Jefferson Barracks

An artist's rendering of the completed Museum District encircling the West Parade Ground at Jefferson Barracks.
(Courtesy of St. Louis County Economic Council)

St. Louis, MO – There's a new master plan in place for rejuvenating the Jefferson Barracks complex in south St. Louis County.

The results of a year-long study of the 1,000-acre complex were unveiled Monday night. Supporters are hoping that a $68-million public-private investment over 20 years will turn Jefferson Barracks into a nationally-known military history attraction.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:03 pm
Tue January 26, 2010

Talent says U.S. not ready for biological attack

Former U.S. Senator Jim Talent

St. Louis, MO – A congressionally mandated panel says the United States isn't ready for a biological terrorist attack.

The Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction
Proliferation and Terrorism gives the Obama administration a failing grade for its efforts to prepare for and respond to a biological attack, such as the release of deadly viruses or bacteria.

The commission's vice-chairman, former Missouri Senator Jim Talent, says the U-S government is not where it needs to be.

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