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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:30 pm
Wed January 13, 2010

Mo. GOP pledges to back traditional values

(l-r) Mo. Senate Pres. Pro-tem Charlie Shields (R, St. Joseph), Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R), House Speaker Ron Richard (R, Joplin).
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Republican leaders in the Missouri House and Senate returned to their party's traditional themes, after talking up ethics and the economy on the legislature's opening day last week.

Led by Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, GOP leaders pledged first and foremost not to raise taxes this year.

"Taking more money from Missouri families is not a sensible solution to fix whatever budget problems we face today," Kinder said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:22 pm
Wed January 13, 2010

Hundreds rally in opposition to federal health care overhaul

Hundreds rally in opposition to proposed federal health care legislation at the Missouri Capitol on Wednesday
(St. Louis Public Radio photo/Marshall Griffin)

Jefferson City, Mo – About 400 people gathered inside the Missouri Capitol Wednesday to oppose federal health care legislation.

About three dozen Republican lawmakers were among the participants in the rally in support of a state constitutional amendment allowing Missouri residents to opt out of the overhaul.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:17 pm
Wed January 13, 2010

Quinn pushes for tax overhaul in State of the State

Springfield, Ill. – In his state of the state address Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said he wants to overhaul the tax system to make it fair and also bring in more money for state government.

The Democratic governor said Illinois taxes the poor too heavily.

He said taxes could be cut for five million people through tax credits, bigger personal exemptions and other changes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:48 pm
Wed January 13, 2010

Mo. Supreme Court to consider constitutionality of medical malpractice caps

St. Louis – The Missouri Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Thursday in a case challenging the constitutionality of the caps on medical malpractice awards in the state.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:45 am
Wed January 13, 2010

Amid budget crises and other controversies, Quinn gives first State of the State address

Quinn (file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Springfield, Ill. – With big budget problems, continued controversy over an early prisoner release program and a primary election looming, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn gives his first state of the state address today.

The speech is the governor's biggest opportunity to set the year's legislative agenda. But expectations for the address are low, as Amanda Vinicky reports.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:34 am
Wed January 13, 2010

Missouri Supreme Court rules two sex offender laws may not be applied retroactively

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Supreme Court has sided with two sex offenders who challenged laws barring them from handing out Halloween candy and living near schools and child care centers.

The high court ruled 4-3 Tuesday that the restrictions may not be applied to people who committed their crimes before the laws were enacted.

The court combined two cases argued last year. In one, a sex offender was charged after a police officer saw a woman handing out candy from his house.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:37 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

Mo. lawmakers oppose farmland reassessments

Cattle pasture in Cole County, Mo.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Republican lawmakers say they'll oppose a recent decision to reassess property values for farmland in Missouri.

The recommendations by the State Tax Commission would raise the productive value of Missouri's best agricultural land by 29 percent.

Cal Durham is a northern Missouri farmer who says he'll be negatively impacted by the decision.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:00 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

Tax overhaul proposed to Mo. lawmakers

Dr. Joseph Haslag of the Show-Me Institute addresses members of the Mo. Senate.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – A proposal to replace Missouri's state income tax with an expanded sales tax was heard today in a seminar for members of the State Senate.

The proposal is backed by retired businessman Rex Sinquefield and the think-tank he heads, the St. Louis-based Show-Me Institute. Joseph Haslag is the group's Vice President and an Economics professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:50 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

St. Louis not among World Cup host finalists

New York, NY – St. Louis, Chicago and the San Francisco area are out of
the running as venues if the United States lands the 2018 or 2022
World Cup.

Eighteen cities, with a total of 21 stadiums, were selected
Tuesday. About 12 stadiums would be chosen if the U.S. bid is
successful. The bid will be submitted in May, and FIFA will make
the decision on hosts in December.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:12 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

Washington University coal research group fights parody website

St. Louis – A group at Washington University that does research for the coal and power industries is demanding a St. Louis environmentalist remove its logo from a parody website.

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