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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:12 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

Missouri Attorney General wants executions to resume

Missouri death row inmate Joseph Franklin

St. Louis, MO – The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a case questioning the constitutionality of Missouri's death penalty method. And in the wake of that decision, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is seeking an execution date for convicted killer Joseph Franklin.

Koster said Monday that the High Court ruling was the last legal hurdle to resuming executions in Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:16 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

City sues over changes to residency requirement

St. Louis – The city of St. Louis will move by the end of the week to sue the state over a law that allows firefighters to live outside of the city.

Governor Jay Nixon quietly signed the measure Friday that allows firefighters to move within an hour of the city's boundaries after seven years. Police got that right in 2005, and the sponsor of the 2010 measure, Republican state Senator Jim Lembke of South County may try next year to extend that right to all city employees.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:35 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

Illinois law seeks to help military children

Mascoutah, IL – A new Illinois law may help military children who transfer schools.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill into law Monday as part of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

The measure seeks to remove barriers for service members' children in transferring schools, school records, required courses and other school mandates including entrance exams.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:39 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Mississippi above flood stage, closed to boaters

St. Louis, MO – Part of the Mississippi River remains closed to recreational boaters due to flooding. The river was about 5 feet above flood stage Monday in St. Louis and Hannibal.

The U.S. Coast Guard has closed a portion of the Upper Mississippi River near Dardienne Island, about 30 miles northwest of St. Louis.

The Guard said boaters in the restricted area could cause excessive wakes, which could damage property along the river.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:28 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Committees, Missouri Senate to hear Ford legislation

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers are to begin the real work today in their special session on automaker incentives and state employee pensions.

Their special session started Thursday, but few lawmakers attended. But today, House committee meetings are scheduled, and the Senate hears the retirement legislation.

The manufacturing bill would offer up to $150 million a year in tax incentives for automakers and their suppliers. To qualify, they must improve their factories and keep employees on the job.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:26 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Defense to question former Blagojevich aide

Chicago – Rod Blagojevich's defense is set to question a key prosecution witness at the former Illinois governor's corruption trial.

Blagojevich's one-time chief of staff John Harris testified for four days last week as prosecutors tried to show jurors Blagojevich sought favors in return for his decisions as governor.

Harris told the court his then-boss wanted to wanted to parlay the power to fill Barack Obama's old Senate seat into a high-paying job.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:24 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Metro service restorations begin

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St. Louis – There are more frequent rush hour MetroLink trains today, and 20 bus routes in St. Louis city and county are back.

The transit agency Metro cut service last year because of budget cuts, but last April St. Louis County voters passed a half-cent sales tax, and Metro is restoring service as promised.

Metro spokeswoman Dianne Williams says the restorations will be phased in over the next two months.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:20 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Explosion in University of Missouri lab, four hurt

Schweitzer Hall at the University of Missouri-Columbia
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Columbia, MO – Three people injured by a hydrogen gas explosion at a University of Missouri biochemistry lab have been released from a Columbia hospital. The university said a fourth person is in good condition.

The blast Monday afternoon blew several windows out of a lab building. Initial reports said a hydrogen tank exploded, but that turned out not to be true.

The Columbia Fire Department said too much hydrogen built up in an anaerobic hood - a device used to study bacteria that cannot survive in oxygen.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:57 am
Mon June 28, 2010

No strike at Boeing after machinists approve contract

Ballot counters tally the votes. (photo: Matt Sepic/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – Union machinists at Boeing plants in St. Louis reversed course Sunday and voted to accept the company's latest contract offer.

The decision averts a strike by about 2,500 defense workers that would have started Monday morning.

Despite a recommendation to reject from union officials, nearly 60 percent of employees voted in favor of the contract.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:00 pm
Fri June 25, 2010

St. Louis County lawmaker wants to expand Mo. special session

State Rep. John Diehl (R, Town and Country)
Mo. House of Representatives

Jefferson City, Mo. – A St. Louis County lawmaker wants the Missouri House and Senate to pass legislation to reduce taxes on business owners during the special session currently underway.

State Representative John Diehl (R, Town and Country) has filed a proposed constitutional amendment that would place restrictions on the merchants and manufacturer's replacement tax. It's paid by owners of commercial property.

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