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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:37 pm
Wed July 14, 2010

Nixon signs ethics bill, allows abortion language bill to become law

file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed and vetoed several bills today, the final day for action on legislation passed during the 2010 regular session.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:19 pm
Wed July 14, 2010

Gulf Coast group advocates renewable energy

St. Louis, MO – A Gulf Coast environmentalist group is using the BP oil spill in an effort to fuel support for renewable energy.

Gulf Voices held a discussion Thursday in St. Louis, stressing that the oil gusher affects more than just the Gulf. Rick Roberts, who belongs to an environmental angler organization, said the spill is a sign that the U.S. needs to reduce their dependence on oil.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:03 pm
Wed July 14, 2010

Missouri special session over

Jefferson City, Mo. – The special session of the Missouri General Assembly is over.

Both the House and Senate have passed bills to provide auto incentives and to revamp state pensions.

The pension bill requires newly-hired state workers to contribute four percent of their pay and be employed at least a decade to qualify for retirement benefits. It also raises the retirement age to 67. Exceptions will exist for state troopers and lawmakers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:15 am
Wed July 14, 2010

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod elects new president

Houston – For the first time in nine years, the nation's second-largest Lutheran denomination has a new president.

Delegates for the suburban St. Louis-based Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod elected the Rev. Matthew Harrison as president during their convention in Houston Tuesday. He defeated the incumbent, Dr. Gerald Kieschnick, by a vote of 54 percent to 43 percent.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:21 pm
Tue July 13, 2010

Congressional committee holds hearing in St. Louis on VA hospital

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St. Louis, MO – A congressional committee held a field hearing in St. Louis on Tuesday to investigate faulty sterilization procedures at the John Cochran VA Hospital.

Last month the hospital sent letters out informing dental patients of possible exposure to Hepatitis B, C and HIV.

The revelation comes on top of a 2008 investigation into unsterile equipment at VA Centers in George, Florida and Tennessee.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:31 pm
Tue July 13, 2010

Nixon mum on abortion, ethics bills

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon speaks to reporters at a bill signing ceremony today.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has been signing dozens of bills into law since the regular legislative session ended in May. But two controversial bills remain unsigned as Wednesday's deadline approaches.

One of those bills deals with ethics. Provisions include restricting political committee-to-committee money transfers and allowing the Missouri Ethics Commission to launch investigations. But it does not include restoring limits on campaign contributions.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:49 pm
Tue July 13, 2010

Nixon signs bills on bingo, public notice

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Jefferson City, MO – Missouri residents soon could have more chances to play bingo. Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation Tuesday letting bingo parlors open earlier, close later and offer games twice a week instead of just once. The bill also increases the amount of money bingo operators can spend on advertising.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:05 pm
Tue July 13, 2010

Ford bill moves forward in Missouri legislature

Mo. Sen. Chuck Purgason (R, Caulfield)
Office of Sen. Purgason

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers have sent Gov. Jay Nixon a bill offering tax incentives to Ford Motor Co. and other automakers.

The House's 101-40 vote Wednesday followed a 20-7 vote in the Senate and came only after the Senate had endured a more than 20-hour filibuster against the bill.

The legislation is the central point of a special legislative session called by Nixon.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:34 am
Tue July 13, 2010

St. Charles County considers bike ban

St. Charles, MO – The Katy Trail and other bike paths have made St. Charles County a popular destination for bicyclists, but the county council is considering banning bikes from some roadways, a move that is drawing both kudos and anger.

The proposal would ban bikes from highways D, DD, F, Z and part of Route 94, mostly in the Defiance area.

These roadways have no shoulders. Supporters of the ban, including sponsoring council member Joe Brazil, say biking there is unsafe for both bikes and cars.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:20 am
Tue July 13, 2010

Nixon to sign bingo bill

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon plans to sign legislation to help boost business at the state's bingo halls.

The legislation would let bingo parlors open earlier, close later and offer games twice a week instead of just once a week.

It would also allow bingo operators to spend up to 10 percent of their receipts on advertising. The limit is now 2 percent.

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