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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:26 am
Mon July 12, 2010

Lawmakers take another crack at special session bills

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers will try again this week to pass incentives for the auto industry and major changes to the state retirement system.

Their special legislative session ground to a halt last week because of opposition from some senators to tax breaks for the suburban Kansas City Ford plant. There was also disagreement among House and Senate members over the pension bill.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:22 am
Mon July 12, 2010

Major Case Squad investigates murder of boy, 15

Belleville, Ill. – The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis is investigating the murder of a boy killed last night in Belleville.

The victim was 15 years old. Authorities say he was shot in the head in a drive-by shooting.

The victim's name hasn't yet been released. And there's no immediate word on any arrests or charges.

Anyone with information should contact the Belleville police.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:20 am
Mon July 12, 2010

Worker killed in Peabody mine identified

EQUALITY, Ill. – Authorities have identified the man killed at a mine in far southern Illinois.

Thomas Brown, 61, of Eddyville, Kentucky was struck by a shuttle car Friday at the Willow Lake mine. St. Louis-based Peabody Energy owns the facility.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration recently singled out Willow Lake as particularly dangerous.

Since late 2008, the agency has fined Peabody $230,000 for violations there.

MSHA closed the Willow Lake mine pending an investigation.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:52 pm
Fri July 9, 2010

Nixon, Mo. lawmakers reach tentative agreement

Jefferson City, Mo. – A tentative agreement has been reached between Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and legislative leaders on wrapping up the special session.

If all goes according to plan, lawmakers will remove tax breaks for data storage centers from the auto incentives bill, and revamp state pensions without creating a new investment board.

Senate President Pro-Tem Charlie Shields (R, St. Joseph) is confident the special session will end next week.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:21 pm
Fri July 9, 2010

Aldermen approve a variety of bills before summmer break

St. Louis – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen sent a flurry of bills to Mayor Francis Slay on Friday, the day before the board's traditional summer break.

Aldermen approved measures that add gender identity and expression to the city's anti-discrimination ordinance, put stricter controls on the use of official cars, and ask voters in November to weigh in on local control of the police department and whether to increase the maximum fines for a municipal ordinance violation.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:31 pm
Fri July 9, 2010

New law cracks down on Illinois red light cameras

Springfield, IL – A new Illinois law adds the human touch to traffic tickets generated by automated "red light" cameras.

The law requires an official to verify the violation before any citation is issued. Drivers also will be allowed to view the
evidence online, and they can't be charged an extra fee for contesting the ticket.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:45 pm
Fri July 9, 2010

Public meeting to be held tonight on future of Missouri River

(Photo credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

St. Louis, MO – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding a public meeting in St. Louis tonight to discuss the future of the Missouri River.

The Corps is re-evaluating the river's uses, and how those uses are prioritized.

In Missouri, the river supplies drinking water to more than half the state's population and serves as a route for commercial navigation.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:35 pm
Thu July 8, 2010

Obama criticizes Blunt, endorses Carnahan for Senate

Kansas City, MO – President Barack Obama said Robin Carnahan would help move his agenda forward while being an independent voice if elected to the U.S. Senate.

Obama appeared with Carnahan in Kansas City Thursday at a pair of fundraisers for her Democratic Senate bid. The Carnahan campaign said the events raised at least $500,000.

Carnahan is the leading Democrat in the race to replace retiring Republican Senator Kit Bond. The Republican front-runner in that race is Congressman Roy Blunt.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:17 pm
Thu July 8, 2010

Monsanto to pay $2.5 million fine to EPA

St. Louis, MO – Monsanto will pay a $2.5 million fine to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for selling mislabeled genetically-engineered cotton seeds.

The fine is the largest civil settlement ever paid under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, the law that regulates pesticide use.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:53 pm
Thu July 8, 2010

Loop Trolley gets federal funding

Joe Edwards celebrates news of the $25 million in federal funding for the Loop Trolley
(UPI photo)

St. Louis, MO – A $25 million grant from the federal government means the Delmar Loop Trolley will become a reality soon.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the funding Thursday as part of the Obama administration's Urban Circulator Program.

Joe Edwards, the owner of Blueberry Hill and the Pageant, is spearheading the $44 million trolley project.

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