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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:05 pm
Wed July 7, 2010

Kinder praised, criticized for lawsuit

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is getting praise from fellow Republicans and criticism from Democrats for filing a lawsuit against the new federal health care law. The suit was filed today in Cape Girardeau.

State Senator Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) supports Kinder's actions. She cites Samantha Hill of Johnson County, one of the plaintiffs in the suit, as an example of someone whose rights are being violated by the new law.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:58 pm
Wed July 7, 2010

Illinois adds a sales tax holiday

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

Chicago, IL – Back-to-school shoppers can look forward to a small discount on purchases next month. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Wednesday that
eliminates the state's 5 percent sales tax for ten days - from August 6 to August 15.

The sales tax holiday applies to school supplies and clothing items that are less than $100. Computers, art supplies and textbooks will still be taxed as
normal. Any local sales tax will still be in effect.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:13 pm
Wed July 7, 2010

Police look for abduction suspect

Fenton car wash where Alisa Maier was found.
UPI.

St. Louis, MO. – Law enforcement officials are focused on finding the suspect in an eastern Missouri girl's abduction now that she's back with her parents.

Four-year-old Alisa Maier was found wandering outside a car wash in Fenton Tuesday night more than 24 hours after being taken from her front yard in Louisiana eighty miles to the north.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:15 pm
Wed July 7, 2010

Mo. Lt. Gov. files suit against the health care bill

Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder
(file photo: UPI)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder has filed a lawsuit challenging the federal health care bill. The suit accuses Congress of overstepping its authority and trampling on state sovereignty.

Kinder's suit contends that Congress cannot force people to buy a product nor demand that state officials enforce a "federal scheme."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:35 am
Wed July 7, 2010

4-year-old Alisa Maier found

Alisa Maier
FBI photo

Fenton, MO – A 4-year-old girl from Louisiana, Missouri has been found after being
snatched from the front yard of her home and then missing for more than 24 hours.

St. Louis County Police say Alisa Maier was found late Tuesday in the St. Louis suburb of Fenton.

Police say the girl was found behind a car wash near the intersection of Gravois and 141 in Fenton. She didn't have any visible injuries.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:02 pm
Tue July 6, 2010

Change in maps could mean huge expense for Metro East towns

Matt Sepic reports on changes to flood maps in the Metro East

St. Louis – Across the country, millions of people are suddenly finding themselves in federal hazard zones not because of any natural or man-made disaster, but because the Federal Emergency Management Agency is updating its old flood risk maps. Even if they've never been under water, home and business owners in places deemed hazardous are now forced to buy flood insurance.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:57 pm
Tue July 6, 2010

Nixon, GOP leader, disagree on auto incentives timetable

file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says a package of tax incentives for Ford Motor Company will pass this week.

But the Number Two man in the Missouri Senate disagrees.

Nixon called legislators back to Jefferson City June 24th to approve the 10-year, $150 million package for Ford's auto plant in Claycomo, near Kansas City.

The bill was halted in committee last week over disagreements about the effectiveness of tax incentives on job creation.

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

Nixon signs K2 ban into law

Jay Nixon with O'Fallon police officers at the bill signing in St. Charles, MO
Bill Greenblatt (UPI)

St. Charles, MO – Missouri has become the fifth state to ban the marijuana-like substance known as "K2".

K2 is a mixture of dried herbs sprayed with a synthetic substance that, when smoked, mirrors the effects of cannabis.

Governor Jay Nixon says the popularity of K2 has spiked in recent months among college and high school students, making it a legitimate health risk.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:57 pm
Tue July 6, 2010

VA official visits hospital under investigation

St. Louis, MO – A top official with the Veterans Administration system toured a St. Louis VA hospital Tuesday.

The visit by Department of Veterans Affairs Deputy Undersecretary William Schoenhard follows revelations that veterans who received dental services at the VA medical center may have been exposed to viruses. The VA said dental equipment used on patients was not washed with detergent before being sterilized.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:20 pm
Tue July 6, 2010

St. Louis aldermen oppose key feature of Arizona immigration law

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen has gone on record opposing any future state law that would require the city's police department to check the immigration status of a person even if they have not been charged with a crime. Missouri does not have a measure like this in place.

Alderman Craig Schmid calls his resolution a preemptive strike, saying some state lawmakers have discussed implementing the requirement.

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