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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:12 am
Tue August 31, 2010

Deteriorating bond rating boosts Illinois' borrowing costs

Chicago – Illinois taxpayers will have to shell out an extra $551.3 million to cover the cost of borrowing because of the state's deteriorating bond rating.

That's according to a new report released Monday by the Civic Federation of Chicago.

The nonpartisan research group analyzed $9.6 billion in borrowing by Illinois over the last year.

It compared the interest being paid by other state and local governments with bond ratings comparable to Illinois' before Illinois' bond rating was lowered.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:30 pm
Mon August 30, 2010

Templeton resigning as Mo. DNR Director

Mark Templeton
Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources

Jefferson City, Mo. – Mark Templeton is stepping down Wednesday as head of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and taking a new job that's tied to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Templeton survived a rocky tenure as DNR Director. He was suspended without pay for two weeks last year following the controversy surrounding the delayed release of E. coli test results from the Lake of the Ozarks.

Scott Holste, Governor Nixon's Press Secretary, defends Templeton's tenure.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:27 pm
Mon August 30, 2010

Former St. Louis officer pleads guilty in Metro East shooting

St. Louis – AA former officer with the St. Louis police department has pleaded guilty to shooting a man outside a Metro East bar.

Bryan Pour, 28, was a probationary officer with the department when he shot and wounded Jeffrey Bladdick of Granite City during a 2008 altercation at Mack and Mick's Sports Bar and Grill in Granite City, which is now closed. Bladdick was apparently intervening in an altercation involving Pour when he was shot.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:51 am
Mon August 30, 2010

Union workers accuse Express Scripts of "corporate greed"

Union members rally outside of Express Scripts HQ
Adam Allington, STL Public Radio

St. Louis, MO – Union employees were bused in from Pennsylvania to picket outside of St. Louis County-based Express Scripts on Monday.

The workers say the company is threatening to cut benefits during a time of record profits.

Members of the Service Employees International Union say up to 1200 employees at Express Scripts' Bensalem, Pennsylvania facility have been asked to take pension, wage and health care cuts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:00 am
Mon August 30, 2010

New law changes STD treatment options in Missouri

Kansas City, Mo. – Missouri has a new approach to combat sexually transmitted diseases.

A new state law allows doctors to prescribe medication for a patient's partner without requiring a separate, in person exam.

Tiffany Wilkinson is with the Kansas City Health Department. She says traditionally, patients who test positive for an STD can refer their partners to a doctor or a local health department.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:42 am
Mon August 30, 2010

Senators, St. Louis officials, in China for more trade talks

St. Louis – Missouri's two senators and several St. Louis area officials are in China this week in the ongoing effort to get a freight transit hub at Lambert Airport.

Officials had hoped to have a deal by early this summer. Now, Republican Senator Kit Bond and Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, along with members of the Midwest China Hub Commission, are in China again to visit with government and airline officials.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:19 am
Mon August 30, 2010

Elk restoration proposal draws crowds in southern Missouri

Jefferson City, Mo. – Public forums on plans to bring wild elk back to the state have drawn hundreds of people in southern Missouri.

The Department of Conservation says about 300 people attended meetings in three communities.

The plan calls for the elk to be tested for diseases before they are brought in from other states.

About 80 to 150 elk would be released early next year in a 365-square-mile area around the Peck Ranch Conservation Area in Shannon, Carter and Reynolds counties.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:06 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

New laws take effect in Missouri Saturday

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Jefferson City, Mo. – Dozens of new laws take effect Saturday (August 28th) in Missouri.

One in particular creates new ethics rules: It restricts committee-to-committee money transfers and allows the Missouri Ethics Commission to launch its own investigations.

Even though Governor Jay Nixon signed the bill into law, he says it's still sorely lacking.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:06 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Mo. judge refuses to block restrictions on adult businesses

Jefferson City, Mo. – A Cole County judge has refused to block a state law that places new restrictions on Missouri's adult entertainment industry. The new law is one of several that take effect after midnight tonight.

A coalition of strip clubs and adult video stores had asked for a temporary restraining order, saying that the restrictions will cost them millions and result in job losses. Judge Jon Beetem agreed, but ruled that that has nothing to do with constitutional claims of free speech rights.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:32 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Firefighter residency requirement lifted at midnight

St. Louis – A controversial state law that allows St. Louis firefighters to live outside the city after seven years takes effect Saturday.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed the law in June, ending a five-year effort by the city's firefighters to gain the right to move.

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