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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:15 am
Tue June 8, 2010

Raising cigarette tax difficult in Missouri

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri lawmakers this year made deep cuts to the state budget that takes effect next month.

They had to slash money for many social services and for various education programs, including Parents as Teachers and Career Ladder. Governor Jay Nixon has indicated he may slice up to $350 million more when he signs the budget into law.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:09 am
Tue June 8, 2010

St. Louis man pleads guilty in crash that killed three

Edwardsville, IL – A 48-year-old St. Louis man will spend at least 24 years in prison for a head-on collision that killed three people and seriously injured a fourth.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:16 am
Tue June 8, 2010

Opening statements to begin in Blagojevich trial

Chicago, Il – It promises to be a dramatic day in the corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Early today, lawyers will use their objections to narrow down the pool of jurors and seat a jury, then prosecutors and defense attorneys will go straight into opening statements.

Defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. is known for his theatrical, and successful, defense of R&B star R. Kelly two years ago. He will deliver the opening for the former governor of Illinois.

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8:56 am
Tue June 8, 2010

Police chase shooting suspects through three counties

St. Louis, MO – Two people are hospitalized with bullet wounds after a crime spree that began near St. Louis and resulted in a two-state, three-county chase.

Police first responded last night to a south St. Louis County man who had been shot outside his home while investigating noises outside. Soon afterward, police received a report of a second shooting not far away, where a man was robbed at gunpoint, then shot.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:23 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

Judge delays release of World Series ticket investigation file

St. Louis – Four St. Louis police officers who were investigated for misusing World Series tickets in 2006 have been granted the ability to appeal the release of files from that internal investigation.

The officers filed court paper asking to intervene in the lawsuit after the Board of Police Commissioners voted last month to follow an earlier court ruling and release those files to a local activist.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:47 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

Plant biotech experts gather in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – The World Congress of the International Association for Plant Biotechnology meets in St. Louis this week. The international event attracts hundreds of scientists, policy leaders, and industry representatives from the world of agricultural biotech.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:33 am
Mon June 7, 2010

Sentencing recommendations in Mo. under review

Jefferson City, Mo. – A review is underway of sentencing recommendations used by judges in Missouri.

The state's Sentencing Advisory Commission (MOSAC) has appointed a subcommittee to examine the recommendations, which prosecutors criticize as being too lenient, especially for those charged with violent acts and sex crimes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:23 am
Mon June 7, 2010

African American group threatens to sue Ladue

St. Louis, MO – An African American group says it may file a federal lawsuit against the St. Louis suburb of Ladue following a recent report on traffic stops.

Last week, Attorney General Chris Koster released statistics showing African-Americans are 70 percent more likely to be pulled over than whites in Missouri. In Ladue, Koster said blacks are 1,700 percent more likely to be stopped.

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7:34 am
Mon June 7, 2010

Biotech scientists, industry leaders gather in St. Louis

St. Louis – About 600 scientists, policymakers, and industry representatives are gathering in St. Louis this week to discuss advances in agricultural genetic engineering.

The Congress of the International Association for Plant Biotechnology draws participants from all over the world.

Association president and director of the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Roger Beachy, says the meeting has several goals.

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7:32 am
Mon June 7, 2010

Gov. Quinn considers restrictions on payday loans

Springfield, Ill. – Ilinois' latest attempt to rein in payday loans is awaiting the Governor's action.

The measure caps the interest that can be charged for payday loans. Those below $4,000 would be capped at 99 percent. Larger loans would be limited to 36 percent interest.

While several lawmakers say that's still too high, many payday lenders charge several times that amount. Skokie House Democrat Lou Lang said the caps will help.

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