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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:52 am
Tue May 4, 2010

Red light cameras pending in Mo. Senate

Jefferson City, Mo. – Supporters of red light cameras traveled to the Missouri Capitol today to urge lawmakers not to ban their use.

In 2002, Kathy Tremeear of Moscow Mills lost her 10-year-old daughter Kayla when a motorist ran a red light and struck their van. It happened at the intersection of State Route 141 and Jeffco Boulevard in Arnold. Tremeear lived in Arnold at the time.

The intersection did not have red light cameras in 2002, but it does today.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:33 am
Tue May 4, 2010

Mo. Senate passes health care referendum

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Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has passed legislation aimed at getting the state to opt out of the recently-passed federal health care law.

The measure would bar the federal government from compelling anyone in Missouri to take part in any private or public health care system.

The original resolution was being filibustered by Senate Democrats, but Republicans got around it by adopting a similar House bill in its place and voting it out. Jim Lembke (R, St. Louis) was among them.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:20 am
Tue May 4, 2010

Homeless advocates seek answers about city spending

St. Louis – With plans moving forward to fill in an old railroad tunnel in St. Louis, some of the homeless people who live there are seeking answers from the city.

Advocates say they submitted a Sunshine Law request for details on how the city spends federal money aimed at helping the homeless.

The move comes amid a dispute between homeless advocate Larry Rice and some residents of the tunnel, and the city.

Later this month, city officials plan to move everyone out of the tunnel and fill it in.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:18 am
Tue May 4, 2010

Cohen announces bid for Illinois governor

Chicago – The Illinois Democrat who won the primary for lieutenant governor only to withdraw amid allegations about his past says he now wants to be governor.

Scott Lee Cohen says he'll collect signatures to run as an independent.

Cohen says everybody makes mistakes and everybody is entitled to a second chance. He quit the lieutenant governor's race when old accusations surfaced that he failed to pay child support and held a knife to his girlfriend's throat.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:45 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

Early voting, photo I.D. legislation gets hearing

Jefferson City, Mo. – Legislation that would require Missouri voters to show photo identification at the polls and allow early voting received a hearing today before a State Senate committee. And everyone who testified spoke against it.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:06 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

Russ Carnahan says U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is working

St. Louis – Missouri Congressman Russ Carnahan says new strategies for the war in Afghanistan appear to be working.

The Democrat from south St. Louis traveled to Kabul and Kandahar over the weekend in his role as the chair of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on oversight. The trip, he said, allowed him to gather information first-hand before scheduled committee hearings on the progress of reconstruction in Afghanistan.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:20 am
Mon May 3, 2010

Missouri lawmakers turn to other issues as session nears end

Jefferson City, Mo. – With the state budget out of the way, Missouri lawmakers now have two weeks left to concentrate on other priorities. Legislation addressing tax credits, ethics, consolidation of state agencies, and autism insurance all remain unfinished going into the homestretch.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:59 am
Mon May 3, 2010

Critics of Missouri judicial selection process submit overhaul plan

Jefferson City, Mo. – Critics of Missouri's method of selecting appeals court and some urban trial judges have submitted a ballot measure to overhaul the process.

For decades, nominating panels have submitted finalists to the governor, who appoints one. And then judges then stand for periodic retention elections.

A ballot measure submitted Sunday would replace that system with partisan elections for all judges.

Critics say the nominating committees are secretive and attorneys have too much power.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:56 am
Mon May 3, 2010

Crane climber forces road closure in Jefferson County

St. Louis – A man who climbed a construction crane early Monday morning caused headaches for some drivers in Jefferson County.

Highway 141 near Interstate 55 re-opened just before 7 a.m. after a man who climbed a crane climbed back down. Police arrested him immediately.

Authorities were called around 4 this morning amid reports the man was yelling and cursing. They weren't sure if he was armed, so they closed part of Hwy. 141 as a precaution.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:39 pm
Sun May 2, 2010

Boeing machinists authorize potential strike

St. Louis – Employees at Boeing's Integrated Defense Systems in St. Louis voted overwhelming Sunday to authorize a strike if ongoing contract negotiations do not produce an acceptable deal.

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