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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:50 am
Mon May 17, 2010

Focus turns to Nixon as legislative session ends

Jefferson City, Mo. – Now that the 2010 Missouri legislative session is over, the focus is on Governor Jay Nixon and what he will do with the more than one hundred bills sent to him by the General Assembly.

While he got much of what he wanted, the governor is not happy that lawmakers failed to pass a major jobs bill.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:23 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Tougher air quality standards could have big repercussions for St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – Mid May signals the unofficial beginning of ozone season for St. Louis and this year the region could have many more air quality violations over previous years.

Many St. Louisans are familiar with the Clean Air Partnership's color-coded forecasting system, with green being good and red being the worst.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:19 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Navy commits to buying more F/A-18 fighter jets

St. Louis, MO – The Navy has agreed to a multi-year purchase of more than 100 F/A-18 Super Hornets, which are built by Boeing in St. Louis

Boeing and members of Missouri's congressional delegation have been asking the Pentagon for years to commit to a long-term order like this. Republican U.S. Representative Todd Akin of St. Louis says the 124-plane purchase will keep the assembly line going for four more years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:57 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Mo. House passes ethics bill

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has passed a scaled-back ethics bill that now goes to Governor Nixon.

It allows the Ethics Commission to launch investigations, restricts committee-to-committee money transfers, and requires quick reporting of donations $500 and larger made during legislative sessions.

During House floor debate, Minority Leader Paul LeVota (D, Independence) said the bill moves ethics reform in the right direction, even though it doesn't include campaign contribution limits.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:27 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Mo. House passes abortion language expansion

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has passed legislation expanding the information a woman must receive before undergoing an abortion.

State law already requires that women be told 24 hours in advance of the physical and psychological risks of abortions. This bill requires consultations be done in person and that women be given the option of viewing an ultrasound and listening to a heartbeat.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:04 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Homeless encampment cleared without confrontation

Hopeville as it looked on April 28th. All 75 residents had left the encampment by 8 a.m. Friday
(photo by Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis –

Officials with the St. Louis Department of Human Services are relieved that Friday morning's evacuation of a homeless encampment in a crumbling railroad tunnel went smoothly.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:21 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

2010 Mo. legislative session ends

Mo. House members toss sheets of paper in the air as the 2010 session ends.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Lawmakers have adjourned after a failing in a final, frantic attempt to strike a deal on a jobs bill backed by Governor Jay Nixon.

The Missouri House and Senate ended their 2010 session today by passing ethics and abortion bills on the final day.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:42 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Ex-St. Louis jail officer sentenced to prison in drug case

Left to right: Peggy Lynn O'Neal, 48; James Lamont Moore, 36; and Marilyn Denise Brown, 54.

St. Louis, MO – A former St. Louis corrections officer has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for attempting to distribute heroin to inmates of the city jail.

Peggy Lynn O'Neal pleaded guilty in March to two felony counts of attempted distribution of heroin. She was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:09 am
Fri May 14, 2010

Missouri 2010 session ends today

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Jefferson City, Mo. – The final day of the 2010 Missouri legislative session has arrived, and lawmakers have passed several bills in the past 24 hours, while some remain in doubt.

One of the bigger surprises is the passage of legislation placing new restrictions on Missouri's adult entertainment industry. The House passed the bill after holding it for three months, then the Senate passed it a few hours later. It now goes to Governor Nixon.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:07 am
Fri May 14, 2010

Mo. Senate passes ethics bill

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has passed a scaled-down version of the ethics bill passed last week by the House.

It no longer contains several items unrelated to this year's ethics debate, which included requiring voters to show a photo I.D. at the polls.

While House Speaker Pro-tem Bryan Pratt (R, Blue Springs) called the ethics bill they passed last week the most sweeping "in the universe," Senate President Pro-tem Charlie Shields (R, St. Joseph) jokingly called it a "black hole."

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