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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:32 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

Nixon expected leadership shake-up at police board

St. Louis – Gov. Jay Nixon expected the leadership shake-up at the board overseeing the St. Louis Police Department.

But at an appearance Thursday to unveil tax credits for a social service provider, Nixon said he did not think it would happen as soon as it did.

Todd Epsten, the last Board of Police Commissioners member appointed by Governor Matt Blunt, abruptly resigned on Wednesday after he was ousted as president by a Nixon appointee, Bettye Battle-Turner.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:47 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

St. Louis Charter School renewed

Jefferson City, Mo. – While the Riverview Gardens School District awaits a state takeover, the news is much better for the St. Louis Charter School.

The State Board of Education today voted unanimously to renew the school's charter for another ten years. Head of School Tracy Garrett says some of the children who attend don't have successful lives outside the school.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:34 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

Riverview Gardens schools to be state-run

Jefferson City, Mo. – The state of Missouri is taking over another St. Louis-area school district.

The State Board of Education today voted unanimously to create a three-person state-run board to oversee the Riverview Gardens School District in North County. The district lost accreditation nearly three years ago based primarily on poor academic performance.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:39 am
Thu May 20, 2010

Kansas City man pleads guilty to funding terrorists

Kansas City, Mo. – A Kansas City man faces up to 65 years in federal prison after admitting he sent money to al-Qaida.

Khalid Ouazzani pleaded guilty Wednesday to several charges, including conspiracy to provide financial support to a terrorist organization.

The Morocco native had been an American citizen for less than a year when he took out a loan that he said was for his business.

But Wednesday he said he wired nearly $113,000 to a bank account in the United Arab Emirates to buy an apartment.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:38 am
Thu May 20, 2010

Baby drowns when car wrecks in River Des Peres

St. Louis – A baby boy drowned after his father drove into the River Des Peres Wednesday afternoon.

A witness saw the vehicle in the water, called 911 and rescued the driver. But authorities did not know about the baby until it was too late. Trenton Payne was 7 months old.

The baby's father, 24-year-old Kevin Payne, was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Authorities are awaiting toxicology tests and are looking into Payne's medical history.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:58 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

Department will release file on World Series tickets investigation

St. Louis – The St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners will not appeal a court ruling that orders it to release the files of internal investigation into officers that misused 2006 World Series tickets.

The officers were accused of giving tickets they had seized from scalpers to friends and family, who used them before giving them back to the officers, who then returned them to the property custody room.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:58 am
Wed May 19, 2010

Epsten resigns from police board

Todd Epsten

St. Louis – The former president of the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners is resigning.

Local business owner Todd Epsten announced his decision at a meeting of the board Wednesday just after being replaced as board president by Bettye Battle-Turner. Epsten then walked out of the meeting.

Turner received the votes of Governor Jay Nixon's three appointees. Epsten was the last board member appointed by former Governor Matt Blunt.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:04 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

Suitors lining up for Missouri's 13th casino license

The President Casino on the Admiral (KWMU photo)

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Gaming Commission hosted an informal meeting Tuesday for several groups vying for the license currently used to operate the President Casino, which is scheduled to close by July.

Of the 15 entities that have expressed interest, four want to use the casino license in Cape Girardeau. David Knight, co-partner of Dream Big LLC, says Cape Girardeau is the last major metro area on the state's two main rivers without a casino.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:25 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

Nixon to cut FY 2011 budget

file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is planning to cut about $350 million from next year's state budget, which was approved during the legislative session that ended last week.

The cuts are being made, in part, because of bills that failed to pass that would have eliminated two state holidays, reduced size of the Department of Revenue's Alcohol and Tobacco division, and others.

Budget Director Linda Luebbering says lawmakers also made financial assumptions that cannot be counted on.

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5:48 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

Blunt, Carnahan make campaign appearances as attention turns to US Senate race

St. Louis – Missouri Republican Roy Blunt says he shares his party's optimism about the 2010 elections.

Blunt was the guest Tuesday at the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association's public policy lunch. His likely challenger, Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan will be the guest next month.

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