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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:15 pm
Fri April 30, 2010

Census takers hit the streets on Saturday

George Best with the U.S. Census Bureau shows reporters the bags that census workers going door-to-door will have with them.
(St. Louis Public Radio photo)

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis lagged behind the national average in responding to the mail-in Census, so the mayor and police chief are touting the importance of participation in the door-to-door effort.

The mail-in participation rate in St. Louis was 67 percent. That's three-percent better than in 2000 but below this year's national average of 72 percent.

Mayor Francis Slay says that below-average participation will cost the city in the long run when it comes to federal funds sent to St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:00 am
Fri April 30, 2010

Activists hope hundreds will rally at Kiener Plaza for immigrants' rights

St. Louis – Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu is expected to be one of nearly a dozen speakers Saturday at a rally in downtown St. Louis for immigrant's rights.

Organizers hope to get at least 1,000 people to turn out for the event or more people turn out for the event at Kiener Plaza. The St. Louis march is one of a series of events across the country to push for reform to the country's immigration laws. May 1st has over the last few years become a big day for such rallies.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:59 am
Fri April 30, 2010

Wash U professor makes TIME's 100

Michael Sherraden, Washington University Professor of Social Work.
Photo credit: Geoff Story.

St. Louis, MO. – A Washington University professor has made TIME Magazine's list this year of the world's 100 most influential people.

Michael Sherraden is a Professor of Social Work and the founder and director of the Brown School's Center for Social Development.

He's best-known for encouraging saving and investing among the poor, called "asset building."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:46 pm
Thu April 29, 2010

Financial shortfalls shutter charter school

St. Louis – A St. Louis charter school will close its doors immediately due to a lack of funding.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:42 pm
Thu April 29, 2010

SLPS board approves 2011 budget

St. Louis – The board overseeing the St. Louis Public Schools has approved a plan to close a $58 million gap in the 2011 budget for the district.

The budget approved Thursday without opposition closes six schools. The district is looking to save $34 million in personnel costs, and is trying to avoid layoffs through early retirement and letting go uncertified teachers. Some administrators are taking the equivalent of a 12 percent pay cut, and retirees will not get a three percent cost of living adjustment.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:21 pm
Thu April 29, 2010

Mo. General Assembly passes state budget

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri General Assembly has passed the state budget and sent it to Governor Jay Nixon eight days before the legally-mandated deadline.

Despite the quick work that led to the budget getting passed more than a week early, Senate Budget Chair Rob Mayer (R, Dexter) says deciding what needed to be cut was difficult.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:29 pm
Thu April 29, 2010

Chinese biotech leaders pay a visit to St. Louis

Chinese biotech leaders gather at the RCGA in St. Louis.
(Photo credit: V. LaCapra)

St. Louis, MO – A delegation of about 40 Chinese biotech company leaders and investors are in St. Louis this week, looking for potential business and partnering opportunities.

Dr. Jun Ren is the CEO of the Shanghai Newsummit Biopharma Group, and the spokesperson for the Chinese biotech delegation.

He says he hopes the trip will strengthen the relationship between St. Louis and China in the life sciences and biotech industries.

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