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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:24 am
Thu May 6, 2010

Road construction pool drops significantly

St. Louis – A five year transportation plan for the state released Wednesday by the Missouri Department of Transportation could shock communities with major road projects planned.

The plan released Wednesday predicts that no more than $500 million a year will be available to communities for road construction and improvements between 2011 and 2015. That's a 150 percent drop from the last plan, where the pool was $1.25 billion a year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:20 am
Thu May 6, 2010

Solutions to Illinois budget still in limbo a day before adjournment

Springfield, IL – Illinois's plans to close a $13 billion deficit are still unclear, a day before lawmakers are scheduled to leave Springfield.

Budget director David Vaught urged lawmakers on Wednesday to approve a measure that would allow the state to borrow the $4 billion it needs to make payments into the retiree pension system.

"This bill is about cash," he said. "We don't have any. So we'd like to issue bonds and sell some bonds to pay the pension funds."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:14 am
Thu May 6, 2010

Mo. House Democrats cry foul over crowded ethics bill

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Democrats in the Missouri House are crying foul over what they call a "sham" ethics bill passed by the Republican majority Thursday.

The wide-ranging bill would place a $20,000 cap on campaign contributions for candidates seeking statewide office. But the bill's language is not clear on whether that rule would apply to House and Senate members.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:42 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Firefighters' bill on way to Nixon

St. Louis, MO. – A bill allowing St. Louis firefighters to live outside of the city is on its way to Governor Nixon's desk.

The bill passed 27-3 in the Senate.

If signed by the governor, the new requirements would mirror a similar law applying to police officers which allows them to live outside the city after seven years of service.

St. Louis Democratic State Senator Joe Keaveny says the residency issue is one for the Board of Aldermen to consider, not the General Assembly

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:14 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Suspect in death of Metro East mayor arrested

St. Louis – Police in the Metro East village of Alorton, Ill. say they have arrested a man wanted in connection with the shooting death of the mayor of nearby Washington Park.

Aaron Jackson, 34, was charged with first degree murder late last month in the shooting death of John Thornton. Thornton was killed in his car early in the morning of April first.

Jackson was arrested around 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. He will be transferred to the custody of the Illinois State Police.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:04 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Mo. home care workers to unionize

Jefferson City, Mo. – A majority of home care workers in Missouri have voted in favor of union representation.

The results were announced today in Jefferson City, with about 60 percent of the state's home care workers voting to unionize. They provide various services for people who are homebound, such as transportation, shopping, cooking and bathing.

Joe Lawrence is spokesman for the Missouri Home Care Union.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:45 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Metro may delay second fare increase

St. Louis – The region's mass transit agency may wait to implement a second fare increase that was scheduled to take effect in July.

Metro's Board of Commissioners discussed the possibility of delaying the increase at the April meeting. A final decision will come later this month when commissioners vote on the agency's budget.

The fares Metro customers pay currently make up about 20 percent of the system's operating budget, agency spokeswoman Dianne Williams said. That's in line with systems and cities of a similar size.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:04 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Missouri Senate passes K2 ban

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has passed a bill that would outlaw K2, a group of synthetic compounds that mimics the effects of marijuana. But the chamber also lessened the proposed penalties for possessing the compounds.

The version passed by the House earlier this year would make possession of any amount of K2 a felony. The Senate amended the bill to make possession of less than 35 grams a misdemeanor, the same as with marijuana.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:16 am
Wed May 5, 2010

Victim kills would-be robber in Hazelwood

Hazelwood, Mo. – An alleged robber is dead after being shot by his victim in suburban St. Louis.

Hazelwood police say the robber approached the man on the street and showed a gun.

The victim gave up his wallet then pulled out a gun of his own. When the robber refused to drop his weapon, the victim pulled the trigger.

The incident happened at about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:08 pm
Tue May 4, 2010

New plan for the Boone Bridge

Daniel Boone Bridge over the Missouri River

St. Louis, MO – State transportation officials have changed their minds about the westbound span of the 75 year-old Daniel Boone Bridge over the Missouri River -- it has to go.

Originally, MODot planned to leave the existing bridge as an outer road with a bike lane. But spokesman Drew Gates says it is deteriorating and will probably have to be torn down.

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