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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:31 am
Tue April 27, 2010

Kirkwood man seeks halt to construction of shooting memorial

St. Louis – A judge will decide whether construction may move forward on a memorial to honor the victims of the Kirkwood City Hall shooting.

The memorial is nearing completion, but resident Michael Moore claims in a lawsuit that the use of public money for the project is illegal.

Moore wants a halt to construction until his suit is heard.

The shooting happened in February 2008 when disgruntled resident Cookie Thornton killed two police officers and four city officials during a meeting at City Hall.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:13 am
Tue April 27, 2010

Red light camera ban advances in Missouri Senate

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has added a statewide ban on red-light traffic cameras to a broad transportation bill.

Republican Jim Lembke of St. Louis has tried for years to ban the cameras. Senators approved his amendment by a 23-8 vote Monday, but Senate leaders later voiced skepticism about its chances of staying in the bill.

The measure still needs final votes in the Senate and House.

Senators also added an amendment to end mandatory vehicle inspections every two years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:56 am
Tue April 27, 2010

Suit claims deficiencies in state mental health care for deaf

St. Louis – A lawsuit filed against the Missouri Department of Mental Health in federal court Monday claims the department has failed to provide adequate services to the deaf.

The suit was brought by the Missouri Association for the Deaf and 13 deaf individuals.

They say the department lacks mental health professionals with an understanding of deaf culture or mental illness among the deaf.

And they say the department does not have enough sign language interpreters.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:21 am
Tue April 27, 2010

Washington University hosts debate over future of coal

Debaters Fred Palmer (left) and Bruce Nilles (right), with moderator Bryan Walsh.
(Photo credit: V. LaCapra)

St. Louis, MO – The debate pitted Peabody Energy against the Sierra Club.

The Senior Vice President of Government Relations for Peabody Energy, Fred Palmer, said that our current energy production capacity cannot support sustained economic growth worldwide.

"Coal reserves around the globe are sufficient to provide for centuries of expanded clean coal use, to allow more people to live longer and live better."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:38 pm
Mon April 26, 2010

Mo. budget negotiations moving swiftly

Jefferson City, Mo. – Negotiators working on Missouri's budget for next year are making quick progress toward an agreement, but that's not necessarily good news.

One of the conferees, State Senator Joan Bray (D, St. Louis), says the quick pace can be attributed to a general consensus that big cuts are needed to Governor Jay Nixon's original spending plan.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:30 pm
Mon April 26, 2010

Missouri's tax credit system audited

Mo. Auditor Susan Montee discusses the results of an audit into tax credits.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – A state audit finds that the financial impact of Missouri's tax credits is not being accurately measured, and that better oversight is needed.

Fifteen tax credit programs were examined during the audit. State Auditor Susan Montee says the projected impacts offered by legislative staffers were off by more than a billion dollars.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:16 pm
Mon April 26, 2010

Executive order saves state $3 million

Gov. Jay Nixon surveys a chart showing energy consumption at the state Capitol complex.
(photo by Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – Gov. Jay Nixon says an executive order he signed last April has saved the state $3 million.

The order requires all agencies in state-owned buildings to reduce their energy consumption by 2 percent a year for the next 10 years, and applies to about 1,000 buildings statewide. Since 2009, Nixon said, the state has reduced its consumption by 5.6 percent, mostly by reducing electricity use.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:40 am
Mon April 26, 2010

Giannoulias defends failed family bank in new campaign ad

Chicago – Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias released his first TV ad for his U.S. Senate campaign today.

It comes as the Democrat tries to contain the political fallout from the collapse of his family's bank.

Regulators shut down Broadway Bank in Chicago Friday after giving Giannoulias' family 90 days to raise $85 million.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:25 am
Mon April 26, 2010

Arch grounds design teams to meet public this week

(photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – The five design team finalists in the Arch grounds competition will be in St. Louis this week.

The groups will tour the city and meet with technical advisers about the project.
Then on Wednesday night they'll take part in "Meet the Design Teams, "an event at the Roberts Orpheum Theater to be moderated by sportscaster Joe Buck.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:19 am
Mon April 26, 2010

Sinkhole causes traffic headaches in University City

St. Louis – Many St. Louis-area commuters are being forced to find alternative routes after a huge sinkhole closed a busy intersection.

The southbound lanes of Big Bend Boulevard near Forest Park Parkway in University City were shut down Sunday because of the sinkhole, and crews aren't sure when the road will reopen.

St. Louis County crews are still trying to figure out what caused the sinkhole, though one possibility is heavy rain that has hit the region over the past several days.

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