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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:34 am
Mon September 21, 2009

Report: Missouri ranks low for economic development

St. Louis – A new national report gives Missouri low marks for job creation. The study from the Corporation for Enterprise Development, a think tank, ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia in areas such as the ability to draw employers.

Missouri ranked near the bottom in business development. But the group's president Andrea Levere said the state provides strong support to small firms.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:31 am
Mon September 21, 2009

Missouri GOP looks askance at Nixon's Republican appointments

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Republican Party is casting a critical eye at several of Gov. Jay Nixon's recent appointments.

The Democratic governor appointed Kelley Martin, of Kansas City to a Republican slot on the Development Finance Board. And he picked attorney Stephen Miller for a GOP position on the Highway Commission.

Both appointees contributed to Nixon and have given more money to Democrats than to Republicans in recent elections.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:04 pm
Fri September 18, 2009

Parole denied for 3 Mo. women

Jefferson City, MO – Three women serving life sentences in Missouri for murdering their husbands were denied parole today.

In three separate cases, Vicky Williams, Carlene Borden and Ruby Jamerson all cited domestic violence as the reason for killing their husbands.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:52 pm
Fri September 18, 2009

Nixon singles out investment, education as key economic challenges

RCGA President Dick Fleming and Governor Jay Nixon
Adam Allington, St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis, MO – Governor Jay Nixon says Missouri is the only state in the Midwest with a triple-A bond rating despite the recession.

The governor was at the headquarters of Express Scripts where he met with business leaders to discuss the challenges facing the regional economy.

He said while Missouri isn't able to match some of the tax incentives offered by other states, the state's excellent bond rating assures that the state can leverage capital.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:38 am
Fri September 18, 2009

Former St. Louis policeman gets three months in prison for taking drug cash

St. Louis – A former St. Louis police officer has been sentenced to three months in prison and ordered to pay back $8,000 for stealing and splitting drug-linked money with other officers.

Leo Liston. 35, of St. Louis pleaded guilty in May to misapplying money seized in a June 2008 drug raid and writing a false report to cover his crime. Liston resigned from the force in April.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:36 am
Fri September 18, 2009

American makes big cuts to flights from St. Louis

St. Louis – American Airlines is making drastic cuts to flights from St. Louis. By next summer, the carrier will drop 46 flights and 20 destinations from its schedule at Lambert Airport.

That will leave just 36 American departures each day from St. Louis to nine cities.

American spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan said the flights will not be coming back any time soon.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:38 pm
Thu September 17, 2009

Mortgage fraud targeted by state Attorneys General

Chris Koster
(file)

Jefferson City, MO – Attorneys General from eight states, including Missouri's Chris Koster and Illinois' Lisa Madigan, discussed combating mortgage fraud today in Washington, DC, with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal officials.

Koster says he and his colleagues began preparations for a joint federal-state effort against fraud in the areas of mortgage refinancing and debt settlement.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:26 am
Thu September 17, 2009

Despite his ambitions, McKee has a long way to go to overcome financial and political barriers

Paul McKee (photo: Matt Sepic/St. Louis Public Radio)

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:37 am
Thu September 17, 2009

Chancellor says Washington University needs $30 million budget cut

(UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – Washington University's chancellor says the institution needs to cut $30 million from its budget to make up for an expected shortfall.

Mark Wrighton announced the need for the cuts in an e-mail to faculty and staff Wednesday.
The shortfall primarily affects the main campus, not the medical school.

The university's endowment is down 30 percent from its peak value two years ago.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:31 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

No overrides during Mo. veto session

Mo. House members conduct business during the 2009 veto session.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, MO – None of Governor Jay Nixon's vetoes were overridden today during the Missouri General Assembly's annual veto session.

Lawmakers in the Missouri House talked about several bills that didn't get past Governor Nixon, but only attempted to override one: A bill that would have created an oversight committee to examine the state's use of federal stimulus money.

State Representative Jason Smith (R, Salem) sponsored the motion.

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