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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:26 pm
Thu March 25, 2010

Audit finds ongoing problems with personnel record-keeping in city sheriff's office

St. Louis – The latest audit of city departments in St. Louis has found several employees of the sheriff's department were paid for full-time work without putting in the required hours.

State auditor Susan Montee released her review of the Sheriff and Public Utilities departments Thursday. They are the 22nd and 23rd of the citizen-requested audits, which will conclude with a report on the mayor's office and a round-up in April.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:48 pm
Thu March 25, 2010

Mo. House passes state budget

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has passed a $23 billion state budget for next year.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle conceded that passing a budget filled with millions in cuts to education and social services was a grim task. But State Representative Tim Jones (R, Eureka) said it could have been a lot worse.

"Illinois' budget gap this year is 44 percent...I do not know where you even begin to close a gap such as that," Jones said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:55 pm
Thu March 25, 2010

Wash U and Barnes to provide neurological care to retired football players

St. Louis, MO – Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital will participate in a new program to provide neurological care to retired professional football players.

The National Football League has selected Wash U and Barnes as one of five medical centers to participate in the program, along with centers in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:52 pm
Thu March 25, 2010

DNR discusses options for electronic waste disposal

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St. Louis, MO – The amount of electronic waste generated by U.S. consumers is steadily increasing.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that in 2005, at least 26 million computers became obsolete - six million more than in 1998. By 2007, discarded TVs, computers, cell phones and other "e-waste" totaled about five billion pounds.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:39 am
Thu March 25, 2010

Rebuilt Taum Sauk Reservoir to operate soon

The rebuilt Taum Sauk Reservoir on Proffit Mountain.
(Photo courtesy of AmerenUE)

St. Louis, MO – AmerenUE officials say its rebuilt Taum Sauk Reservoir in southeastern Missouri is on schedule to be operating early this summer.

The old reservoir collapsed in December 2005, sending more than a billion gallons of water rushing down Proffit Mountain, wiping out Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park and injuring the park ranger's family.

AmerenUE spokesman Michael West says they have taken specific steps to ensure the new reservoir's safety.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:27 am
Thu March 25, 2010

Lawmakers cut pensions for future Illinois state employees

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois is one step away from a two-tiered pension system for most public employees. The House and Senate easily approved changes for future workers Wednesday. Those currently on the payroll and retirees won't be affected. But anyone hired beginning next year will be required to work until age 67 and face limits on how much they can receive in retirement.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:47 pm
Wed March 24, 2010

Pete Rahn resigning from MoDOT

Pete Rahn announces his resignation as MoDOT Director, effective April 23rd.
MoDOT

Jefferson City, Mo. – Pete Rahn has announced his resignation as Director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, effective April 23rd.

He's been the head of MoDOT since September 2004. Rahn oversaw the massive redesign of U.S.40/I-64 in St. Louis and the approval of the program to replace or repair more than 800 aging bridges in Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:37 pm
Wed March 24, 2010

Suspect charged in police officer's death

A St. Louis Police officer watches as the patrol car that was driven by 27 year-old officer David Haynes is loaded onto a flatbed in St. Louis Wednesday.
(UPI photo)

St. Louis, MO – A suspect involved in a chase that led to the death of a St. Louis police officer has been charged with second-degree murder.

Twenty-three year old Sheldon Beckham was taken into custody Wednesday.

Officer David Haynes, 27, was killed when his patrol car collided with two other vehicles at South Kingshighway and Oleatha as he pursued a burglary suspect.

Authorities said the cruiser's lights and sirens were on.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:58 pm
Wed March 24, 2010

Mo. House cuts salaries for Nixon staffers

file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri House members working on budget cuts today turned their attention to staff members working for Governor Jay Nixon and other statewide office holders.

On a mostly party-line vote, House members voted to cut the salaries of top aides who earn more than $86,500 a year down to that figure.

The sponsor, State Representative Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City), says Governor Nixon has a lot of high earners on his staff.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:24 am
Wed March 24, 2010

Nixon proposes slashing tax credits by half

St. Louis – Missouri governor Jay Nixon wants to cut the state's $650 million dollar tax credit program in half.

The budget Nixon outlined in January faces as much as a $500 million shortfall amid dwindling tax revenues and uncertain federal aid.

Nixon's economic development director outlined a plan to consolidate the state's 60 tax-credit programs into six broader initiatives. Those include redevelopment, low-income housing, and the financial and insurance industries.

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