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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:25 pm
Mon March 1, 2010

Mo. House committee passes local control bill

St. Louis Police Headquarters.
KWMU.

Jefferson City, Mo. – A Missouri House committee Monday night voted to allow the city of St. Louis to regain control over its police department, which has been under state control since the Civil War.

Debate was contentious at times, especially as committee Chairman Theodore Hoskins (D, Berkeley), who supports the bill, refused to allow opponents to add on any amendments.

Joe Steiger of the St. Louis Police Officer's Association described himself as furious.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:35 pm
Mon March 1, 2010

Opponents of DOJ report in Kirkwood unveil their own plan for the city

St. Louis – A group of Kirkwood citizens who rejected a mediation agreement designed to address racial tensions in the city is set to release its own plan.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:17 pm
Mon March 1, 2010

Arts group tries new community funding approach

Maggie Ginestra and Amelia Colette Jones came up with the idea for Sloup

St. Louis – Around the country arts organizations are starting a new trend in community arts funding. Groups like Feast in Brooklyn and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis are hosting soup dinners where for about $10 patrons get soup, bread and a packet containing proposals submitted by artists. After a vote by everyone at the dinner the proceeds are awarded to the artist with the most votes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:30 am
Mon March 1, 2010

St. Louis needs to improve culture of entrepreneurship, business professor says

St. Louis – The St. Louis area has a disproportionally low number of small businesses and people who are self-employed.

Saint Louis University business professor Jerome Katz said only 150 of every 100,000 people here work for themselves; that's about half the national average.

Katz said St. Louis never developed a strong culture of entrepreneurship because it was historically a corporate headquarters town.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:26 am
Mon March 1, 2010

Quinn continues push for income tax hike

Chicago – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he'll still press for an income tax hike even though he has received no assurances that a bill would pass the General Assembly.

The governor will give his budget address next week.

Quinn says he discussed a tax increase with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton last week.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:23 am
Mon March 1, 2010

School districts jockey to avoid state funding cuts

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's budget troubles have opened divisions among public schools, which are jockeying over what should get cut.

Governor Jay Nixon has said Missouri cannot afford a $43 million midyear funding boost that schools had been expecting. There are at least two competing plans for how to make that reduction.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:21 am
Mon March 1, 2010

MODOT: I-64 overhaul didn't hurt businesses

St. Louis – The two-year rebuilding project that shut down sections of Interstate 64 in the St. Louis area did not significantly hurt businesses along the route.

That's the finding of a survey commissioned by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The study says there was not much difference in the performance of businesses near the interstate and those elsewhere in the region.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:21 am
Mon March 1, 2010

Pfizer reaches deal with county on tax bill

St. Louis – The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has reached a deal to pay additional property tax to St. Louis County.

Pfizer received a 50 percent tax abatement on a new research building it opened in Chesterfield in 2009. The project generated 1,000 new jobs. But later that year, the company laid off 600 of those workers, and county officials considered requiring the company to pay 100 percent of its tax bill. The deal will require Pfizer to pay 80 percent.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:31 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

Local groups target earnings tax petitions

St. Louis – A group of St. Louis city officials, employees and community activists is fighting an effort to dump the city's one percent earnings tax.

Retired investment banker Rex Sinquefield is behind the effort. He says the taxes here and in Kansas City are bad for business and job growth. The petitions he's helped sponsor would put the issue to a statewide vote. Opponents are asking people to refuse to sign those petitions.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:13 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

Stalled jobs bill forces bid delays in Missouri

St. Louis – The ongoing fight over a jobs bill in Congress has forced the Missouri Department of Transportation to delay bidding on road projects for a month - and the delays could get worse.

The U.S. Senate last week overwhelmingly approved a $15 billion job creation bill earlier this week. But it's much smaller than the $154 billion measure the House signed off on in December, and that's aroused vicious opposition from some members of the House Democratic caucus.

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