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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:55 am
Wed March 24, 2010

Mo. House debates, cuts state budget

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House spent several hours Tuesday debating what to include and what to cut from the state budget.

Among the proposals is a list of salary reductions for the state's agency heads. It's sponsored by State Representative Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City).

"I just think that if we're going to be firing state employees and if we're going to be talking about how government needs to tighten its belt, then we need to start and tighten our belt, from the top," Silvey said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:44 am
Wed March 24, 2010

Mo. Senate adopts budget-cutting suggestions

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate took a day off from regular business Tuesday to review hundreds of suggestions on how to cut state government costs.

Many of the suggestions came from citizens across the state, sent in via email to a special website set up by the Missouri Senate.

Senator Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) says one suggestion is to furlough state workers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:38 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

St. Louis to host exhibit of art and relics from Vatican

A chalice used by Pope John Paul II is one of nearly 200 objects that will be displayed at the Missouri History Museum for \"Vatican Splendors.\"
(copyright Citta del Vaticano)

St. Louis – The city of St. Louis has been selected to host one of the largest exhibits of art and religious symbols from the Vatican.

The Missouri History Museum in Forest Park is the first of three North American sites for the "Vatican Splendors" exhibit. It will also stop in Pennsylvania and Florida.

Museum officials used the strong Catholic heritage of St. Louis to help attract the exhibit. But Archbishop Robert Carlson said the exhibit has broader appeal.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:24 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

Funding restored for crisis nurseries

St. Louis – The Missouri Department of Social Services has restored full funding to the state's 12 crisis nurseries.

The facilities provide emergency shelter for young children whose families are under severe strain and may be at risk of abusing or neglecting the children. Earlier this week, DSS had informed the nurseries, which are funded through a combination of private donations and state funds, that they would not receive state dollars until July.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:00 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

Metro East prosecutor withdraws plea deal in crash involving trooper

St. Louis – Prosecutors in St. Clair County have withdrawn a plea bargain offered to an Illinois state trooper accused of homicide in a freeway wreck that killed two sisters.

State's attorney Robert Haida said Tuesday he believes it's in the best interests of the victim's parents that he prosecute trooper Matt Mitchell for reckless homicide. He says complications with a civil case halted the deal, but would not elaborate.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:53 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

Nixon fills out St. Louis police board

St. Louis – Governor Jay Nixon has named a former circuit judge and a chiropractor to the board that oversees the St. Louis police department.

The appointments of Michael B. Calvin and Michael Gerdine to the Board of Police Commissioners need Senate approval. Calvin served on the bench of the St. Louis circuit court for 29 years, and heard cases at the state Supreme Court three times. He has also served as a truancy court judge at Beaumont High School.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:31 am
Tue March 23, 2010

Illinois lawmakers propose four-day school week

Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois House wants to give struggling schools a chance at saving money by having students in class only four days a week.

The measure advanced easily to the state Senate. The sponsor, Republican Bill Black, said it would require schools that drop a day to have longer hours when school is in session.

But opponents including Democrat Monique Davis of Chicago said the state should not force students and their families to deal with the state's money problems.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:27 am
Tue March 23, 2010

Students protest cuts to state grants

St. Louis – Students at Missouri's private colleges and universities are speaking out against Governor Jay Nixon's plan to cut state scholarships and grants.

At Missouri Baptist University in suburban St. Louis, students gathered Monday to make phone calls and write letters to the governor.

Amid dwindling tax revenue, Nixon wants to eliminate the $4,600 per year that students at private schools may receive in Access Missouri grants.

Missouri Baptist sophomore Angela Dickson said the money is vital.

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