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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:35 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Mo. Senate approves retrospective DNA collections

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow laws requiring DNA collections from criminals to be applied retrospectively.

The Missouri Constitution forbids retrospective laws that mandate new restrictions or requirements based on past actions. The prohibition contributed to a recent State Supreme Court ruling that invalidated some sex offender restrictions.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:18 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Groundbreaking set for new Mississippi River Bridge

St. Louis, MO – Transportation officials will mark the start of construction on the main span of the new Mississippi River Bridge next Friday, February 26.

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on the Eads Bridge, which sits just south of the future site of the new span.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:04 am
Wed February 17, 2010

Recount in Republican primary for Illinois governor continues

Chicago – There will not be an end to the Republican primary for Illinois governor until at least next Tuesday. State Senator Kirk Dillard says late-counted ballots have almost cut in half the 420-vote lead previously held by his opponent, Bill Brady.

Tuesday was the last day for local election officials to count provisional and absentee ballots, but they have until next Tuesday to report final results to the state.

Dillard said he'll wait until then to make a final decision about what to do next.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:51 am
Wed February 17, 2010

Anheuser-Busch plans more job cuts with reorganization

St. Louis – Anheuser-Busch plans to fire more workers as part of a reorganization plan, however President Dave Peacock would not say how many jobs would be cut.

The
Post-Dispatch reports the brewing giant plans to eliminate around 450 management positions across the country. At the same time the company is adding three new sales offices.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:41 am
Wed February 17, 2010

Missouri House advances autism coverage legislation

Jefferson City, Mo. – A measure that would require insurance companies to cover treatment for autistic children has cleared an important hurdle in the Missouri House.

Representatives gave initial approval Tuesday night to a bill that would require group insurance plans to cover up to $36,000 each year of behavioral therapy for people with autism younger than 18.

The measure still needs to pass another House vote. A bill in the Missouri Senate would require even broader coverage.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:38 pm
Tue February 16, 2010

Mo. House committee proposes cuts to Social Services

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri budget writers today voted to make cuts that could affect a wide range of social service programs.

State funding was reduced, and in some cases eliminated, in several areas, including domestic violence shelters, crisis pregnancy centers, community health care providers and field workers for the Division of Children.

State Representative David Sater (R, Cassville) chairs the committee that made the cuts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:24 pm
Tue February 16, 2010

Mo. Senate committee hears Cap & Trade resolution

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers continue to hold hearings on resolutions opposing various federal bills in Congress. Today, a State Senate committee took up the issue of Cap and Trade.

The federal bill would cap the amount of greenhouse gases businesses can generate, while allowing them to exceed limits if they buy "carbon credits" from companies that pollute less.

The resolution opposing Cap and Trade is sponsored by State Senator Bill Stouffer (R, Napton).

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:48 am
Tue February 16, 2010

North Side redevelopment trial underway

St. Louis – The numbers used to support developer Paul McKee's request for $400 million in tax increment financing were at the center of the trial Tuesday that challenges whether the St. Louis Board of Aldermen and city's TIF Commission followed the law when they authorized the public money.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:42 am
Tue February 16, 2010

Lawmakers hear St. Louis police local control bill

Several St. Louis police officers attend a Mo. House committee meeting at the State Capitol.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – A Missouri House committee heard testimony Monday night on a bill that would give the city of St. Louis control over its police department.

Mayor Francis Slay told the House Special Committee on Urban Issues that he wants to improve salaries and training, fix the pension fund, and explore public safety options with St. Louis County.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:02 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

One of two suits against Northside project in court Tuesday

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

St. Louis – One of two lawsuits over developer Paul McKee's proposal to rehab two square miles of North St. Louis goes in front of a judge on Tuesday.

McKee says the $400 million in tax increment financing approved last year is crucial to the $8 billion makeover. He wants to build hundreds of homes and businesses over the next 20 years.

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