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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:46 pm
Thu March 4, 2010

Mo. House leader wants to fully fund K-12 schools

House Budget Chair Allen Icet (R, Wildwood) takes questions from reporters during a press conference at the State Capitol.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Despite Missouri's ever-decreasing revenue picture, the chair of the House Budget Committee wants to fully fund the state's public schools.

Allen Icet (R, Wildwood) is proposing increasing K-12 funding by $106 million while cutting other areas of state government to make up the difference.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:19 pm
Thu March 4, 2010

Can new St. Louis casino compete in crowded marketplace?

The main gaming floor at River City Casino
(photo courtesy of Pinnacle Entertainment)

St. Louis – The state of Missouri's 13th casino opens its doors to gamblers Thursday. Pinnacle's River City Casino in south St. Louis County joins a crowded marketplace. There will now be seven casinos within about 30 miles of one another in the St. Louis region.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:52 am
Thu March 4, 2010

Plan to contract animal control won't save money

St. Louis – The city of St. Louis is pushing forward to bid a contract for sheltering animals, but the move will not save money, at lest not initially.

Earlier this week Mayor Francis Slay said the city would close its animal pound, saying it's too small and outdated.

St. Louis Health Department director Pam Walker said the city would pay a private group $550,000 a year to shelter the animals. And she said the city plans to spend another $250,000 to keep four animal control officers on city streets.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:34 pm
Wed March 3, 2010

Plaintiffs wrap testimony in trial over $8 billion development plan

St. Louis – The two people most instrumental in negotiating the agreement between the city of St. Louis and developer Paul McKee were on the stand Wednesday in the trial challenging the validity of those agreements.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:14 pm
Wed March 3, 2010

Mo. House endorses health care resolution

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a proposed constitutional amendment designed to block compulsory participation in any national health care system.

It's one of several resolutions expressing opposition to federal bills and proposals supported by President Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:55 pm
Wed March 3, 2010

Mo. Senate approves requiring only 1 license plate per vehicle

Mo. Dept. of Revenue

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's requirement of both front and back license plates for vehicles may be coming to an end.

The Missouri Senate today gave first-round approval to a vehicle regulation bill that includes an amendment requiring only one license plate on the back of cars, trucks, vans and SUV's.

The measure was sponsored by State Senator Matt Bartle (R, Lee's Summit).

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:20 am
Wed March 3, 2010

Missouri unemployment falls slightly even as state sheds jobs

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's unemployment rate fell slightly in January, but the state also shed nearly 13,000 jobs.

The losses were offset by gains in manufacturing, retail trade, management and government.

The state Department of Economic Development reports that the jobless rate dipped one-tenth of a percentage point to 9.5 percent. The national average for January was 9.7 percent.

In its report Tuesday, the agency pinned some January job losses on cold weather.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:15 am
Wed March 3, 2010

More state government cuts likely as revenue drop continues

Jefferson City, Mo. – Some Republican lawmakers want Gov. Jay Nixon to submit a new budget proposal because Missouri's revenues are falling at nearly twice the expected rate.

Nixon met yesterday with groups of House and Senate members to discuss the revenue problems. He said more cuts and structural changes must be made in state government.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Rob Mayer said Republicans asked Nixon to provide new recommendations for cuts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:43 pm
Tue March 2, 2010

Mo. Senate committee hears STL police bill

Jefferson City, Mo. – Supporters and opponents of local control for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department returned today to the State Capitol to plead their cases.

Like its House counterpart, the Senate bill would allow the city of St. Louis to run its own police force, which has been under state control since the Civil War.

Mayor Francis Slay sought to reassure a State Senate committee that the city has no interest in changing residency requirements or taking control of police pensions.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:10 pm
Tue March 2, 2010

Montee releases audit of restricted fund use

Mo. Auditor Susan Montee
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – An audit released today finds that some state funds that are supposed to be restricted to specific needs are being used to help pay the daily cost of running Missouri's government.

State Auditor Susan Montee says restricted funds being used for other purposes include money that should be going to veterans cemeteries and to Access Missouri scholarships.

"In Fiscal Year 2009 alone, $207,000 was transferred out of Access Missouri and into the general revenue stream," Montee said.

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