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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:16 pm
Mon July 27, 2009

Slay signs minoirty participation jobs bill into law

Slay signs bill
Adam Allington (KWMU)

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed a bill into law on Monday that sets hiring quotas for minority and women participation in public works projects.

The ordinance will apply to city works projects with a base value of $1 million or more, which amounts to about 40 percent of all city construction.

25 percent of all labor hours are to be completed by minorities, 5 percent by women and 15 percent by apprentices from recognized training programs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:23 pm
Mon July 27, 2009

San Luis Apartments demolition moves forward

Demolition of San Luis began last week.
Rachel Lippmann, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – Demolition of the San Luis Apartments in the Central West End will continue.

A judge denied a motion for an injunction Monday morning. The motion had been brought by the Friends of the San Luis.

The Archdiocese owns the modernist building and plans to put in a parking lot.

Friends of the San Luis President Michael Allen says the group plans to appeal, not to save the building, but to make sure citizens can appeal future demolition permits in the city.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:02 am
Mon July 27, 2009

Slay to sign minority hiring measure

St. Louis – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is signing a measure that outlines hiring goals for minorities and women in public construction projects.

The bill covers city construction contracts of $1 million or more.

Among other things, the ordinance requires that a quarter of all labor hours go to qualified and trained minorities; five percent must go to women.

The ordinance will also set a 20 percent target for hiring workers who live in the city of St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:00 am
Mon July 27, 2009

Missouri insurance regulator wants to end confusion over quake coverage

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri insurance regulators want to clear up confusion about buying earthquake coverage in the state.

Insurance director John Huff said many agents have been asking him about the availability and cost of earthquake insurance, especially in the New Madrid seismic zone.

Huff says his department is surveying the 20 largest insurers to find out what earthquake coverage they offer - if any - along with rates and deductibles.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:58 am
Mon July 27, 2009

Bernanke holds campaign-style town hall meeting in Kansas City

Kansas City – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says he had to "hold his nose" over last year's taxpayer-financed bailouts of big financial companies. But he insists the action had to be taken to avoid a major meltdown of the U.S. financial system
and the broader economy.

Bernanke's comments came during a town-hall style meeting in Kansas City, Mo. It's to be aired this week in three installments on PBS' "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:51 am
Mon July 27, 2009

University City residents push for state audit

University City, MO – A group of University City residents has launched an effort to get a state audit of the budget for their city.

The petition drive will need to gather 2,233 valid signatures to get state auditor Susan Montee to review the city's spending plan. University City would pay the $80,000 cost.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:51 am
Mon July 27, 2009

Suspect in Berkeley shooting turns himself in

St. Louis – A teen suspected of shooting a suburban St. Louis police officer turned himself in Monday.

Sixteen year old Devante Thomas had eluded police since last Wednesday when he allegedly shot a Berkely police officer.

Officials say Thomas spent time with friends at a University City home but when the homeowner learned Thomas was wanted he convinced the teen to turn himself in.

Berkeley Police Chief Frank McCall says he breathed a sigh of relief.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:09 pm
Fri July 24, 2009

Mo. minimum wage rises with national wage

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's minimum wage of $7.05 an hour was surpassed today with the rise of the national minimum wage to $7.25 an hour.

The higher minimum wage is not welcome news to the state's business interests.

David Overfelt, President of the Missouri Retailers Association, says it will force companies to cut back the number of available positions.

"The job market is tough as it is, and this is going to hurt anybody that is looking to get into the work force," Overfelt said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:46 pm
Fri July 24, 2009

Ameren asks to raise rates 18 percent

St. Louis, MO – AmerenUE wants to raise electric rates for Missouri customers by 18 percent.

The rate hike request, which is one of the largest the St. Louis-based utility has made in two decades, would mean an additional $180 a year for the average customer.

Ameren president Warner Baxter says the $400 million request is not related to the company's inability to get a legislative vote this year on a new nuclear reactor in mid-Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:25 pm
Fri July 24, 2009

Neighborhood watchdogs keep tabs on vacant, foreclosed homes

St. Louis – In neighborhoods where foreclosures have left homes vacant and boarded-up, property values drop, the tax base erodes and crime may take root.

But what if residents fight back? What if people are aggressive in combating foreclosures by keeping an eye on houses that are abandoned?

As part of the KWMU series "Facing the Mortgage Crisis," Repps Hudson spoke with some St. Louis residents who are trying to protect their neighborhoods.

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