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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:44 am
Tue March 2, 2010

Senators vote to take slugger's name off freeway

file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis – The Missouri Senate has taken another step toward removing former Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire's name from a stretch of Interstate 70.

Senators voted unanimously Monday to rename the section of freeway the Mark Twain Highway.

Several miles of I-70 were named for McGwire in 1999, a year after he hit a record 70 home runs.

In January, McGwire admitted using steroids while a player. Now he works as a hitting coach for the Cardinals.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:39 am
Tue March 2, 2010

Slay wants animal shelter closed

St. Louis – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says the city's animal shelter will close later this year because it is "outdated and incapable of humanely caring for abandoned animals."

The city has sought to replace the shelter with a new one funded by a private nonprofit organization. However, the lagging economy has slowed fundraising efforts.

Slay says the city will no longer provide what he calls "substandard" care for animals while waiting for the economy and fundraising to improve.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:44 am
Tue March 2, 2010

Mo. Senate Democrats dissent on E. coli report

Lake of the Ozarks.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Democratic members of a Missouri Senate committee have issued a report criticizing the Republican chairman's inquiry into last year's delayed release of E. coli test results from the Lake of the Ozarks.

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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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