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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:50 pm
Tue March 2, 2010

Pinnacle gets a reprieve on issue of repairing the President casino

St. Louis – A Missouri appeals court has ruled that the state's gaming regulators did not follow their own processes when they ruled in July that the struggling President Casino could not be repaired or moved without a new license.

The ruling from the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District does not say that the Missouri Gaming Commission reached the wrong conclusion. It says that Pinnacle was not afforded due process rights in front of the Commission

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:43 pm
Tue March 2, 2010

New Botanical Garden president outlines vision

Peter Wyse Jackson

St. Louis, MO. – The Missouri Botanical Garden introduced its new president to the public Tuesday.

Peter Wyse Jackson will assume his new post September 1. He replaces long-time Garden president Peter Raven, who's retiring.

Wyse Jackson said under his leadership, the Garden will enter a new era, but will also maintain "business as usual."

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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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