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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:31 am
Fri February 26, 2010

Former grain dealer gets 9 years in Ponzi scheme

Many of Gieseker's victims live in and around Audrain County, Missouri. (photo: Matt Sepic/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – A Missouri woman has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison for a grain fraud scheme that bilked farmers out of at least $27 million.

Cathy Gieseker of Martinsburg was sentenced Thursday in St. Louis federal court. She pleaded guilty to felony mail fraud last year.

Judge Charles Shaw ordered Gieseker to pay restitution to all of the victims, though it is not clear how much money she has available.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:33 pm
Thu February 25, 2010

Mo. House passes infractions correction

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon this afternoon signed the first bill of the 2010 session into law.

It reverses a 2009 law that reclassified some minor traffic offenses as infractions instead of misdemeanors, to help courts handle the cases more efficiently.

But several prosecutors and judges interpreted the law to mean that state troopers no longer had the authority to write tickets for infractions.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:04 pm
Thu February 25, 2010

Researchers develop new tool against tick-borne diseases

Wash U researcher Brian Allan studied the lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum), the most common of several disease-carrying ticks in Missouri.
(Photo courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control)

St. Louis, MO – Ticks will suck the blood of just about anything: squirrels, birds, deer - and of course, people. They can also transmit disease.

Washington University post-doctoral researcher Brian Allan wanted to figure out which wild animals carry those tick-borne diseases. And he used the ticks' bloody meal, to do it.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:51 pm
Thu February 25, 2010

Blight early focus of second day of McKee trial

St. Louis – A parade of St. Louis city aldermen were on the hot seat Thursday in the trial challenging their approval of $390 million in public financing for a massive redevelopment of north St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:14 pm
Thu February 25, 2010

Daytona 500 winner honored at Mo. Capitol

A replica of the race car Jamie McMurray used to win the 2010 Daytona 500 sits at the foot of the steps of the Mo. Capitol.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and legislative leaders welcomed 2010 Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray to the State Capitol today.

The Joplin native won NASCAR's biggest race of the year on February 14th, which was marred by delays caused by crumbling pavement.

McMurray drove a replica of the car he raced that day onto the south lawn of the State Capitol and was greeted by a crowd of about a hundred fans and politicians.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:36 am
Thu February 25, 2010

Quinn plans to cut $2 billion from state budget

Quinn (file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is considering cutting more than $2 billion from next year's state budget, but that would still leave a nearly $11.5 billion deficit.

That's according to preliminary information the governor released Wednesday. A new web site, budget.illinois.gov, suggests cuts to everything from education to public safety.

Quinn's Budget Director David Vaught said the outlook is dire but realistic.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:10 pm
Wed February 24, 2010

Undocumented immigrants in Mo. could attend college under bill

Jefferson City, Mo. – Legislation in the Missouri Senate would allow some undocumented immigrants who've graduated from Missouri high schools to receive in-state tuition from state-run universities.

The bill would require a student to provide an affidavit stating that he or she will apply to become a permanent U.S. resident.

The sponsor, Senator Jolie Justus (D, Kansas City), asked for support before a State Senate committee.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:07 pm
Wed February 24, 2010

Parents as Teachers supporters lobby Mo. lawmakers

Missouri State Capitol.

Jefferson City, Mo. – Supporters of the Parents as Teachers program lobbied Missouri lawmakers today, in hopes of persuading them not to cut their funding for the next school year.

The program is facing a $4 million cut in Governor Jay Nixon's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2011.

Parents as Teachers was designed to train parents in child development skills before their kids reach school age. Mary Ann Sander coordinates the program in the west central Missouri town of Centralia.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:43 pm
Wed February 24, 2010

State awards River City Casino a gaming license

Clayton, MO – The St. Louis area officially has its seventh casino. State regulators approved a gaming license for Pinnacle Entertainment's River City Casino Wednesday.

The company plans to open the 90,000 square-foot River City Casino in Lemay in south St. Louis County next week.

Pinnacle regional vice-president Todd George told the state gaming commission that they are hoping to generate about as much money as the company's Lumiere Place casino in downtown St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:49 pm
Wed February 24, 2010

St. Louis aldermen among witnesses at McKee trial Thursday

St. Louis – Board president Lewis Reed and four other St. Louis aldermen are scheduled to take the stand Thursday in one of two trials challenging a massive redevelopment in north St. Louis.

The lawsuit says the aldermen did not thoroughly investigate Paul McKee's $8 billion project before they authorized $390 million in tax incentives for the developer. McKee wants to build housing and businesses in a two-square mile area.

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