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8:23 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Mo. GOP lawmakers send letters to Nixon, Koster

Missouri State Capitol.

Jefferson City, Mo. – Republican lawmakers in Missouri have sent letters to Governor Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster, both Democrats, regarding federal health care legislation in Washington.

The letter to Nixon asks him to "take action" against federal mandates the GOP says will result in financial disaster.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:11 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Mo. Supreme Court hears medical malpractice case

The Missouri Supreme Court

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Supreme Court today heard arguments regarding how much money people can be awarded in medical malpractice cases.

In 2005, James and Mary Klotz won a lawsuit against a St. Louis area hospital, after James contracted a staph infection while receiving a pacemaker.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:50 am
Thu January 14, 2010

Quinn light on specifics in first State of the State address

Quinn (file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn gave his first State of the State address yesterday.

He touched on topics from biofuels to high speed rail, but spoke little about Illinois' biggest issue - the budget.

Amanda Vinicky has more.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:45 am
Thu January 14, 2010

ABB plant reopens

An ambulance waits outside the ABB plant in north St. Louis after the Jan. 7 shooting. (photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – A St. Louis electrical equipment plant reopened today, a week after a disgruntled worker went on a shooting rampage and killed three fellow employees before turning the gun on himself.

ABB spokesman Bob Fesmire said today will be devoted to counseling sessions, not production.

"We moved from the shock phase [to] the grieving process," Fesmire said. "And you could say today is the first day of the recovery process, and we'll take it as it comes. Everybody's got to be there for each other."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:25 am
Thu January 14, 2010

Historic Sumner High has six months to improve

St. Louis, MO –
St. Louis' historic Sumner High School is being given six months to improve or risk being shut down at the end of the school year. St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams outlined eight goals Thursday night all of which must be met, he said, for Sumner to remain open as a high school.

The benchmarks include increasing the attendance rate to 85 percent, reducing student suspensions by 10 percent and graduating all 90 students still enrolled as seniors.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:18 pm
Wed January 13, 2010

Audit finds Mo. needs to keep better track of sales tax exemptions

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

Jefferson City, Mo. – An audit finds that Missouri needs to do a better job of tracking how much revenue is lost through sales tax exemptions.

State Auditor Susan Montee says the state currently has 131 exemptions for things such as utilities, construction materials, food and medicine.

"It is a number of $150 billion that is being subtracted off of gross sales revenue...five years ago in our report it was $120 billion," Montee said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:30 pm
Wed January 13, 2010

Mo. GOP pledges to back traditional values

(l-r) Mo. Senate Pres. Pro-tem Charlie Shields (R, St. Joseph), Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R), House Speaker Ron Richard (R, Joplin).
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Republican leaders in the Missouri House and Senate returned to their party's traditional themes, after talking up ethics and the economy on the legislature's opening day last week.

Led by Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, GOP leaders pledged first and foremost not to raise taxes this year.

"Taking more money from Missouri families is not a sensible solution to fix whatever budget problems we face today," Kinder said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:22 pm
Wed January 13, 2010

Hundreds rally in opposition to federal health care overhaul

Hundreds rally in opposition to proposed federal health care legislation at the Missouri Capitol on Wednesday
(St. Louis Public Radio photo/Marshall Griffin)

Jefferson City, Mo – About 400 people gathered inside the Missouri Capitol Wednesday to oppose federal health care legislation.

About three dozen Republican lawmakers were among the participants in the rally in support of a state constitutional amendment allowing Missouri residents to opt out of the overhaul.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:17 pm
Wed January 13, 2010

Quinn pushes for tax overhaul in State of the State

Springfield, Ill. – In his state of the state address Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said he wants to overhaul the tax system to make it fair and also bring in more money for state government.

The Democratic governor said Illinois taxes the poor too heavily.

He said taxes could be cut for five million people through tax credits, bigger personal exemptions and other changes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:48 pm
Wed January 13, 2010

Mo. Supreme Court to consider constitutionality of medical malpractice caps

St. Louis – The Missouri Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Thursday in a case challenging the constitutionality of the caps on medical malpractice awards in the state.

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