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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:46 pm
Wed February 3, 2010

Slay open to most ideas to balance the city budget

St. Louis – Mayor Francis Slay has ruled out little in his efforts to close a $45 million gap in the city's budget for fiscal year 2011.

Members of the aldermanic Ways and Means committee tossed several ideas into the mix on Tuesday. They include higher employee contributions to pensions, and a reduction in trash collection. Comptroller Darlene Green wants to see a 39-hour work week for most city employees.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:43 pm
Wed February 3, 2010

City named one of a "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" for 2010

Mayor Francis Slay (left) and Convention and Visitors Commission president Kitty Ratcliffe accept the plaque designating St. Louis as one of a \"Dozen Distinctive Destinations\"
(photo by Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – The city of St. Louis has been named a 2010 Dozen Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

This is the third year the city has applied for the award. It recognizes efforts in historic preservation, sustainability, and other areas.

Convention and Visitors Commission president Kitty Ratcliffe called the designation the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for so-called "heritage" travel."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:49 am
Wed February 3, 2010

Mo. lawmaker testifies to grand jury investigating "pay to play" allegations

State Senator Matt Bartle after testifying in front of a grand jury about possible pay-to-play schemes in Jefferson City
(KCUR, via TV 9)

Kansas City – A Republican state lawmaker from the Kansas City area testified yesterday in front of a grand jury investigating possible pay-to-play activity in Jefferson City.

In 2005, Bartle introduced a bill that would have tightened restrictions on sexually oriented businesses. The measure was gutted in an unfriendly committee.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:54 pm
Tue February 2, 2010

St. Louis Police Department hosts Iraqis

St. Louis, MO. – Four Iraqi police leaders from Baghdad visited the St. Louis Police Department Tuesday.

The Iraqis and their interpreter spent the morning at the department's training academy, had lunch with the police chief, then took a look at some of the department's special equipment.

Major General Dr. Jassim Hassan Attia, who leads the training institute at the Baghdad Police College, said through an interpreter he was interested to see how the police here contain explosives.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:42 pm
Tue February 2, 2010

St. Louis braces for budget cuts in upcoming fiscal year

St. Louis, MO – Budget cuts are expected to hit St. Louis City services hard in the upcoming fiscal year.

City officials are looking at a $45 million deficit next year. That means they'll have to cut about 10 percent of their costs.

Of the $453 million the city collected as part of last year's budget, $100 million can't be touched due to pension and debt-service obligations.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:05 pm
Tue February 2, 2010

Alumni rally to save Sumner High School

Tina Turner, Chuck Berry, and Dick Gregory once walked through these doors to attend classes at Sumner High School
(photo by Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis –

>> Hear Sumner graduate Dick Gregory reflect on his time at the famous school

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:59 pm
Tue February 2, 2010

Manchester Road public meetings resume Tuesday

St. Louis, MO – Another round of public meetings will be held this week on the future of a five-mile stretch of Manchester Road in west St. Louis County.

Transportation planners and municipal officials want to develop a master plan for the Manchester Road corridor between Routes 141 and 109.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:02 pm
Tue February 2, 2010

Mo. lawmakers sound off on Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Jefferson City, Mo. – As both President Obama and America's top-ranking military officer call for allowing gays and lesbians to openly serve in the armed forces, Missouri lawmakers are responding with competing resolutions.

State Senator Jolie Justus (D, Kansas City) is sponsoring a resolution supporting the president's call to rescind the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which forbids gays from openly admitting their orientation while serving in the armed forces.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:27 am
Tue February 2, 2010

St. Charles woman sentenced to five years for fake loan scheme

St. Louis – A St. Charles woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for taking out student loans in the names of her two daughters, and then gambling away the money.

Fifty-year-old Cynthia Tiemann pleaded guilty to seven counts of forgery in September. She took out nearly $140,000 in bogus loans, forging the signature of her mother as a co-signer.

Tiemann's two daughters say their mother never meant to hurt them, and the loans have been removed from their credit histories.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:21 am
Tue February 2, 2010

Blunt widens fundraising lead over Carnahan

St. Louis – US Congressman Roy Blunt has widened his fundraising advantage over Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan in the race to replace retiring US Senator Kit Bond.

Blunt and Carnahan are the likely Republican and Democratic nominees for the November general election. Blunt faces a primary challenge from state Senator Chuck Purgason, whose represents a district in mid-southeast Missouri.

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