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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:01 pm
Fri February 5, 2010

Ill. medical malpractice ruling to impact Mo. case?

The Missouri Supreme Court
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Jefferson City, Mo. – The Illinois Supreme Court's ruling this week that struck down caps on some medical malpractice awards has some in Missouri hoping the Show-Me State's judges will come to the same conclusion.

Louis Bograd is a Washington DC attorney who argued before the Missouri Supreme Court last month that caps on non-economic damages should be ruled unconstitutional.

He says he will formally notify Missouri's High Court of the Illinois decision.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:31 pm
Fri February 5, 2010

More cars on I-64/40 than before the shutdown

St. Louis, MO – Nearly two months after reopening following a two-year shutdown, Interstate-64 is seeing much higher traffic levels than it had before the reconstruction project.

Highway department officials released new statistics Friday. They show that overall volumes are up on I-64 on the Kingshighway to I-270 section over 2007 - the year before the project started.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:28 am
Fri February 5, 2010

Bill requiring drug tests passes initial vote in Mo. House

Jefferson City, Mo – The Missouri House gave preliminary approval Thursday to legislation that would require drug testing for certain welfare recipients, and public officials.

Adult applicants for cash assistance payments would be tested if the Department of Social Services has reasonable suspicion that they are using drugs. A positive test, or refusing to take one, would make someone ineligible for cash benefits for a year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:56 pm
Thu February 4, 2010

Court strikes down law banning leafleting

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis City's anti-leafleting ordinance was struck down by a federal court on Thursday.

A suit was filed last December by the ACLU of Eastern Missouri on behalf of a local non-profit political group.

One of the group's members was arrested for distributing hand-bills on cars.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:17 pm
Thu February 4, 2010

Bridge to remain over Katy Trail

Boonville, MO. – A deal has been struck to save an old Missouri River bridge for use on the Katy Trail.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced today that Union Pacific has agreed to give the bridge to Boonville, which hopes to convert it for use by bicyclists and hikers.

The 78-year-old bridge hasn't seen a train in a couple decades, but has been the subject of a five-year battle in the courts and regulatory agencies.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:41 pm
Thu February 4, 2010

Mo. Senate considers bill limiting tax credits

Mo. State Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – A bill that would give the Missouri General Assembly control over almost every state tax credit is being considered by the State Senate.

The bill's supporters, including State Senator Chuck Purgason (R, Caulfield), say giving lawmakers control over the size of each tax break would ensure that they can set aside enough money to fund education, health care and other critical needs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:33 am
Thu February 4, 2010

Ill. high court rules medical malpractice caps unconstitutional

Springfield, IL – The Illinois Supreme Court says limiting damage amounts in medical malpractice cases violates the state's Constitution.

In an opinion filed Thursday, the court says such caps violate the principle of separation of powers. The court says the limits the Illinois General Assembly adopted in 2005 infringe on the power of the judicial branch, specifically juries.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:23 am
Thu February 4, 2010

Hynes concedes Democratic primary

Chicago – Illinois comptroller Dan Hynes has conceded his party's primary for governor.

It comes more than 36 hours after the polls closed in a tightly-fought contest with Gov. Pat Quinn. At the time, Hynes and Quinn were within 4,000 votes of each other, well inside the margin needed to request a recount.

But as more precincts came in, the gap widened, and Hynes concluded he could not make up enough votes in a recount. Final unofficial totals show the two Democrats about 8,100 votes apart.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:35 am
Thu February 4, 2010

Executive director of MHDC resigns

Jefferson City, Mo – The executive director of Missouri's housing development agency says he is resigning effective March first.

Pete Ramsel offered no explanation for his departure from the Missouri Housing Development Commission in a letter released Wednesday by the commission chairman, treasurer Clint Zwiefel.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:32 am
Thu February 4, 2010

Lawmakers give early approval to insurance coverage for autism, drug testing of officials

Jefferson City – The state Senate has given initial approval to a measure that would require insurance providers to cover treatment for autistic children.

The Senate version would provide $55,000 a year for treatment called applied behavioral analysis, an intensive, and expensive, program that has successfully helped children with autism improve social skills. The coverage would last until the child turns 21.

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