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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:51 pm
Mon June 22, 2009

Preservation Board to consider demolition of San Luis

The San Luis Apartments. It was originally the DeVille Motor Hotel, designed by Charles Colbert and built in 1963.
Photo: Michael Allen

St. Louis, MO. –

Listen to the expanded comments of Friends of San Luis co-founder Randy Vines and Christner architect Dan Jay.

The St. Louis Preservation Board likely will vote on whether to grant a demolition permit of the San Luis Apartments at its meeting Monday at 4 p.m.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:14 pm
Mon June 22, 2009

New plan for Ozarks park

St. Louis, MO – A new management plan is being developed for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways in southern Missouri.

Tonight, the first of five open houses will be held to solicit public input on the plan.

National Park Service spokesperson Elisa Kunz says there are four alternatives for the 80-thousand-acre park. They range from doing nothing to much more development.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:09 am
Mon June 22, 2009

Illinois, Missouri governors press for faster rail link

MO Gov. Nixon (left) and Il Gov. Quinn (right)

St. Louis – The governors of Missouri and Illinois are teaming up to promote a high-speed train initiative.

Jay Nixon and Pat Quinn are scheduled to hold a joint news conference Monday in St. Louis to discuss planning efforts for a faster rail link between St. Louis and Chicago.

The governors will also meet privately with St. Louis-area business and community leaders.

The federal stimulus measure includes $8 billion to construct high-speed rail lines around the country.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:59 am
Mon June 22, 2009

Missouri, Illinois governors want high-speed rail

Governors Nixon (left) and Quinn (UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn have agreed to work together to build a high-speed rail line between St. Louis and Chicago.

The governors met in St. Louis today with legislators and business leaders before signing a memorandum that pledged cooperation in pursuing federal stimulus money for the project.

Nixon says they hope to hear back soon from Washington about how much of the $8 billion set aside for high-speed rail will be available for this line.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:57 am
Mon June 22, 2009

State of electricity in Missouri examined

Callaway plant in Fulton (company photo)

Jefferson City, MO – The state of Missouri's electric industry was examined today in Jefferson City at a joint meeting between utilities and regulators.

The biggest worry for Missouri officials is federal climate legislation that could establish a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions.

Robert Clayton III chairs the Missouri Public Service Commission.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:19 am
Mon June 22, 2009

Two die in separate weekend racing accidents

St. Louis – A man from Texas died after losing control of his drag boat while racing on a St. Louis-area lake over the weekend.

Organizers of the Budweiser Creve Coeur Lake Drag Boat Classic said Jim Tucker was driving at about 140 mph in a qualifying round of the event Saturday when his boat lurched violently and crashed.

Organizers say it was the first death in the event's 30-year history.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:28 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

Mo. GOP leaders urge Nixon not to veto projects

Gov. Jay Nixon (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri House leaders are urging Governor Jay Nixon to not veto capital improvement projects that would be funded with federal stimulus dollars.

Nixon wrote lawmakers a letter this week announcing his desire to draw down more federal dollars through a bonding program.

House Speaker Ron Richard (R, Joplin) says he hopes the governor won't use the federal program as an excuse to veto spending bills.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:30 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

Burris won't be charged with perjury

Springfield, IL – A prosecutor in central Illinois says
there isn't enough evidence to charge U.S. Sen. Roland Burris with
perjury, and Burris says that supports what he's said all along.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:12 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

Mayor gets 2010 budget for city

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen has approved the city's operating plan for fiscal year 2010.

The $960 million budget is essentially the same as last year's, as revenue remained flat. To cope with rising expenses, aldermen are counting on $3.4 million in salary savings from furloughs - a week for regular civil service employees, two weeks for management-level. The aldermen have agreed to dock themselves a week's pay - President Lewis Reed will lose two weeks - but police and fire are exempt.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:44 am
Fri June 19, 2009

State pension employees to receive bonuses despite $1.8 billion loss

Jefferson City, MO – Investment and operation staffers for the Missouri State Employees Retirement System will receive about $460,000 in bonuses that some state lawmakers have called inappropriate.

MOSERS lost $1.8 billion this year, but the pension system has outperformed the market over the last five years, and met performance objectives for this year. The MOSERS board did authorize a study of the system's compensation system.

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