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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:02 pm
Wed February 3, 2010

Chief Justice gives State of Judiciary

St. Louis, MO. – Missouri Chief Justice William Ray Price, Jr., says too many non-violent criminals are going to prison.

During his State of the Judiciary address to the General Assembly Wednesday, he said "tough on crime" laws have led to big expense but little reduction in crime.

Price says more than 41% of non-violent offenders who do time are back in prison within two years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:55 pm
Wed February 3, 2010

Ill. governor primaries remain too close to call

St. Louis – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is declaring himself the winner of yesterday's democratic gubernatorial primary. But his opponent Comptroller Dan Hynes hasn't conceded yet.

Quinn has a very narrow lead on Dan Hynes. That means a request for a recount is possible. But Quinn says it's time to move on.

"It's over. The primary's over. The people have spoken and they voted our way."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:15 pm
Wed February 3, 2010

McCaskill to fight for C-17

Boeing's C-17

St. Louis, MO – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says she will fight to change the Pentagon's mind about the future of Boeing's C-17.

The transport plane, parts of which are made in St. Louis, is not funded in President Obama's proposed budget for fiscal 2011.

McCaskill says the C-17 is a superior plane to Lockheed's C-5, which is being modernized. But she admits that Congress won't be able to keep the C-17 line open forever.

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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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