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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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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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