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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:45 am
Mon January 11, 2010

Nixon decries GOP health care opt-out proposal

St. Louis – Governor Jay Nixon said an effort by some Republican lawmakers to allow the state of Missouri to opt out of mandates included in a new federal health care bill is "not reasoned thought."

Proposed legislation would amend the state constitution to exempt Missourians from participating in any kind of mandatory health insurance plan.

Nixon said backing away from a significant amount of federal money would not be a good move.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:38 am
Mon January 11, 2010

Funerals this week for ABB shooting victims

Cory Wilson (handout)

St. Louis – The first of three funerals will be held today for the victims of Thursday's shooting rampage at a St. Louis manufacturing plant.

A service for Cory Wilson is set for noon at the Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville.

Wilison, 27, was a supervisor at ABB's transformer plant in north St. Louis and a volunteer football coach at Collinsville High School.

Services for the other two victims, Terry Mabry, 55, and Carlton Carter, 57, will be Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:27 am
Mon January 11, 2010

Beyond Budweiser-a look back at the St. Louis beer industry

St. Louis, MO – For years St. Louis was called "America's beer capital", not to be confused with Milwaukee which claimed to be the "World beer capital" or the state of Oregon which now claims that distinction for itself.

Most of St. Louis's 200-plus breweries are long gone. So what, if anything, does all that history mean today?

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:24 pm
Fri January 8, 2010

DHSS workers receive H1N1 vaccinations

DHSS worker Larraine Tappel of Jefferson City receives an H1N1 flu shot.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – A free clinic was set up today in Jefferson City to immunize State Department of Health employees against the H1N1 flu virus.

Cole County Health Department workers administered the shots and nasal mists, which were provided by the federal government.

Margaret Donnelly is the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:04 pm
Fri January 8, 2010

Amtrak investigating two derailments

St. Louis – Weather is the likely cause of two partial derailments of an Amtrak passenger train that stops in St. Louis.

Two cars of the Texas Eagle, which runs from Chicago to Los Angeles with a stop in San Antonio, went off the tracks around 9pm Thursday just north of the downtown Amtrak station. The train had also partially derailed early Wednesday just outside of Little Rock.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:15 pm
Fri January 8, 2010

ABB shooter fired hundreds of rounds

A police officer on the scene of Thursday's shooting at ABB Incorporated
(UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – St. Louis police say the shooter at a factory in north St. Louis fired hundreds of rounds before turning a gun on himself.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:31 am
Fri January 8, 2010

Lawmakers push for big tax changes in tough budget year

St. Louis –
If you pay personal income taxes in Missouri, chances are you're in the top tax bracket.
It takes only $9,000 a year in taxable income to reach the state's top tier.

State lawmakers set the tax brackets back in 1931 and they haven't changed since.

Now some say Missouri's tax system is due for an update both to address what they say is a basic issue of fairness and a growing budget hole in Jefferson City.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:00 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Holliday says teammates, Pujols, big part of decsion to stay

Outfielder Matt Holliday (center) with team president Bill DeWitt (right) and general manager John Mozeliak after Holliday's new seven-year, $120 million contract was officially announced to the media
(UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Cardinals held an official press conference on Thursday to announce the signing of outfielder Matt Holliday.

The 7-year $120 million deal is the largest contract in the team's 128-year history.

Traded from Oakland last July Matt Holliday hit .353 and added 13 home runs and 55 RBI in 63 games for the Redbirds, helping the team to win the NL Central Title.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:29 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Keathley to retire from Mo. Highway Patrol

Col. James Keathley announces his retirement from the Mo. State Highway Patrol.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol today announced he's retiring from the force he's led for more than three years.

Colonel James Keathley has been a member of the Patrol for more than 30 years. He says he's enjoyed the job almost every day, but he became emotional when reflecting on some of the Patrol's tragic moments.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:09 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Snowfall closes schools, slows traffic in St. Louis

St. Louis – Plow crews were out in full force this morning to deal with the St. Louis area's first major snowfall of the season. About between two-and-a-half and four inches of snow fell in the St. Louis area Wednesday night and early Thursday.

Police and transportation officials advised motorists to stay home. Most schools were closed, and even Missouri state lawmakers in Jefferson City took a snow day.

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