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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:36 am
Thu January 7, 2010

Gunman kills three and himself at north St. Louis business

FBI agents enter the ABB Industries plant in north St. Louis. Four people were killed and five wounded in a morning shooting at the plant, which makes electrical transformers
(UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis, MO – Four people are dead and five more were injured, after an early-morning shooting Thursday at an electrical equipment manufacturing facility in north St. Louis.

Police were called to the ABB Incorporated factory at 4350 Semple Ave. around 6:30 a.m. Thursday after they received reports of multiple shots fired. Tactical teams quickly found the body of the gunman, widely named as 51-year-old Timothy Hendron, an employee at the factory.

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

Wainwright headlines Governor's Prayer Breakfast

(l-r) St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Several hundred people braved snow-clogged streets and sub-freezing temperatures in Missouri's capital city to hear St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright deliver the keynote speech at the Governor's annual Prayer Breakfast.

He spent most of his address talking about his Christian faith, but also had plenty to say about his baseball career.

Wainwright told the audience that he got better as a player after he began to work on becoming mentally tough.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:26 pm
Wed January 6, 2010

Mo. lawmakers begin 2010 legislative session

Mo. State Capitol on the opening day of the 2010 session.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers talked ethics, jobs, and crafting a budget with less money as the 2010 legislative session opened today in Jefferson City.

They especially had a lot to say about ethics reform. Senate President Pro-tem Charlie Shields (R, St. Joseph) says his chamber will work to get some form of ethics legislation passed early in the session.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:19 pm
Wed January 6, 2010

Winter storm disrupts Mo. lawmakers

Blowing snow falls on a statue of Thomas Jefferson outside the Mo. State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, on the opening day of the 2010 legislative session.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers have cut short their opening week sessions due to the winter storm bearing down on much of the state.

House Majority Floor Leader Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) says there'll be a technical session Thursday morning for House members who want to get bills filed. But he's also encouraging them to go home.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:37 pm
Wed January 6, 2010

Monsanto posts $19 million loss

Monsanto's headquarters in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

St. Louis, MO – Monsanto, the world's biggest seed maker, says it lost $19 million in the first quarter as global sales of its popular Roundup herbicide sank in the face of generic competition.

Monsanto Co. said Wednesday its loss amounted to 3 cents per share in the quarter ended Nov. 30. The company earned $556 million, or $1 per share, in the same period a year ago.

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