April 3 Elections
8:10 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Bond issues for schools, court buildings in front of voters

(via Flickr/Vox Efx)

Voters in St. Louis County approved the extension of a property tax levy to fund $100 million in construction and repairs at its court complex in downtown Clayton.

That was just one of the measures up for consideration in countywide and municipal elections in the St. Louis Public Radio listening area.

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Lake of the Ozarks
7:50 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Resolution supporting Lake homeowners passes Mo. House committee

Aerial view of the Lake of the Ozarks
(via Flickr/John Picken)

A resolution voicing support for embattled homeowners at the Lake of the Ozarks was passed unanimously Tuesday by a Missouri House committee.

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Trade with Brazil
5:12 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Trade with Brazil in focus for both Nixon, Quinn this month

A map showing the location of Brazil within South America, along with some of the country's major population centers.
(CIA World Factbook)

Reporting from KSMU's Jennifer Moore used in this report.

As we mentioned this morning, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will travel to Brazil this month on a trade mission. The trip comes on the heels of the news that Missouri saw its strongest year ever for exports in 2011.

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worker's compensation/2nd injury fund
4:40 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Bill dealing with workers' comp & 2nd Injury Fund approved by Mo. House

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to another workers’ compensation bill.

Governor Jay Nixon (D) vetoed a similar bill last month that originated in the Senate.  The House version contains most of the same provisions – it would bar employees from suing each other over workplace injuries and illnesses, and it would restore occupational disease claims within the workers’ comp system.  State Rep. Jacob Hummel (D, St. Louis) debated with the bill’s sponsor, Dave Schatz (R, Sullivan).

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Joplin tornado/Missouri River Flooding
3:58 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Missouri gets $16.5M for temp Mo. River, Joplin cleanup jobs

Metal is wrapped around a tree near Saint Johns Hospital in Joplin, Missouri on May 23, 2011. A deadly tornado hit the small Missouri town on May 22, 2011.
(UPI/Rick Meyer)

Missouri will receive a $16.5 million federal grant to fund temporary jobs aimed at helping with large-scale recovery efforts from the 2011 Joplin tornado and from flooding around the state last year.

The U.S. Department of Labor said in a release Tuesday that the $16.5 million grant is from the National Emergency Grant program.

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Missouri State Reserve Fund
1:56 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Missouri uses $100M from budget reserve fund

Missouri is tapping a state budget reserve fund for cash flow purposes.

The state Office of Administration said Tuesday that $100 million was borrowed from the reserve fund in March.

It's the third time money has been used from the reserve in the budget year that began last July. The state used $75 million from the reserve in December and $150 million in February. All $325 million borrowed from the fund is to be repaid by May 15.

Voter ID Laws
11:26 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Mo. House panel backs do-over attempt on voter ID

(via Flickr/ Daniel Morrison)

A Missouri House committee has endorsed a second attempt to place a photo ID requirement for voters on the 2012 ballot.

The measure passed Tuesday by the House Elections Committee would write a new ballot summary for a proposed constitutional amendment. A Cole County judge struck down the original summary last week.

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MetroLink delays
11:14 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Damaged cable causes MetroLink delays

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Updated 2:20 p.m.

Metro tweeted from their official account at 2:11 p.m. that "Fiber optic cable has been restored and MetroLink and trains resuming normal service."

Original Story:

Commuters who use MetroLink, listen up: a damaged fiber optic cable will add to your travel time today.

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Health Rankings
10:35 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Health rankings: St. Louis City among the least healthy counties in Missouri

Health rankings for 3,000 counties and the District of Columbia are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.
(University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

St. Louis City is among the ten least healthy counties in Missouri.

That's according to nationwide county health rankings released today by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Morning round-up
9:27 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Gov. Jay Nixon
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Nixon heading to Brazil

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will be heading to Brazil on a trade mission later this month.

Nixon planned to announce more details of the trip during news conferences today in Springfield and Independence.

Last year, Missouri businesses sold $323 million worth of products to Brazil, which ranked as the state's 10th largest export market. Nixon's trip to the South American nation comes about six months after he led a trade delegation to China. Missouri's international exports totaled $14.1 billion in 2011, an all-time high.

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