Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

St. Louis Symphony Extra - March 3, 2012

(Alyse O'Brien)

The St. Louis Symphony continues its 2011-2012 season this weekend, and you can be right there with them from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 3.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphony's performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

However, if you're able to join the performance in person this Saturday, it's St. Louis Public Radio Night!

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Mo. revenue
3:53 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Mo. revenues still too low to balance the budget

(via Flickr/Tracy O)

Missouri's revenues are up over last year - they're just not growing fast enough to keep the state's budget in balance.

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Potholes
3:12 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

MoDOT promises 24-hour turnaround on pothole complaints

A MoDOT maintenance crew repairs potholes on Mason Rd. in Town and Country.
(Andrew Gates/MoDOT)

Warmer weather this month has the Missouri Department of Transportation zeroing in on St. Louis potholes. For the month of March, maintenance crews have pledged to respond to any pothole complaint within 24 hours. 

Tom Blair, the assistant district engineer for MoDOT in St. Louis, said catching potholes now will make MoDOT’s job easier down the road.

" Because the temperatures are warming up, we’re not going to see that re-freeze that’s going to cause the potholes to come back out. So, if we fix them now, they’re likely to stay fixed for quite a while," he said.

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Ill. eavesdropping
1:55 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Ill. court strikes down eavesdropping rule

(via Flickr/kev_hickey_uk)

Updated at 1:55 to correct spelling of judge's name.

A second judge in Illinois has struck down a state law that requires all parties to consent before a conversation can be recorded.

The law in question makes it a felony to record without everyone's permission. Even recording public officials in public places can be illegal.

Cook County Judge Stanley Sacks ruled today that the law was unconstitutional because it could criminalize "wholly innocent conduct."

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Food Stamps/ Drug Convicts
10:36 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Mo. bill would allow drug felons to get food stamps

Missouri is one of nine states where felony drug convicts are ineligible for food stamps.
(via Flickr/clementine gallot)

Supporters say a bill that would allow convicted drug felons to be eligible for foods stamps is gaining momentum among Missouri lawmakers. The bill would repeal the state's lifetime ban on food stamps for drug felons.

Three Republicans and one Democrat in the House are sponsoring the bill, according to The Kansas City Star. The sponsors say it isn't fair that child molesters and murderers are eligible for food stamps, but people with felony drug convictions aren't.

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Severe Weather
10:04 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Severe weather watches continue to move through St. Louis area

Flickr/Just Arrived

Get the most recent watches and warnings for Illinois here, and for Missouri here.

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Morning Round-up
8:51 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, March 2, 2012

A Mo. House member is sponsoring legislation to restrict vasectomies
(via flickr/ensign_beedrill)

Mo. House member proposes restriction on vasectomies

A Missouri House member frustrated with recent legislative debates over birth control and reproductive health is proposing to restrict vasectomies. 

Legislation sponsored by Democrat Stacey Newman would only allow vasectomies when they are necessary to protect a man from serious injury or death. The vasectomies would have to be performed in a hospital, ambulatory surgery center or health facility licensed by the state Department of Health and Senior Services.

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Severe weather
5:21 am
Fri March 2, 2012

NWS: large hail producing storm headed to STL metro area

Lightening
Flickr/SK-y Photography

Update: 7:10: A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 11 a.m for the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Update 6:36: A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Bond, Western Fayette, Southern Macoupin, Eastern Madison and Montgomery counties in Illinois’ and northwestern Lincoln, Montgomery and southwestern Pike County in Missouri until 7:15.

The severe thunderstorm warning for St. Louis City, northeastern St. Louis and northeastern St. Charles counties is cancelled.

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Local Control
11:22 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Positions entrench over local control at public safety forum

Police Chief Dan Isom speaks before the St. Louis City Board of Alderman at a public safety forum Thursday.

Both sides of the debate on how St. Louis would handle local control of its police department are digging in their heels over issues of public oversight and transparency.

At a Board of Alderman community forum last night, critics argued that language on a proposed ballot initiative would preclude the department from a civilian review board and restrict public access to disciplinary records. 

John Chasnoff is a program director for the ACLU, which supports local control but is suing to block the initiative.

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State Auditor's duties
6:00 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Mo. judge forbids State Auditor from calculating costs of ballot initiatives

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

A Missouri judge has struck down the State Auditor's authority to prepare financial estimates for ballot initiatives.

The ruling by Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem comes in a challenge to a proposed tobacco tax initiative for which supporters are not gathering signatures. But attorneys who specialize in initiative petitions say the ruling ultimately could affect other initiatives.

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