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New Year's Eve Tornadoes
3:01 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Nixon asks for federal disaster declaration for New Year's Eve tornadoes

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon talks with reporters following a tour of tornado damage in Sunset Hills, Missouri on Jan. 1, 2011. Nixon has asked the president to issue a disaster declaration for the area, along with others in Missouri. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has asked the president to issue a disaster declaration for areas hit by tornadoes and severe storms on Dec. 31.

Nixon on Friday requested federal individual assistance for people living in Carter, Christian, Dent, Franklin, Phelps, Polk, St. Louis, Stone and Webster counties as well as the city of St. Louis.

Five Missouri residents were killed by the severe weather.

O'Fallon Ex-CIA officer
12:23 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Ex-CIA agent from O'Fallon pleads not guilty to leaking info

The seal of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency inlaid in the floor of the main lobby of the original headquarters building. (via Wikimedia Commons/Duffman)

Jeffery Sterling, the former CIA agent from O'Fallon accused of illegally leaking classified information to a New York Times reporter about Iran, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Sterling waived extradition Monday during a brief federal court appearance in St. Louis and pleaded guilty in an arraignment Friday in federal court in Alexandria, Va.

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Christopher Coleman
11:57 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Judge refuses request to delay Coleman trial

Christopher Coleman, the man who alledgedy murdered wife Sheri and sons Gavin and Garett in Columbia, Ill. Coleman requested a delay in his trial, which a judge refused today. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

In an update to a story we told you about earlier today, a judge has refused the request of Christopher Coleman's defense to delay Coleman's trial.

Coleman, accused of strangling his wife and their two sons in 2009, is scheduled to go to trial next month.

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Right-to-Work
11:35 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Mo. state Sen. Crowell proposes statewide vote on union jobs

The Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. Legislative action here on Thursday by Sen. Jason Crowell would refer the "right-to-work" issue to voters next year. (St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)
(St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)

Some Republican senators want to prohibit union-only work places, which they contend could deter some businesses from locating in Missouri.

Missouri businesses currently have the option of requiring union fees from employees.

Legislation filed Thursday by Republican Sen. Jason Crowell, of Cape Girardeau, would refer the union issue to voters next year.

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Diocese of Belleville
10:09 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Belleville Diocese's appeal of $5 million judgment fails

A map of the area of the Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Ill. (via Wikimedia Commons/AlexiusHoratius)

A southern Illinois appeals court has refused to overturn a $5 million jury award against the Diocese of Belleville to a former altar boy who claimed he was sexually abused by a priest.

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Illinois Tax Increase
5:33 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Quinn signs Ill. income tax increase into law

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn gives his remarks after taking the oath of office during inaguration ceremonies on January 10, 2011. Today, Quinn signed legislation that temporarily increases the Illinois income tax rate by two-thirds.(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

In an expected move after yesterday's press conference on the subject, Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation into law that temporarily increases the Illinois income tax rate by two-thirds.

Quinn said yesterday that the legislation is meant to help close a $15 billion budget deficit that threatens to cripple state government.

But what does the legislation mean for Illinois citizens?

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Mo. House of Representatives
3:03 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Smoking still allowed in Mo. House Capitol offices

The dome of the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. Mo. House of Representatives members voted against a ban on smoking in their Capitol offices today. (via Flickr/jimbowen0306)
(via Flickr/jimbowen0306)

Though the recent trend in Missouri has been to go smoke free, the Missouri House voted today to continue to allow smoking in members' offices in the Capitol building.

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State of Missouri Finances
12:55 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Mo. finances up, but cuts remain

Figures from the Mo. state treasurer's office show Missouri's general revenue fund was up 57 percent from the previous year. (via Flickr/yomanimus)

Missouri's finances are improving, but Gov. Jay Nixon's administration remains reluctant to reverse spending cuts affecting public schools, college scholarships and other services.

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St. Louis Rams
12:28 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Cleveland Browns hire Pat Shurmur as coach, was Off. Coord. for Rams

St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo during his final press conference of the season on January 3, 2011. Spagnuolo will lose his offensive coordinator, Pat Shurmur, who was hired by the Cleveland Browns as head coach today. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is Cleveland's new coach.

The Browns hired Shurmur on Thursday, ending a search that began when Eric Mangini was fired on Jan. 3. Shurmur was the first candidate interviewed by Browns president Mike Holmgren and is the Browns' fifth coach since their expansion return in 1999.

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Dog Breeding Law
3:33 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Humane Society leader defends Mo. dog-breeding law

The CEO of the Humane Society of the United States spoke to Missouri lawmakers today to discourage the repeal of the state's new dog-breeding law. (The Humane Society of the United States)

A high-profile supporter of Missouri's new dog-breeding law is meeting with lawmakers to discourage them from repealing the voter-approved initiative.

The law limits the number of dogs a breeder may have and how frequently they can be bred. It also requires animals be provided veterinary care and given outdoor access.

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