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9:09 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Vietnam Veteran Receives Belated Purple Heart

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A 65-year-old Vietnam War veteran from St. Louis County received a Purple Heart medal more than 44 years after he was wounded overseas.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's office says it helped secure the award for Walter Sitzwohl after his wife contacted the senator's office this summer. McCaskill is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Sitzwohl was first assigned to the A Company, 158th Assault Helicopter Battalion and deployed to Vietnam with that unit. He later transferred to D Company, 101st AHB in March 1969, based out of Phu Bai.

Other News
9:01 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Fewer St. Louis Homeowners Struggle With Mortgages

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A new report says fewer homeowners in the St. Louis area are struggling to keep up with their mortgages.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch, citing figures released Tuesday from real estate data company CoreLogic, reports that about 11 percent of St. Louis homeowners with mortgages owed more than their home was worth. That number is down from 16 percent in June 2012. 

Other News
5:11 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

St. Louis County Police Comission Nominee Removes Himself From Consideration

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A Florissant pastor nominated to the St. Louis County Police Commission has withdrawn his name from consideration.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Rev. Freddy Clark told County Executive Charlie Dooley Friday morning that he is no longer interested.  Clark is the founder of the Shalom Church in Florissant.

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International Business
4:47 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Quinn Promotes Illinois Business In Japan

Governor Pat Quinn departs today for the annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference, where he will speak with Japanese business leaders. The governor says he's confident he can drum up support for Illinois business, despite the relatively poor condition of Illinois' economy. 

The most recent numbers, from last month, say 9.2 percent of Illinoisans who are looking for work can’t find it. That’s the second-worst unemployment rate in the U.S., behind only Nevada.

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Missouri Supreme Court
9:20 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Missouri Supreme Court Weighs Retrospective Action On Sex Offenses And Gun Laws

The Missouri Supreme Court building.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Supreme Court is considering whether laws restricting actions by sex offenders and felons can be applied to people who were convicted before the laws were enacted.

The court heard arguments on Tuesday on five cases dealing with sex offenses and guns.

Three people are challenging whether a law passed in 2009 applies to them because they were convicted of sex offenses before the law was made. The law prohibits sex offenders from being near public parks with playgrounds or swimming pools.

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Home Prices
9:16 am
Wed September 4, 2013

St. Louis Home Prices Rise 5.6 Percent In July

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The value of homes in the St. Louis region continues to increase.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, citing data released Tuesday by the real estate analysis firm CoreLogic, reports that St. Louis-area home prices rose 5.6 percent in July from a year earlier.

For homes not facing foreclosure or already foreclosed on, the increase was 5.9 percent.

Police Department
8:14 am
Wed September 4, 2013

St. Louis Police Officer Receives Racist Letter

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(St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says he’s frustrated and disappointed after learning a black officer received a racist letter through interdepartmental mail.

Dotson has ordered internal and criminal investigations after learning about the letter last week.

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Tax Cuts
7:56 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Missouri Teachers Run Ads Against Tax Cuts

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A Missouri teachers union says it is spending at least $100,000 on commercials urging state lawmakers to uphold the governor's veto of an income tax cut.

The Missouri chapter of the National Education Association says the TV and radio spots began running Tuesday and will continue for a week. The ads assert the tax cut would benefit "corporate special interests" while "stealing money from our schools."

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Business
4:06 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Laclede Gas Completes Purchase Of Mo. Gas Energy

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Laclede Gas Co. says it has finalized a $975 million deal to buy Missouri Gas Energy.

Laclede announced Tuesday that the purchase has been completed. The deal combines Missouri's two largest natural gas companies under one entity that will serve more than 1.1 million customers across the state.

St. Louis-based Laclede had served about 630,000 customers in St. Louis and 10 eastern Missouri counties.  Missouri Gas Energy had served about 500,000 customers in about 30 western and central Missouri counties, including the Kansas City, St. Joseph and Joplin areas.

Tax Cuts
7:07 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Sponsor Of Vetoed Mo. Tax Cut Bill Calling For Special Session Next Month

Mo. Capitol
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The lead sponsor of a Missouri income tax cut wants Gov. Jay Nixon to call a special session so lawmakers can address some of the governor's concerns about the bill (HB253).

Republican House member T. J. Berry, of Kearney, said Thursday that he wants Nixon to call a special session to run concurrently with the veto session scheduled to start Sept. 11.

Nixon vetoed 29 bills this year, including Berry's bill cutting income taxes. Republican legislative leaders hope to override the veto.

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