Missouri

Festus Postmaster
1:15 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

Festus postmaster convicted on two felony counts

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The postmaster in the eastern Missouri town of Festus has been convicted of two felony counts.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in St. Louis said in a release Monday that Teresa Tremusini, Festus postmaster, has been convicted of two counts of receipt of illegal gratuities.

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Missouri Unclaimed Property
10:36 am
Mon June 6, 2011

State of Mo. returns $1.4M in unclaimed property to local employer

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The Missouri treasurer's office has returned $1.4 million in unclaimed property to a St. Louis area employer.

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel said the returned money is the second largest amount his office has returned from unclaimed property. He did not identify the employer.

The $1.4 million account was made up of more than 260 individual securities accounts. The largest single amount, $1.6 million, was returned in January 2010 to a person in the St. Louis area.

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Kinloch, Mo.
10:16 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Superseding indictment placed on Kinloch, Mo. mayor for witness tampering

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Updated at 12:47 p.m. June 3:

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Conway has now also been put on house arrest "for distributing packets to aldermen declaring his innocence despite a judge's orders to avoid city hall and contact with municipal officials."

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A little over  a week after Kinloch, Mo. mayor Keith Conway was indicted on charges that he embezzled city money for personal use, Conway has been issued a superseding indictment for witness tampering.

The witness tampering charge is on top of the two previous charges, one felony count of Wire Fraud and one felony count of Federal Program Theft.

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Missouri Tax Revenue
11:24 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Mo. tax revenue 2.7 percent higher than last year

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Missouri tax revenue is higher than last year, but a dip in individual income tax collections last month has prompted some concern.

Eleven months through the current budget year, revenue has increased from last year by 2.7 percent to $6.5 billion. However, the state Office of Administration reported Thursday that individual income tax collections were down 1.4 percent from May 2011 to May 2010.

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Missouri Vehicle Stops Report
11:15 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Report: Mo. black drivers stopped more frequently

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Black motorists were more likely than others to be stopped by Missouri police last year.

An annual report released Wednesday by the attorney general found that black drivers were 69 percent more likely than white motorists to be pulled over in 2010.

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Missouri Redistricting
7:09 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

St. Louis area senators raise concerns about redistricting maps

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
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The two state Senators who represent the bulk of St. Louis city are continuing to express concerns about a proposed state legislative district map that splits the city into a northern and southern half.

The city is currently divided along a line that travels roughly along Grand Avenue. That, says Democratic state Senator Robin Wright-Jones, makes both the districts very diverse.

The proposed map, she says, resets 40 years of battling racial divisions.

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Kinloch, Mo.
9:56 am
Mon May 23, 2011

Kinloch, Mo. mayor indicted for embezzlement of city funds

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The location of Kinloch, Mo. Kinloch's mayor, Keith Conway, has been indicted on charges that he embezzled city funds.

The mayor of Kinloch, Mo. in St. Louis County is now facing charges that he embezzled city money for personal use.

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Missouri Jobless Rate
5:19 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

Mo. jobless rate falls to 8.9 percent in April

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A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point in about two years.

The state Department of Economic Development says April's jobless rate was 8.9 percent, down two-tenths of a point from March. That's the state's lowest unemployment rate since March 2009.

Monday's monthly report also shows a net gain of 2,500 nonfarm jobs in Missouri last month. The agency says the biggest growth came in construction, manufacturing and retail trade.

Election 2012
12:46 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Mo. House passes March presidential primary bill

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Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation to move the state's 2012 presidential primary to March 6 instead of Feb. 7 as currently scheduled.

The House gave the bill final approval in a 137-11 vote Friday. The measure now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon. The Senate had already passed the measure.

The legislation would put Missouri in compliance with rules set by the national Democratic and Republican parties.

Missouri & The Civil War
6:35 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Missouri's Civil War tipping point: 150 years after The Camp Jackson Affair

In the first weeks of the Civil War Missouri tried to remain neutral.

But May 10, 1861 was the tipping point.

In what came to be known as the Camp Jackson Affair, federal troops captured members of Missouri’s militia and killed 28 civilians in the chaos that followed.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports on what happened that day 150 years ago and how it forced Missouri into the war.

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