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Morning Round-up
9:28 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, April 5, 2012

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Good morning! Here are a couple of the stories we've followed this morning to get you started:

Relatives of teen killed by police want answers

Relatives of a 15-year-old boy shot and killed by St. Louis County police are disputing police claims that the teen had a gun when he was shot. The shooting happened Tuesday night in the Glasgow Village area of north St. Louis County.

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Missouri Budget
10:59 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Mo. Senate budget plan spares education, but cuts state worker pay hikes

An interior view of the Missouri Capitol dome.
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Budget hearings have begun in the Missouri Senate, and already there are notable differences with the House in where that chamber wants to make cuts.

While the House budget would give state workers earning less than $70,000 per year a two percent raise, the Senate version would limit those raises to workers making less than $45,000 per year.  Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Missouri State Budget
5:36 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Nixon proposes use of Medicaid money to restore benefit cuts for blind

The dome shines brightly on the Missouri State Capitol as the sun begins to set in Jefferson City, Missouri on March 22, 2011.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says his administration has identified some additional federal money that could help avoid cuts to a program that provides health benefits to the blind.

Nixon's administration said Wednesday that most of the additional $18 million of federal Medicaid money could be used to restore the blind benefit cuts included in a budget plan passed by the House.

Mo. State budget
3:13 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Mo. House passes budget, cuts blind aid

An inside look at the Missouri Capitol.
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The Missouri House has passed all 13 bills that make up the state’s $24 billion budget for FY 2013.

The process took longer than expected, because of the large number of Democrats who took issue with cutting funding to blind pensions and for not spending enough on K-12 schools.  Sara Lampe (D, Springfield) urged fellow lawmakers to look for other ways to balance the budget besides cutting services.

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firefighter pensions
9:30 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

STL firefighter pensions bill heard by Mo. House committee

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

A Missouri House committee heard testimony Monday on legislation that would make cuts to the pension system for St. Louis firefighters.

The bill would not go as far as a proposal made by Mayor Francis Slay:  Among the differences, Slay’s plan would have all firefighters put 9 percent of their salaries into the system, and new hires would not get any of that money back upon retirement.  The bill in the State House would have new firefighters put in 8 percent, and upon retirement would get back 25 percent of what they paid in.  F.I.R.E. Chairman and St. Louis firefighter Abram Pruitt, Junior, traveled to Jefferson City to support the bill.

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Morning round-up
9:36 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Morning headlines: March 13, 2012

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Good morning! Here are some of the starting headlines of the day so far:

Nixon to hold news conference Tuesday on proposed cut in state aid to the blind

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is taking his case to the public to try to reverse a proposed cut in state aid to the blind. The Democratic governor is holding a news conference Tuesday in Columbia with leaders from organizations for the blind to oppose a cut made by the Republican-led House budget committee.

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Pension meetings
3:47 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Negotiators see progress on firefighter pensions, but minefields remain

Union president Chris Molitor (in tan jacket) updates the Public Safety committee and others on March 8, 2012 on the progress of negotiations over changes to firefighter pensions.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

All sides involved in the effort to bring down the cost of pensions for firefighters in the city of St. Louis say negotiations are going well.

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MO Statehouse
4:29 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Cuts to public colleges reversed, aid for blind sharply trimmed in panel-approved spending plan

The chambers of the Missouri House of Representatives.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Budget writers in the Missouri House have approved their version of the 13 bills that make up the state’s budget for next year.

Committee members eliminated $28 million for a program that aids the blind, but then put $6 million back into it from another source.  Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City) chairs the Budget Committee.

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Firefighter pensions
3:25 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Reed lays out his plan for cuts to firefighter pensions

Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed (center bottom) outlines a deal he has reached with firefighters on reductions to their pensions - a deal not supported by Mayor Francis Slay.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The dispute over the best way to reduce the cost of firefighter pensions in the city of St. Louis continued on Friday, with Lewis Reed, the president of the Board of Aldermen, laying out his plan.

Reed, whose Twitter feed tracked the progress of a Thursday late-night meeting among himself, firefighters, and selected aldermen, says his plan will reduce the city's required contribution into the Fireman's Retirement System for next year by $7.6 million. Reed unveiled the plan at a City Hall news conference Friday.

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Pensions and politics
2:05 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Political fight over firefighter pensions continues

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The political fight raging over Mayor Francis Slay’s efforts to reform the pension system for St. Louis city firefighters continued at City Hall Friday.

The dispute started last week when board president Lewis Reed refused to assign the bills to a committee. Reed contends the board's rules give him until next Friday, Feb. 25, to make a decision.

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