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Morning round-up
9:33 am
Wed April 13, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Missouri Capitol Building. State lawmakers have given final approval to a bill renewing federally funded jobless payments for thousands of Missourians.
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Missouri Lawmakers Give Final Approval to Federally Funded Jobless Payments

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill renewing federally funded jobless payments for thousands of people who lost their benefits because of a protest against federal spending by several Republican state senators. The House voted 138-13 Tuesday to send the legislation to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Morning round-up
9:33 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Missouri Capitol Rotundra. Missouri Senate leaders plan to debate legislation redrawing Missouri's congressional districts and allowing utilities to charge electric customers for some costs of developing a nuclear power plant.
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Missouri Senate to Debate Marquee Issues Today

Missouri Senate leaders plan to debate legislation redrawing Missouri's congressional districts and allowing utilities to charge electric customers for some costs of developing a second nuclear power plant in the state. Both bills are likely to generate significant discussion.

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Unemployment Rate
6:02 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Mo. unemployment rate drops to 9.1 percent

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A new report says Missouri's March unemployment rate fell by three-tenths of a point to 9.1 percent.

Monday's report from the state Department of Economics also says Missouri employers added a net of more than 24,000 jobs last month.

The hospitality and leisure sector had the biggest gain, adding about 6,300 jobs, while retailers added 5,800 jobs. Other notable increases were construction, with 4,200 jobs added, and business and professional services, up by 2,700 jobs.

Illinois Unemployment / Taxes
12:31 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Illinois businesses to see tax increase in 2012

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Starting next year, Illinois businesses will see a tax increase and the recently unemployed will lose a week of unemployment benefits.

That's because of a compromise bill passed this month in the Illinois Legislature.

The Rockford Register Star reports the deal is part of a longer-term plan to help contribute to Illinois' depleted unemployment trust fund, which is $3 billion in debt to the U.S. Treasury.

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Missouri Unemployment Benefits
2:57 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Filibuster on unemployment benefits in Mo. Senate ends with deal

State Sen. Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) talks to reporters after agreeing to end a filibuster that blocked $105 million in extended federal jobless benefits.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Four Missouri State Senators have ended their filibuster of legislation to draw down $105 million in extended federal unemployment benefits.

On Wednesday, the four senators, led by Jim Lembke (R, Lemay), had offered to end their filibuster if Governor Jay Nixon (D) would reject $300 million in federal stimulus funds.

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Missouri Unemployment Benefits
10:44 am
Wed April 6, 2011

Group of Mo. Senators will end filibuster if Gov. Nixon rejects $300 million from D.C.

Sen. Jim Lembke, R-Lemay, on April 13, 2010.
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A group of fiscally conservative Republicans in the Missouri Senate are willing to end their filibuster of a bill to draw down federal unemployment benefits, if Democratic Governor Jay Nixon agrees to reject $300 million in federal stimulus funds.   

Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) has been leading the effort.  He says the $300 million covers several “pork barrel pet projects.”

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Missouri unemployment benefits
5:29 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Nixon criticizes Mo. Senate for blocking federal dollars

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) criticizes the GOP-led Mo. Senate for not passing unemployment benefits and federal school funds.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon took the Republican-led Missouri Senate to task today for blocking federal aid for public schools and thousands of unemployed workers.   

Jobless benefits end Saturday for 10,000 of out-of-work Missouri residents because a group of Senators, led by Jim Lembke (R, Lemay), has been blocking the enabling bill.  Lembke says they’re sending a message that Washington needs to rein in spending.

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Missouri Unemployment Benefits
5:49 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Extended unemployment benefits ending this weekend for Missourians

Sen. Jim Lembke, R-Lemay, on April 13, 2010.
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Extended unemployment benefits will end this Saturday for thousands of Missourians after the state Senate failed to reauthorize participation in a federal program.

St. Louis County senator Jim Lembke led the effort to block the 20-week extension of federal unemployment benefits, filibustering the legislation along with three other Republican senators.

Lembke said he did so in order to send a message to Washington that the federal government needs to rein in its spending.

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The Road Back to Work
4:56 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

The Road Back to Work: Part Five, The Thrill Of A Job, And The Worry Over Digging Out

NPR's Tamara Keith continues her year-long occasional series on unemployment, entitled "The Road Back to Work" tracking six St. Louis residents.

Here's the latest from the series:

St. Louis unemployment Data
12:29 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

New unemployment data released for St. Louis area

An arial photo of downtown St. Louis.
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Data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics brings both positive and negative information to light about unemployment in the St. Louis Mo. - Ill. Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Some areas of industry gained jobs, while others lost, and, though the unemployment rate for the area in January 2011 was slightly higher than the national average, total employment in the area has gone up slightly over the past year.

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