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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.
(via Flickr/FiredUpMissouri)

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.
(via Flickr/ FiredUpMissouri)

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.
(via Flickr/Daniel Leininger)

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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The Road Back to Work
4:23 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

The Road Back to Work: Part Four, For The Long-Term Unemployed, The Hunt Continues

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:

MO Statehouse
4:52 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Filibuster against federal unemployment benefits continues in Mo. Senate

State Sen. Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) is leading the filibuster.
Mo. Senate

A group of Republicans in the Missouri Senate is still blocking a bill that would allow the state to receive $81 million in federal unemployment benefits.

But the bill's supporters say Missouri hasn't lost out yet, despite today's deadline for getting it passed.

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MO Statehouse
7:11 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Mo. Senate filibuster blocking $81 million in unemployment benefits

Mo. Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay)
Mo. Senate

Some Republicans in the Missouri Senate are blocking legislation to draw down $81 million in federal unemployment benefits.

The funding would go to Missouri residents who've been out of work for more than 79 weeks, and a State House bill authorizing the draw down must be passed by Thursday or else the money will go to other states.

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The Road Back to Work
4:14 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

The Road Back to Work: Part Three, The Relief Of Finding A Less-Than-Perfect Job

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:

The Road Back to Work
8:03 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

The Road Back To Work: An NPR Series (Part Two, The Strain Adds Up)

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

We'll update the links to each of the stories in the series here for you on stlpublicradio.org.

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