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A legislative panel studying a possible merger of St. Louis city and county governments is meeting in Clayton to hear public testimony on the idea.

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Two troubled St. Louis-area school districts could pay a combined $23 million to cover tuition and transportation costs for students opting to attend accredited districts.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that nearly 1,700 students in the Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts have applied to transfer. That follows a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling requiring unaccredited districts to pick up those costs for students who want to attend better schools.

The home districts must cover the tuition costs, and must pay for transportation to at least one school district.

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Public officials, activists and religious leaders packed into World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park this afternoon to rally for immigration reform, calling on members of the U.S. House of Representatives to move forward with a plan that cleared the Senate last week.

St. Louis native Vin Ko runs a pick up soccer league in St. Louis that he said brings together everyone from CEO’s to new immigrants.

More than just potential economic benefits, he said the nation needs immigration reform because it’s the right thing to do.

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The Missouri fire marshal's office is urging people to be cautious with fireworks, saying that people should light only one at a time and keep water nearby.

Sales of fireworks by licensed seasonal retailers in Missouri began last week and continue through July 9.

State Fire Marshal Randy Cole said the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch public displays by trained professionals.

Cole's office recommended that anyone drinking alcohol avoid handling fireworks and consider giving the duties to a "designated shooter."

Eight Missouri counties received an “F” grade in The American Lung Association’s recent“State of the Air” report card. The latest report was released Wednesday – grades U.S. counties and cities on air quality. 

Out of the 17 counties with enough data available to issue a score, only Boone County received an “A” grade. And here’s the list of the counties that failed: Clay, Clinton, Jasper, Jefferson, Perry, St. Charles, St. Louis, and St. Louis city. Researchers used air quality data between 2009 and 2011 for the grading.

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Business and civic leaders from the St. Louis area are renewing a push for new tax breaks to encourage international exports through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

A Senate committee heard testimony Wednesday on a plan that would authorize up to $7.5 million of annual tax credits for air cargo exports.

The proposal is a scaled-back version of a bill that failed during a 2011 special session. Other elements of that doomed package also are back before the Legislature.

On Sunday morning fans gathered at Busch Stadium to remember St. Louis Cardinals legend and Hall of Famer Stan Musial, who died at the age of 92 last night.  

Below is audio of what some of them had to say. 

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A long-sought proposal to extend University of Missouri worker benefits to same-sex domestic partners has been expanded to include committed couples of the opposite sex, as well as other unrelated dependent couples, such as roommates.

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Attorneys for a St. Louis man whose 1983 rape and murder convictions were recently thrown out by a Missouri judge say they expect his release from prison on Wednesday.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a state law aimed at allowing veteran St. Louis firefighters to live outside the city limits.

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Republican Congressman Todd Akin is defending his statement comparing his opponent, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, to a dog.

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St. Louis schools are no longer unaccredited, following a unanimous vote today by the State Board of Education.

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Strong storms are blamed for power outages, hail and lightning damage in Missouri.

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Columbia officials are working on changes to local rules governing tents after a collapse in St. Louis last month killed one person and hurt 100 more.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill has extra security in place following a comment at a Tea Party rally last week.

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Ameren shareholders have voted against three proposals that sought to push the company to do more to address environmental risks from its coal-fired power plants.

Newscast for April 23, 2012

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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

St. Louis police and federal officials are looking for a man who threw an explosive device at a federal building in downtown St. Louis.

Missouri added about 4,800 jobs in March as its unemployment rate remained steady.

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The Federal Trade Commission approved the $29.1 billion merger between Express Scripts and Medco.

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Three Missouri bats are confirmed to have white nose syndrome, found north of the St. Louis area.

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The already booming University City Loop is about to get a big infusion of money — an $80 million project by nearby Washington University.

New research shows that differences in the brain development of autistic children are already visible in infants as young as six months old.

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Legislation that’s designed to stem a potential flood of students from unaccredited schools in St. Louis and Kansas City to nearby suburban schools was heard Tuesday before a Missouri Senate committee.

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The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against the city of St. Louis, asking a judge to make the city turn over jail records related to inmate grievances.

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Government, business and university officials from the St. Louis area are in Indonesia this week pursuing trade opportunities and stronger educational ties.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the delegation arrived over the weekend in the Indonesian capital city of Jakarta.

The trade mission was organized by the World Trade Center St. Louis and Kit Bond Strategies, a consulting business created by Bond after he retired last year following four terms in the U.S. Senate.

Executives of Boeing Co. and five other businesses are along on the week long visit.

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Missouri authorities are investigating an E. coli outbreak that has led to nine hospitalizations and 33 confirmed ill.

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After 33 years in the major leagues, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is calling it a career.

The history of St. Louis’s Central West End is steeped in literature. The area is tied to four of America’s most famous writers: T. S. Eliot, Tennessee Williams, Kate Chopin and William S. Burroughs. But until recently, the neighborhood had no official tributes to the literary greats.

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