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St. Louis anchor claims former KC on-air partner was paid more because of race

Updated: 2013-05-31T16:31:55Z

By DAVE HELLING

The interesting saga of former KMOV-St. Louis anchor Larry Conners has grown more interesting.

Conners was recently fired from his anchoring gig after posting a Facebook missive suggesting his problems with the IRS may have stemmed from a “tough” interview with President Barack Obama last year.

Conners later said his IRS problems pre-dated the interview, although he has since said a repayment plan with the agency went awry after the one-on-one with the prez.

KMOV recently fired Conners, and he’s responded with a discrimination complaint.

But in that filing, Conners says he actually had problems with KMOV in 2010, after he complained that he was paid less than co-anchor Vickie Newton.

“I claimed that I received less compensation than Newton because of my race and gender,” Conners’ complaint says.

Conners is a white male. Newton, who worked at KMBC and WDAF in Kansas City, is an African American woman.

Conners says his complaint about Newton went to arbitration, which ended in April 2012. It isn’t clear from the complaint if the arbitration resulted in any extra money for him.

Newton is no longer with the station.

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