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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:15 am
Tue June 6, 2006

Fourth deer attack at SIU-Carbondale; deer killed this time

Carbondale, Ill. – There was another deer attack at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale this week, but this time the deer was killed.

A campus police officer shot the female deer Monday night after it threatened pedestrians and then attacked the officer. University officials say the officer got between the doe and a jogger to prevent an attack.

There were four attacks last year and three more last month by what experts believe was a doe protecting her newborn.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:11 am
Tue June 6, 2006

Springfield, Mo. voters approve power plant bond

Springfield, Mo. – Voters in Springfield, Missouri yesterday approved a ballot question that would let a local utility issue $615 million in bonds to pay for a new coal-fired power plant.

This was the second attempt by City Utilities to pass the measure; it failed two years ago. Results from Tuesday show the bond gaining 59% approval. Turnout was about 18% of the 98,000 registered voters.

The plan would increase customers' rates by 16%, starting in 2010 and lasting until the debt is paid off in 30 years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:41 am
Tue June 6, 2006

Illinois bids for Honda plant

Springfield, IL – Illinois is the latest Midwestern state trying to land a new $400 million Honda plant.

A spokesman for Governor Rod Blagojevich's economic development agency confirmed Monday that the governor recently met with company officials.

"Governor Blagojevich certainly believes that Illinois has all of the assets to make this project a tremendous success, that the business climate here encourages both innovation and investment," said Andrew Ross, spokesman for the state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:25 am
Tue June 6, 2006

River industry opposes federal ID proposal

St. Louis, MO. – Barge operators and entertainment boats are opposing a federal proposal to create a standardized ID card for port workers.

The Transportation Security Administration and the Coast Guard held a public meeting on the proposal Tuesday in St. Louis.

The credentialing system is designed to stop terrorists from accessing
U.S. ports.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:24 am
Tue June 6, 2006

Changes to MO college savings plan take effect

Jefferson City, MO – Changes to Missouri's college savings plan took effect Tuesday. Treasurer Sarah Steelman says the aim is give families more investment choices and lower fees.

The plan, called a 529 plan, lets families save for college costs and let the savings grow tax-free.

Versions of such savings plans are offered across the country. Missourians can receive a state tax deduction of up to $8,000 each per year for contributions.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:45 am
Tue June 6, 2006

New law expands protections for stores that donate to MO food banks

Missouri Governor Matt Blunt says hello to April Kupinski, 9, as she helps box food items at the St. Louis Area Foodbank. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signed legislation Tuesday that he said will make it easier for grocery and convenience stores to donate to food banks.

The new law protects those businesses from criminal charges or civil suits if the food they give turns out to be bad.

Blunt said protecting more stores from legal action will encourage more food donations.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:43 am
Tue June 6, 2006

Former cabinet official to discuss Medicaid in St. Louis

Former HHS Secretary and Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson

St. Louis – Former Health and Human Services Secretary and Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson will be in St. Louis Wednesday to lead a discussion on Medicaid.

Specifically, Thompson said he's looking for ways states are dealing with rising costs that threaten to bust their budgets.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:07 am
Mon June 5, 2006

Prison drug counselors on strike in Northern Illinois

Sheridan, IL – Drug counselors are on strike at Illinois' only prison for drug-addicted inmates.

Over 50 counselors for the Sheridan Correctional Center went on strike Tuesday morning after unsuccessful contract discussions with the Gateway Foundation.

The counselors are seeking their first contract since joining Local 472 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees last year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:51 am
Mon June 5, 2006

Nixon accepts campaign funds from Ameren while investigating reservoir collapse

St. Louis, MO. – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon's campaign for governor is getting big help from Ameren Corporation, the company Nixon has threatened to sue over the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse.

Four contributions from Ameren worth more than $19,000 dollars were funneled through Democratic committees to Nixon's campaign in March. Because the contributions were not directly from Ameren, the utility's name does not appear on Nixon's campaign financial disclosures.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:49 am
Mon June 5, 2006

Blunt signs sex offender measure into law

Jefferson City, MO – People released from the state's sexually violent predator program will be monitored and face other restrictions under a bill signed into law by Governor Matt Blunt on Monday.

The bill also cracks down on sex offenders who harm children.

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