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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:02 am
Fri March 14, 2003

City-Run Nursing Home Will Close

St. Louis, Mo. – The city of St. Louis is leaving the nursing home business. Officials said Thursday the city doesn't have the money to invest in the Harry S Truman Restorative Center, located at 5700 Arsenal.

Truman usually gets $2.5 million each year for operating costs. But the building needs millions of dollars in repairs.

The city has promised to help relocate the 158 residents and find jobs for the 200 employees.

The center opened in 1967; St. Louis city took over operations in 1986.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:32 pm
Thu March 13, 2003

Alton City Hall on List of Endangered Buildings

Alton leaders aren't quite sure what to do with the old City Hall building.
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Atlon, Ill. – The Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois has named the Alton City Hall as one of the state's 10 most endangered historic places.

The 75-year-old structure is in need of repair, and the city of Alton is considering whether to renovate it or tear it down and build a new facility.

The building is considered to be a good example of the Classical Revival style of architecture. But preservation council president David Bahlman says beyond that, Alton City Hall is culturally important.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:39 pm
Thu March 13, 2003

Train Car in Southwest St. Louis Leaks Chemical

St. Louis, Mo – A train car in southwest St. Louis leaked some flammable liquid yesterday. There were no injuries or evacuations, though cleanup crews blocked off streets that caused some traffic jams.

Fire officials say the warm weather caused the diethyl ketone to expand and leak from a faulty seal in the tanker car.

A railroad hazardous materials (HAZ-MAT)team changed the seal, stopped the leak and cleaned the spill.

The flammable liquid is used to make pharmaceuticals, synthetics, pesticides and solvent.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:54 am
Thu March 13, 2003

Cards Wary of Cuts for Reworked Highway Ramp

St. Louis, Mo – The Cardinals say a new stadium project would be hurt if the state cuts $12 million from the budget to replace a highway ramp near Busch Stadium.

The current ramp would be in the way of where planners say a new stadium would stand.

The team says the project's private financing is built around the agreement with the state. A House panel on Tuesday cut the money from the Transportation Department.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:51 am
Thu March 13, 2003

Missouri Wants Schools Prepared for Potential Attacks

St. Louis, MO – The state of Missouri is advising schools and businesses today to prepare more carefully for biological and chemical attacks.

The Department of Health and Senior Services says that as they practice emergency drills for tornadoes and fires, schools and businesses in the state should include terrorism in their plans.

Walker says schools and businesses should develop evacuation plans, review how to shut down heating and cooling systems and learn about agencies to contact in case of an attack.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:59 am
Thu March 13, 2003

Mo. House Gives First Approval to Abortion Wait Period

The plan still needs one more vote in the Missouri House.
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Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House gave initial approval Wednesday to a proposal that would require women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion. The waiting period would be waived in the cases of medical emergencies.

The plan also requires women to sign a statement saying they had not been coerced into having an abortion. That caused several female Democrats in the House to call the plan an insult, saying it suggested women are less capable of amking decisions.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:35 pm
Wed March 12, 2003

Blagojevich to Tell Illinoisans the State of the State

Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich
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Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will address lawmakers in his first State of the State address today.

He's expected to talk about preschool for all children, prescription drug costs, and club drugs like ecstasy. Lawmakers hope he also addresses how to fill a huge budget deficit which could reach $5 billion.

The speech starts at noon on Wednesday. It will air live here on 90.7, KWMU.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:55 pm
Wed March 12, 2003

Mo. Lawmakers Pledge More Money for MAP Tests

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers say they'll pay for more standardized tests next year.

This year, the state only paid for the math and communications parts of the Missouri Assessment Program tests. Many school districts paid for the science and social studies tests with their own money.

But Tuesday the House Budget Committee added money to pay for the science test, meaning districts would still have to pay for social studies if they want it.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:39 pm
Wed March 12, 2003

An Interview with Barry McCaffrey

Ret. Gen. Barry McCaffrey
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St. Louis, Mo. –

Former General Barry McCaffrey retired from active duty in 1996 as one of the most decorated generals in U.S. Army history. He led the 24th Infantry Division on an attack into Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War, and later served as President Clinton's Drug Czar.

While in St. Louis Tuesday, he told KWMU's Matt Sepic President Bush has made the case that Saddam Hussein presents a real threat to U.S. interests.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:23 pm
Wed March 12, 2003

Missouri Republicans Alter Budget Process

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Jefferson City, MO – Missouri House Republican leaders have proposed doing away with the state's traditional budget process. Republicans are frustrated in their attempts to make cuts to government programs. So they've dropped specific dollar appropriations for the state's thousands of programs. Instead, they plan to give departments a lump sum of money to spend as they choose.

Speaker Catherine Hanaway says the plan gives department directors total flexibility, forcing them to prioritize programs.

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