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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:51 am
Wed March 12, 2003

Blagojevich Delivers First State of the State

Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich
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Springfield, IL – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich presented his first state of the state address to lawmakers today, proposing $88 million in new programs.

Some of the governor's proposals call for raising the minimum wage, universal access to preschool, reopening a shuttered prison and new efforts to cut the cost of prescription drugs.

Blagojevich says his agenda is ambitious but affordable. "With a nearly $5 billion budget deficit, I don't propose them lightly," the governor said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:01 am
Wed March 12, 2003

Campaign To Save Medicaid in Missouri

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:47 pm
Tue March 11, 2003

St. Louis Priest Accused of Sex Abuse

St. Louis, MO – Two men are suing the Reverend Robert Yim, saying he sexually abused them as a childhood mentor and counselor.

One man accuses Yim of molesting him in the early 1970s at their suburban St. Louis parish in Ballwin, as well as during a trip to Kansas City. The other says Yim sexually abused him from 1989 to 1994 at the Catholic school he attended in Fenton.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis says Yim left the active ministry in 1995. Yim served as a St. Louis hospital's chaplain from 1990 until last year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:14 pm
Tue March 11, 2003

St. Louis Hosts Conference on Aging

St. Louis, MO – Developing support services to help St. Louis' elderly population stay in their own homes is the goal behind a conference held Tuesday at Washington University.

St. Louis is involved in a pilot program called Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities that provides for the needs of the elderly while helping them remain as independent as possible.

Organizers hope St. Louis' experience with the program will serve as a model for other communities across the country.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:05 pm
Tue March 11, 2003

Holden Critical of Family Planning Cut

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden criticizes a legislative move to eliminate funding for Missouri's family planning services.

The funding has been controversial in previous years. And the Legislature's anti-abortion majority has sought to prohibit part of the money from going to Planned Parenthood, which also offers abortions.

House Budget Chairman Carl Bearden has eliminated state family planning grants from the next year's proposed budget. He cites the state's continued budget troubles.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:08 pm
Tue March 11, 2003

Archbishop Rigali Has Prostate Cancer

St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali
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St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali informed area Catholic clergy Tuesday that he will undergo surgery next week for prostate cancer. After a routine physical exam showed the presence of cancerous cells, Rigali and his doctors decided he will have his prostate removed on March 19.

Vicar General Monsignor Richard Stika says Rigali is asking for prayers.

At this time tests give no indication that the cancer has spread.

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