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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:53 pm
Fri August 1, 2003

Ill. State Employees Asking Customers to Sign Petitions

Springfield, ILL. – A group of Illinois state employees is asking customers at DMV's to sign petitions opposing budget cuts.

Governor Rod Blagojevich cut $48 million from the Secretary of State's office right before he signed it into law last month. Secretary of State Jesse White then froze wages and cut jobs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:10 pm
Fri August 1, 2003

Ill. Supreme Court Reverses Pay Raise Order

Ill. Comptroller Dan Hynes (State of Illinois photo)

Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois Supreme Court has backed off an earlier decision regarding judicial pay raises.

The court had earlier said the state must pay scheduled cost-of-living pay raises to the state's judges, despite a gubernatorial veto on the pay increases.

The high court says it will allow the matter to go to trial, rather than forcing the hikes to judges be paid.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:55 am
Fri August 1, 2003

Home Rule to be Discussed Saturday

St. Louis – There will be another meeting Saturday morning to decide whether St. Louis's city government should change, now that it has home rule.

Home rule allows just city voters, but not the whole state, to re-work government structure.

Former Alderman Mike Jones with Advance St. Louis said the potential for such a big change means public input is a must.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:43 am
Fri August 1, 2003

Remembering the 1993 Flood

Mississippi River flood waters inch toward the Gateway Arch in 1993. (UPI photo)

St. Louis – KWMU's Tom Weber reports for NPR's All Things Considered on the anniversary of the great flood of 1993, when water pouring over the banks of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers took 50 lives and caused nearly $20 billion in damage. Click here to link to the audio at npr.org.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:17 am
Fri August 1, 2003

School Board Might Censure Schoemehl Today

Vince Schoemehl (KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis school board will consider censuring of one of its members today.

Vince Schoemehl recently compared upset parents at a board meeting to Nazis. He later apologized for the comment, but a special meeting will be held this afternoon at 4:30. The meeting is at the district's Administration Building at 801 N. 11th Street.

Schoemehl is also St. Louis's former mayor. He lost a bid for governor in 1992.

The Censure would read:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:36 pm
Thu July 31, 2003

Missouri Receiving Calls About Tax Holiday

Jefferson City, MO – As the school year approaches, some
Missouri consumers are getting excited about a sales tax holiday that would exempt most school supplies from state and local taxes.

Problem is, the law doesn't take effect until next year.

Both the state Department of Revenue and state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education have been receiving calls for Missorians asking about the sales tax holiday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:51 pm
Thu July 31, 2003

Off-Duty Cop Shoots Suspect

St. Louis, MO – An off-duty St. Louis police officer Thursday shot a man he says tried to run him down with a car. The officer was working security at a city library branch.

Police are still looking for another suspect.

Police said the sergeant ordered a suspect to stop when he saw him try to break into a car. They said the suspect instead fled to a waiting car.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:41 pm
Thu July 31, 2003

Hartford, Ill. Residents Sue over Pool of Gas

Hartford, Ill. – Residents of the Metro-East industrial town of Hartford are suing two oil companies because there's a pool of gasoline beneath their homes.

Premcor and Apex are named in the suits, and are blamed for a four million gallon pool of gas.

The suit seeks a cleanup plan and an unspecified amount of money for medical checkups and treatment, as well as lost property values.

Illinois' Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, has also sued to force a cleanup.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:26 pm
Thu July 31, 2003

May Co. Will Close 32 Lord & Taylor Stores

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis-based May Department Stores announced plans Wednesday to close 32 Lord & Taylor stores in 15 states.

The company says the closings are part of a strategy to reposition Lord and Taylor as an upscale fashion retailer. No Missouri stores will close, but 3,700 employees will lose their jobs.

Following the closings, Lord & Taylor will operate 54 stores in eleven states and the District of Columbia.

May also plans to close a Famous-Barr store in Des Moines, Iowa, and a Jones Store in Omaha, Neb.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:21 pm
Thu July 31, 2003

Plane Crash Discovered in Metro-East

Grafton, ILL. – Authorities near the Metro-East town of Grafton say they found the wreckage of a fatal plane crash Wednesday.

But they're not sure when the crash happened or whose body is inside the plane. The Federal Aviation administration is investigating.

It's a blue and white fixed-wing aircraft. The remains of a single unidentified victim were discovered along with the wreckage.

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