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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:15 am
Tue July 29, 2003

'No' Now Means 'No' in Illinois

Springfield, ILL – "No" now means "no" in Illinois. Gov. Rod Blagojevich last week signed into law legislation that clarifies consensual sex. He made the signing known Monday.

The new law makes it clear that people can change their mind, even while having sex. If someone says no, the other person must stop or it becomes rape.

Blagojevich spokeswoman Angelynne Amores says other states have similar laws, but those have been forced into the books by court order.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:53 am
Tue July 29, 2003

Some Pharmacists Stop Accepting New Medicaid Customers

Springfield, ILL. – A lobby group for pharmacists in Illinois says many independent pharmacies have stopped accepting new Medicaid customers because the state of Illinois isn't paying its bills fast enough.

The state reimburses pharmacies when Medicaid patients buy prescriptions, but shortfalls have delayed those payments.

The Illinois Pharmacists Association says the average amount owed to pharmacies is $181,000.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:29 am
Tue July 29, 2003

Archaeologists Explore North St. Louis History

Archaeologists search for artifacts at 11th and Chambers Streets in North St. Louis.
(KWMU staff)

St. Louis –

Archaeologists most often study the pre-historic past--digging into ancient Native American settlements, Egyptian tombs and other places where historic records are scant. A class from the University of Missouri-St. Louis is examining a more recent era.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:22 am
Tue July 29, 2003

Coroner ID's Missing Troy Man

Troy, Ill. – The Madison County Coroner's office Monday positively identified human remains as those of Robert Konkel, who's been missing since Halloween.

A farmer found the remains near a pond, not far from where Konkel's truck was found. Dental records were used to make the identification. Illinois State Police are investigating the death.

The 45-year old Konkel was last seen leaving the restaurant he managed near St. Louis during the early morning hours of October 31st. His abandoned truck was later found on the side of I-255.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:56 pm
Mon July 28, 2003

Missing 23-Month Old Girl Found in Michigan

St. Louis, MO – A 23-month old St. Louis girl was found safe and healthy in Detroit Sunday after she'd been missing for nine days.

The girl's parents, Kevin Campbell and Doretha Hair, say a 15-year old took the toddler Denisha Hair to a store on July 19th and never returned.

The teenager is in custody but has not been charged. Authorities traced a cell phone call to help locate the abducted child.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:34 pm
Mon July 28, 2003

About 100 Guns Stolen While Being Transported on Train

St. Louis, Mo. – The ATF, St. Louis police and investigators
with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad are offering a reward for the return of more than 100 firearms.

Thieves took about 100 Browning bolt-action rifles and ten shotgun receivers from a train sitting in a rail yard in the city.

The thefts were noticed on July eighth. The guns are valued at $500 or more each.

The award is for up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:32 pm
Mon July 28, 2003

MO-DOT Says 23% of Bridges are 'Structurally Deficient'

Two lanes of the Blanchette Bridge were closed last year when crews found cracks. (MO-DOT picture)

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Department of Transportation says 23% of Missouri bridges are structurally deficient. Officials say the bridges need restricted weight limits, immediate fixes or to simply be closed.

The number is down in recent years, but a lack of funds has prevented the state from doing enough maintenance to get ahead.

The average age of Missouri's bridges is 46 years old; many are designed with an average design life of 50 years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2003

Durbin Hopeful C-9 Will Not Go Away in September

The C9 Nightingale is based at Scott AFB.(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Illinois Senator Dick Durbin says the C-9 will not necessarily completely leave Scott Air Force Base this year, despite the Air Force's announcement last week that it would.

The Air Force confirmed plans to retire Scott's ten C-9's which are used to move injured soldiers around the country.

But Durbin says Illinois' Congressional delegation is working to keep some C-9's flying, while the military finds a replacement for Scott.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:12 pm
Mon July 28, 2003

Missourians Won't Get Full Federal Tax Credit

Jefferson City, MO – As the federal government prepares to send $400 for each child to millions of parents, Missourians should not expect the full amount.

The state's tax code is set up to trigger a tax increase from Jefferson City with each tax break from Washington, unless lawmakers choose to create an exemption. That didn't happen this year, so the state will take $24 for every $400 sent from Washington.

That will mean $12 million for the state treasury.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:47 pm
Mon July 28, 2003

New UMSL Chancellor Will Visit Campus Today

New Chancellor Thomas George

St. Louis, MO –

The faculty and staff of the Unviersity of Missouri-St. Louis will be introduced to their new chancellor Monday morning.

After a six-month search, the UM Board of Curators has selected Dr. Thomas George to lead the system's St. Louis campus.

KWMU's Kevin Lavery prepared this report.

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