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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2003

Court Keeps DWI Procedures in Place for Missouri

St. Louis, MO – A state appeals court in St. Louis yesterday said police may get a search warrant for a blood sample if a drunken-driving suspect refuses a breath test.

The ruling preserves how authorities handle DWI cases statewide. At issue was whether drunken-driving suspects could avoid giving blood or urine samples by first refusing a Breathalyzer test. Current state law says no test shall be given to a DWI suspect if he or she refuses.

But the judges said that applies only to police who seek other tests without a warrant.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:50 pm
Wed July 23, 2003

Blagojevich Signs College & Crime Laws

Champaign, Ill. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has signed legislation restricting tuition increases at all state universities.

The "Truth in Tuition" measure sponsored by Chicago Democrat Kevin Joyce will freeze a state university student's tuition rate at the first-year level.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:15 pm
Wed July 23, 2003

Missouri Could See Higher Prices for Natural Gas

Jefferson City, MO – Natural gas prices could rise this winter. Warren Wood-the Missouri Public Service Commission's energy department manager-says the average gas customer in the state could pay about 100 dollars more this winter than last year.

Wood says the main reason is low supplies.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:47 am
Wed July 23, 2003

Holden Nominates New City Election Commissioner

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden has nominated the founder of and president of the National Black Tourism Network to the St. Louis City Board of Election Commissioners.

The State Senate must still approve Angela da Silva's nod; she's being tapped to replace Democrat Audrey Jones, who resigned.

The board oversees municipal, state and federal elections in St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:23 am
Wed July 23, 2003

Schoemehl Apologizes for 'Nazi' Comment

Board member Vince Schoemehl (KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO. – St. Louis School Board member Vince Schoemehl has apologized for comparing protestors at last week's school board meeting to Nazi brownshirts.

In a statement, the former mayor said he "meant no offense to any parent or genuinely concerned community leader" with his comments.

Schoemehl says he reconsidered the remark because of its effect on his colleagues.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:30 pm
Tue July 22, 2003

Judge Will Decide On St. Louis Schools Case

William Roberti, interim superintendent
(KWMU staff photo)

St. Louis, MO – A group of plaintiffs led by St. Louis radio personality Lizz Brown claims St. Louis schools interim superintendent William Roberti is unqualified to serve as head of the district because he has not met state certification requirements.

Plaintiffs' attorney Donnell Smith says not having an experienced educator leading the district causes "irreparable harm" to students.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:29 pm
Tue July 22, 2003

Schoemehl Apologizes for 'Nazi' Comment

School Board member Vince Schoemehl (KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis – St. Louis School Board member Vince Schoemehl has apologized for comparing protestors at last week's school board meeting to Nazi brownshirts.

In a statement, the former mayor said he "meant no offense to any parent or genuinely concerned community leader" with his comments.

Schoemehl says he reconsidered the remark because of its effect on his colleagues.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:16 pm
Tue July 22, 2003

Clemons Permanently Dismissed from MU Team

Ricky Clemons (AP Photo)

Columbia, MO – The University of Missouri today permanently dismissed Ricky Clemons from the basketball program, ending his
troubled tenure with the Tigers.

Clemons earlier pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in a case involving a woman who said she was choked and held against her will at his Columbia apartment last year. Then Clemons was involved in
an ATV crash near the home of the MU president on the night of July fourth. He was supposed to be serving his sentence in a halfway house.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:09 pm
Tue July 22, 2003

Jockey in Critical Condition Following Fall During Race

Collinsville, ILL – A jockey from the Metro-East is still hospitalized after he was thrown from his horse this weekend in Collinsville.

Christopher Quinn, of Fairmont City, was riding "Wiley Hunt" at Fairmont Park Race Track Saturday night when another horse clipped his. Quinn was trampled after he fell off the horse. A hospital spokeswoman yesterday listed Quinn in critical condition.

Fairmount Park spokesman Jon Sloane says state investigators have ruled the collision an accident.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:05 pm
Tue July 22, 2003

One City School Lawsuit Trying to Reach an Accord

St. Loius, MO – Two sides in a lawsuit over the St. Louis School Board loan plan are trying to reach an accord.

The suit deals with the board's attempt to borrow money from the desegregation settlement fund. The lawyer who represented students in that desegregation case, William Taylor, is negotiating with the Board.

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