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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:40 am
Mon July 21, 2003

Sex Offenders Supporters Not Swayed by Lawsuit

Jefferson City, MO – Supporters of a law expanding public access to Missouri's list of sexual offenders say they aren't concerned about a legal challenge.

A group of registered sex offenders recently sued to challenge the constitutionality of a state law requiring sex offenders to register with authorities in their home counties.

The suit claims the registration law restricts personal freedom without a due process hearing and is applied illegally to past offenders.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:52 pm
Fri July 18, 2003

Alton Belle Casino Wants to Change Hours

The Alton Belle Casino (photo from the Alton Belle's website)

Chicago, ILL. – The Alton Belle casino is one of four riverboats in Illinois trying to reduce the hours they are open because of higher state gambling taxes that went into effect July first.

The casinos plan to ask for the reduced hours today (Friday) during a meeting of the Illinois Gaming Board.

Illinois Casino Gaming Association executive director Tom Swoik says owners of the casinos are trying to reduce costs as much as they possibly can.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:28 pm
Fri July 18, 2003

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Ranked 8th Best in U.S.

St. Louis, MO – The magazine U.S. News & World Report has ranked Barnes-Jewish Hospital as the eighth best in the nation. Last year it was ranked ninth; it's the only Missouri hospital to make the magazine's honor roll this year.

Saint Louis University Hospital was ranked ninth in the nation for its work in geriatric medicine. The 'America's Best Hospitals' issue of the magazine will be on newsstands on Monday, July 21.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:07 pm
Fri July 18, 2003

2nd Phase of Poplar Street Bridge Ramps Begins Monday

St. Louis, Mo. – The Poplar Street Bridge Ramp construction project continues Monday with the closure of the ramp from the bridge to westbound I-70.

The ramp is expected to close at noon, and should be closed for about two weeks.

The first ramp in the project reopened early, only a week after it closed. The Missouri Department of Transportation's Deanna Venker says there is no guarantee this ramp will be so easy.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:39 am
Fri July 18, 2003

Aldermen Pass Smoking Ban for City Buildings

(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen passed a resolution Friday that prohibits smoking in all city buildings. Mayor Francis Slay plans on signing the bill, which will set up designated outdoor smoking areas.

Alderman Freeman Bosley Sr. pushed for the ban, which he says is long overdue.

"We have been working on, ever since 1978, some way of being able to address the need of those persons who have respiratory illnesses that have to come to City Hall," Bosley said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:57 am
Fri July 18, 2003

School Board Faces Vocal Opposition

Interim superintendent William Roberti (KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO –

The St. Louis Public Schools are on the brink of a major overhaul. This week, the city school board approved a plan to close more than a dozen schools as part of an overall strategy to make up a $90 million budget gap.

The plan is the work of a private management team the school board hired to pull the district out of the red.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:02 am
Fri July 18, 2003

U. City Bowling Alley Destroyed in Fire

University City, MO – A five-alarm fire destroyed the Arcade Lanes bowling alley in University City Thursday night.

No one was injured; the alley had been there since the 1940's. Owner Jim Lampson says he's not sure whether he'll rebuild. Authorities hope to find the cause of the fire Friday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:01 am
Fri July 18, 2003

Graves Criticizes Endangered Species Law

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (photo from Sam Graves' website)

Washington, DC – Congressman Sam Graves, of northwest Missouri, says this week's legal fight over the flow of the Missouri River shows why the federal Endangered Species Act needs an overhaul.

A federal court has ordered the water level dropped to protect endangered fish and birds. But the order has drawn opposition because lowering the river would make it too shallow for barges.

Graves Thursday said the endangered species law is holding farmers and small business owners hostage, and is drafting legislation to change that.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:20 pm
Thu July 17, 2003

No Injuries In Archgrounds Blaze

Smoke from a transformer fire at the Arch filled the sky.
(KWMU staff photo)

St. Louis, MO – The transformer is inside a concrete vault about 100 feet from the arch. It's one of three that supplies electrical power to the trams and all lighting systems inside and below the arch. Arch superintendent Gary Easton says though the bomb and arson squad and the FBI were brought to the scene, nothing suspicious was discovered:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:57 pm
Thu July 17, 2003

Prince Andrew Will Visit St. Louis

HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York (picture from www.royal.gov.uk)

St. Louis, MO – Great Britain's Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, will visit St. Louis this fall.

The member of the royal family will be in Missouri October 22nd and 23rd for a dinner in his honor and to encourage international trade and foreign investment.

He is the brother of Charles, Prince of Wales, and when he was born in 1960 was the first child to be born to a reigning monarch in more than a century. As the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, he is fourth in line of succession to the throne.

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