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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:07 pm
Mon July 21, 2003

Nixon Suing Missouri Businesses for Child Support

(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – The Missouri attorney general says he is suing nine businesses in St. Louis and surrounding counties for not deducting unpaid child support from employees' wages.

The lawsuits are part of a statewide effort to enforce child support orders. The Missouri Legislature recently shifted that responsibility from the Department of Social Services to the attorney general.

Nixon says he's trying to collect more than $127,000 in payments from around the state.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:00 pm
Mon July 21, 2003

Airline Says it's Too Early to Make Expansion Plans

St. Louis – The second largest carrier at Lambert Airport says it's too early to tell how it might expand its presence in St. Louis once American Airlines cuts its operations there in half.

Southwest Airlines has expressed an interest in adding more flights to its St. Louis schedule. Starting in 2004, Southwest will add 92 aircraft to its fleet over three years.

Chief Financial Officer Gary Kelly says at the time that decision was made, there was no indication that American would radically downsize in St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:18 pm
Mon July 21, 2003

Army Corps of Engineers in Court over Big Muddy

The Missouri River (Corps of Engineers photo)

St. Louis, MO – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected in federal court Monday in Washington. Judge Gladys Kessler wants to know why the corps is ignoring her order to lower water levels on the Missouri River.

That ruling was made last weekend to protect endangered species. But the corps says it conflicts with a previous ruling in Nebraska that mandated higher levels on the Missouri to help barge traffic.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:14 am
Mon July 21, 2003

Illinoisans Can Get Help Paying A/C Bills

Some people don't run their air conditioners because they can't afford to. (KWMU Staff Photo)

Chicago, ILL. – Illinoisans who need help paying cooling bills can start applying Monday for assistance from the state.

The federal government is sending Illinois $7.5 million in emergency money to help people keep their homes cool this summer.

The state expects about 45,000 households to get some aid. The money is available to the elderly, people with children younger than two, or those households with a member that has a disability or medical condition.

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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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