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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:53 am
Tue February 25, 2003

Bill Bans Lawsuits Against Gun Makers

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Senate gave initial approval
today to a bill barring governments from suing gun manufacturers.

The sponsor is Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder. He says his bill is designed to avert lawsuits similar to one brought by
St. Louis against gun makers.

The measure is aimed at lawsuits like the one filed more than three years ago by St. Louis to recover millions of dollars spent on dealing with gun violence.

It needs a final Senate approval before moving to the House.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:31 am
Tue February 25, 2003

Talent Says Iraq Filled with Smoking Guns

Mo. Sen. Jim Talent
(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – U.S. Senator Jim Talent, of Missouri, says the latest resolution submitted to the U.N. Security Council will help strengthen the case for war against Iraq.

Britain drafted the document, which says Saddam Hussein has missed his final opportunity to disarm peacefully. Talent says Iraq's defiance of weapons inspectors is obvious.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:28 am
Tue February 25, 2003

Low Blood Supplies May Mean Less Hospital Service

St. Louis, Mo. – Red Cross officials say the blood supply in the St. Louis area has dropped so low, hospitals may have problems treating patients.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:14 am
Tue February 25, 2003

Blagojevich Won't Take Pay Cut

Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich
(file photo)

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich says he won't take a pay cut as part of his effort to cut government spending.

The Democratic governor is looking for ways to fill a budget deficit of nearly $5 billion dollars. He has frozen state hiring and may have to lay off employees.

But Blagojevich says cutting his own salary would be "gimmicky." He also notes that he has a second baby due next month and must begin saving for college.

As Governor, Blagojevich makes about $150,000 a year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:57 pm
Mon February 24, 2003

Holden Elected Chair of Midwestern Governor's Conf.

Mo. Gov. Bob Holden
(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden has been elected chairman of the Midwestern Governors Conference.

He assumed the chairmanship during a weekend meeting of the National Governor's Association in Washington. Before he left for Washington, Holden said he would bring a message to the nation's leaders about states like Missouri that are struggling with huge budget deficits.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:28 pm
Mon February 24, 2003

An Interview with NAACP's President

NAACP President Kweisi Mfume
(Photo courtesy NAACP)

St. Louis, Mo. –

Sunday, NAACP president and CEO Kweisi Mfume was in St. Louis as part of a series of events marking Black History Month.

Mfume recently attended the NAACP's national board meeting, where a number of Bush administration policies were discussed. KWMU's Kevin Lavery spoke with Mfume about some of those issues, including the president's opposition to the University of Michigan's affirmative action admissions policy, which the NAACP endorses.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:53 pm
Mon February 24, 2003

Refueling Wing at Scott Air Base Called to Active Duty

Scott Air Force Base, Illinois – Members of the Illinois Air National Guard's 126th Air Refueling Wing have been called to active duty.

Some 250 members of the wing, which flies planes that refuel military aircraft in flight, have been called to active duty for up to one year.

Scott Air Force Base spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Larry Andrews is declining to say when the unit will leave or where it will be based.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:11 pm
Mon February 24, 2003

Missouri's Budget Woes

Missouri Budget Director Linda Luebbering (right) talks with KWMU's Hillary Wicai (left).
(KWMU Staff Photo)

Jefferson City, Mo. –

Missouri's Budget Director has been on the job less than a year and is currently faced with one of the worst budget crises the state's seen in at least 50 years.

Linda Luebbering talked with KWMU's Hillary Wicai about trying to balance this year's budget shortfall while at the same time working on a plan to fill next fiscal year's billion dollar gap.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:37 pm
Mon February 24, 2003

Malatov Cocktail Exploded at St. Louis Temple

The Hindu Temple of St. Louis
(file photo)

St. Louis, MO. – Police in St. Louis County are investigating an explosion, in which a Molotov cocktail was set off at the front doors of the Hindu Temple of St. Louis Sunday.

There were no injuries or suspects; someone also threw a Molotov cocktail into the vestibule of a well-known Chicago Cathedral Sunday. There were also no injuries there.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:46 am
Mon February 24, 2003

SLU Announces Plans for New Arena

St. Louis, Mo. – Saint Louis University is launching a campaign to raise $45 million in private donations to help pay for a new university arena.

The total cost of the project is $80 million, with the remainder coming from selling revenue bonds and city-backed economic development incentives. The St. Louis Board of Alderman has already approved a $15 million tax increment financing (TIF) plan.

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