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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:13 am
Thu July 24, 2003

UM-Rolla Wins Cross-Country Solar Car Race

University of Missouri-Rolla car, as it headed toward Joplin on Route 66 earlier in the race.

Claremont, Ca. – A team from the University of Missouri-Rolla drove its solar-powered car across the finish line Wednesday nearly five hours ahead of the pack.

The American Solar Challenge was a two-week, 23-hundred-mile competition between solar cars that started in Chicago and ended in suburban Los Angeles.

Solar Miner-Four had engine trouble during the first leg, but took the lead in Oklahoma and never relinquished it.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:34 pm
Wed July 23, 2003

Report: MO Could Save $7M By Lowering Energy Bills

Turn off those lights! A new report says Missouri could save millions with lower energy bills. (KWMU Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – A new report says the state of Missouri could save more than $7 million a year by reducing energy bills by 10%.

The Governor's Energy Policy Council says the savings could then be used for other state programs in desperate need of money because of recent budget troubles.

The report cites the state's office of Administration, which saved about $100,000 by making energy efficiency improvements in 26 state buildings.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:16 pm
Wed July 23, 2003

School Board Meeting Postponed

St. Louis, Mo. – Next Tuesday's meeting of the St. Louis school board has been postponed.

The meeting was supposed to have included more details on the district's restructuring plans, which are likely to include some staff layoffs.

Earlier this month, the board approved a plan to close 16 city schools, a move that's sparked considerable controversy.

At this time, school officials give no reason for the postponement or when the meeting will be rescheduled.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:11 pm
Wed July 23, 2003

Blunt Diagnosed with Early-Stage Prostate Cancer

Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. (Reuters File Photo)

Washington, D.C. – House Majority Whip Roy Blunt confirmed today he has early stage prostate cancer. And the Missouri Congressman says he'll have his prostate removed next month.

Blunt said the malignancy was found during routine screening, and was diagnosed in the early stages. The 53-year-old Springfield Republican said the cancer is unrelated to a cancerous tumor that prompted doctors to remove his left kidney last year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:09 pm
Wed July 23, 2003

Judge Rules Corps of Engineers in Contempt of Court

The Missouri River (Corps of Engineers Photo)

Washington, DC – A federal judge in Washington says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in contempt of court for refusing to lower water levels on the Missouri River to protect endangered species.

Judge Gladys Kessler says the corps must comply by Friday, or be fined $500,000 a day.

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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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