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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:57 pm
Wed July 16, 2003

Nixon Suing Employeers Over Child Support

Jefferson City, MO – Attorney General Jay Nixon is suing more
than 30 employers in the state for failing to withhold child support payments from their employees' paychecks.

Nixon is trying to recover more than $127,000 in overdue child-support payments.

A Nixon spokesman said today the legal aspects of child support enforcement were transferred from from the Department of Social Services to the attorney general's office July 1.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:56 pm
Wed July 16, 2003

St. Louis School Board Votes to Close 16 Schools

Interim Superintendent William Roberti (KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – During a meeting brimming with discontent Tuesday night, the St. Louis school board voted to approve a controversial plan to close 16 city schools.

The 5-2 vote in favor of school consolidation followed a raucous evening of public testimony condemning the plan.

Afterwards, interim superintendent William Roberti said despite what those attending the meeting thought, the district is facing a very real $90 million deficit.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:20 pm
Wed July 16, 2003

UM Tuition Lawsuit Will Go Straight to MO Supreme Court

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court will hear the case of whether the University of Missouri illegally charged students millions in tuition from 1986 to 2001.

In December, a St. Louis County judge ruled it had, citing an 18-72 law that mandated free education for Missourians.

The appeal is skipping one court and going straight to Jefferson City because it involves the constitutionality of a state law.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:53 am
Wed July 16, 2003

American Reducing Flights, Operations in St. Louis

(UPI)

St. Louis, Mo. – American Airlines announced today that it will reduce the size of its hub at Lambert Airport beginning in November.

That move - along with the closing of a reservations center in St. Louis - will mean the elimination of more than 2,000 jobs locally and some 200 fewer flights each day.

American's President and CEO Gerard Arpey says it was a difficult decision but necessary for the long-term success of the St. Louis hub.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:55 am
Wed July 16, 2003

Corps Will Ignore Judge, Keep Missouri River Levels

The Missouri River (Corps of Engineers photo)

Washington, DC – The U.S. Corps of Engineers Tuesday night said it will ignore a federal judge's ruling and not reduce water levels on the Missouri River.

On Saturday, Judge Gladys Kessler ordered flows cut to protect endangered birds and fish.

But the Corps says that ruling conflicts with another recent ruling that was made in St. Louis that ordered higher water levels for barges.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:54 am
Wed July 16, 2003

Critics say Rigali's Actions Don't Match Words

Archbishop Justin Rigali
(UPI)

St. Louis, Mo. – After returning from Philadelphia, where the announcement was made, Rigali told a St. Louis audience of Archdiocesan workers and the press that he hopes the church can prevent more of what he called "this great tragedy" of clergy abuse.

These people have to be assisted, they have to be helped, but also something that is so important in the life of any victim is reconciliation and also forgiveness, Rigali said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:48 am
Wed July 16, 2003

Shock Sentences in Missouri

Kansas City, MO – Matt Hackworth of member station KCUR (in Kansas City) reports for NPR on Missouri's use of so-called 'shock sentences' for drug offenders convicted of non-violent crimes.

Instead of doing hard prison time, they are placed in a 120-day rehabilitation program, where they're given drug treatment and strict probation.

If they violate that probation, they're subject to longer prison sentences.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:47 am
Wed July 16, 2003

Holden Leads Pack in Campaign Money, Bond Breaks Record

Missouri Governor Bob Holden (KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden has about $2 million ($2.01 million) in his campaign coffers. Finance reports were due Tuesday.

One possible Democratic opponent to Holden in next year's race for Governor is State Auditor Claire McCaskill, who reported just more than $1 million ($1.04 million).

The likely GOP nominee, Secretary of State Matt Blunt, also had about a million dollars on hand.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:44 pm
Tue July 15, 2003

Blagojevich Staff Got Pay Raises This Year

Springfield, Ill. – Six of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's 91 staffers got pay raises on July First.

That was the same week during which the governor signed a budget into law that made deep cuts to several other state agencies.

Secretary of State Jesse White and Republican Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka say the cuts may force them to lay off employees. Topinka says the pay raises make "absolutely no sense."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:59 pm
Tue July 15, 2003

HMO Fined More Than $100,000

Jefferson City, MO – A suburban St. Louis health plan has been
fined for failing to process claims from doctors and patients quickly enough.

The state Insurance Department says Mercy Health Plans of Chesterfied recently paid the state slightly more than $100,000. The fine was imposed after the state found that the HMO failed to meet time limits for handling claims filed by doctors and
patients.

The fine was the first levied under the so-called prompt-pay measure passed by lawmakers in 2001 and enacted in January 2002.

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