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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:09 pm
Tue July 22, 2003

Jockey in Critical Condition Following Fall During Race

Collinsville, ILL – A jockey from the Metro-East is still hospitalized after he was thrown from his horse this weekend in Collinsville.

Christopher Quinn, of Fairmont City, was riding "Wiley Hunt" at Fairmont Park Race Track Saturday night when another horse clipped his. Quinn was trampled after he fell off the horse. A hospital spokeswoman yesterday listed Quinn in critical condition.

Fairmount Park spokesman Jon Sloane says state investigators have ruled the collision an accident.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:05 pm
Tue July 22, 2003

One City School Lawsuit Trying to Reach an Accord

St. Loius, MO – Two sides in a lawsuit over the St. Louis School Board loan plan are trying to reach an accord.

The suit deals with the board's attempt to borrow money from the desegregation settlement fund. The lawyer who represented students in that desegregation case, William Taylor, is negotiating with the Board.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:42 pm
Tue July 22, 2003

New IL Law Aims to Protect Grain Farmers

Springfield, ILL. – A new law in Illinois offers some new protections to grain farmers. It updates the insurance program that protects them when grain elevators go bust.

Other changes to the Grain Code include doubling the minimum amount in the Grain Insurance Fund to $6 million. They also will increase regulation and oversight of grain elevators and boost criminal penalties for elevator operators who defraud farmers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:16 pm
Tue July 22, 2003

Deputy Drug Czar Promotes Faith-Based Drug Treatment

St. Louis – The country's Deputy Drug Czar visited a St. Louis drug treatment center Tuesday to promote President Bush's "Access to Recovery" treatment initiative.

Joined by Senator Jim Talent, R-Mo., Andrea Barthwell toured Catholic Charities' Queen of Peace Women and Children's Residential Drug Treatment Center, and said a proposed voucher program will help drug addicts who are unable to find treatment elsewhere.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:44 am
Tue July 22, 2003

IL Schools Canceling Summer Reading Programs

Springfield, ILL. – Many school districts in Illinois have canceled summer reading programs because the state budget was unsigned when districts had to decide whether to start the programs.

They were afraid they might start the "Summer Bridge" program and then find no money for it.

Most years, the governor signs the budget in early June, which gives schools enough time to figure out to balance their books. But this year, Governor Rod Blagojevich waited until July.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:18 pm
Mon July 21, 2003

Judge Says Refusal to Lower Missouri is Serious

Washington – A federal judge today asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers why it is flouting her order to drop Missouri River water levels to protect birds and fish.

The agency has so far refused to reduce the river's water level, saying to do so would violate an earlier ruling from another federal court in St. Louis.

District Judge Gladys Kessler in Washington told Justice Department attorneys that refusing to comply with a federal judge's order is a very serious matter.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:04 pm
Mon July 21, 2003

Poplar St. Bridge Ramp to WB I-70 Closed

(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – The Missouri Department of Transportation says the closure of the Poplar Street Bridge ramp to westbound I-70 will take longer than the last repair and cause more traffic backups.

The ramp closed Monday at noon; workers will spend the next two weeks replacing old pavement.

MODOT spokeswoman Linda Wilson says bridge traffic will be very heavy, and motorists should use alternate routes or public transportation.

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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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