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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:38 pm
Fri July 11, 2003

Tornadoes in IL This Year Breaks Record

Illinois – Weather officials say 127 tornadoes have touched down in Illinois this year. That's 19 more than the previous record, which was set in 1974. The state averages just 31 tornadoes each year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Illinois' 127 tornadoes account for nearly 12% of the nation's 1,030 touchdowns for the year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:58 am
Fri July 11, 2003

Holden Vetoes Foster Care Reform

Jefferson City, MO – Governor Holden today vetoed a bill that
makes broad changes to the s child abuse and neglect system. He said the changes would have caused more harm to the system than good.

The bill was a reaction to the death last year of a two-year-old foster child from Springfield.

Like lawmakers, Holden said he supports changes to the foster care system. But he said a thorough review by his legal staff
revealed numerous problems with the bill.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:48 am
Fri July 11, 2003

Hermann, MO Couple Wins Half of $261 Jackpot

Hermann, MO – A new tractor and refrigerator might not seem the loftiest of goals for the Missouri couple who won half the $261 million Powerball jackpot. But Hermann residents William and Claudia Walkenbach say their new status as multi millionaires hasn't sunk in yet.

The east-central Missouri couple can take the money either as 30 annual installments of around $4 million, or a lump-sum payment of about $74 million dollars.

The couple bought the ticket Wednesday at the Hermann Fuel Mart. The other winner lives in Pennsylvania.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:37 am
Fri July 11, 2003

Blagojevich Signs 50 Bills, Including Coal Incentives

Carterville, Ill. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich yesterday signed more than fifty pieces of legislation into law.

One of them includes a package of incentives aimed at boosting the state's coal industry.

Companies wanting to build new or convert existing power plants in the state will be eligible for more than $300-million dollars in state-backed bonds if they promise to burn Illinois coal.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:40 pm
Thu July 10, 2003

MU Chancellor to Retire; Job May Merge with Presidency

MU President Elson Floyd is considering becoming MU's Columbia Chancellor.
(File Photo)

Columbia, MO – Richard Wallace will retire next year as chancellor of the University of Missouri at Columbia. And MU President Elson Floyd said today he may merge the chancellor's job into his office.

Floyd says state budget cuts are behind his decision to consider merging the Columbia chancellor's job with the presidency.

"Over the last two years, we have seen budget reductions totaling $126 million for the University of Missouri system. We're looking at further reductions totaling $32.4 million," Floyd said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:49 pm
Thu July 10, 2003

New Census Figures for St. Louis Area

(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – New census data show St. Louis city continues to lose population while many surrounding cities, especially in St. Charles County, keep getting bigger.

The city's population fell by more than 4,000 from 2001-2002 to dip below 340,000. Population growth was especially big in O'Fallon and St. Peters; O'Fallon has 3,500 more people than last year.

There was also a large boom in population in the part of the state between Springfield and Branson.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:23 pm
Thu July 10, 2003

First Heat-Related Deaths in St. Louis This Year

St. Louis, MO – The first two-heat-related deaths in Missouri this year happened in St. Louis. One man's body was found outside Busch Stadium on Sunday morning; Robert Kimble had a body temperature of 106 degrees.

On Monday night, authorities found the body of 78-year old James Earl, Sr. inside his St. Louis home

The house had air conditioning, but the thermostat was set high. Authorities say the temperature inside the home was in the 90s. Earl had a body temperature of 111 degrees.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:39 pm
Thu July 10, 2003

City School Consolidation Opponents Pack Two Meetings

St. Louis, MO – Opponents to the St. Louis school district's plan to consolidate schools were at two separate meetings last night.

The district held the first of three meetings to explain to the community its rationale for consolidating schools.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:34 am
Thu July 10, 2003

Edwardsville Attorney Pulls Out of U.S. Senate Race

Edwardsville, ILL. – Edwardsville attorney John Simmons is pulling out of the race for U.S. Senate in Illinois. He announced his candidacy two months ago but now says he'll support state Comptroller Dan Hynes instead. More than a half-dozen candidates are seeking the seat being vacated by Republican Peter Fitzgerald.

Now that he's out of the race, Simmons says he'll devote his time to reopening a steelmill and helping the Democratic Party in the 2004 race.

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

Holden Uses Veto Pen 22 Times

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Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden Wednesday vetoed 22 pieces of legislation that passed this spring in the Republican-led Legislature.

Among the vetoes were measures that would have made women wait 24 hours before having an abortion, as well as language that would have placed new restrictions on personal injury lawsuits.

Lawmakers can try to override the vetoes in September.

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