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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:57 pm
Thu July 17, 2003

Prince Andrew Will Visit St. Louis

HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York (picture from www.royal.gov.uk)

St. Louis, MO – Great Britain's Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, will visit St. Louis this fall.

The member of the royal family will be in Missouri October 22nd and 23rd for a dinner in his honor and to encourage international trade and foreign investment.

He is the brother of Charles, Prince of Wales, and when he was born in 1960 was the first child to be born to a reigning monarch in more than a century. As the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, he is fourth in line of succession to the throne.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:52 pm
Thu July 17, 2003

210 Fewer Flights, 2000 Fewer Jobs

St. Louis, MO –

American Airlines announced massive cuts in flights and staff Wednesday.

St. Louis is now the carrier's third-largest hub, but by November there will be 210 fewer departures from Lambert Airport.

Still, business and civic leaders say the situation is not nearly as bad as it could have been. KWMU's Matt Sepic prepared this report.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:33 pm
Thu July 17, 2003

Fair St. Louis Will Remain a July 4th Celebration

The fair always includes fireworks but this year coincided with the reopening of the Eads Bridge. (KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – Fair St. Louis will not move to Memorial Day weekend as had been previously announced.

Rich Meyers, The Fair's executive director said attendance at this year's Fair over the 4th of July weekend convinced organizers that it should remain part of St. Louis' Independence Day celebration.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:28 pm
Thu July 17, 2003

Auditor Finds Sloppy Work at City Sheriff's Office

Mo. State Auditor Claire McCaskill
(KWMU staff photo)

St. Louis – Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill says the St. Louis city sheriff's office needs to do a better job of controlling its budget, evidence and weapons.

On Thursday McCaskill released the results of a nearly year-long investigation into the department's financial and operating procedures.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:27 pm
Thu July 17, 2003

MO St. Senator Called to Active Duty

Mo. St. Sen. Jon Dolan (State of Missouri photo)

Lake St. Louis, MO – The U.S. Army has called a Missouri State Senator to active duty. Republican Jon Dolan of Lake St. Louis is headed to Cuba where he'll produce a military newspaper and radio show.

Dolan's Army National Guard unit reports for duty on August 8th and will be sent first to Fort Carson, Colo.

He'll be out of the state for at least six months, which will leave Republicans with one fewer vote during the September veto session. That could make it more difficult to override some of Governor Bob Holden's vetoes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:41 am
Thu July 17, 2003

Fire on Grounds of Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch (KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Some visitors were evacuated at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis today because of a noontime fire at a transformer on the Arch grounds.

Thick black smoke could be seen downtown from the fire. No injuries were reported. Officials at the National Park Service, which operates the Arch, say visitors in the south leg of the Arch were evacuated.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:18 am
Thu July 17, 2003

Judge Says Unfairly Billed Missourians Need Not Pay

(Reuters file photo)

Atlanta, Ga. – A judge in Atlanta Wednesday ruled that hundreds of people in Missouri who were billed for connections to pornographic Web sites they never requested don't have to pay, or can get refunds.

In May, Missouri and a dozen other states sued New Jersey-based Alyon Technologies and Georgia-based Tel-collect. The lawsuits accused the companies of billing for unordered services and refusing to cancel bills.

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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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