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1:36 pm
Thu April 1, 2004

School Bd. Meets With Superintendent Candidate R. Crew

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis school board members are continuing their search for a permanent superintendent.

The board held a private meeting Wednesday with Rudy Crew, the former head of the New York city public schools. Crew is currently a consultant to the private company currently running the district.

The meeting at a St. Louis County office complex yielded few details, but district spokesman Glynn Young says Crew has not been offered the job.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:08 pm
Thu April 1, 2004

Missouri, Five Other States Sue to Block Arch Coal Deal

St. Louis – Missouri, Kansas and four other states say a plan by St. Louis-based Arch Coal Company to buy a rival coal producer is a bad idea for consumers.

The states are suing in federal court in Washington, D.C. to block the deal involving Arch -- the nation's second-largest coal producer -- and rival Triton, the seventh-largest.

The states -- including Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa and Texas -- argue that the deal would dangerously reduce competition among coal producers and perhaps lead to higher electricity rates.

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11:37 am
Thu April 1, 2004

President Bush Will Open Cards' Season With First Pitch

White House photo of President Bush throwing out first pitch at Game Three of the 2001 World Series (Oct. 30, 2001)

St. Louis, MO – President Bush told a roomful of baseball Hall of Famers at the White House Wednesday that he'll be in St. Louis on Monday

"One of the traditions, of course, is for the president to throw out the opening pitch for baseball," Bush said. "I'm going to do so for the Cards."

The Cardinals open their season Monday afternoon against the Brewers. The game starts at 3:10, but the team says fans should arrive early to get through extra security. Everyone will have to go through a metal detector.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:02 am
Thu April 1, 2004

UM Students Will Pay Higher Tuition

The Millenium Center at UM-St. Louis (KWMU file photo)

St. Louis – The University of Missouri Board of Curators Thursday voted to raise tuition at each of its four campuses.

The curators approved a 7.5 percent increase for in-state undergraduate and graduate students.

Board members say they had little choice but to impose the increase because they do not expect the state of Missouri to increase funding next year above current levels.

Curator Don Walsworth acknowledged the raise was painful but necessary.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:52 am
Thu April 1, 2004

DVD Software Maker Appeals Anti-Piracy Ruling

St. Louis – A Missouri maker of DVD-copying products
appeals court rulings in New York and California that it stop making and marketing its software.

321 Studios filed the challenges in U.S. appeals courts
in the two states where federal judges have ruled the questioned software illegal.

Those judges have ordered the Chesterfield company to stop marketing the software, ruling it violates federal
law barring circumvention of anti-piracy measures used to protect DVDs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:32 am
Thu April 1, 2004

NPR President Defends Bob Edwards Decision in St. Louis

NPR President Kevin Klose

St. Louis, MO –

Kevin Klose has been president of National Public Radio for more than five years. He took the helm in late 1998 after overseeing Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty for the U.S. Government.

Last year he coordinated what could be called the biggest pledge ever to public radio: A $200 million bequest from the late fast food heiress Joan Kroc.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:14 am
Thu April 1, 2004

Former S. African President De Klerk Visits St. Louis

St. Louis – Former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner F.W. de Klerk is making several speaking appearances in St. Louis this week.

One of De Klerk's lectures is titled, "The South African Model for Peace and Freedom: From Apartheid to Multicultural Democracy".

De Klerk says one of the lessons that he has learned is that violence is not an effective means of resolving disputes between, and within, countries.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:28 pm
Wed March 31, 2004

Missouri Gaming Commission Hears Casino Proposals

St. Louis – The Missouri Gaming Commission heard proposals Wednesday from several casino companies who hope to win licenses in the St. Louis area.

Harrah's, Isle of Capri, Pinnacle and Riviera are all vying to build casino projects in either downtown St. Louis, south St. Louis County or Jefferson County.

Gaming Commission executive director Kevin Mullally says analysis indicates the market could sustain at least one more casino, and possibly two>

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:31 pm
Wed March 31, 2004

Overtime Bill Heads to Blagojevich

Springfield, Ill – A bill to keep the status quo on overtime
pay in Illinois is headed to the governor's desk.

The state Senate Wednesday voted 36-to-19 for a measure that would maintain the current overtime rules for more than 375-thousand Illinois employees.

New federal standards set to go into effect this week would keep
certain executive or administrative employees from earning extra compensation for overtime hours worked.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:16 pm
Wed March 31, 2004

Downtown Crime Continues to Drop

St. Louis – An annual report on public safety in St. Louis finds crime continues to drop in the city's downtown core.

City police report that crimes against persons have dropped nearly 22 percent from one year ago, and property crimes are down more than 26 percent.

The report marked the third consecutive year such crimes have been on the decrease.

Jim Cloar with the Downtown St. Louis Partnership says despite the positive figures, civic officials still fight public perceptions that downtown St. Louis is unsafe.

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