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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

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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:58 am
Thu July 10, 2003

Holden Signs A Variety of Bills in St. Louis

(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – Missouri Governor Bob Holden visited St. Louis Thursday to sign a wide range of bills into law.

Holden signed legislation that directs tobacco settlement money into life sciences research, changes taxes on visiting athletes and authorizes a one-percent sales tax in Jefferson County.

At Harris-Stowe State College, Holden signed a bill that formally recognizes June 19th or "Juneteenth" as "Emancipation Day."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:51 am
Thu July 10, 2003

Nixon Sues Three Telecom Giants

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon claims MCI, AT & T and Southwestern Bell have violated the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act by continuing to call Missouri residents for a one-year period after the consumers asked them to stop.

In Missouri, phone companies are exempt from the state's No Call List. Nixon says his federal suit is part of a new offensive to block telemarketers from using that loophole:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:41 pm
Wed July 9, 2003

Teen Pleads Guilty in St. Louis Officer's Death

St. Louis, MO – A teenager pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder in the death of a St. Louis police officer. Stepphion Sutton had been a passenger in a stolen car.

Officer Michael Barwick was killed in a crash while pursuing that car. Sutton faces up to life in prison.

The 19-year-old switched his plea to guilty in the death of Officer Michael Barwick. Sutton made no deal with prosecutors for a reduced sentence.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:37 pm
Wed July 9, 2003

MO Dept. of Agriculture Director Steps Down

Lowell Mohler (State of Missouri photo)

Jefferson City, MO – The director of Missouri's Department of Agriculture, Lowell Mohler, is stepping down to take a job with the state's Conservation Commission.

Mohler was named Ag director in January 2001. Peter Hoffher, the deputy director, will head the department in the interim. Mohler's appointment to the Conservation Commission needs state Senate approval.

Mohler was nominated Tuesday by Governor Bob Holden for the commission job; he replaces Howard Wood of Bonne Terre.

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