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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:35 pm
Mon July 7, 2003

Ricky Clemons Hospitalized After ATV Accident

Ricky Clemons (AP File Photo)

Columiba, MO – Suspended University of Missouri basketball player Ricky Clemons is hospitalized in fair condition in Columbia after an ATV accident on Friday.

Clemons was at a Fourth of July party at the home of University of Missouri President Elson Floyd; he was driving Floyd's ATV when he lost control on a gravel driveway leading to Floyd's home, university police said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:34 am
Mon July 7, 2003

MO-DOT to Close First Ramp to Poplar St. Bridge

St. Louis, MO – Beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, drivers heading east on Interstate 70 across the Poplar Street Bridge in downtown St. Louis will have to find another way across.

The eastbound I-70 ramp onto the bridge will be closed for about three weeks so crews can completely resurface it. The ramp is the first of four on the bridge that will be resurfaced on between now and October.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:34 am
Mon July 7, 2003

Clemons Will Go To Jail

Ricky Clemons (Associated Press picture)

Columbia, MO – University of Missouri basketball star Ricky Clemons will serve the remainder of his 60-day suspension in jail following an incident at the residence of MU president Elson Floyd over the weekend.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:47 am
Mon July 7, 2003

Holden Signs Bill to Fund Revitalization in Downtowns

St. Louis, Mo. – Missouri's Governor toured the state Monday, signing into law a bill aimed at re-investing in downtowns.

The Missouri Downtown Economic Stimulus Act allows cities to keep part of state sales taxes generated in downtown areas, in order to fund downtown civic improvements.

Governor Bob Holden said the bill is a perfect plan for cities. He added the new plan can help all incorporated localities re-vitalize their downtowns, no matter the size. The bill enjoyed bi-partisan support in the house and senate.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:38 am
Mon July 7, 2003

Holden Okay After ATV Accident

Missouri Governor Bob Holden
(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden fell out of a cart being pulled by an ATV Sunday afternoon. A spokesman says he was doing yard work at the time.

Spokesman Jack Cardetti says the governor had minor injuries and was resting at the governor's mansion last night after being treated at University Hospital in Columbia.

Members of Holden's security team took him by car to the hospital, where he was treated and then released around 9:00 p.m.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:29 am
Mon July 7, 2003

Corps Won't Shorten Big Muddy Barge Season Any More

The Missouri River (Corps of Engineers Photo)

St. Louis, MO – The U.S. Corps of Engineers says there's no need to shorten the barge season any more on the Missouri River.

The current season is already six days shorter because of last winter's drought conditions. But new forecasts show there's still enough water in the river and its reservoirs to maintain the current schedule.

Barges run between Sioux City, Iowa and St. Louis for eight months each year. This year's season will end around Thanksgiving. It usually ends around December 1.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:06 am
Mon July 7, 2003

School Board Wants Feedback on Potential Closings

St. Louis, Mo. – The interim management team charged with overhauling the performance of the St. Louis Public Schools says it wants feedback on a plan to consolidate some schools in the district.

The team is hosting a series of public meetings this week to talk about schools that meet certain criteria for consolidation, such as occupancy rates, maintenance costs and low educational performance.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:14 pm
Fri July 4, 2003

Area Red Cross Desperate for Blood Donations

There isn't enough blood on the Red Cross's shelves to make it through the weekend
(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – The American Red Cross in St. Louis says its blood supply is so low, everything will be gone by this weekend.

The agency says it needs 3,500 donations by Sunday to stabilize the blood supply and is holding a number of emergency blood drives this weekend.

Blood Drives

Friday, July 4
- Westfield Shoppingtown South County - 10a.m. to 2p.m.
- Tri-Township Senior Center, Troy, Ill. - 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:39 pm
Fri July 4, 2003

Nextel, Sprint Agree to Make Bills Clearer

(file photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Two cell phone companies have agreed to use clearer language in their telephone bills and advertisements in Missouri.

The agreement settles the state's lawsuit against Nextel and Sprint, which had said the companies misleadingly made add-on charges appear as taxes.

The companies will now disclose on the bills and ads that the government does not require the new charges. The settlement only applies to the companies' operations in Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:04 pm
Fri July 4, 2003

Eads Bridge Was Engineering Marvel of its Day

The Eads Bridge is once again open for business.
(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, MO –

The Eads Bridge in downtown St. Louis officially reopened its top deck Friday morning, 129 years to the day after the structure was first dedicated.

The span was closed 11 years ago for repairs.

KWMU's Matt Sepic walked out on the bridge with Bob Archibald, the president of the Missouri Historical Society, to talk about the Eads' unique place in St. Louis history.

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