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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:02 pm
Wed January 29, 2003

Holden Proposes Education Cuts

Jefferson City, MO –

Missouri Governor Bob Holden on Tuesday explained details of a proposal that calls for substantial budget cuts for the state's public schools. Missy Shelton prepared this report on the controversial announcement...

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:48 pm
Wed January 29, 2003

Remains of St. Louis Priest- Missing Since 80s- Found

Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Officials in Honduras say they're almost certain they've found the remains of a St. Louis priest who disappeared in the early 1980s.

Jesuit priest James Carney went missing in 1983, after joining leftist guerrillas in Nicaragua.

U.S. Attorney General spokesman Ricardo Castro would not say when the remains were uncovered. But he says officials are almost certain one of the skeletons is that of Carney.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:11 pm
Wed January 29, 2003

Anti-War Protesters Respond to Bush's Speech

St. Louis, MO – About two-dozen people opposed to war in Iraq gathered at St. Louis City Hall Wednesday to respond to President Bush's State of the Union speech.

They said educating the young and combating social problems should be at the top of the national agenda.

St. Louis school board candidate Curtis Royson says the President's priorities are skewed.

The Instead of War Coalition organized the meeting. They're holding another rally Wednesday night at 7:30 at the Federal Court House.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:08 pm
Wed January 29, 2003

Doctors Head to Jefferson City for White Coat Lobby Day

St. Louis, MO –

At least 300 St. Louis area physicians will join doctors from around the state to rally in Jefferson City Wednesday over what they call Missouri's professional liability insurance crisis.

Many of the doctors are closing their offices for the day and boarding several buses Wednesday morning, heading for the state captiol. KWMU's Hillary Wicai prepared this report.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:50 am
Wed January 29, 2003

Crystal City Teacher Fired Over Race Comment

Crystal City, Mo. – The Crystal City School Board last night unanimously voted to fire a teacher for telling her students interracial couples should not have children.

The teacher, Jendra Loeffelman, has worked in the district for 13 years. Her lawyer says he hopes Loeffelman will appeal.

In public hearings this month, questions focused on exactly what Loeffelman said. Both sides of the debate agreed she said she opposed marriage between people of different races and suggested such couples should not have children.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:32 am
Wed January 29, 2003

Low-Income People Rally Against Cuts

Jefferson City, MO – Some low-income Missourians gathered
outside Governor Holden's office today, protesting a decision to cut their monthly state aid from $80 to just $9.

The cut takes effect Saturday, and is described by recipients as ungodly and inhumane.

Holden wasn't in his office.

A spokeswoman said the governor had to reduce the benefits to preserve children's programs administered by the Department of Social Services.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:32 pm
Tue January 28, 2003

Lawmakers Reject Salary Increases

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri lawmakers have rejected a
measure rejecting pay increases for themselves, top elected officials and judges.

By a vote of 151-to-0, the House today approved the measure rejecting recommendations of the Citizens' Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials.

The commission in November recommended that statewide elected officials and legislators get a 5.8 percent pay
increase in fiscal year 2004 and another 5.8 percent increase in fiscal year 2005.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:44 pm
Tue January 28, 2003

Slay: City Budget Needs $50M in Cuts

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay
(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says he will soon announce measures aimed at trimming the city's $50 million budget deficit.

Slay says he will meet with his staff behind closed doors this week, and says he hopes to make cuts that don't impact city services.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:29 pm
Tue January 28, 2003

Sons of Confederate Vets Wants Flag Put Back

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Jefferson City, Mo. – Supporters of a state memorial site in western Missouri have started a petition drive.

They're trying to get the state to put back the Confederate flag that flew over the site in Higginsville and at another state site until earlier this month.

The state took the flag down after presidential hopeful Dick Gephardt said they shouldn't fly anywhere.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:04 pm
Tue January 28, 2003

Holden Threatens Cuts to Education

Missouri Gov. Bob Holden
(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's Governor says sparing the state's schools any more painful budget cuts will be difficult if lawmakers don't approve his plan to fix this year's budget.

Democrat Bob Holden is threatening $259 million in cuts to public schools. Holden says the cuts can be avoided only if lawmakers allow the state to sell bonds against a share of its future tobacco settlement proceeds. That bond sale would generate about $350 million for this year's budget, which runs through the end of June.

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