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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:44 pm
Tue February 4, 2003

Republican Lawmakers Propose Options

Jefferson City, MO – Republican lawmakers say they can balance
this year's Missouri budget without cutting money for public schools or state colleges.

The Republicans outlined their plan to Democratic Governor Holden this afternoon. He has warned that $360 million in cuts could be necessary for education if lawmakers don't approve his balancing plan.

Holden wants the Legislature to authorize a bond sale against the state's tobacco settlement. He wants to use almost all of the bonds to cover this year's short-fall.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:11 am
Tue February 4, 2003

More American Flight Attendants Could be Jobless

St. Louis, MO – As many as 750 St. Louis-based flight
attendants for American Airlines could soon be without work.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline is losing millions of dollars daily and is reducing its flight schedule to cut costs. As a result, the company says it will need fewer flight attendants.

St. Louis flight attendants have lowest seniority -- because they came to American from TWA in a 2001 merger.

Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, American has furloughed 2,400 flight attendants.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:06 am
Tue February 4, 2003

Missouri Revenues Continue to Fall Below Budget

Jefferson City, MO – There's still no end in sight for Missouri's financial troubles.

The latest state revenue figures show the state fell another $23 million behind its budget in January. That raises the
projected state budget shortfall to $314 million for the fiscal year that ends this June.

Two of the state's leading revenue sources -- sales and individual income taxes -- both declined last month, compared to the previous year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:29 am
Tue February 4, 2003

Missouri Execution Set for Midnight

(Reuters File Photo)

Potosi, Mo. – Missouri is preparing to execute a man just after midnight tonight for a 1984 killing at a tavern in Poplar Bluff.

Kenneth Kenley was convicted in the 1984 shooting death of tavern patron Ronald Felts as part of a one-night crime spree. Authorities say Kenley tried to kill several other people that night. His lawyers are appealing to federal court, and Gov. Bob Holden is considering a clemency request.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:42 pm
Mon February 3, 2003

SLU Study Ties SIDS to Where Babies Sleep

(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – A new Saint Louis University study has traced the high rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) among African-Americans to inadequate sleeping arrangements.

Research in this month's issue of Pediatrics indicates the higher incidence of SIDS is the result of babies sleeping in adult beds.

A public-awareness campaign was responsible for an overall drop in SIDS in the '90s, but the level among African-Americans has not fallen at the same rate.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:42 pm
Mon February 3, 2003

Injured Firefighters To Be Released Today

St. Louis, Mo. – Two firefighters who were injured at a house fire yesterday are expected to go home from the hospital today.

They were battling a house fire in north St. Louis yesterday, when part of the roof collapsed onto a porch. That porch then collapsed onto four St. Louis firefighters. Two of them were treated and released yesterday.

The cause of the fire is unclear. The home occupants escaped unharmed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:24 pm
Mon February 3, 2003

Foster Care Commission Meets Today

Jefferson City, Mo. – A special commission on Missouri's child welfare system will meet for the first time today in Jefferson City to discuss possible reforms.

The meeting coincides with new information from the state Auditor's office that 70%percent of the almost 150 child abuse deaths in the past five years (103 of 147) involved children in households where state workers knew of prior abuse and neglect.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:15 pm
Mon February 3, 2003

Botanical Garden ID Project

A waterfall inside a climate-controlled dome at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
(Courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden)

St. Louis, Mo. – The Missouri Botanical Garden is one of a handful of institutions trying to compile and create an internet database listing of every known plant species. KWMU's Kevin Lavery prepared this report, which aired on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday.

To hear the story, click here.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:25 pm
Mon February 3, 2003

St. Charles Voters Deciding on Convention Center Today

St. Charles, Mo. – Voters in the City of Saint Charles will decide Tuesday whether to build a new convention center.

Promoters say the $32.5 million facility will pay for itself and be a boon to the local economy.

Roger Pryor is chairman of the County Convention and Sports Facilities Authority. He says they've done their homework and that it will be successful.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:33 pm
Mon February 3, 2003

Talent Tours Local Military Supplier

U.S. Senator Jim Talent (R-Missouri)
KWMU Staff Photo

St. Louis, MO – While talk of war with Iraq continues, one company that makes military equipment says it's not counting on war for better business.

St. Louis-based ESSI makes support items like heaters, air conditioners and radar for the military. Missouri Senator Jim Talent toured the facility and spoke with workers earlier today.

Company president Jerry Potthoff says they're not necessarily hoping for war because they know they'll have work to do regardless.

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