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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:59 pm
Wed June 25, 2003

Ed. Budget Vetoed by Gov., Passes House Again

Missouri House in session.
(KWMU Staff photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Prospects are increasing for a partial state government shut-down in Missouri.

The new fiscal year starts on Tuesday, and Wednesday the Republican-led House flexed its muscle -- again sending the Senate public school and higher education budgets Governor Holden dislikes.

A Senate vote is scheduled Friday on the bills, which Holden already has vetoed twice.

There's no sign of compromise between Republican lawmakers and the Democratic governor.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:26 pm
Wed June 25, 2003

1993 Was Worst Year Ever for Area Farmers

A landowner along the Mississippi River in St. Charles County put up this sign alongside a cornfield to warn against developing flood-prone land.
(KWMU staff)

St. Louis –

Homes and businesses along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers sustained unprecedented damage 10 years ago when floodwaters crept ever higher and pushed levees beyond their limits. Away from cities and towns though, fields of grain were the primary casualties.

1993 was one of the worst years in living memory for Midwestern farmers. But even though they experienced major headaches that year, most cleaned up and got back to work.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:52 pm
Wed June 25, 2003

Missouri Education Leaders Urge Compromise on Budget

Jefferson City, Mo. – Education leaders in Missouri want a quick resolution to the state's budget woes.

The Missouri State Teachers Association and the state's School Boards' Association are urging compromise between Governor Holden and the Republican-controlled legislature.

The School Board Association's Brent Ghan says he's glad Holden is pushing for extra school funding.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:38 pm
Wed June 25, 2003

'The Game of their Lives' Director Talks with KWMU

Director David Anspaugh
(courtesy: John Johnson)

St. Louis –

St. Louis is currently providing the backdrop for a major feature film based on the true story of the 1950 U.S. World Cup soccer team.

That team featured five players from St. Louis - four from The Hill. And that's where you're likely to see the cast and crew of the movie The Game of Their Lives.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:57 am
Wed June 25, 2003

Air Force Pilot Refuses Offer of Administrative Hearing

New Orleans, LA – A fighter pilot who mistakenly bombed
Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan last year, killing four, refuses to accept the Air Force's offer of lesser charges.

Now, Major Harry Schmidt, will face a court-martial. The 37-year-old grew up in suburban St. Louis and now lives in Sherman, Illinois.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:39 pm
Tue June 24, 2003

St. Louis County Appealing Video Game Ruling

Clayton, MO – St. Louis County has appealed a federal court ruling that says a law limiting access to violent video games is unconstitutional.

The ordinance was approved in 2000 but never enacted because of lawsuits that were immediately filed. Earlier this month the three-judge panel said there's no justification for disqualifying video games from free speech protections.

The county maintains it's trying to protect children and now wants a higher court to overturn the ruling.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:32 pm
Tue June 24, 2003

The New Valmeyer, Illinois: Ten Years Later

Salt Lick Point is the high bluff on which the citizens of Valmeyer rebuilt their community after the Flood of 1993.
(KWMU Photo)

Valmeyer, Ill. –

On August 2, 1993, rising floodwaters decimated the tiny village of Valmeyer, Illinois. No lives were lost, but most of the town's buildings were destroyed. After the flood, Valmeyer residents rebuilt their entire community on a high bluff above the floodplain.

For more on the "Flood of '93" including pictures, additional audio, and interesting links... .click here.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:55 pm
Tue June 24, 2003

Holden Warns of Education Cuts

Gov. Bob Holden, Missouri
(KWMU photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Holden says cuts to
local school funding could happen as soon as next week.

He's trying to convince the Legislature to pass an education budget he likes

Holden twice vetoed the budget for public schools and colleges. And education is the main thrust of the Legislature's special session.

The Democratic governor wants lawmakers to pass a three-month appropriation for education, then return in September for a special session on ways to add money.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:31 pm
Tue June 24, 2003

MAP Grants will be Smaller for Ill. College Students

Springfield, ILL. – More Illinois college students are expected to get MAP (Monetary Assistance Program) grants this year, but some will see smaller amounts than before. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission, which doles out the grants, agreed Monday to lower the maximum size of a financial aid award by about $250.

ISAC spokeswoman Lori Reimers says that will allow another 8,000 students to get money for college. She says if the change hadn't been made, grant money would have run out by the end of July.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:04 pm
Tue June 24, 2003

Philip Morris Asks for Speedier Appeal

Mount Vernon, Ill. – Philip Morris on Monday asked an appellate court to speed up its appeal of a $10.1 billion dollar verdict over light cigarettes.

In March, a Madison County judge ordered Philip Morris to pay Illinois smokers for tricking them into believing light cigarettes are less harmful than regular brands.

Philip Morris says it never made that claim and argues that the lawsuit never should have been allowed to proceed because no two people smoke cigarettes in the same way.

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