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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:43 am
Fri June 27, 2003

Holden Says He Will Sign Education Bills

Lake Ozark, Mo. – Governor Holden says it's not the bill he
likes, not the budget he wants. But he is biting the bullet today and agreeing to sign two education spending bills.

That ends the budget stalemate between the Democratic chief executive and the Republican-led Missouri Legislature, which is meeting in special session.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:58 pm
Thu June 26, 2003

Managing the River a Decade Later

This railroad bridge at Glasgow, Mo. near Columbia washed out in 1993.
(Courtesy of Army Corps of Engineers)

St. Louis –

The 1993 flood was both a disaster and a school lesson from which experts learned how to better manage floods.

Officials with the Corps of Engineers say they're better prepared, so the next flood will cause as little damage as possible. But not everyone is convinced that the experts really know what they're doing.

KWMU's Tom Weber reports.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:54 pm
Thu June 26, 2003

St. Clair Judge OK's Class Action Suit Against Ford

Belleville, Ill – A judge has given the go-ahead to Illinois police departments who want to sue the Ford Motor Company over Crown Victoria Police Interceptor cars that some claim are unsafe.

St. Clair County Judge Lloyd Cueto ruled this week that the police departments are making a uniform accusation, and therefore may sue the company together as a class action.

Since 1983, 14 officers nationwide have died in crashes when their Interceptors' gas tanks ignited after rear collisions, though none was from Illinois.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:55 pm
Thu June 26, 2003

'Turnaround Firm' May Close Schools, Lay Off Staff

St. Louis – The private management firm now running the St. Louis public schools says the district's money problems appear worse than first thought.

Because the district has no reserves, the managers say the school system may have to close some schools, eliminate departments and lay off staff, including teachers.

Executives of Alvarez and Marsal say overspending and state budget cuts mean the district could face a $90 million operating deficit for the coming school year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:59 am
Thu June 26, 2003

New Building Code Will Make Projects Easier

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis has a new building code that Mayor Francis Slay says will encourage more renovation projects in the city. The Board of Aldermen gave unanimous approval to, and Mayor Slay has signed a bill that makes major changes to city building regulations.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:04 am
Thu June 26, 2003

High Court Ruling Could Alter Missouri Sodomy Law

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon says today's U.S. Supreme Court move to strike down Texas' anti-sodomy law raises questions about the legality of a similar Missouri law. Gay-rights activists contend the ruling invalidates laws in Missouri and three other states barring consensual homosexual sex -- even in private. The Missouri attorney general is not ready to go that far.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:50 pm
Wed June 25, 2003

Red Cross Issues Urgent Blood Appeal

Recently-donated blood awaits inspection at Red Cross headquarters in St. Louis.
(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – The Red Cross has issued an urgent appeal for blood donations. Officials say the bi-state region is down to a two-day supply, and all types of blood are needed to replenish stocks.

Christine Bales heads regional blood services for the Red Cross. She says summer is usually a difficult time for collecting donations.

"This month marks the worst start to summer donations in over a decade," Bales said. "It's not only here in Missouri and Illinois, it's that way across the United States."

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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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