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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:35 pm
Fri January 24, 2003

Hikes in UM Student Fees Become Permanent

Columbia, MO – Last year's temporary increase in University of Missouri student fees is being made permanent. UM officials said
today the move is to help offset state budget cuts.

The UM Board of Curators voted unanimously this morning to keep the $9 per-credit hour fee hike approved last May.

That make the charge about $162 per credit hour for an undergraduate Missouri resident at any of the four UM campuses.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:18 pm
Fri January 24, 2003

Two Firefighters Hurt After Jumping from Burning House

St. Louis, MO – Two St. Louis firefighters are being treated at Saint Louis University Hospital after they were forced to jump from the third floor of a burning house.

It happened today on the city's north side. Authorities say the firefighters weren't certain if all of the home's residents were out, so they went in to check.

On the third floor, the men were trapped by flames and had to jump. One firefighter broke both legs. The other injured his back.

Neither injury is considered life-threatening.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:18 am
Fri January 24, 2003

LCMS Missionary Escapes Ivory Coast

St. Louis, MO –

Last month, a gunman killed three missionaries in Yemen. And recently, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod World Mission - headquartered in St. Louis - had to evacuate its own missionaries from the Ivory Coast and Venezuela. Each country's situation is different but all have become potentially deadly for missionaries.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:56 am
Fri January 24, 2003

Mo. Lawmakers Snip From Budget

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers are making gestures to help the state save a little money.

The House yesterday rejected pay raises for lawmakers. The Senate's President Pro Tem, Peter Kinder, says the state should stop paying for travel by Senators to various out-of-state conferences; a move that would save about $80,000.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:54 am
Fri January 24, 2003

New Illinois AG to Meet with Gov About Death Penalty

Belleville, Illinois – Illinois' new attorney general says the state should look at using videotaped interrogations and DNA evidence in death penalty cases.

Lisa Madigan plans to meet with Governor Rod Blagojevich next week to discuss the future of the state's capital punishment system.

While in Bellville today, Madigan said she supports capital punishment for heinous crimes, but the system needs major repairs.

Madigan took office January 13th, and is the first woman to hold the post.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:52 am
Fri January 24, 2003

Bi-State Will Change its Name

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis' Bi-State Development Agency is changing its name. Beginning February 1st, it will simply be known as Metro .

The bus, van and light rail operator says the new name will better describe what the agency is and what it does. It says it's the final step in a process that began with the debut of Metrolink ten years ago. Services, rates and routes will not be affected by the name change.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:34 am
Fri January 24, 2003

Hearing Ends For Illinois Pilots in Bombing Case

Barksdale Air Force Base, La. – A military hearing is over for two Illinois fighter pilots. Former St. Louisan Harry Schmidt and William Umbach are charged with the accidental bombing of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:13 pm
Thu January 23, 2003

Police Standoff Ends Safely

St. Louis, MO – Two suspects are in custody after a lengthy standoff at a check-cashing business on the south side of St. Louis. Names of the men have not been released. They were taken into custody at around
2 pm.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:27 pm
Thu January 23, 2003

EPA Makes Several Rulings About St. Louis Air

St. Louis, MO – The Environmental Protection Agency says St. Louis' air quality has improved to the point that the region may be able to federal standards.

The agency is proposing that St. Louis be designated an air quality attainment area for the first time since 1978. EPA spokesman Tony Petruska says the proposal is based on ozone data from 2000, 2001 and 2002.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:10 pm
Thu January 23, 2003

Missouri Drought Has Cost Economy Millions

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Jefferson City, MO – An ongoing drought has cost Missouri's economy nearly $500 million in the past year.

State officials say western and northwestern Missouri are in extreme stages of drought; conditions that could soon hit the rest of the state.

Analysts with the Department of Natural Resources say the extreme dry conditions appear to be spreading eastward. Forty-one counties are under either a drought advisory or alert. Another 32 counties are in the conservation phase.

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