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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:17 pm
Fri January 17, 2003

Laclede "Catch Up" Program Rejected

St. Louis, MO – Missouri state regulators have rejected a program proposed by Laclede Gas Company to help low-income customers with their bills.

The "Catch-Up / Keep-Up" program would have allowed Laclede to divert some discounts that are currently passed on to all customers, to just those in the program.

The Public Service Commission says energy assistance is important, but Laclede's plan would have meant higher rates for other customers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:12 pm
Fri January 17, 2003

Bush to Visit St. Louis on Wednesday

Washington, D.C. – President Bush will return to Missouri next
week. The White House says Bush will visit St. Louis Wednesday, to promote his economic plan.

The President will be part of a round-table discussion with St. Louis area leaders. White House spokesman Scott Stanzel says details about the trip will be released later.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:32 pm
Fri January 17, 2003

Blagojevich Eyes Non-Taxed Services

Taxing tattoos might be one way to solve Illinois' budget crisis.
(Reuters Photo)

Chicago, IL – Illinois' Governor is looking at the possibility of taxing certain services to help close a large budget gap.

More than 200 services, ranging from carpet cleaning to getting a haircut or tattoo, are now exempt from taxes in Illinois.

But Gov. Rod Blagojevich says his staff is reviewing whether to change that. He says cuts alone aren't likely to fill a nearly $5 billion dollar hole in the state
budget.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:29 am
Fri January 17, 2003

No Changes For Cross-Dressing Chaperone

St. Louis, MO – The Francis Howell School Board in St. Charles last night rejected any new parental policies in light of a father's role as field trip chaperone while dressed as a woman.

The Board voted to rely on existing policies to deal with matters as they arise. Some parents had pressed for guidelines for conduct and dress of chaperones on field trips and at school parties.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:15 am
Fri January 17, 2003

Legal Battle on the Big Muddy

St. Louis, MO –

A legal battle is brewing over the Missouri River. Environmentalists and barge operators are each considering lawsuits against the Army Coprs of Engineers over what each feels is the agency's mismanagement of the river.

It's the latest turn in a controvery over the Missouri that began more than a decade ago. And as KWMU's Kevin Lavery reports, its outcome could have serious effects on both ecology and the economy.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:09 am
Fri January 17, 2003

St. Louisans Head to D.C. to Protest War

St. Louis, MO – Thousands of Americans are converging on Washington D.C. this weekend for a massive peace march, and to speak out against US military action against Iraq. As many as 500 Missourians are joining the demonstration, including members of a St. Louis-based group known as the Instead of War Coalition. Coordinator Bill Ramsey says a war against Iraq will cost America both in lives lost and funding for programs that would cut to pay for a military campaign.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:54 am
Fri January 17, 2003

Hulshof Will Not Run For Missouri Governor

Washington, D.C. – Central Missouri Congressman Kenny Hulshof
wants to seek another US House term next year rather than run for the Republican governor nomination.

His announcement today clears the way for the GOP to give full support to Secretary of State Matt Blunt in the governor campaign.

The party is itching to take on Democratic Governor Holden after his rocky first two years. However, GOP leaders worry that a
primary contest between prominent Republicans would damage the nominee who challenges Holden.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:57 pm
Thu January 16, 2003

Clay Supports Draft

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Congressman William Lacy Clay says he supports legislation to reinstate the draft if the U.S. goes to war with Iraq.

Clay says he agrees with the proposal's sponsor, New York Congressman Charles Rangel, who says lawmakers wouldn't move so fast to war if their children were in harm's way.

Clay says blacks and poorer Americans bear an unfair burden in fighting wars for the U.S. Missouri's other members of Congress are opposed to a draft.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:38 pm
Thu January 16, 2003

Coast Guard Closes Two Parts of Mississippi R.

St. Louis, MO – The Coast Guard yesterday closed two stretches of the Mississippi River near St. Louis because of near record low water.

Two mile stretches south of the Jefferson Barracks Bridge in St. Louis and near Sainte Genevieve were closed; at least five barges have run aground this week. The groundings didn't cause any injuries or pollution.

The Casino Queen in East St. Louis has been closed since Tuesday because customers couldn't get on board.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:51 pm
Thu January 16, 2003

Highway Funding Up In The Air

A group in Jefferson County wants the federal highway bill to include money for a new Highway MM.
(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, MO –

Last week's decision by the Missouri Highway Commission to change the road money formula will mean $40 million less for St. Louis area projects, starting in 2007.

A state commission made that decision, but the formula also applies to money that comes from the federal government. With the region already set to lose money, the fight for Washington funds will be even more crucial. KWMU's Tom Weber reports.

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