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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:55 pm
Mon June 23, 2003

Millions of Bees Released in KC Area Crash

The crash caused millions of bees to be released (photo courtesy KMBC-TV, Kansas City).

Claycomo, MO – Work continued through Sunday night to herd millions of bees. The insects escaped from a tractor-trailer that skidded off a highway interchange near Kansas City.

The rig was carrying more than 500 beehives. There were no serious injuries but the truck's driver, as well as firefighters, police officers, and tow truck company employees sustained repeated beestings.

The incident happened in the Kansas City suburb of Claycomo on a ramp linking Interstates 435 and 35.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:29 pm
Mon June 23, 2003

SLU Officials Praise High Court Ruling

St. Louis – Monday's mixed U-S Supreme Court rulings on affirmative action at the University of Michigan are drawing praise from officials at Saint Louis University.

In a statement, officials said the rulings "further the compelling interest in obtaining the benefits of a diverse student body."

Earlier this year, anti-affirmative action groups criticized two pre-admission enrichment programs at Saint Louis University.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:07 pm
Mon June 23, 2003

Missouri Confirms Case of West Nile Virus in a Bird

St. Louis, Mo. – With the detection of the first confirmed case of West Nile virus in a bird in Missouri this week, state officials are gearing up to handle the mosquito-transmitted disease.

The infected bird was found near Harvester in St. Charles County. Missouri Department of Health spokesman Brian Quinn says they cannot predict if this summer will be worse than last but he believes the state is better prepared to deal with the virus.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:58 pm
Mon June 23, 2003

Homes in Hematite, Mo. Near Public Water Connections

Hematite, MO – About two dozen homes in Hematite, Mo. (near Festus) are closer to losing their private water wells.

Westinghouse Electric Company says the 24 homes near its nuclear power plant should be connected to a public water supply by October.

The company is paying more than $2.2 million to connect the houses because those private wells are contaminated with the toxins of material buried near the plant in unlined pits.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:21 am
Mon June 23, 2003

Tamaroa Residents Suing Railroad Over Train Derailment

Tamaroa, Illinois – Some residents of Tamaroa in
southern Illinois are suing Canadian National Railroad over February's train derailment.

Canadian National says it's paid nearly 800 families $700,000 for expenses they had after a freight train derailed February 9th.

The train was hauling toxic chemicals, including hydrochloric acid. Bonnie Morgan says the crash shook the foundation of her
house and left holes in the roof she can't afford to fix.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:57 am
Mon June 23, 2003

More Illinois Students Might See Smaller MAP Grants

Springfield, ILL. – The commission that oversees financial aid for Illinois college students is considering reducing the maximum amount of so-called MAP-grants.

MAP (Monetary Assistance Program) grants come from money state lawmakers appropriate every year to provide financial assistance to Illinois college students. Unlike loans, MAP grants need not be repaid.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:53 am
Mon June 23, 2003

Holden Attending Biotech Conference in Washingon, DC

Missouri Gov. Bob Holden
(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO. – Missouri Governor Bob Holden will spend Monday in Washington to attend the world's largest biotechnology conference.

About 20,000 industry leaders from more than 50 nations are expected at BIO 2003.

While Missouri is not the only state vying for biotech business, Holden says the state has many advantages that make it a leader in the life sciences.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:06 am
Mon June 23, 2003

SNAP Concludes Convention with Protest

SNAP Protest on Sunday at the Cathedral Bascilica
(KWMU Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Members of SNAP, the Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests, concluded their first national convention in St. Louis Sunday with a protest outside the Cathedral Basilica.

The group says the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which concluded its own convention in St. Louis this weekend, has done very little since creating a charter to protect young people a year ago.

Kay Montgomery, who heads the Lexington, Ky. chapter of SNAP, says healing and public awareness are still the group's main objectives.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:55 pm
Fri June 20, 2003

Another Carnahan Running for Office

St. Louis, MO – Another Carnahan is getting into politics. Robin Carnahan, the daughter of former Senator Jean and the late Governor Mel Carnahan, says she'll run for Missouri Secretary of State next year. Current Secretary of State Matt Blunt is expected to run for Governor.

That word comes just days after one of Robin's brothers, Russ, announced he's running for Congress.

Robin Carnahan is a St. Louis attorney; the Democrat says she has formed a committee and is raising money for next year's election.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:55 pm
Fri June 20, 2003

Missouri Receives First Federal Aid Payment

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri is $95 million richer today, thanks to the federal government.

The state has received its first installment of federal money, under a tax-cut and state-aid package recently signed into law by President Bush.

The money comes just ten days before the end of the state fiscal year.

Governor Holden's budget director says the money will be carried over into the fiscal year beginning July first, to help cover an
expected shortfall.

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