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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:15 pm
Tue June 17, 2003

Cancer Patient Regains Her Voice

Dr. Randal Paniello watches and listens to Amy Hancock try out her new voice.
(KWMU Staff photo)

St. Louis, MO –

Amy Hancock's first words after surgery to restore her voice were "thank you." The 26-year-old Hancock had surgery last month at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, where tissue was removed from her arm and fashioned into a talking tube. On Monday, Hancock spoke her first words using her new voice.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:33 pm
Tue June 17, 2003

Budget Negotiators Reach Agreement

Jefferson City, MO – Legislative negotiators have struck a new
deal on the state budget.

The latest budget plan would provide more money that originally proposed to public schools and nursing homes. It also would avoid some cuts in medical care for the poor, elderly and disabled.

The agreement relies on an influx of federal money -- not the tax increases and other new revenues proposed by Governor Holden.

It also eliminates about 100 state employee positions and puts the savings into mental health and social services.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:07 pm
Tue June 17, 2003

Critics Call Madison County 'Class Action Magnet'

The Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville, Ill.
(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – When tobacco giant Philip Morris was handed a $10-billion judgment in a class- action lawsuit this year, it happened in a Madison County, Illinois, courtroom. It's a popular jurisdiction for lawyers filing class-action lawsuits.

KWMU's Matt Sepic reports for NPR that now some groups are criticizing the county for being a "plaintiff's paradise."

Click here to link to the audio at npr.org.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:58 am
Tue June 17, 2003

Court Rejects Vote on St. Louis School Issue

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court says St. Louis
residents won't vote on a student bill of rights. The high court says the issue should have been decided four years ago.

Today's unanimous decision says a state law allowing a vote specifically set a March 15th, 1999, deadline.

Under the proposed student bill of rights, voters would have decided whether to allow students to attend public schools closest
to their homes, or choose to enroll in any other public school in the St. Louis district.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:31 am
Tue June 17, 2003

SLU Researchers Test New Anthrax Drug

St. Louis – Researchers at Saint Louis University began human testing of a new anthrax vaccine Tuesday.

They hope the new drug will be easier to administer and have fewer side effects than the old vaccine, which has been in use for about 50 years. People who receive the current vaccine often get a fever, pain and swelling along with the injection.

Dr. Geoffrey Gorse is the study's principal investigator. He says the testing is safe, and includes about 25 St. Louis-area volunteers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:34 pm
Mon June 16, 2003

Salvation Army Will Close St. Charles Shelter

St. Louis, MO – The Salvation Army says a number of factors led to this decision to sell the shelter, including budget woes and a growing need for
more space.

The sudden decision is not sitting well with residents or workers, who say they should have been given longer than a week
notice of the changes.

The Salvation Army's St. Charles county branch already has bought a new larger piece of property. But as for now, there's no
definite plans to replace the men's homeless shelter.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:50 pm
Mon June 16, 2003

McKinley Bridge to Undergo Overhaul

The Illinois side of the McKinley Bridge.
(KWMU staff)

Venice, Ill. – The McKinley Bridge that connects Venice, Ill. to North St. Louis could reopen in three years.

Monday, Metro East officials announced a plan to buy the bridge from the city of Venice, and repay bondholders more than $4 million of debt. Madison and St. Clair Counties, along with the State of Illinois, will pay off the bonds.

Illinois Department of Transportation engineer Marie Lamie says the state can now take bids for repair work, which will result in major changes for bridge users.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:23 pm
Mon June 16, 2003

Blanchette Bridge Undergoes Permanent Repairs

St. Louis, MO – When inspectors discovered cracks in one of the Blanchette Bridge's main support beams earlier this year, crews put a temporary fix in place. Starting June 16, they'll install a permanent repair.

Chris Sutton with the Missouri Department of Transportation says instead of removing the cracked beam, workers will cover the cracks with steel plates and add extra beams.

"Their vehicles will be underneath the bridge. Drivers probably won't notice they're there," Sutton says.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:25 am
Mon June 16, 2003

St. Louis Children's Hospital Cafeteria Re-Opens

St. Louis, MO – The cafeteria began serving food again Sunday, nine days after the hospital voluntarily shut
it down. Local health officials gave the kitchen a clean bill of health. Also on Sunday, the hospital
said about 90 people there tested positive for the bacterial illness. Of those, 73 are Children's
Hospital workers. Fifteen of those sickened were visitors, and two were patients. The outbreak's
source remains unclear.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:13 am
Mon June 16, 2003

Coalition Pickets St. Louis Travel Convention

St. Louis – A group seeking the creation of a civilian oversight board to monitor the St. Louis Police Department picketed a travel association convention meeting in the city Monday.

The Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression is boycotting all incoming conventions until an independent police review board is established.

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