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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:21 pm
Fri June 13, 2003

Arrest Made in Hit-and-Run Death on I-44

St. Louis, Mo. – St. Louis police arrest a 60-year-old man
today. He was identified by a witness as the motorist who struck and killed a nurse on Interstate 44 this week.

Police say the man, accompanied by his lawyer, turned himself in. Police declined to name the St. Louis man until he is charged - probably tomorrow.

Elizabeth Ottomeyer, a 36-year-old nurse, was killed Tuesday when she pulled over to assist accident victims on the rain-slickened I-44 and was struck by a hit-and-run driver.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:40 pm
Fri June 13, 2003

Blagojevich Will Change Ethics Bill

IL Gov. Rod Blagojevich
(File Photo)

Springfield, ILL – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he'll use special veto powers to change ethics legislation.

Blagojevich wants to create an inspector general position and an ethics commission. He also wants to ban state officials from participating in public service announcements and create an ethics hot line for state employees.

The governor says the measure lawmakers passed was a good start but not tough enough.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:14 pm
Fri June 13, 2003

L.A. Man Sentenced in St. Louis for Threatening Bush

St. Louis, MO – A federal judge in St. Louis Thursday sentenced a Los Angeles man to 14 months in prison for threatening to kill President Bush.

Eugene Lewis was en route to Washington D.C. last July when he stopped and made the threatening call in St. Louis.

Lewis pleaded guilty in February to a felony count of threatening a president's life. He still faces three identical counts, which accuse him of threatening to kill Bush on separate occasions earlier last year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:47 am
Fri June 13, 2003

SIU Mulls How to Cut $17 Million

SIU-Edwardsville
(KWMU File Photo)

Carbondale, ILL. – Illinois' state budget has not yet been signed into law, but officials at Southern Illinois University are already considering ways to address a $17.5 million reduction in state funding.

The university will make $5.64 million of those cuts at its Edwardsville campus.

SIU's vice president of financial and administrative affairs Dwayne Stuckey says layoffs are likely.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:41 am
Fri June 13, 2003

Administration Official Talks With Local Manufacturers

St. Louis, MO – Lash says though the economy is moving out of the nearly 35-month long recession, manufacturing is experiencing a jobless recovery. Lash is touring the country asking manufacturing executives what they need to ensure their ability to compete globally. He says President Bush wants to institute a permanent tax credit for research and development.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:55 am
Fri June 13, 2003

Father of Disabled Boy Hires Private Investigators

Christian Ferguson

St. Louis, Mo. – The attorney for the father of a missing
disabled boy says they have hired private investigators to develop leads in the case.

John Rogers, a criminal defense attorney, said at a press conference today that his client, Dawan Ferguson, has cooperated
fully with police and has provided them numerous statements.

Asked to explain why Ferguson was not at the press conference, he said he didn't want to expose him to reporters' questions. He inferred his client is grieving.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:07 pm
Thu June 12, 2003

MO Atty. Gen. Warns of Spanish Lottery Scam

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's Attorney General office is warning of a scam that includes letters that inform people they've won a lottery in Spain.

The letters are a scam and people should not respond to the letter, says Attorney General Jay Nixon. "Winners" of this lottery are asked to send a processing fee to claim the money.

There is a well-known and legitimate Spanish lottery, but Nixon stresses these letters are not associated with that lottery in any way.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:43 pm
Thu June 12, 2003

MO Sen. Committee Expected to Reject Tax Increases

(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – A Republican-controlled state Senate Committee is expected to reject proposed tax increases Thursday.

The Ways and Means Committee heard testimony Wednesday on seven measures that would raise more cash for the state. Supporters say the tax hikes would soften the blow of budget cuts to schools.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:07 pm
Thu June 12, 2003

Mental Health Workers Protest Proposed State Cuts

St. Louis, Mo. – A group of Missouri mental health workers spoke out against proposed state budget cuts Thursday at the St. Louis Metropolitan Psychiatric Center.

They say 18 part-time psychiatrists face layoffs at the facility, which would mean the closure of its emergency room.

Rose Weisbrod is a mental health caseworker in St. Louis. She says there are other ways legislators can make up the budget shortfall.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:46 pm
Thu June 12, 2003

Missouri Senate Panel Fails to Vote on Tax Increases

Jefferson City, MO – A Senate committee today refused to vote
on proposals to raise taxes.

The lack of action effectively sets aside measures that supporters say are vital to curing Missouri budget woes.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee did not vote on any of the seven proposals designed to increase state revenues. Thus the panel prevented the bills from being sent to the full Senate for debate.

The four Republican members of the committee had previously vowed to reject all the bills.

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