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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:57 am
Thu June 12, 2003

Senate Committee Hears from Former TWA Workers

Washington, D.C. – In Washington, US Senator Kit Bond of Missouri chaired a committee hearing Thursday looking into why thousands of former TWA employees have been laid off since American Airlines bought TWA in 2001.

The hearing sought to answer why American Airlines simply stapled TWA workers to the bottom of their seniority list without properly integrating them.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:01 am
Thu June 12, 2003

Blagojevich Defends Signing SBC Legislation

Springfield, ILL – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is defending his decision to sign legislation into law that allows SBC raise rates it charges to phone competitors to use its lines.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:42 am
Thu June 12, 2003

Salmonella Cases Up to 59 at Children's Hospital

St. Louis, MO – The number of people infected with salmonella at Children's Hospital now stands at 59; almost 200 other cases are still pending.

The hospital closed its cafeteria on Friday after learning of the bacteria illness. Officials have not yet determined where the outbreak started.

The hospital has taken samples from about 300 people who complained of symptoms like abdominal cramps, fever and diarrhea.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:43 pm
Wed June 11, 2003

Storm Knocks Out Power to 100,000+ in St. Louis Area

St. Louis, MO – More than 100,000 people were without power Wednesday morning after thunderstorms moved through the St. Louis area Tuesday night.

The weather caused flooding and downed trees and power lines. AmerenUE says it will likely be later Wednesday or even Thursday before power is restored.

In Swansea, Ill. about 70 people had to be rescued after a tree fell on two Metrolink trains; no one was injured.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:10 pm
Wed June 11, 2003

Police Search for Abducted Boy

9-year-old Christian Ferguson

St. Louis, Mo. – St. Louis police are continuing the search for a mentally disabled boy abducted early Wednesday morning in an apparent carjacking.

Police say 9-year-old Christian Ferguson was in the back seat of his father's 1999 Ford Explorer at the corner of Page and Skinker when his father left the car to make a phone call.

The vehicle was then stolen but later recovered in the city of Ferguson, with no trace of the boy.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:25 pm
Wed June 11, 2003

Train Carrying Nuclear Waste Will Travel Through MO

Kansas City, MO – A train carrying high-level nuclear waste will cross Missouri this year. Ed Gray, with Missouri's Emergency Management Agency, says the shipment will go from West Valley, New York to the northwestern U.S.

Protests cancelled a similar shipment in 2001. That route had the waste entering Missouri near Hannibal and leaving from Kansas City.

A specific date for this year's trip is not yet set.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:02 am
Wed June 11, 2003

Power is Still OFF for Thousands Following Storms

St. Louis, Mo. – About 56,600 Ameren UE customers in the St. Louis area are still without electricity following Tuesday night's severe weather.

Utility officials say they have restored service to 113,000 homes and businesses that had power knocked out during the thunderstorms. But they say it may be Thursday before all service is restored.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:11 am
Wed June 11, 2003

Lawyer Sues City School Board

St. Louis, Mo. – A St. Louis attorney is suing the city Board of Education on behalf of more than 20 parents who say the schools should have never hired a so-called "turnaround firm" to act as interim superintendent.

Lawyer Donnell Smith says school board members violated Missouri's sunshine law by holding unauthorized meetings.

"There was no public participation, no dialogue, and we believe public participation and dialogue always helps people in power to make good decisions," Smith said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:08 am
Wed June 11, 2003

Wash. Post: R. Blunt Tried to Sneak Legislation Through

U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt with \"velvet hammer\" following his election last November as House Majority Whip.
(Photo from Roy Blunt's Congress website)

Washington, DC – The Washington Post reports Wednesday that Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt tried to quietly add language that would benefit Philip Morris into the almost 500-pages of legislation that created the Homeland Security Department.

The move came last November, just hours after Blunt was elected whip, the third highest GOP post in the House. The provision would have made it harder to sell tobacco online but was removed when top Republicans learned of the effort.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:00 pm
Tue June 10, 2003

An Interview with Mayor Slay

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay
(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO –

Mayors across the country have wrapped up their weekend Conference in Denver. The city leaders have discussed everything from homeland security, to fiscal budget problems facing all cities, to West Nile Virus.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay was there, and spoke by phone Monday with KWMU's Tom Weber about the conference.

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