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

Arizona Might Want to Send Prisoners to Missouri

Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano
(State of Arizona Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri is considering taking some of Arizona's prisoners as part of a plan to relieve that state's prison crowding.

An aide to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano last week suggested Missouri as one of the states being considered for a potential prisoner transfer. But a spokesman for Missouri's Corrections Department says there are no immediate plans to take those prisoners.

Arizona has 30,700 prisoners, about 4,000 more than the prison system's capacity.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:56 pm
Wed June 4, 2003

Three Arrested for Jeweler's Murder

Jefferson County, MO – A 16-year old has been accused of killing a jeweler from Osage Beach, whose body was found this week in Jefferson County.

John Slayton's body was found Sunday near the Jefferson - St. Francois County line.

Slayton's family members say they always
suspected foul play. The jeweler was last seen December 10th in St. Louis County.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:31 pm
Wed June 4, 2003

City, Developer Sign Agreement to Rebuild McRee Town

A McRee Town home slated for demolition.
(kwmu staff)

St. Louis – A 12-block area of South St. Louis will undergo a major overhaul next year. City officials signed a redevelopment agreement Wednesday for the McRee Town neighborhood.

Workers will demolish half the area, and some parts will undergo restoration. McBride & Son Homes will invest about $40 million to build market-rate housing.

The Garden District Commission is spending $4 million to relocate about 100 renters and 14 homeowners.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:11 pm
Wed June 4, 2003

Missouri Will Get $29 Million for Homeland Security

Washington, DC – Missouri will get $29 million to help pay some homeland security costs.

The money is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. It will help offset the cost of higher security during the war in Iraq, and to help prepare first responders like firefighters, police, and paramedics.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:53 pm
Wed June 4, 2003

Lawmakers Hear from School Leaders on Cuts

(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO –

The special session of the Missouri Legislature that Gov. Bob Holden called continued Tuesday in Jefferson City.

Members of the Budget Committee in the state House heard testimony from public school officials, who complained that the General Assembly's proposed budget cuts would hurt schools in the state.

Missy Shelton prepared this report.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:39 am
Wed June 4, 2003

Belleville Officials Looking for Lost Mail

(KWMU File Photo)

Belleville, Ill. – Belleville's Treasurer, Mike Lundy, says Belleville city and postal workers are still trying to unravel the mystery of what happened to a batch of sewer bills.

Lundy says about 1,200 bills were mailed six weeks ago but never showed up at residents' homes. Replacements were mailed a couple of weeks later, and they are still missing, too.

Belleville residents say they noticed the problems about a week ago when they received notices in the mail that their bills were delinquent.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:31 am
Wed June 4, 2003

House Committee Endorses Employee Cuts

Jefferson City, MO – A Missouri House committee endorsed a
budget plan today that would eliminate about 540 state employees. Their salaries would be used to fund the health and social programs they help oversee.

Republican legislative leaders say the plan would cut bureaucracy in response to Democratic Governor Holden's call to
restore cuts to vital government services.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:36 am
Wed June 4, 2003

Blagojevich Will Veto Pay Raises

Springfield, IL – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he's vetoing pay raises for the state's constitutional officers, judges and lawmakers.

The governor says the move is part of $22 million in cuts he's making to the state budget the General Assembly just approved.

Blagojevich says he will also cut money that would continue to fund more than 200 captains' jobs in the state Department of Corrections.

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

Court Strikes Down Video Access Regulation

St. Louis, Mo. – The Eighth US Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis has ruled that a ban on the sale or rental of violent or sexually explicit video games to minors is unconstitutional.

The county enacted the ban last year but never enforced it because of legal challenges from the video game industry.

The county maintained it had a compelling interest to protect minors from such material and to give parents the power to regulate what their children watched. Patricia Redington is the St. Louis County Counselor.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:28 pm
Tue June 3, 2003

Old Laclede Steel Plant in Alton Reopens

Alton, Ill. – Steelworkers Monday returned to the old Laclede Steel plant in Alton for the first time in almost two years.

A group of local investors formed a company to buy the plant out of bankruptcy. They paid $1 million. More than two-dozen workers reported for work Monday.

Crews at the new Alton Steel will work for now to get the plant back to running order. The hope is to have about 350 employees within two years.

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