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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:27 am
Wed May 28, 2003

Survey Suggests Thousands of School Layoffs Possible

Jefferson City, MO. – A new survey indicates public schools in Missouri could lose more than 3,400 jobs under budget cuts approved by lawmakers.

The Missouri Association of School Administrators released the survey in advance of a special legislative session that begins Monday.

The public school budget has about $163 million less in it than this fiscal year's budget. Superintendents from more than half of the state's 524 school districts responded to the survey.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:52 pm
Tue May 27, 2003

Pentagon Budget Would Cut C-9 at Scott AFB

The C9 Nightingale is based at Scott AFB.
(KWMU Staff Photo)

Scott AFB, Ill. –

Congress last week took its first of many steps in funding the military for the next year.

There are still month's of negotiations to go before defense spending is set, but one mission at Scott Air Force Base is already on the chopping block. President Bush has proposed cutting all funding for the medial evacuation plane called the C-9.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:07 pm
Tue May 27, 2003

SIUE Tries Again for Golf Course

Opponents hope to steer SIUE officials into a sandtrap in their efforts to built a new golf course.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Edwardsville, Ill. – Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville is trying again to build a nine-hole golf course on its campus.

The school made a similar attempt in the 1980s; now officials say the growing number of students on campus increases the need for more recreational opportunities.

But five other golf courses in the Edwardsville area are unhappy about possible competition from a university. Another group opposed is one of radio-controlled airplane operators, who would lose their airfield if the course is built.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:52 pm
Tue May 27, 2003

State Trooper Remembered in Central MO

Newburg, MO – Hundreds of police officers from as far away as Minnesota were in the small town of Newburg in central Missouri on Sunday for the funeral of a state trooper who died last week.

Michael Newton, 25, had just pulled over a car along Interstate 70 near Higginsville in Lafayette County.

Newton had stopped a motorist for a traffic violation and the two of them were sitting in his patrol car when it was struck from behind by a pick-up truck pulling a trailer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:26 pm
Tue May 27, 2003

Blagojevich, Leaders Meet on Holiday to Discuss Budget

Springfield, ILL. – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich met with legislative leaders on the Memorial Day holiday to discuss how to pay for the budget that passed last week.

The governor says some new options for raising money were discussed, including raising taxes on casinos and natural gas bought outside Illinois.

The Republican leader in the Senate, Frank Watson, says the leaders appear a long way from a compromise.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:09 pm
Tue May 27, 2003

Talent Pushes Bonds for Transportation Upgrades

Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo.
(file photo)

St. Louis – Senator Jim Talent, R-Mo., hopes to improve the nation's transportation infrastructure and create jobs by selling $50 billion worth of bonds.

The Republican calls them "Build America Bonds," and says they'll help fix all forms of transportation, including roads, aviation facilities, locks and dams, and railroads.

Talent says the country needs infrastructure upgrades on par with the interstate highway construction of the 1950s.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:45 am
Tue May 27, 2003

Talent Pushes Bonds for Transportation Upgrades

Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo.
(file photo)

St. Louis – Senator Jim Talent, R-Mo., hopes to improve the nation's transportation infrastructure and create jobs by selling $50 billion worth of bonds.

The Republican calls them "Build America Bonds," and says they'll help fix all forms of transportation, including roads, aviation facilities, locks and dams, and railroads.

Talent says the country needs infrastructure upgrades on par with the interstate highway construction of the 1950s.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:03 am
Tue May 27, 2003

Repairs To Blanchette Bridge Set For June

(MODOT photo)

St. Louis, MO – In February, workers built a bracket underneath the bridge to transfer weight off of a cracked steel beam discovered during a routine inspection. Next month, St. Louis Bridge Construction Company will replace the entire floor beam with prefabricated steel.

Missouri Department of Transportation spokesman Chris Sutton says the work will be done at night during off peak hours.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:34 pm
Mon May 26, 2003

Illinois is First in the Nation to Ban Ephedra

Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich
(File Photo)

Chicago, Ill. – Illinois has become the first state to ban the herbal supplment ephedra. Governor Rod Blagojevich signed the ban into law on Sunday; it takes effect immediately.

The supplement is popular among athletes who see it as a diet drug. But it has also been blamed on more than 100 deaths in the U.S., including the death of a high school football player in central Illinois last year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:19 pm
Mon May 26, 2003

Memorial Day Observed

St. Louis, Mo. – Special Memorial Day events included a service at Jefferson Barracks to honor those who died in service to the United States. The Air Force Band of Mid America and the St. Louis Gateway singers performed.

US Senator Jim Talent of Missouri took part in a Memorial Day ceremony at the Warren County Courthouse. He says it's important to remember those who gave their lives for the country.

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