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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:13 pm
Tue June 3, 2003

Tax Increase Plans Introduced in Special Session

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Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri General Assembly opened a special session on Monday, and three proposals were offered to increase revenue to the state's treasury.

Democrat Wayne Goode of St. Louis County introduced legislation that would ask state voters to approve a tax hike to raise up to about $700 million, mostly from higher taxes on cigarettes and gambling.

He would hike the tax on a pack of cigarettes to $0.72, from the current $0.17.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:04 pm
Tue June 3, 2003

Missouri Took In Less Money in April

Missouri Budget Director Linda Luebbering
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Jefferson City, MO – As lawmakers returned to Jefferson City Monday for a special session to reconsider the state budget, they received news that the state was still taking in less money than predicted.

Budget Director Linda Luebbering called April's collections "miserable," and she's recommended Gov. Bob Holden cut $17 million more from the current budget, ends June 30th.

No new figures have been released on last month's tax collections. The governor has already withheld $362 million from current budget year appropriations.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:05 pm
Tue June 3, 2003

Some Problems in Louisiana Start in Midwest

St. Louis, MO – A recent report from the government says Louisiana's coastline is disappearing faster than first thought. And scientists say part of that erosion problem begins in the Midwest.

The U-S Geological Survey says by the year 2050, one-third of Louisiana's current coastline could be gone.

Restoration depends a lot on sediments, which are diverted as they flow south to build new land along the coast.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:04 pm
Tue June 3, 2003

House Republicans outline new budget plan

Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder (left) and House Speaker Catherine Hanaway
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Jefferson City, MO – House Republicans released a budget plan Tuesday that would pump more money into education. It also would lay off hundreds of state employees to increase spending on the human services they oversee.

The latest budget proposal came during the second day of a special session called by Democratic Gov. Bob Holden. He wants lawmakers to reverse previously approved spending cuts and ask voters for higher taxes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:58 am
Tue June 3, 2003

St. Louis Election Board Wants Money for Laptops

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Election Board says it needs $600,000 to buy laptop computers, but Mayor Francis Slay's office isn't sure the board should get the money.

The Board told the Justice department it would provide computers for election judges as part of a settlement last year.

That agreement was reached after the 2000 presidential election. One issue in St. Louis was that hundreds of voters were turned away from the polls, when election officials couldn't tell if they were eligible to vote.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:58 am
Tue June 3, 2003

State Economic Development Team to Visit De Soto

De Soto, Mo. – Nearly a month after storms tore through De Soto, Missouri, state economic development officials will visit the town to help businesses reopen.

A disaster recovery team from the Department of Economic Development will survey business owners Wednesday to find out what help they still may need.

DED's Sallie Hemenway says the Small Business Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency provided initial assistance.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:53 am
Tue June 3, 2003

IL Grand Jury Will Hear Police Shooting Case

Edwardsville, Ill. – A grand jury in Edwardsville will decide whether police officers were justified in shooting an Alton man to death.

Madison County sheriff's deputies and Alton city police both shot 35-year old Cloyd Kenshalo on May 21; it happened after a high speed car chase.

Kenshalo crashed the car into a fence and was shot at least seven times. His relatives contend that police did not have to shoot him.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:49 pm
Mon June 2, 2003

Shimkus Discusses Recent NATO Meeting

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St. Louis, Mo. – Illinois Congressman John Shimkus says the threat of international terrorism was a major discussion item at last week's meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Prague.

Shimkus, who serves as a delegate from the US to the Assembly, presented a report on the war on terrorism to the Defense and Security Committee. He says terrorism is still the number one threat to the world's residents.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:04 pm
Mon June 2, 2003

Washington U. Study Suggests Just Nicotine for Smokers

St. Louis, MO – A Washington University physician says the adverse health effects of cigarettes could be greatly reduced if smokers could instead simply inhale only nicotine.

Dr. Walton Sumner says despite centuries of anti-smoking programs, he believes some level of tobacco use in society is always going to be inevitable. Sumner is studying how smokers could make their habit safer by inhaling so-called "clean" nicotine.

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