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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:36 pm
Mon June 2, 2003

Area FBI Agent Was Victim in Suspected Rudolph Bombing

St. Louis, MO – The head of St. Louis' FBI office is especially satisfied with the weekend capture of suspected bomber Eric Rudolph.

Tom Bush was slightly injured by one of the bombs Rudolph is accused of detonating at an abortion clinic in Atlanta in 1997. At that time, Bush was second in charge of Atlanta's FBI office.

The blast briefly left Bush deaf in one ear. Bush says it could have been much worse if there hadn't been two cars between him and the bomb just 20 feet away.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:56 pm
Mon June 2, 2003

Another Forest Park Pkwy Section Closed

(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Another section of Forest Park Parkway is closed today. Big Bend to Skinker is now off limits to motorists. It's the second section of the parkway to close down since the extension construction began last month.

Last month, when construction began, crews closed down most of the Parkway west of Big Bend Blvd.

The project is expected to take about two years. Metrolink will eventually extend west from the Forest Park station to I-170 in Clayton, then south to Shrewsbury.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:17 pm
Mon June 2, 2003

MO Lawmakers Head to Special Session Today

(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri lawmakers head to Jefferson City today to begin their special session at noon. Gov. Bob Holden called the legislators back after vetoing about two-thirds of the $19 billion budget that they passed.

He wants lawmakers to approve putting a question to voters whether taxes should be raised to help prevent deep budget cuts.

But Republican leaders in the House and Senate oppose such a move. They say lawmakers will likely make just minor changes, and not the major budget rewrite the governor wants.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:06 pm
Mon June 2, 2003

IL Budget Recap

Springfield, Ill. –

The Illinois Legislature wrapped up its spring session early Sunday morning by approving a new state budget. It was a session dominated by talk of the state's financial problems.

In the end, Gov. Rod Blagojevich kept his promise to avoid raising the personal income or sales tax. But as Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford reports, the budget still has plenty of critics.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:58 am
Mon June 2, 2003

Nixon Files Suit to Seek School Board Member's Ouster

Ferguson, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon is suing to remove a member of a St. Louis area school board.

Nixon alleges that Riverview Gardens school board member Vincent Dungey is ineligible to hold public office because he has not completed his sentence after pleading guilty in 2000 to three
felony charges of passing bad checks.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:35 pm
Fri May 30, 2003

Holden Hopes Cuts Will Be Restored

Mo. Gov. Bob Holden
(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Missouri lawmakers will head back to Jefferson City to refigure the state budget on Monday.

Gov. Bob Holden says he's optimistic that cuts to a host of services can be restored. He says the budget the Republican-controlled legislature gave him cuts $354 million from education, health care and social services. But Holden believes the General Assembly can deliver a sound budget before July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:16 pm
Fri May 30, 2003

The ERA's Second Life in Illinois

Springfield, Ill. –

Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment have waited for more than two decades to get another attempt at ratification.

Illinois lawmakers blocked the ERA in the early 1980s. Many years have passed, but the ERA remains controversial. Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford prepared this report.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:17 pm
Fri May 30, 2003

Missouri Opens Recreation Area at Rivers' Confluence

Officials open new conservation area Friday north of St. Louis.
(kwmu staff)

St. Louis – A new conservation area at the spot where the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers meet is now open.

The state spent almost $3 million to make more than 4,000 acres just north of St. Louis into the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. People can now hike, bike, fish and hunt there.

Conservation Department Director John Hoskins estimates a third of Missouri's population lives within 30 miles of the area.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:16 pm
Fri May 30, 2003

Monsanto Picks New CEO

New CEO Hugh Grant
(company photo)

St. Louis, MO – A 22-year veteran of St. Louis-based Monsanto is the new president and CEO of the biotech company.

Hugh Grant replaces Hendrik Verfaille, who resigned in December, citing the company's poor financial performance over the previous two years.

Monsanto makes the herbicide RoundUp, and also makes genetically altered seeds that can tolerate RoundUp and resist insects. Those seeds include cotton, corn, soybean and canola. Monsanto also produces Asgrow, Hartz and DeKalb seeds.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:12 pm
Fri May 30, 2003

Private Firm to Lead St. Louis City Schools

St. Louis – A private firm will run the St. Louis City Schools for at least 13 months.

In a special meeting Friday, the School Board approved an agreement to pay New York-based Alvarez & Marsal at least $5 million to act as interim superintendent.

Five of the board's seven members approved the plan to hire the so-called "corporate turnaround firm." Board President Darnetta Clinkscale said that will not mean closed-door decision making.

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