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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:18 pm
Wed May 28, 2003

IL Gov. Gets Bill Requiring Contraceptive Coverage

Springfield, IL – Insurance companies would have to help pay for prescription contraceptives under legislation the Illinois General Assembly passed today.

The House passed 72-to-39 a bill requiring coverage for contraceptive pills and devices. It now goes to the governor for his approval.

Democratic State Representative Sara Feigenholtz of Chicago is the bill's sponsor. She says medical bills for unwanted pregnancies in Illinois is as high as $17 million a year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:06 pm
Wed May 28, 2003

Costello: We're Trying to Get C-40's to Replace the C-9

The C9 Nightingale is slated to lose all funding in President Bush's defense budget.
(KWMU File Photo)

Washington, DC – Illinois Congressman Jerry Costello says he and other elected Illinois officials are working on a plan to help Scott Air Force Base, by asking the Pentagon to consider leasing or buying C-40 aircraft from Boeing to replace ten C-9s at Scott Air Force Base slated for retirement.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:53 pm
Wed May 28, 2003

Missouri to Relax Security at Capitol

(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Budget cuts are forcing the Missouri Capitol building to relax its security.

After the September 11 terrorist attacks, the state placed metal detectors at the Capitol's doors and hired private security guards to staff them.

But starting July 1, the private guards and metal detectors will be gone.

Legislators cut funding for the security efforts in the budget that takes effect in July.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:52 pm
Wed May 28, 2003

Imprisoned Cueto Given More Time to Form Defense

Belleville, ILL. – A Belleville attorney convicted of obstruction of justice in a federal gambling investigation has until July to detail why he should get to keep his law license.

Amiel Cueto is in federal prison after being convicted of conspiracy and obstructing an investigation of gambling in southern Illinois. He's been fighting to keep his license for five years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:25 pm
Wed May 28, 2003

IL Hospital Tax Plan Meets Opposition

Springfield, ILL –

There's disagreement over a plan to funnel more federal health care money to Illinois.

Supporters say hospitals could split an additional $300 million next year, but others are skeptical. Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford prepared this report.

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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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