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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:43 pm
Mon May 19, 2003

World Agricultural Forum Continues

St. Louis, Mo. – Mark Ritchie says the low price of commodities like corn and soybeans is the biggest problem facing American farmers.
He heads the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, a nonprofit think tank that focuses on connections between local and global agriculture policy.

"Always oversupply will lead to much lower prices unless there's some form of intervention, to help bring supply and demand back into balance," Ritchie said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:42 pm
Mon May 19, 2003

"The Game of Their Lives" to be Filmed in St. Louis

St. Louis, Mo. – Hollywood is coming to St. Louis to tell one of the Hill's favorite tales.

The story of the 1950 American soccer team (including 5 St. Louis players) that upset the powerhouse English team in a World Cup match is local legend.

The same Director who filmed Hoosiers and Rudy, David Anspaugh, will direct this movie called The Game of their Lives.

Casting Director Carrie Houk says St. Louisans will have a chance to be in the movie.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:36 pm
Mon May 19, 2003

Looking Back on Missouri's Spring Session

Jefferson City, MO –

Missouri lawmakers ended their spring session on Friday. They're not scheduled to return to Jefferson City until the veto session in September. But they could be returning a lot sooner than that.

Missy Shelton prepared this report from Jefferson City.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:30 pm
Mon May 19, 2003

Webster Groves Firefighter Remembered

Kingdom City, MO. – A Webster Groves firefighter who died in the line of duty earlier this year was remembered and honored Sunday in Kingdom City, near Columbia.

Dennis Mignerone's name was one of two added to the Firefighters' Memorial. He died in January after having chest pains while doing exercise drills.

Also honored was Mike Stanley, who suffered a heart attack in March while cutting fire breaks at the scene of a grass fire. He was a volunteer firefighter with the Salisbury Fire Department in north-central Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:27 pm
Mon May 19, 2003

Amtrak Service Restored to Missouri

Jefferson City, MO – Amtrak resumed passenger service across Missouri Sunday following Saturday's derailment of a Union Pacific train at Jefferson City.

Crews worked through the night to repair the tracks damaged when 14 refrigerated boxcars on a 55-car train jumped the tracks.

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says crews replaced about 1,000 feet of rail on two tracks after the accident. He says the railroad hopes to have all the track opened this afternoon.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:27 am
Mon May 19, 2003

Ag Forum Opens in St. Louis with Peaceful Protests

Police outnumbered the protestors throughout much of the afternoon.
(KWMU Photo)

St. Louis –

Experts from governments, agribusiness, non-governmental organizations and other groups visited St. Louis to discuss the future of the global food supply.

The third biennial World Congress of the World Agricultural Forum began Sunday at Union Station. Environmental activists were also there to protest a system they see as being dominated by big agribusinesses.

KWMU's Matt Sepic prepared this report.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:49 am
Mon May 19, 2003

Weather experts launch storm study in Illinois

Mascoutah, Ill. – Tornado season is about half-way
through, but the season for strong thunderstorms and straight-line winds is just starting.

That's why scientists from across the country are gathering at MidAmerica Airport near St. Louis Monday.

They are launching a $4 million study of huge storm systems called "bow echoes" to help forecasters better predict
them.

These big storms can cause straight-line winds that are as strong as the tornadoes that swept across Missouri and the rest of
the country this month.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:41 am
Mon May 19, 2003

Holden to Veto Budget, Order Special Session

Missouri Gov. Bob Holden
(KWMU Staff photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden is getting out his veto pen.

Governor Holden said today that he will veto the budget bill that provides money for the departments of health and mental health.

The Governor is citing cuts approved by legislators that he says would deny services to 5,800 people with developmental disabilities. He says the cuts also could eliminate psychiatric services for 3,200 adults and 800 emotionally-disturbed children.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:30 am
Mon May 19, 2003

New Dress Code for Bank Customers Tuesday

Jefferson City, MO. – Some banks and credit unions in Missouri will start a new dress code of sorts for customers Tuesday. They're going to ask customers to remove hats, sunglasses, and hoods when entering the building.

It's an effort aimed at stopping bank robberies. Customers who do not shed their head coverings will still be served. But tellers and bank security will likly watch those who don't comply closer.

Banks and credit unions plan to post hundreds of signs, posters and tent cards explaining the new dress code.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:24 pm
Fri May 16, 2003

Albright Speaks At Washington University

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright delivering the keynote address at the Washington University commencement.
Photo Courtesy: Joe Angeles/WUSTL
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