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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:53 pm
Tue May 20, 2003

Gov. Holden to Veto Cuts to Higher Ed

St. Louis, Mo. – Missouri Governor Bob Holden says proposed tuition hikes at the state's public colleges and universities are a hidden tax on the middle class.

In St. Louis Tuesday Governor Holden took Republican legislative leaders to task for cutting nearly $52 million from the higher education budget. The Governor says he will veto that budget bill.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:50 am
Tue May 20, 2003

U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Miranda Case from Missouri

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St. Louis, MO – The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of a Missouri woman whose murder conviction was reversed because police intentionally waited to read her the Miranda warning until after she had confessed.

The Missouri Supreme Court reversed Patrice Seibert's murder conviction last year, even though she admitted a role in the death of a 17-year-old in Rolla. Her case is the third involving Miranda warnings the high court will hear this fall.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:57 am
Tue May 20, 2003

St. Louis Hosts International Travel Conference

St. Louis, MO –

This week, some 5,000 people from hotel chains, rental car companies and tourist agencies around the world are meeting in St. Louis for what's billed as the nation's largest travel industry trade show.

The "International Pow Wow," as it's called, brings domestic travel suppliers together with tour operators from some 70 countries to buy and sell tour packages across the U.S. KWMU's Kevin Lavery reports.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:42 am
Tue May 20, 2003

Banks & Credit Unions Ask Customers to Remove Hats

St. Louis, Mo. – Missouri banks and credit unions are resurrecting a somewhat forgotten social custom. To improve security they are asking customers to remove hats, as well as hoods and sunglasses when visiting financial institutions.

The new dress code went into effect Tuesday but is completely voluntary.

Meridian Credit Union president Charles Waalkes says early tests of the program have had positive results.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:34 am
Tue May 20, 2003

UM Curators Will Consider Tuition Hike Thursday

Columbia, MO – The University of Missouri's Board of Curators will discuss raising tuition by almost 20% at its meeting Thursday in Kirkwood.

The board says the hike might be necessary to help deal with the state's budget crunch.

The proposed hike would raise tuition to $194.60 a credit hour for in-state undergraduates. That translates to an increase of about $1,000 in the
base cost of attending classes, which totals about $6,000 more a year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:35 pm
Mon May 19, 2003

Blagojevich Signs Law Lowering Immigrants' Tuition

Chicago, ILL. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Sunday signed into law legislation that lets undocumented or non-citizens who graduate an Illinois high school to pay the lower, in-state tuition at public universities.

The measure specifically requires the students to have attended the high school for at least three years.

It also applies to rates at community colleges.

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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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