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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:48 pm
Wed May 21, 2003

Internet Photo Leads to Four Student Expulsions

Ladue, MO – An explicit photo on the Internet has meant expulsion for four suburban St. Louis students and a police investigation of possible assault.

Three freshmen boys were expelled from Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School in Ladue after receiving a revealing photo of a female classmate, who also was expelled.

The students were on their home computers but used the school's e-mail server. The school is not publicly discussing the matter.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:56 pm
Wed May 21, 2003

MO Sup. Ct. Hears Marriage Lawsuit Case

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court Tuesday heard arguments over whether suing someone for breaking up a marriage is legal.

The case is of Katherine Helsel of St. Joseph, who sued and won $75,000 from another woman who broke up her marriage.

The defendant, Sivi Noellsch, is asking the court to overturn the law. She says the law comes from a time when a man's wife was considered his property.

But Helsel says the law is an incentive to preserve the sanctity of marriage.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:56 am
Wed May 21, 2003

Illinois House Approves Equal Rights Amendment

Springfield, ILl –

The Illinois House Wednesday approved the Equal Rights Amendment, reviving an issue that split the state 20 years ago.

The amendment to the US Constitution passed 76-to-41. It now goes to the state Senate.

If it passes there, Illinois would join 35 other states that have ratified the amendment over the years. Supporters say approval by two more states would then make the amendment official.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:09 am
Wed May 21, 2003

Missouri Responding to Higher Alert Level

St. Louis, Mo. – With the nation going to an orange terror alert level, Missouri's Homeland Security Director says the state is ready to respond to attacks or disasters.

Tim Daniel and Governor Bob Holden told reporters Wednesday that there are no specific threats to Missouri nor evidence of the presence of terrorists. But Holden says emergency personnel now have more money to pay for preparedness.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:52 am
Wed May 21, 2003

IL Gambling Expansion Plan Goes Bust

Springfield, ILL. –

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich surprised many lawmakers Tuesday when he said he will not support gambling expansion.

His statement could doom legislative attempts to add several casinos and place slot machines at horse tracks.

It may also take away a large source of new money as state budget talks heat up. Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford prepared this report.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:23 am
Wed May 21, 2003

Studying 'Bow Echoes' at Mid-America Airport

A Bow Echo in Montana.
Credit: NCAR/UCAR/NSF

Mascoutah, Ill. –

A group of weather experts from around the country is spending its first days at Mid-America Airport in southwestern Illinois.

They're part of a $4 million study that aims to learn more about what's called a "Bow-Echo." That's a storm that is much bigger than a thunderstorm that can be as damaging as a tornado.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:40 pm
Tue May 20, 2003

Job Fair Helps Displaced American Airlines Employees

St. Louis, Mo. – An estimated 1,000 laid-off American Airlines workers took part in a job resources fair Tuesday in Bridgeton.

Some 90 employers from other aviation companies and many unrelated industries were on hand to recruit former employees who've lost their jobs since September 11, 2001.

Ken Smith is a district manager with Waddell and Reed, a financial planning firm. He says while many former American employees would like to stay in aviation, those opportunities are shrinking.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:39 pm
Tue May 20, 2003

Holden to Make Another Budget Announcement Today

Mo. Gov. Bob Holden
(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Governor Bob Holden is expected to make another budget announcement this morning.

That follows Monday's announcement that Holden will veto the budget bill for the departments of health and mental health.

The governor says cuts approved by legislators would deny services to 5,800 people with developmental disabilities. Cuts also could eliminate psychiatric services for 3,200 adults and 800 emotionally disturbed children.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:09 pm
Tue May 20, 2003

Steelworkers Approve Contract

Pittsburgh, PA – Thousands of steelworkers have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new, five-year contract with U.S. Steel. That clears the way for the company's acquisition of bankrupt National Steel, which operates Granite City Steel in southern Illinois.

Granite City Steel is one of the Metro-East's largest employers.

The approval was 3-1 by members of the United Steelworkers of America will mean the loss of thousands of jobs but it also secures pension and benefits for many more.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:38 pm
Tue May 20, 2003

St. Louis to Host National Veterans Wheelchair Games

St. Louis, Mo. – About 600 disabled athletes will compete in more than a dozen sporting events in St. Louis next year, when the city hosts the 24th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in June 2004.

The games will feature disabled veterans of all US military branches, competing in such events as kayaking and martial arts.

Bob Huskey is president of the Gateway Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. He says the games not only raise awareness of disabled veterans, but also highlight their capabilities:

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