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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:33 am
Mon May 12, 2003

De Soto Schools Cancel Rest of This Year's Classes

The gym at De Soto High School lost part of its roof during last week's storm.
(KWMU Staff Photo)

De Soto, Mo. – School is officially out for De Soto students and staff.

District Superintendent Terry Noble made official what many had suspected. Extensive storm damage to school buildings last week forced the decision. At the junior high school, the gymnasium's roof collapsed.

Other town buildings that might have served as classrooms were either not big enough to accommodate the district's 2,800 students or were significantly damaged by the fierce weather.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:17 am
Mon May 12, 2003

Discussing Diversity in St. Louis Theatre

The balcony at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis
(File Photo)

St. Louis, MO. –

A 1986 study by Actors Equity, a union representing stage performers, found that 90% of hired actors were white.

The study has yet to be updated, but most in the stage and film business acknowledge the situation isn't much better today. And the lack of racial diversity doesn't stop there; it's backstage, in management and extends to the audience.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:34 am
Mon May 12, 2003

Trauma Care Depends On Governor's Signature

St. Louis, MO – If Governor Bob Holden approves a $1.4 million appropriation for DePaul Health Center, its trauma center will remain open for another year while the hospital looks for permanent funding. The Missouri Hospital Association is helping with an immediate $500,000 grant to fund trauma care through October. Officials say the money is only a temporary fix. DePaul had planned to end trauma services next month if temporary funds were not found. It's one of six trauma centers in the area.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:10 am
Mon May 12, 2003

First Shooting in Area Crime Task Force History

St. Louis Public Radio News
4:16 pm
Fri May 9, 2003

Jim Edgar Will NOT Run for U.S. Senate

Chicago, ILL. – Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar says he will not run for the U.S. senate seat being vacated by Peter Fitzgerald.

At a news conference in Chicago Friday morning, Edgar said he decided to stay out of politics for personal reasons. He says the decision is what is best for both him and his family.

Republican leaders from President Bush down to the state level had urged Edgar to run, seeing him as the party's best chance to keep the senate seat.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:09 pm
Fri May 9, 2003

Missouri Legislature Passes Budget

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Republican-led Legislature pushed a roughly $19 billion state budget to passage early Friday.

The budget spreads cuts among schools and social services over the objections of Governor Holden and other Democrats.

Lawmakers say the spending cuts could lead to teacher layoffs at public schools and higher tuition at state colleges. The budget also is expected to result in the loss of government health care services for thousands of low-income parents.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:07 pm
Fri May 9, 2003

Army Corps Wants to Move Uranium-Contaminated Soil

St. Louis, MO – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to remove uranium-contaminated soil from sites in St. Louis and ship it for disposal in the West.

The plan calls for removing about 230,000 cubic yards of soil. It was contaminated decades ago by uranium production in St. Louis County near Lambert Airport.

The plan projected cost is $223 million dollars and would take eight years to accomplish. There will be a public hearing on the issue May 29th.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:59 pm
Fri May 9, 2003

Blagojevich Gives Boost to SBC

Springfield, Ill. – Governor Rod Blagojevich has signed legislation giving a financial boost to telecommunications giant SBC.

His action came just hours after the state Senate put the bill on his desk. The measure passed 30 to 24.

Blagojevich says SBC is one of the state's biggest employers and the bill will help protect the company's 21,000 Illinois workers.

The governor rejected arguments that it will lead to higher prices for local telephone service. SBC is a major campaign donor to Blagojevich.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:13 pm
Fri May 9, 2003

Philip Morris Back in Court Friday

Edwardsville, Ill. – The debate over whether Philip Morris should pay more than $6 billion dollars to appeal an unfavorable court ruling continues Friday.

Plaintiffs lawyer Stephen Tillery won a $10 billion judgment against the company when a Madison County judge ruled that its marketing of "light" cigarettes was misleading.

The cigarette maker is appealing the verdict, but was ordered on April 14th to first put up a $6 billion bond.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:33 pm
Fri May 9, 2003

SIUE to End Tuition Discounts for Full-Time Students

(KWMU Staff Photo)

Edwardsville, Ill. – Southern Illinois University's Board of Trustees has voted to remove a tuition discount at the Edwardsville campus.

Students who currently take more than 12 hours of classes are charged less for those extra hours. Edwardsville Chancellor David Werner says the discount really didn't mean much in the past when the campus was mostly part-time students

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