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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:01 pm
Thu May 15, 2003

MO Lawmakers Vote to Allow Earlier Sunday Alcohol Sales

Jefferson City, MO – Legislation now headed to Governor Bob holden would allow Missourians to buy alcoholic drinks earlier on Sundays.

The legislation would allow liquor sales at 9 a.m. Sunday, instead of 11 a.m., at retail stores, restaurants and places of entertainment such as golf courses and pool halls.

The measure also allows for 8:00 a.m. sales at restaurants located at Kansas City's Truman Sports Complex, where the Royals and the Chiefs play. St. Louis already has an 8:00 start time.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:31 pm
Thu May 15, 2003

Protests Expected as Ag Groups Meet in St. Louis

St. Louis, Mo. – Some local environmental activists are planning to protest the upcoming World Agricultural Forum that begins Sunday in St. Louis.

Members of the Gateway Green Alliance say companies such as Monsanto are forcing farmers to accept seeds of genetically modified crops.

Alliance spokesman Don Fitz says such foods are unsafe and have not been adequately tested.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:26 pm
Thu May 15, 2003

Philip Morris Case in IL Sparks Legislation in MO

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's state Senate has sent Governor Holden a measure that would limit amount of money companies named in tobacco lawsuits would have to put into a bond when appealing a verdict.

The legislation was prompted by an Illinois case, where Philip Morris was ordered to post a $12 billion appeal bond.

In Missouri, appeal bonds in tobacco litigation would be capped at $50 million.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:26 pm
Thu May 15, 2003

St. Louis Will Get $10 Million for Homeland Security

(KWMU File Photo)

Washington, DC – St. Louis and the Kansas City area will receive almost $10 million each to improve security under new grants from the federal Homeland Security Department.

The grant is part of $700 million in grants that were announced Wednesday.

St. Louis will get $9.85 million; Kansas City will receive slightly less, $9.69 million. Chicago will get $30 million more than what it received earlier this year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:15 pm
Thu May 15, 2003

Wording Stalls Child Welfare Overhaul Bill

Jefferson City, MO – A wording problem has delayed progress in
the Legislature on a bill revising how Missouri handles child abuse and neglect cases.

The House passed the measure earlier today, sending it to the Senate.

It ran into trouble when a senator questioned language requiring private and religious schools to verify, each year, that they're eligible for a state exemption from child-care licensing.

Lawmakers plan to re-write the section, which would require the House to pass the bill again.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:01 am
Thu May 15, 2003

Gateway Arch Steps are Completed

St. Louis, Mo. – Mayor Francis Slay, former Senator John Danforth and other St. Louis civic leaders marked a significant milestone this morning at the Gateway Arch.

Arch designer Eero Saarinen's vision for a grand staircase leading to the landmark is complete.

The Mayor says because of the Arch, the City has one of the most recognizable skylines of any city in the world.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:38 pm
Wed May 14, 2003

Jim Ryan Will NOT Run for U.S. Senate

Former IL Atty. Gen. Jim Ryan, the 2002 GOP nominee in the race for governor.
(file photo)

Chicago, Ill. – Another high-profile Republican has withdrawn his name from consideration to run for the U.S. Senate next year.

Former Attorney General Jim Ryan, who was the GOP's unsuccessful nominee for governor last year, says he discussed a possible run with his wife but decided to continue practicing law and teaching instead.

Illinois Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka has also said she's not interested. So has former Governor Jim Edgar. Current Senator Peter Fitzgerald recently announced he would not seek reelection in 2004.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:20 pm
Wed May 14, 2003

Salvation Army to Cut Programs

St. Louis, Mo. – Salvation Army officials say they are one and a half million dollars in the red this year, causing them to drop a program for adults who are battling chemical dependency.

They may also have to close the residential program for abused and neglected children at the Hope Center. Major Robert Thomson says they were difficult decisions to make.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:31 pm
Wed May 14, 2003

Feds Want St. Charles Business Shut Down

St. Charles, MO – The federal government's attempt to shut down a St. Charles business will be in court Wednesday.

Easy Returns Worldwide retrieves expired drugs from pharmacies, but the Drug Enforcement Agency says it doesn't have the right security.

The DEA says drugs are missing from the company, employees have been arrested for selling drugs illegally, and Easy Returns' books contain false records.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:18 pm
Wed May 14, 2003

Rapper Nelly Launches Bone Marrow Campaign

Rap star Nelly with sister Jackie Donahue.
(kwmu staff)

St. Louis, MO – Rap music star and St. Louis native Nelly helped launch a campaign he hopes will increase the number of people on the national bone marrow registry.

Nelly's sister Jackie Donahue suffers from leukemia, and has been in need of a bone marrow transplant for two years.

The rapper hopes to help his sister and thousands of others searching for donors.

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