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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:03 am
Fri May 9, 2003

City Nursing Home Closes Today

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis' only city-operated nursing home will close Friday when its final resident moves out. Officials at the Harry S Truman Restorative Center says the last remaining resident will leave the home willingly. But a minister says the man had been trying to stay.

The man is the last of about 160 residents being moved to about 25 different facilities. The city announced in March that it would close the 36-year old facility, saying it could no longer afford to run it.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:55 pm
Thu May 8, 2003

Illinois Lawmakers Discuss Education Cuts

Springfield, ILL. –

When there's a possibility that some schools could see funding cuts as part of the state budget... Illinois lawmakers sit up and take notice.

They had a chance Tuesday to question the governor's budget advisor and the state's schools chief about education funding proposals in the governor's budget plan.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:30 pm
Thu May 8, 2003

Coalition Says State Budget is 'Headed for Train Wreck'

St. Louis, Mo. – Clergy, teachers, students and small business owners gathered at Union Station in St. Louis Thursday to protest cuts in Missouri's budget.

The group says the state budget is headed for a "train wreck" and is urging Democratic Governor Bob Holden and Republican House Speaker Catherine Hanaway to compromise.

Father Emery Washington of Metropolitan Congregations United says lawmakers should boost revenue instead of just making cuts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:26 pm
Thu May 8, 2003

Guilty Plea from Friend of George Ryan

Chicago, IL – A former state lawmaker says he'll help prosecutors investigate corruption under former Illinois Governor George Ryan.

Roger Stanley, 60, pleaded guilty Thursday to trading bribes for contracts from Chicago's Metra commuter rail service.

Stanley could get 20 years for his plea to mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy charges. But federal prosecutors made it clear that the long-time Ryan friend and Republican insider has done a lot to help lower his sentence by cooperating with investigators.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:40 pm
Thu May 8, 2003

Illinois Lawmakers Consider Gaming Expansion

Springfield, ILL. –

An Illinois House committee will hear a number of proposals that would expand gambling in Illinois.

Supporters say the three measures would bring in almost $2 billion to a state facing a multi-billion dollar deficit.

One plan would allow casino owners to add hundreds of new slot machines to their riverboats. It would also allow slots at the state's five horse racing tracks.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:56 pm
Thu May 8, 2003

Disaster Victims Should Call FEMA

The storms hit Pierce City, Mo. especially hard this week.
(Reuters File Photo)

Washington, DC – Disaster recovery officials are urging victims of this week's Midwest storms and tornadoes to call the Federal Emergency Management Agency and register for possible disaster assistance.

Homeowners, renters or business owners affected by severe storms since May 4 can apply.

The phone calls take about 20 minutes. Callers need to provide information including Social Security numbers, their income and must have a phone number where they can be reached.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:25 am
Thu May 8, 2003

Missouri's $19 Billion Budget

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Jefferson City, MO –

Missouri's state Constitution gives lawmakers in Jefferson City until Friday (May 9) to pass a budget. Negotiators in both the House and Senate came to an agreement on a $19 billion spending plan very early Tuesday morning.

The budget is still around $150 million out of balance. That could force the governor to make even more cuts, unless lawmakers can find more money. Missy Shelton prepared this report from Jefferson City.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:21 am
Thu May 8, 2003

MO House Passes Boat Class Requirement

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House Wednesday voted in favor of requiring young people to take a boating safety course before driving on a lake.

The legislation keeps the minimum boat driving age at 14, but adds the requirement that those age 14 to 21 must take a course approved by the state Water Patrol before they could get their boater's license. The legislation only applies to driving a boat on a lake; rivers wouldn't be affected.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:51 am
Thu May 8, 2003

Midwest Should Expect More Storms

St. Louis, Mo. – A National Weather Service meteorologist says the recent pattern of severe storms in the Midwest will continue for at least another week.

Jim Kramper says conditions are favorable for thunderstorms - and possible tornadoes - to develop almost every other day.

He says moisture from the Gulf of Mexico is combining with low-pressure systems from the Plains states and cooler air from the Northwest to create the turbulent weather.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:06 am
Thu May 8, 2003

MO Budget Includes Some Pay Raises

Jefferson City, MO – Most Missouri government employees would get a pay raise in July under a proposed state budget.

Because of state financial troubles, most government workers have gone more than two years without a raise.

The budget offered Wednesday by legislative conferees would give a $600 annual raise to all employees who make less than $40,000 a year.

The plan would effect about 48,000 people.

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