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11:27 am
Mon May 19, 2003

Ag Forum Opens in St. Louis with Peaceful Protests

Police outnumbered the protestors throughout much of the afternoon.
(KWMU Photo)

St. Louis –

Experts from governments, agribusiness, non-governmental organizations and other groups visited St. Louis to discuss the future of the global food supply.

The third biennial World Congress of the World Agricultural Forum began Sunday at Union Station. Environmental activists were also there to protest a system they see as being dominated by big agribusinesses.

KWMU's Matt Sepic prepared this report.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:49 am
Mon May 19, 2003

Weather experts launch storm study in Illinois

Mascoutah, Ill. – Tornado season is about half-way
through, but the season for strong thunderstorms and straight-line winds is just starting.

That's why scientists from across the country are gathering at MidAmerica Airport near St. Louis Monday.

They are launching a $4 million study of huge storm systems called "bow echoes" to help forecasters better predict
them.

These big storms can cause straight-line winds that are as strong as the tornadoes that swept across Missouri and the rest of
the country this month.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:41 am
Mon May 19, 2003

Holden to Veto Budget, Order Special Session

Missouri Gov. Bob Holden
(KWMU Staff photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden is getting out his veto pen.

Governor Holden said today that he will veto the budget bill that provides money for the departments of health and mental health.

The Governor is citing cuts approved by legislators that he says would deny services to 5,800 people with developmental disabilities. He says the cuts also could eliminate psychiatric services for 3,200 adults and 800 emotionally-disturbed children.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:30 am
Mon May 19, 2003

New Dress Code for Bank Customers Tuesday

Jefferson City, MO. – Some banks and credit unions in Missouri will start a new dress code of sorts for customers Tuesday. They're going to ask customers to remove hats, sunglasses, and hoods when entering the building.

It's an effort aimed at stopping bank robberies. Customers who do not shed their head coverings will still be served. But tellers and bank security will likly watch those who don't comply closer.

Banks and credit unions plan to post hundreds of signs, posters and tent cards explaining the new dress code.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:24 pm
Fri May 16, 2003

Albright Speaks At Washington University

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright delivering the keynote address at the Washington University commencement.
Photo Courtesy: Joe Angeles/WUSTL
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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:42 pm
Fri May 16, 2003

ABA May Change Views on Selecting Judges

St. Louis, Mo. – The nation's largest lobby group for lawyers is considering changing its views on picking judges.

The American Bar Association has long endorsed appointing judges, not electing them.

The Bar Association's President, A.P. Carlton, says the public wants to elect them. Carlton was in St. Louis today. He says the policy needs to also address elections.

But he says the public thinks lawyers who make campaign contributions to judges get special treatment in court.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:16 am
Fri May 16, 2003

Anti-Smoking Legislation Will Exclude Lambert

Smoking lounges at Lambert allow a quick puff for travelers before or between flights.
(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, MO – A proposal to ban smoking in all public buildings in St. Louis will not include Lambert Airport.

Supporters of legislation before the St. Louis Board of Aldermen excluded the airport because there are already smoking lounges there.

But aldermen only took Lambert out of the measure after airport administrators showed them how the lounges work.

Lambert will continue to provide designated areas throughout the airport for those who want to smoke.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:14 am
Fri May 16, 2003

Police Arrest 15 Agricultural Forum Protesters

St. Louis, Mo. – St. Louis police have arrested 15 people they say planned to participate in violent protests at this weekend's World Agricultural Forum at Union Station.

Friday afternoon police raided two houses on Illinois Avenue and a building on Cherokee Street that houses the Gateway Greens.

The 15 remain in jail. A police spokeswoman says they are charged with occupying condemned buildings.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:02 am
Fri May 16, 2003

Wash U. Graduation Excludes Familes from SARS Countries

St. Louis, MO. – Some Washington University graduates won't have their families with them at Friday's commencement.

The school asked relatives from SARS-stricken countries to stay home to prevent the possible spread of the disease.

But the Centers for Disease Control this week told colleges not to worry about visitors. Washington University officials say that word came too late to for them to reconsider.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:12 am
Fri May 16, 2003

Legislative Session Ends

Missouri State Capitol
(KWMU Staff photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's first Republican Legislature in 55 years is over.

The House and Senate completed their work at Friday's 6pm deadline.

Members approved many of the GOP's socially conservative and pro-business priorities.

Unknown for now is whether Democratic Governor Holden will call a special session concerning the new budget.

Republicans claim it is balanced.

But Holden wants to enhance the spending plan with more taxes.

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