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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:31 am
Fri May 2, 2003

Senate Passes Concealed Gun Legislation

Jefferson City, MO – The state Senate today passed legislation
that could allow most Missourians to carry concealed guns.

But Governor Holden threatens a veto.

Senators invoked a rare procedural move to cut off a lengthy debate and immediately vote on the bill. It's the first time in
four years that senators have tried such a move.

The bill would allow concealed gun permits for people age 23 and older. They'd have to undergo training and have no criminal
background.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:25 am
Fri May 2, 2003

Granite City Doctor Could Lose License Over Abortion

Granite City, Ill. – A doctor in Granite City, Ill. could lose his license after a complaint that he performed an abortion on a woman who wasn't pregnant.

The Illinois Department of Professional Regulation will hold a hearing in June on Doctor Yogendra Shah.

The agency filed a complaint accusing Shah of performing an abortion on a woman in 1998 when she was not pregnant. The woman alleges that she went to the clinic believing she was pregnant. But test results after the procedure showed she was not.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:47 pm
Thu May 1, 2003

Ford's Plans to Build in Georgia Give Some Hope for MO

St. Louis, Mo. – The head of a group that is trying to keep Ford from leaving St. Louis says prospects for a new factory in Georgia are a hopeful sign.

Patrick McKeehan heads the Ford Hazelwood Task Force. He says reported plans for an assembly plant near Atlanta indicates the company's financial outlook is improving.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:08 pm
Thu May 1, 2003

MO Will Get $29M for Homeland Security

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri will get nearly $29 million in federal homeland security aid.

The money will be used to train and equip agencies that would respond to terrorist attacks and other emergencies.

It's part of $1.5 billion dollars in available grants announced Wednesday by National Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:53 pm
Thu May 1, 2003

Legislature Passes Abortion-Waiting Bill

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Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Legislature has passed a
bill requiring a woman to wait 24 hours after consulting a doctor before having an abortion.

The bill now goes to Governor Holden -- who has previously threatened to veto the bill.

But unless supporters switch sides, the Legislature appears to have the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto.

Supporters say the legislation would provide women with additional guidance on whether to proceed with an abortion.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:28 pm
Thu May 1, 2003

Report Card for Air Quality: F

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St. Louis, MO – The American Lung Association is giving St. Louis air quality a failing grade.

The "F" is based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency for 1999-2001. St. Louis City, St. Charles, St. Louis and Jefferson counties, as well as Madison County, Ill., all recorded too many unhealthy high ozone days.

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2:51 pm
Thu May 1, 2003

MO Nursing Home Proposal Heads to Governor

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Jefferson City, MO – Missouri lawmakers have sent Governor Bob Holden a measure aimed at making state's nursing homes safer.

The proposal relaxes inspection requirements for good nursing homes, but strengthens the state's authority to penalize those with poor care.

The Senate gave final passage to the plan Wednesday. Holden said he expects to sign it.

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1:13 pm
Thu May 1, 2003

MO Sen. Votes at 3:00 AM for Abortion Wait Period

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Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Senators debated until 3:00 Thursday morning before approving legislation requiring women to wait 24 hours after consulting a doctor before having an abortion.

Opponents says such a measure impedes the right to choose; supporters say it simply allows for a little more guidance on whether the woman should go through with the procedure.

St. Louis Democrats Joan Bray, Maida Coleman, and Rita Days were among the six Democrats to vote against the measure. All Republicans voted yes.

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11:13 am
Thu May 1, 2003

Group Calls for Fair Taxes, Not Tax Cuts

St. Louis, Mo. – President Bush's proposed tax breaks would cost Missouri $357-million in federal Aid over the next decade. That's according to a report put out by the The Economic Policy Institute and Institute for America's Future.

Some of the cuts include $68 million from education, $56 million from health care and $42 million from basic support for low-income Missouri families.

Gail Shumpert receives federal heating assistance known as LIHEAP.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:38 pm
Wed April 30, 2003

Restaurant Association Opposes Conceal and Carry

St. Louis, Mo. – Restaurant industry officials in Missouri say a bill before state lawmakers to allow concealed weapons will harm their ability to do business.

The Missouri Restaurant Association Workers' Compensation Trust says allowing concealed weapons in restaurants will threaten the safety of employees and guests while raising insurance costs.

Chairman Forrest Miller says the bill is so loosely written that it provides no protection for individual restaurant owners.

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