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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:43 pm
Wed May 7, 2003

IL Lawmakers Approve Bill Requiring Equal Pay

Springfield, IL – Legislation promising Illinois women equal
pay for equal work was sent to the governor's desk today.

The bill would make it illegal for companies to pay their workers different amounts solely because of gender. It would not require the same pay for different but similar jobs.

Supporters hope it will help close the pay gap between men and women. Women now make about 76 cents for every dollar earned by
men.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:22 am
Wed May 7, 2003

Bond, Talent Ask for More Disaster Declarations

Missouri Senators Kit Bond (left) and Jim Talent(right) want more counties to be declared federal disasters.
(File Photos)

Washington, DC – One day after President Bush declared a federal disaster in Missouri, lawmakers are asking him for another one.

This one would cover flooding and damage from subsequent storms, like the tornadoes that touched down in eastern Missouri Tuesday night.

One twister hit De Soto, south of St. Louis. Another struck Jackson, in southeast Missouri, wiping out police and fire buildings. Republican Senators Kit Bond and Jim Talent say that loss of public services makes disaster aid even more important.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:12 am
Wed May 7, 2003

Lawmakers Need More Money to Balance Budget

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri House and Senate conferees have
come up with a slightly unbalanced budget.

And the plan could force Governor Holden to make more cuts, or lawmakers to approve new revenues.

The Legislature already has trimmed many parts of the budget, including funding for public schools and social services.

Negotiators agreed today on a spending plan that needs between $150 million and $200 million more revenue to balance.

Over-all, the proposal would spend about $19 billion next fiscal yeaer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:13 pm
Tue May 6, 2003

First Grader Killed While Running to School Bus

New Melle, MO – A 7-year-old girl died yesterday after being struck by a truck as she tried to catch her school bus.

It happened Monday morning near the St. Charles County town New Melle. Annabelle Miller was a first-grader at Daniel Boone Elementary School.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the child was trying to cross the road at the intersection of Routes D and DD where her school bus was stopping to pick her up. She was struck and run over by a flatbed truck.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:04 pm
Tue May 6, 2003

Metro Announces Scott line will Open in June

St. Louis, Mo. – The Metrolink light rail extension to Scott Air Force Base in southwestern Illinois will open on June 23rd.

Metro announced the opening date of the Shiloh-Scott light rail station today, saying that it will give the members of the military who are stationed at Scott access to travel throughout the region.

The new station will extend the Metrolink line to more than 21 miles in St. Clair County. The light rail system stretches 17 miles in Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:36 pm
Tue May 6, 2003

Holden Asks for Federal Aid in Tornado-Struck Areas

SHOP OWNERS HUG IN TORNADO-DAMAGED PEIRCE CITY MISSOURI
(Reuters File Photo)

Pierce City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden has asked the White House to declare a federal disaster in 39 counties.

Jerry Uhlmann, the director of Missouri's State Emergency Management Agency, predicts President Bush will act within two to three days.

FEMA Director Michael Brown planned to visit hard-hit Pierce City, Mo. Tuesday.

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The southwest Missouri town of Stockton was knocked to its knees by a deadly tornado that took just moments to makes its eastward pass.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:59 pm
Tue May 6, 2003

Bush Declares Disaster Areas in Kansas, Missouri

People in Pierce City, Mo. are cleaning u from Sunday's tornadoes.
(Reuters File Photo)

Pierce City, Mo – President Bush has declared disaster areas in parts in of Kansas and Missouri as a result of Sunday's killer tornadoes.

That announcement today from Federal Emergency Management Agency head Michael Brown. He is visiting both states today, to see the damage first-hand, and announced the declaration in Pierce City,
Missouri.

The declaration clears the way for federal emergency assistance to the affected counties. It covers seven Kansas counties and 39 in Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:07 pm
Tue May 6, 2003

SLU Study Examines Effects of 9-11 on Quality of Life

St. Louis, Mo. – A new St. Louis University study says older Americans feel less control over their lives as a result of the September 11th attacks.

Researchers surveyed 291 people in St. Louis and Indianapolis who were part of a mental health study that began before the attacks.

Public health professor Fredric Wolinsky says the research opportunity came by chance.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:41 am
Tue May 6, 2003

Blagojevich Proposes Smaller Road Budget

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was in Collinsville Monday to announce the newest five-year plan for road construction projects in the state.

He's proposing $1.7 billion in projects for next year to maintain and improve the state's roads and bridges. That's a significant drop from the $2.3 billion being spent this fiscal year, which ends June 30th.

The governor says Illinois would have liked to invest more money in the road program, but the state's financial crisis makes that impossible.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:29 am
Tue May 6, 2003

Philip Morris Sued Again in Madison County, Ill.

Edwardsville, Ill. – Another lawsuit has been filed in Madison County accusing Philip Morris of misleading smokers with its marketing of light-brand cigarettes.

The new lawsuit comes six weeks after the company lost a record $10.1 billion dollar verdict for leading Illinois consumers to believe Marlboro Lights and Cambridge Lights were safer than regular cigarettes. That verdict is under appeal.

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