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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:13 pm
Wed April 30, 2003

Lawmakers Consider Earlier Booze Sales on Sundays

Jefferson City, MO – Missourians could buy alcohol a little earlier on Sundays under legislation passed Tuesday in the House.

Alcohol sales on Sundays now start at 11 a.m. except for St. Louis, where sales are allowed after 8 a.m.

The proposals would permit Sunday sales at 9 a.m. at restaurants, hotels and places of entertainment in most of the state. Places around Kansas City's sports stadiums would join St. Louis with 8 a.m. Sunday sales.

The measure goes back to the Senate for consideration of House changes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2003

Election Committee, Not Krieder, Under Investigation

Jefferson City, MO – Former Missouri House Speaker Jim Kreider's lawyer says his client is not personally being investigated for alleged ethics violations.

Attorney Wally Bley says Cole County prosecutor Bill Tackett told him a campaign committee is the focus. Tackett has declined to discuss the case.

The prosecutor in Jefferson City didn't return a call seeking comment on Tuesday. Ethics Commission director Robert Connor was out of his office.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:43 pm
Wed April 30, 2003

Festival This Weekend Plugs Downtown Revitalization

Workers are putting the finishing touches on a new Washington Ave.
(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, MO –

Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis will host a festival of art, culture and music this weekend.

KWMU's Hillary Wicai spoke with Jim Cloar, the president and CEO of Downtown St. Louis Partnership, about the festival and what reopening Washington Ave. means for downtown revitilization.

Note:
The ACT One Festival and the annual Spring Downtown Housing Tours are this Saturday and Sunday (May 3,4); they start at 11:00 AM.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:40 pm
Wed April 30, 2003

Air Florida's Plans for MidAmerica Service Put On Hold

Mascoutah, Ill. – Another setback for MidAmerica St.
Louis Airport.

Air Florida Airways won't be starting commercial airline service from MidAmericain June, as planned.

A notice on the airline's Web site says scheduled service to the St. Louis area airport has been "indefinitely suspended." The airline blames circumstances beyond its control.

St. Clair County Administrator Dan Maher says he thinks money is the issue. He points out that it is hard for an airline to find investors in these tough economic times.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:31 pm
Wed April 30, 2003

St. Louis AIDS Agency Hires New Director

St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis area AIDS agency that once hired a gay porn star for a "safer sex" event has chosen a new executive director.

Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS said yesterday George Cotton, Sr. will be the new director.

Cotton has served on the school board and city council in the St. Louis suburb of University City. He replaces Erise Williams Jr., whom the agency fired in November after learning about the porn star event.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:10 pm
Wed April 30, 2003

Senate Rejects Sales Tax Increase

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Senate today narrowly
defeated a proposed sales tax increase.

It would have asked voters to raise the state sales tax temporarily, as a way to soften budget-balancing cuts in government
services.

Instead, the Senate passed a measure to bring in money through more unconventional ways. One would eliminate some business tax
breaks that Governor Holden calls loop-holes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:16 pm
Wed April 30, 2003

Broadband Legislation Deadlocked in MO Committee

Jefferson City, MO – A committee in the Missouri Senate Tuesday rejected legislation that would have prevented government regulation of high-speed Internet service.

The service, known as broadband, comes from either cable TV companies or phone companies. Cable companies aren't currently regulated by the state, but phone companies are.

There's currently nothing in the law to prevent the state from expanding that phone regulation into high-speed service.
That's why phone companies like SBC supported the legislation.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:58 am
Wed April 30, 2003

Fighting Lawsuit Abuse in Illinois

Maryville, Ill. – A watchdog group in Southern Illinois launched a campaign Wednesday to draw attention to what they consider a crisis in the region's courts.

According to Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch, excessive suits are driving up the cost of malpractice insurance for doctors, and driving some out of the area.

I-LAW director Al Adomite says Southern Illinois is the lawsuit capital of the world.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:38 pm
Tue April 29, 2003

Former IL Foster Child Named DCFS Director

Chicago, IL – A task force that Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich appointed to study the state's foster care system issued a report Monday, saying the Department of Children and Family Services should change its focus to help older, more troubled youths who are in the system longer.

And the man who chaired the task force now is in charge of the department. Blagojevich appointed Bryan Samuels to replace Jess McDonald, who stepped down last month after nine years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:54 pm
Tue April 29, 2003

Protecting Workplaces from Terrorism

St. Louis, Mo. – Protecting the workplace from terrorism was the focus of a day-long conference held in north St. Louis County Tuesday.

The event focused on creating terrorism response plans companies can use to ensure the safety of employees and to secure property.

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