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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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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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