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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:51 pm
Thu May 1, 2003

MO Nursing Home Proposal Heads to Governor

(KWMU File Photo)

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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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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