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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:31 am
Fri April 25, 2003

Missouri Unemployment Rate Edges Up

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's unemployment rate has
increased slightly, but is still well below the national average.

The state Department of Economic Development says today that Missouri's 4.8 percent unemployement rate in March was up one-tenth of a percentage point from February.

But that seasonally adjusted unemployment is still a full percentage point below the national average. It's also seven-tenths
of a point below what it was in March 2002.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:17 am
Fri April 25, 2003

MU, Northwest Missouri St. Put off Merger Talk

Columbia, MO – Officials with the University of Missouri System and Northwest Missouri State University have decided to wait until next year's legislative session to get approval for a merger.

UM System President Elson Floyd and Northwest President Dean Hubbard say there's not enough time for the General Assembly to consider the merger in the current legislative session, which ends next month.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:14 am
Fri April 25, 2003

Blagojevich Considers Casino Takeover

Springfield, ILL. – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he's considering taking over Illinois' nine casinos and hiring a management company in an unprecedented move to operate the riverboats for the state's profit.

The governor says he is also considering auctioning off the nine licenses currently in use to raise money to fill the state's $5 billion budget deficit.

The casino industry immediately called the proposals "preposterous."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:30 am
Fri April 25, 2003

Washington U. Applies to Host '04 Presidential Debate

St. Louis, MO – Washington University is one of 14 sites that have applied to host a presidential debate in 2004.

The campus has hosted two other debates, in 1992 and 2000.

The 2000 debate took place just one day after the late Governor Mel Carnahan died in a plane crash. The 1992 debate made history: It was the first televised presidential debate that featured three candidates (George Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot).

Washington University was also scheduled to host a debate in 1996, but that event was canceled.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:14 am
Fri April 25, 2003

Higher Expectations for New School Board Members

The new board members are Vince Schoemehl (top left), Darnetta Clinkscale, Bob Archibald (bottom left), and Ronald Jackson
(File Photos)

St. Louis, MO –

St. Louis city residents got four new school board members this week. The slate of candidates had the support of the mayor and easily beat 14 other candidates in this month's election. They were sworn in Tuesday.

But they're not the first slate to be elected to the school board. The last time it happened was in 1991. KWMU's Tom Weber compares the two slates, and explains why the standards are higher this year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:54 pm
Thu April 24, 2003

Friday is Registration Deadline for Immigrants

St. Louis, Mo. – Friday is the final deadline for male visitors 16 and older from several Muslim and Arab countries to register with US immigration officials.

Temporary visitors must get photographed and fingerprinted or face deportation.

The ACLU opposes the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System. Attorney Denise Lieberman says the group has been helping people registering in St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:42 pm
Thu April 24, 2003

MO Senate Passes Budget

Jefferson City, MO – State funding for education and social services would be sliced under a budget passed today by the Missouri Senate.

The Senate vote sends the budget back to the House, which could accept it or ask for a conference committee to negotiate differences.

Democratic Governor Bob Holden has said he would veto the Republican-backed budget because it contains too many cuts. He wants to give voters a chance to raise taxes in order to avoid most of the cuts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:40 pm
Thu April 24, 2003

MO Budget Hits Higher Education

(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City –

The Missouri Senate wrapped up its work on the state budget Wednesday night.

Included in that spending plan is a budget for the state's colleges and universities that's $84 million less than what lawmakers appropriated last year.

As Missy Shelton reports from Jefferson City, the debate over higher education funding, like most issues fell along partisan lines.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:35 pm
Thu April 24, 2003

Kids Head to Work with Parents for the Day

St. Louis, MO – Across St. Louis thousands of children headed to work with their parents Thursday.

After a decade of organizing Take Our Daughters to Work Day the Ms. Foundation for Women changed the focus of the program to Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work.

Employees at Mastercard International in O'Fallon participated. Mastercard Spokesperson Amanda Gioia says 500 children took part Thursday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:54 pm
Thu April 24, 2003

Webster U. Closes Two Campuses in China Due to SARS

(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Webster University is temporarily shutting down two of its campuses in Asia as a result of the SARS epidemic.

School President Richard Meyers says the more than 350 students who attend classes in Shanghai and Shenzhen have been told that the campuses are closed until June 1st.

Meyers says he was surprised that the threat of SARS in Shanghai is serious enough for the municipality to require all colleges and universities to close.

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