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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

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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:08 pm
Thu April 24, 2003

MO Ethics Board Recommends Kreider Investigation

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Ethics Commission has recommended that a prosecutor investigate former House Speaker Jim Kreider. The matter involves questions over whether Kreider improperly controlled a campaign committee.

Specifically, at issue is a Republican complaint about a flier mailed to voters last August attacking a GOP candidate Kreider was expected to face in a state Senate race. The Democrat from Nixa later lost to Republican Dan Clemens of Marshfield in the November election.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:19 pm
Thu April 24, 2003

Saint Louis Symphony Nears Fundraising Goal

St. Louis, MO – The Saint Louis Symphony has now raised $30 million towards a $40 million goal to meet a challenge grant.

The drive is a response to the Taylor family, which has pledged 40 million dollars if the Symphony could raise that same amount by Dec. 31, 2004.

"Raising $30 million is a big step toward our goal," the symphony's director of Development, Faith Maddy, said in a statement. "But raising the remaining $10 million will be the toughest challenge yet.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:58 am
Thu April 24, 2003

National Assoc. of Black Journalists Honors Freeman

St. Louis, MO – The National Association of Black Journalists is giving the late St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist and KWMU host Greg Freeman a lifetime achievement award.

The honor will be presented this August at the group's convention in Dallas.

Freeman died late last year of a weak heart. He hosted KWMU's St. Louis on the Air for three years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:05 am
Thu April 24, 2003

Blagojevich: Probably No Executions During My Term

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Chicago, ILL. – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he's still a firm supporter of the death penalty, but he doesn't plan to lift a moratorium on executions "anytime soon."

The governor told the Chicago Tribune that executions in
Illinois will remain halted until he is certain no mistakes will be made. He adds the expected passage of death penalty reforms currently in the state legislature will not be enough to lift the ban.

Blagojevich says the current proposals "make a lot of sense," but don't go far enough.

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