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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:44 am
Tue April 22, 2003

Judge OKs National Steel Sale

Chicago, ILL – A bankruptcy judge in Chicago says Pittsburgh-based US Steel can buy National Steel despite another bidder's objections that the process was unfair.

Indiana-based National operates Granite Steel, one of the Metro-East's biggest employers, and is bankrupt. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Squires Monday approved its sale for $850 million. US Steel also agreed to take on $200 million in debt.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:30 am
Tue April 22, 2003

Earth Day Celebrated in St. Louis

A waterfall at the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis
(courtesy Mo. Botanical Gardens)

St. Louis, MO – To mark Earth Day on Tuesday public officials, civil engineers, and environmental experts gathered at the Missouri Botanical Garden to discuss clean water initiatives.

Botanical Garden director Peter Raven says careful management of the St. Louis area's rivers and streams is vital to maintaining clean water sources.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:39 am
Tue April 22, 2003

Mizzou Suspends Clemons for '03-'04 Season

Missouri point guard Ricky Clemons, in a court appearance in February.
(AP Pool File Photo)

Columbia, MO – The University of Missouri men's basketball team has suspended guard Ricky Clemons for one year after he pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and false imprisonment.

Clemons originally faced a felony charge of second-degree domestic assault after a woman accused him of choking and holding her against her will at his apartment. The trial was to begin next Tuesday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:20 am
Tue April 22, 2003

IL Smallpox Vaccinations Will Resume Wednesday

The smallpox vaccine
(Reuters File Photo)

Springfield, ILL. – Illinois will resume smallpox vaccinations Wednesday with new warnings.

The state suspended the shots last month after seven people developed heart problems after being vaccinated. Illinois' public health department will now advise those who have had a major coronary problem like a heart attack, or who have a number of risk factors like cholesterol or diabetes, not to get the shot.

Illinois health officials have so far vaccinated 118 health care workers who might be the first to respond to a bioterrorist attack.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:10 am
Tue April 22, 2003

Fawell's Lawyers Want New Trial

Chicago, ILL – Attorneys for former Governor George Ryan's campaign fund and his onetime chief of staff are asking for a new trial.

A federal jury convicted the campaign committee and Ryan's former top aide, Scott Fawell, on racketeering charges in March.

Defense attorneys say U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer made some three dozen errors while presiding over the trial.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:00 pm
Mon April 21, 2003

St. Louis's Cell Phone Industry

(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, MO. –

The wireless industry is booming. Consumer Reports says there are 135 million cell phone customers in the U.S., and the St. Louis market is particularly active.

A number of companies in the industry are all looking for your business. And as KWMU's Tom Weber reports, such fierce competition - especially in St. Louis - means a constant effort to gain customers and keep them happy.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:14 pm
Mon April 21, 2003

Obesity Study Underway at SLU

St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis University physician says obesity may be caused by a communication breakdown between the brain and the body.

Dr. William Banks says fat cells release a protein called leptin that travels through the blood stream to signal the brain to stop eating. But Banks says that signal may not be getting through in the case of obese persons.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:57 pm
Mon April 21, 2003

National Steel Sale in Court Today

St. Louis, Mo. – National Steel Corporation will ask a bankruptcy court judge in Chicago today to approve the sale of its assets to U.S. Steel Corporation.

U.S. Steel won an auction for the assets, which include Granite City Steel, last week. Employees at the Granite City plant, who are represented by the United Steelworkers of America, support the sale to U.S. Steel. District 7 Director Jim Robinson says the deal would guarantee the continued operation of Granite City Steel, one of the Metro-East's biggest employers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:52 pm
Mon April 21, 2003

MO Senate Tackles Budget Matters This Week

(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – The Senate Missouri is expected to begin debate this week on a plan to raise $200 million dollars in new revenue.

But the plan has many shortcomings and faces so many pitfalls that even supporters say it's unlikely to emerge intact the rest of the budget process.

The plan is a shaky mix of hoped-for savings, lower expenditures.

The list of savings and revenue measures would be grafted onto an already rickety budget propped up with $185 million in loans that lawmakers approved earlier this year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:30 pm
Mon April 21, 2003

Flight Attendants May Vote a Third Time

(Reuters file photo)

St. Louis, MO – After last week's revelations of controversial executive bonuses at American Airlines, the flight attendants' union will decide Tuesday whether to vote for a third time on job and wage concessions.

Former TWA and current American flight attendant Sherry Cooper says the airline and union are ignoring the needs of St. Louis-based flight attendants.

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