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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:04 am
Thu April 24, 2003

Fair St. Louis Will Be A Bit Different This Year

(courtesy Fair St. Louis)

St. Louis, Mo. – In response to lackluster attendance last year, Fair St. Louis Executive director Rich Meyers says the Fair listened to suggestions from the public, including expanding to the Illinois side of the river.

This summer the fair will include both the Archgrounds and the Casino Queen's property in East St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:20 am
Thu April 24, 2003

Schools Put Off Push for Merger Legislation

Jefferson City, 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 session, which ends next month.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:42 pm
Wed April 23, 2003

Missouri Economy Benefits from War in Iraq

St. Louis, MO – Missouri economic development officials say Pentagon spending on the Iraq war is giving a boost to the state's economy.

The defense industry plays a large role in Missouri's economy, and Department of Economic Development Director Joe Driskill says companies like Boeing are benefiting.

"These companies have received about 820 million dollars in new or modified defense contracts. and over a half a billion of that amount will be spent here in Missouri directly on products produced here."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:08 pm
Wed April 23, 2003

Carty Un-invited to Speak at SLU

American Airlines CEO Don Carty
(Reuters File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis University has announced that American Airlines CEO Donald Carty will NOT give the school's commencement address to graduating seniors next month as had been scheduled.

A university spokesman says President Lawrence Biondi spoke with Carty Wednesday and they decided that "in light of recent developments" the airline head would not participate.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:44 pm
Wed April 23, 2003

City Budget Plan Includes 323 Job Cuts

Big cuts are looming at City Hall.
(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – The city of St. Louis is looking to reduce its budget deficit by cutting jobs. A proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts in July would cut 323 positions.

That would mean a $13 million dollar savings in a budget currently $34 million out of balance.

Those workers left on the payroll would not get pay raises. A public hearing on the budget will be Wednesday morning at St. Louis City Hall.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:02 pm
Wed April 23, 2003

Earth Day in St. Louis

The Missouri Botanical Garden
(File Photo)

St. Louis, MO –

On an 1874 trip to St. Louis, Charles Dickens called the Mississippi River "an enormous ditch," and "a breeding place of fever and death." St. Louisans have always had a love-hate relationship with their river.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:15 am
Wed April 23, 2003

Higher Ed on the Budget Chopping Block

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Senate is considering proposed cuts to higher education today, as debate continues on a state budget.

The proposal in the Republican-led Senate would cut more than $89 million dollars from what Democratic Governor Holden had
proposed for higher education.

That would result in a more than ten percent cut for each state university, college and community college.

Higher education institutions already have raised tuition to cope with budget cuts in the past two years.

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