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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:32 am
Wed April 23, 2003

Blues Bow Out of Playoffs

The Stanley Cup will not be making any trips to St. Louis this year.
(Reuters Photo

Vancouver, British Columbia – The Vancouver Canucks completed their first-round comeback Tuesday by downing St. Louis 4-1 in game seven of the Western Conference quarterfinals.

The Canucks took the last three games of the series to earn the right to host Minnesota in the first two games of the conference semis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:30 am
Wed April 23, 2003

School Board Slate Takes Office, Asks for Audit

New board members Darnetta Clinkscale (left) and Ronald Jackson (right) take the oath of office Tuesday night.
(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, MO – The four candidates who won this month's school board election in St. Louis were sworn in Tuesday night, just before their first meeting.

The slate of Darnetta Clinkscale, Vince Schoemehl, Ronald Jackson, and Bob Archibald used their new majority to request an audit of the district's books.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:30 am
Wed April 23, 2003

Conservationists Lobby

St. Louis, MO – 27 Missouri conservation groups lobbied lawmakers in Jefferson City Wednesday to call attention to legislation they consider bad for the environment.

Josh Campbell of Missouri Votes Conservation says a bill pending in the state Senate could have negative long-term effects.

"It will hurt Missouri's conservation efforts completely," he said. "It will devastate Missouri's streams, fishing industry and canoeing industry, which all result in the depletion and devastation of Missouri's tourist trade."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:00 am
Wed April 23, 2003

Court Says IL Must Honor Loan Deal

Springfield, ILL. – An Illinois appellate court has ruled that the state must live up to its agreement to forgive $42 million in loans on hotels in Collinsville and Springfield.

The ruling declared that Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka indeed had the authority to negotiate a reduced loan repayment in 1995 and must honor it even though she later withdrew the offer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:50 pm
Tue April 22, 2003

Second Union Pushes for Re-Vote

St. Louis, MO – Two of three major unions with American Airlines plan to let workers re-vote on wage and benefit concessions.

Those agreements, reached this month with pilots, flight attendants and mechanics, would keep Fort Worth-based American out of bankruptcy court.

But some workers are raising good-faith bargaining issues, after learning of American's bonuses for some upper management employees.

Those bonus deals have now been rescinded by American.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:06 pm
Tue April 22, 2003

New School Board Members to be Sworn In

Clockwise from top left: Schoemehl, Clinkscale, Jackson, Archibald.

St. Louis, MO – A new majority of the St. Louis School Board will be sworn in tonight.

Four new school board members were elected two weeks ago, all representing a slate formed by Mayor Francis Slay and other civic officials. Slay says Darnetta Clinkscale, Ron Jackson, Bob Archibald and Vince Schoemehl will work together but can vote independently.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:18 pm
Tue April 22, 2003

Mental Health Workers Protest Proposed State Cuts

St. Louis, MO – A labor union representing mental health and corrections department employees in Missouri says proposed cutbacks for next year's budget would jeopardize their ability to protect the public.

Officials with the Service Employees International Union Local 2000 say the legislature is poised to cut as much as $40-million from the Department of Mental Health and $20-million from the Department of Corrections.

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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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