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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:09 pm
Thu April 17, 2003

River Security is a Priority

St. Louis, MO – With the weather warming up, the Coast Guard and the US Army Corps of Engineers are keeping close tabs on security on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

While the Corps is restricting access at many of its locks and dams, the Coast Guard is stepping up patrols. Lt. Fred Stipkowitz says guardsman are checking in with both recreational and commercial boaters.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:40 am
Thu April 17, 2003

Washington Park, Ill. Will Get Two More Strip Clubs

Washington Park, Ill. – The Metro-East village of Washington Park is getting two more strip clubs. That brings the village's strip-club total to six, or about one club for every 500 residents.

Village Trustee Charlie Byrd says Washington Park approved the adult entertainment licenses because it needs the cash. Each license costs about $30,000 a year.

Byrd says the village also will get tens of thousands of dollars each year from a $2-per-person club entry fee that goes to the village.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:06 am
Thu April 17, 2003

Leaders Praise Renaissance Hotel Reopening

The new Renaissance Grand Hotel
(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis – Local and state officials gathered at the recently re-opened Renaissance Hotel Wednesday to herald another completed phase of St. Louis downtown revitalization.

Missouri Governor Bob Holden says the $265 million hotel project is key to turning an area of economic distress into success, saying "the redevelopment of these once grand architectural creations along the Washington Avenue corridor is truly a moment of pride and excitement for the people of St. Louis and one of revitalized hope for the downtown economy."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:53 pm
Wed April 16, 2003

More Talks Approved for Proposed University Merger

Columbia, MO – The University of Missouri's governing board has endorsed more talks about a proposed merger with Northwest Missouri State University.

This afternoon, the Board of Curators of the four-campus Missouri system unanimously approved moving ahead with the talks.

Regents at Northwest Missouri approved an identical resolution on Sunday.

The votes by the two boards give broad authority to Missouri system president Elson Floyd and Northwest president Dean Hubbard to pursue legislation allowing the merger.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:02 pm
Wed April 16, 2003

County Council Resolution Endorses Holcim Plant

Clayton, Mo. – The St. Louis County Council Tuesday passed a resolution in support of a new cement plant proposed for St. Genevieve County. The site for the plant is just across the border from Jefferson County.

Environmentalists say the project by Holcim would mean significant air and water pollution, as well as the lost of hundreds of acres of forest.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:03 pm
Wed April 16, 2003

Corps of Engineers Will Dredge Missouri River

St. Louis, Mo. – The Corps of Engineers has hired a company to dredge a particularly low part of the Missouri River, near the Osage River.

That's in response to complaints from government officials that Missouri farmers weren't getting enough fertilizer because the low Missouri levels were keeping barges from shipping normal cargo sizes.

The Corps will pay $200,000 for the Jefferson City company to dredge almost 70,000 tons of sediment from river's bottom.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:55 pm
Wed April 16, 2003

AA Flight Attendants Extend Voting - Pass Concessions

(Reuters file photo)

Forth Worth, TX – American Airlines flight attendants have now passed a concessions agreement the company said it needed to avoid bankruptcy.

Tuesday members of the the Association of Professional Flight Attendants had rejected the package by just under 500 votes. The union and the company agreed to extend the voting by a day and allow members to change their votes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:02 pm
Wed April 16, 2003

Blagojevich Will File Taxes Later

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois' chief executive says he needs more time to file his tax return.

Governor Rod Blagojevich filed for an extension Tuesday. His spokesman, Tom Schafer, says the governor needed more time because of the recent birth of his second daughter Anne.

Schafer says Blagojevich did send the Internal Revenue Service a payment exceeding $75,000, but adds he wasn't sure what the governor's total income was last year.

Part of it was the $150,000 salary Blagojevich earned as a congressman before becoming governor.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:42 am
Wed April 16, 2003

Gephardt Slams Bush

Phoenix, Ariz. – While President Bush was speaking in St. Louis, presidential hopeful Dick Gephardt was bashing the President's tax plan during a conference call with reporters.

The St. Louis Democrat says that under the Bush economic plan, unemployment is up and retirement savings are down.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:33 am
Wed April 16, 2003

Audit Says School Funding Still Not Equitable

Jefferson City, MO – State Auditor Claire McCaskill is giving
Missouri's school funding system a failing grade.

In an audit released today, McCaskill says the way Missouri distributes funding to schools is less equitable now than it was
when lawmakers rewrote the funding formula a decade ago.

She gave the funding system a grade of "F."

McCaskill says funding is not being distributed fairly between wealthy districts and poorer districts, which is what the current formula was designed to do.

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