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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:25 am
Tue April 15, 2003

Floyd Pitches UM / NMSU Merger in St. Louis

University of Missouri President Elson Floyd
(file photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – The president of the University of Missouri system says he hopes the state Legislature will act quickly to approve a merger between UM and Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.

President Elson Floyd spoke with staff at the university's St. Louis campus Monday. With about a month left in the legislative session, it's not certain whether lawmakers will have time to consider the merger proposal.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:17 am
Tue April 15, 2003

Fitzgerald Will Not Seek Re-Election

Ill. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald (R-Inverness)
(file photo)

Chicago, Ill. – Illinois Senator Peter Fitzgerald will not run for re-election next year. That's according to the Chicago Tribune, which says Fitzgerald told friends he was concerned about the lack of support from fellow Republicans for his more independent views.

The Republican from Inverness also reportedly cited concerns about the cost of running for reelection. Hewas elected in 1998, after spending more than $13 million of his own money to finance the campaign.

A formal announcement is expected today.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:48 pm
Mon April 14, 2003

Bush Will Visit St. Louis on Wednesday

Washington, D.C. – President Bush is coming to St. Louis on Wednesday.

The White House says he will make a speech and tour the Boeing Integrated Defense Systems plant. The aerospace company makes military planes in St. Louis.

Bush will give an update on the war in Iraq, and talk about his tax-cut plan.

The White House says Bush will arrive at mid-day. From St. Louis, the president will head to his ranch in Crawford, Texas, for the Easter holiday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:30 pm
Mon April 14, 2003

NMSU Regents Endorse Merger with UM

Maryville, Mo. – The board that runs Northwest Missouri State in Maryville Sunday endorsed efforts to merge the campus into the University of Missouri system.

The Board of Regents authorized the school's president to negotiate terms; a move that was not a formal endorsement of any specific plan.

UM President Elson Floyd was in Maryville to support the plan and will further discuss it at the UM-St. Louis campus Monday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:04 pm
Mon April 14, 2003

Director of Missouri GOP Quits

Jefferson City, MO – John Hancock, who was director of the Missouri Republican party for the past six years, has stepped down.

Hancock says he's quitting to start his own consulting firm that will work on political and public relations. His first client is a familiar one - the Missouri GOP.

Hancock is a former state representative from St. Louis County. He lost races for secretary of state in 1992 and 1996.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:32 pm
Mon April 14, 2003

American Workers Voting on Concessions

(Reuters file photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – Three airline workers' unions will decide Monday and Tuesday whether to accept a package of concessions from American Airlines.

Members of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants must cast their telephone votes by 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Union spokeswoman Liz Geiss says even if flight attendants accept the concessions, there will be many layoffs nationwide.

"We have been told by the company to anticipate approximately 2300 to 2400 furloughs, or layoffs," she said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:11 pm
Mon April 14, 2003

Philip Morris Says it Can Make Payments to States

Edwardsville, Illinois – Philip Morris USA says it will make a payment that's due Tuesday to 46 states under a 1998 national tobacco settlement.

Philip Morris spokesman David Tovar says the tobacco giant will make the $2.6 billion dollar payment.

The cigarette maker made the announcement Monday after an Illinois judge ordered it to deposit $6 billion in escrow toward a $12 billion appeal bond.

The company had argued paying the full amount would bankrupt the company and make it unable to pay the money to the states.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:28 pm
Mon April 14, 2003

IL Borrowing Plan Without Much Precedent

Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich
(File Photo)

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's plan to borrowed money to pay for government workers' pensions has little precedent in other states.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says the idea has surfaced in Illinois, California, West Virginia, and Wisconsin because of states' bad financial shape.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:27 pm
Mon April 14, 2003

Addicted to Casino Taxes in IL?

Springfield, Ill. –

When Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was looking for ways to shore up the state's budget deficit, he turned to a familiar source: Gambling.

Casinos have been a recent target for bringing in more dollars to the state treasury. But with the governor talking about raising taxes on riverboats for the second straight year, some say the state is going to the well too often.

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Top Regional Stories
10:26 am
Mon April 14, 2003

American Workers Voting on Concessions

(Reuters file photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – Three airline workers' unions will decide Monday and Tuesday whether to accept a package of concessions from American Airlines.

Members of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants must cast their telephone votes by 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Union spokeswoman Liz Geiss says even if flight attendants accept the concessions, there will be many layoffs nationwide.

"We have been told by the company to anticipate approximately 2300 to 2400 furloughs, or layoffs," she said.

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