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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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10:26 am
Mon April 14, 2003

American Workers Voting on Concessions

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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
9:26 am
Mon April 14, 2003

Cracking the DNA Code in St. Louis

Workers at the Genome Sequencing Center at Washington University helped crack the DNA code.
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St. Louis, Mo. –

Genetic researchers in St. Louis are at the forefront of what proves to be one of the greatest scientific achievements of the 21st century.

Washington University scientists are part of an international team that has just finished work on a complete genetic road map revealing the sequence of more than three billion parts of DNA coding.

Armed with this tool, scientists can now zero in on diagnosing and treating a host of diseases.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:02 am
Mon April 14, 2003

Bond Will Have Elective Hip Replacement Surgery

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Washington, D.C. – Senator Kit Bond will undergo hip replacement surgery later this week.

Bond, who is 64, has degenerative arthritis in his left hip.

Spokesman Ernie Blazar says the procedure will take place Friday at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Bond expects to be released Sunday and will use crutches for a week.

Bond was first elected senator in 1986, and is expected to seek a fourth term next year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:44 pm
Sat April 12, 2003

Interview with Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader
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St. Louis, Mo. –

Since he first gained national attention in 1965 with his blistering expose of U.S. automobile safety standards, Ralph Nader has been one of the nation's most outspoken crusaders of citizen-led reform.

Nader will be in St. Louis on Sunday to speak about the various causes he's pursued as a lawyer and consumer advocate.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:46 pm
Fri April 11, 2003

Audit Cites Cost-Shifting by Governor's Office

Jefferson City, MO – A state audit says the governor's office
is not bearing the full cost of its operations, but instead is having state agencies pick up part of the tab.

State Auditor Claire McCaskill says other agencies are paying part of the salaries for people who work in the governor's office. She says other agencies also have been billed for some plane trips
that included Governor Holden.

Holden's office says it is trying to operate efficiently. And the practice of billing agencies has existed for quite some time.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:44 pm
Fri April 11, 2003

SIUE Considers Full Charges for Full-Timers

Edwardsville, Ill. – Students who go to Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville more than full time may soon have to pay more for additional classes.

Right now students taking more than 12 credit hours get a discount on those extra classes. But SIU's Board of trustees may vote next month to make all credit hours the same price.

Officials cite shrinking budgets as the reason for the change.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:12 pm
Fri April 11, 2003

Judge Cites Progress in Philip Morris Bond Talks

Edwardsville, Illinois – Negotiations are expected to resume Monday
over a $12 billion appeal bond that cigarette-maker Philip Morris has been ordered to pay.

A judge says progress was made today during negotiations.

Lawyers for Philip Morris and plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit met for two hours behind closed doors at Madison County
Circuit Court.

A spokeswoman for plaintiffs' attorney Stephen Tillery says talks will resume at 9 am Monday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:13 am
Fri April 11, 2003

Missouri R. Taken off Endangered List

Washington, DC – For the first time in nine years, the Missouri River is absent from a widely publicized list of the nation's most endangered rivers.

American Rivers says conditions on the Missouri aren't any better, but the group removed the river because it's confident it will win a lawsuit with the federal government.

That lawsuit aims to return the Missouri to a seasonal ebb and flow, which environmentalists say will improve habitat for birds and fish.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:53 am
Fri April 11, 2003

Wanted: One Mayor for Marthasville

Marthasville, Mo. – The small Warren County town of Marthasville is looking for a mayor. No one ran for the position in last week's election; the person who go the most write-in votes says he's not sure he wants the job.

The current mayor Clifford Byrd says he didn't run for post again because the Board of Aldermen refused to raise the $800 annual pay.

Voters on Tuesday elected former Mayor David Lange. But Lange doesn't know yet if he'll accept the part-time post. He says last time he was mayor it was hard to get things done.

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