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

Interview with Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader
(Reuters photo)

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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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:17 am
Fri April 11, 2003

Missouri Sells Bonds to Put Money in the Bank

The state faces a $1 billion deficit for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson CIty, Mo – The state of Missouri has sold $387 million dollars in bonds to help erase budget shortfalls projected in the next 15 months.

Although the bonds create 25 years of debt payments, Governor Bob Holden says they're the best way to head off serious cuts in state services.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:37 am
Fri April 11, 2003

Petitions are Attempt to Keep Trauma Center Open

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Clergy Coalition delivered thousands of signatures to DePaul Health Center officials today in an effort to keep trauma services available there.

DePaul has the only trauma center in North County, and it will close June 30 if $1.5 million in temporary operating funds are not found.

Pastor B.T. Rice says the state should provide some of the money.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:27 am
Fri April 11, 2003

Missouri to Begin Issuing New Driver's Licenses

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri will begin issuing new driver's licenses next week in certain parts of the state.

The new licenses will have security features that are designed to cut down on the production of counterfeits.

The new security features will include a second, smaller picture at the bottom of the license, words that appear only under ultraviolet light and a bar code on the back.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:58 pm
Thu April 10, 2003

Mo. House Gives Initial O-K to Child Care Reform

The measure passed its first vote in the Missouri House.
(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Spurred by the death of a two-year-old foster child, the Missouri House Wednesday gave first-round passage to a bill changing how the state handles child abuse and neglect cases.

Another vote is needed to send it to the Senate.

Supporters hope the proposal will result in fewer children needlessly removed from their homes, and let the state better address the most serious abuse and neglect.

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