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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:58 pm
Thu April 10, 2003

Boeing to Lay Off Workers

St. Louis, MO – Boeing will lay off 260 union workers in St. Louis.

The company said today their jobs will end June 20.

Spokesman Jim Bafarro says the job originally were planned two years ago because of modernization at the St. Louis plants, and were supposed to come through attrition. But Bafarro says the retirement rate has declined, so the layoffs are necessary.

The layoffs are scattered across various production lines, affecting four different unions. No additional layoffs are planned
this year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:08 pm
Thu April 10, 2003

Corps Won't Release More Water

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri officials say low water-levels
on the Missouri River are preventing barges from delivering fertilizer to farmers.

The situation led Governor Holden to ask the Corps of Engineers to release more water from up-stream dams.

But the Corps says it has no plans to make the releases, which would raise the river's level and get barges moving again.

State Agriculture Director Lowell Mohler says about one-fourth of the fertilizer used by farmers is delivered by river.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2003

American Pilots Union Discusses Layoffs

(Reuters file photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – St. Louis-based pilots for American Airlines are learning who may soon lose jobs. The union is holding meetings this week in St. Louis and around the country to explain contract changes aimed at preventing American's bankruptcy.

The concessions could mean layoffs for as many as 700 St. Louis-based pilots. Union members will vote next week whether to accept the proposals.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:54 am
Thu April 10, 2003

Slay Testifies For Police Residency Requirement

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay
(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, Mo. – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay was in Jefferson City Wednesday to testify against a measure that would lift the residency requirement for St. Louis Police.

Proposals in the House and Senate would allow police to live wherever they want. Slay says the state should not get involved in city affairs city voters supported the requirement 2:1 in a 1995 referendum.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:01 am
Thu April 10, 2003

Westfall Still Sees Casino in South County's Future

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis County Economic Council is starting from scratch with plans for a South County riverboat casino.

Wednesday, the County Port Authority ended an agreement with an investors' group to develop a gaming facility at the National Lead site in South County.

County Executive Buzz Westfall says the Economic Council will take new casino proposals next month.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:43 am
Thu April 10, 2003

Jackson Wants Recount in ESL Election

Former Mayor Carl Officer was elected April 1st to the job he had for 12 years.
(KWMU Staff Photo)

East St. Louis, Ill. – The man who lost this month's race for East St. Louis mayor wants a recount. Councilman Eddie Jackson filed a challenge Wednesday to Carl Officer's election victory.

Officer was mayor from 1979-1991; he was voted back into office by just 233 votes. Officials will review ballots from 11 precincts next week.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:02 pm
Wed April 9, 2003

Small Plane Crashes into Mississippi River

St. Louis, Mo. – Police and the FBI hope to learn more about Tuesday night's crash of a small plane into the Mississippi River near the Gateway Arch and McKinley Bridge.

Two pilots on board, Saleem Iqbal and Mohammed Saleh, are both hospitalized.

Because the nation is under orange alert, and because bridges and national monuments have been mentioned as possible terrorism targets, police and the FBI say they're taking extra precautions. But city officials say they have NO indication the crash was linked to terrorism.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:09 pm
Wed April 9, 2003

IL Senators Vote to Raise Minimum Wage

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois State Senators voted Tuesday to raise the state's minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.50 an hour over the next two years.

The increase would apply to adults. The state's Labor Department would set the wage for people under 18. The measure's sponsor, Chicago Democrat Kimberly Lightford, says she could not get enough votes to impose the full increase all at once.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:11 pm
Wed April 9, 2003

Metro Breaks Ground on Cross County MetroLink Extension

County Executive Buzz Westfall leads area officals in \"ground breaking.\"
(KWMU Staff photo)

St. Louis, MO – It took 4 years of planning and compromising but today officials broke ground on the Cross County Metrolink extension. It will run for 8 miles from Forest Park to Shrewsbury.

At the site of the future station on Forsyth at Forest Park Parkway County Executive Buzz Westfall spoke of the importance of collaboration on this $550 million project.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:58 pm
Wed April 9, 2003

US Looks Ahead to Rebuilding Iraq

Washington, D.C. – As Iraqi resistance to coalition forces continues to wear away, the US is starting to shift focus towards rebuilding the country once the fighting ends.

Missouri Republican Congressman Todd Akin says he believes Congress will play an advisory role to President Bush in that effort, and that it's his hope that coalition partners, not the United Nations, will aid the reconstruction.

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