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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:58 pm
Wed April 2, 2003

UM Curators Approve Tuition Hike

Rolla, Mo. – The University of Missouri's Board of Curators Tuesday approved a 3.2% tuition increase.

The hike will raise more than $11 million to help pay the rising costs of employee benefits, utilities, and inflation. But the four-campus system still faces a $6 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year that starts July First.

The university system includes campuses in Columbia, Rolla, Kansas City, and St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:20 pm
Wed April 2, 2003

Boy Hit By Bus, Dies in Shaw Neighborhood

St. Louis, Mo – A 10-year old boy was struck and killed by a school bus Tuesday afternoon.

Donnell Robinson was walking home from Sherman Elementary School in the Shaw neighborhood, when he apparently ran into the bus's path.

The accident happened just before 4:00 p.m. at 39th & Shaw, just southwest of I-44's exit at Grand Ave.

Robinson was a fifth-grader at Sherman, a
school four blocks south of the accident scene.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:20 pm
Wed April 2, 2003

IL Considers Lower Appeal Bonds for Big Tobacco

Springfield, IL – Health advocates spoke out Wednesday against a measure in the Illinois legislature that would cap appeal bonds for tobacco companies.

A judge ordered the Philip Morris tobacco company to put up the full amount of a recent consumer fraud judgment $12 billion to appeal.

But Mark Peysakhovich of the American Heart Association says a law that would limit that amount is wrong.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:57 pm
Wed April 2, 2003

St. Louis Residency Bill for Police Advances

(KWMU Staff Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Police officers in St. Louis won't have to call the city home, if a bill passed by a state House committee moves forward.

The House Crime Committee voted to get rid of the requirement that city cops must live within the city limits.

No St. Louis lawmakers are on the committee. But Representative Yvonne Wilson of Kansas City supports the rule, saying it's a good idea for cops to live in the same city they serve.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:55 am
Wed April 2, 2003

St. Louis Pilot Rescued After Plane Falls Off Carrier

U.S. medical personnel carry one of the pilots who slipped off the USS Constellation's deck during a landing attempt in the Persian Gulf Tuesday.
(AP Photo)

U.S.S. Constellation, Middle East – A pilot from south St. Louis County was aboard a plane that veered off a flight deck in the Middle East yesterday.

Lt. Matt Wilder, of Oakville, was rescued after the plane's unsuccessful landing aboard the U.S.S. Constellation. His parents talked to him by phone Tuesday, saying he's fine.

Wilder is a 1993 graduate of Vianney High School.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:38 am
Wed April 2, 2003

Missouri House Backs Transportation Bill

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House gave initial approval
today to a bill creating a new inspector general's position to check up on the transportation department.

The inspector general would be responsible for conducting investigations whenever the Legislature requests it. The inspector
general also would be required to promote the efficiency and integrity of the transportation department and to prevent fraud and waste.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:31 am
Wed April 2, 2003

Officer Wins ESL Mayor's Race

East St. Louis Mayor-Elect Carl Officer
(KWMU Staff Photo)

East St. Louis, Ill. – Carl Officer is returning to the East St. Louis mayor's office. He beat city councilman Eddie Jackson in Tuesday's election by fewer than 300 votes.

Officer was mayor from 1979 to 1991, and is a third-generation funeral home director.

Outgoing Mayor Debra Powell lost her bid for reelection.

East St. Louis Mayor's Race Eddie Jackson 4,566 47.1% Carl Officer 4,802 50.0%

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:58 pm
Tue April 1, 2003

Child Abuse Statistics Released

St. Louis, MO – At a conference underway this week in St. Louis, US Department of Health and Human Services announced that in 2001, 903,000 children in the US were victims of abuse or neglect.

The report indicates that in 2001 - the most recent year for which there is complete data - there was not a significant rise in the number of abused and neglected children from the previous year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:43 pm
Tue April 1, 2003

Erbland Pleads Innocent in Death of Wife, Nan Wyatt

Thomas Erbland, Jr.
(file photo)

St. Louis, MO – After earlier insisting that he was guilty, Thomas Erbland, Jr. Tuesday entered a plea of innocent in the killing of his wife, KMOX radio personality Nan Wyatt.

Erbland is charged with first-degree murder in the February 18 shooting death of Wyatt at the couple's suburban St. Louis home.

At an arraignment in February, Erbland tried to plead guilty, but a St. Louis County judge twice cut him off in mid-sentence and automatically entered a plea of innocence on his behalf. He was
later granted a public defender.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:41 pm
Tue April 1, 2003

Affirmative Action Rally Held in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – As affirmative action supporters rallied at the US Supreme court Tuesday their counterparts in St. Louis staged a small rally downtown.

The court heard arguments in a University of Michigan case involving the use of race as a factor in admissions.

Donayle Whitmore was among a handful of demonstrators. She says if the high court reverses affirmative action at the University of Michigan, it will affect minorities around the country.

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