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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:23 pm
Tue March 25, 2003

Metro Criticized For Too Few Minority Contractors

St. Louis, MO – Minority contractors in St. Louis say not enough minority-owned firms are being hired for the Metrolink extension project.

This month Metro, formerly Bi-State, awarded a $74.8 million contract to McCarthy Construction for the first leg of the rail line. Metro wants 20 percent of the work to go to minority-owned subcontractors.

Eddie Hasan of the MoKan Contractors Association says McCarthy is only achieving 9 percent.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:14 pm
Tue March 25, 2003

Needles Proposal Passes IL Senate

Springfield, Ill. – A deeply divided Illinois Senate is backing the idea of fighting HIV by making it easier for drug users to get clean needles.

The Senate Monday voted to let people buy needles without a prescription. The measure would let adults buy up to 20 needles at a time.

The pharmacist who sells the needles would have to provide information about using them safely and about getting treatment for
addiction.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:47 pm
Tue March 25, 2003

Three Arrested at Monsanto Protest

St. Louis, Mo. – Three protestors were arrested Monday morning outside the headquarters of Monsanto in St. Louis.

The, along with about 75 other protestors, were speaking against the use of the company's "Roundup" herbicide to eradicate drug crops in Colombia, South America.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:28 pm
Tue March 25, 2003

Crews Stage Mock Suicide Bombing at Scott AFB

This picture is a computer rendering of what crews were to believe happened during the fake attack at Scott Air Force base.
(KWMU Staff Photo)

Scott Air Force Base, Ill. – Emergency crews at Scott Air Force Base responded to a fake terrorist attack Monday. An explosion simulated a bombing in which some of the base's top commanders were killed and half a building was destroyed.

The building is the headquarters of the 375th Airlift Wing, the unit that runs the airbase.

Colonel Larry Strube says the exercise was planned months ago and there was discussion of changing plans because of the war in Iraq.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:52 am
Tue March 25, 2003

Mayor, Clergy Speak Out Against Health Care Cuts

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis's mayor and various religious
leaders are speaking out against any plans to cut the state's Medicaid programs for the young and poor.

Opponents of calls to cut the programs say the move would leave at least 160,000 children and adults without health insurance.

At a new conference today at a Presbyterian church in St. Louis,
Mayor Francis Slay says he understands that the Missouri Legislature must make some tough decisions in trying to balance the state's budget.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:46 am
Tue March 25, 2003

IL Senators Vote to Protect Flag Displays

The Washington Monument displays a number of flags 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
(Reuters file photo)

Springfield, ILL. – The Illinois Senate says all Americans have a right to fly the American flag, regardless of where you live.

The state's upper chamber voted Monday 55-0 in favor of a measure that says no condominium or homeowners' association can bar residents from installing flagpoles and flying the flag.

Supporting lawmakers are sponsoring the measure after their constituents were fined for flying flags outside their condos.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:53 am
Tue March 25, 2003

Campaign to Air Condition City Schools Kicks Off

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis public school district kicked off its campaign today for a bond issue to air condition more school buildings.

Voters will be asked next month to approve a $120-million bond issue that officials say will not increase taxes.

Superintendent Cleveland Hammonds Jr. says a successful proposition will air condition up to 35 schools and pay off $29-million of leasehold bonds.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:23 pm
Mon March 24, 2003

Cutting Summer School Incentives Would Save Mo. Money

Lawmakers are trying to fill a budget gap of almost $1 billion.
(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers are considering a new way to save the state $91 million by ending tax incentives that encourage schools to expand summer classes.

School lobbyists say if such incentives go away, districts would cut some summer school programs and children would suffer.

More than 90% of Missouri's school districts offered summer school this past year; and nearly one of every three student in the state was enrolled.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:19 pm
Mon March 24, 2003

Renovation Means Less Parking at Lambert

(file photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – Travelers heading to Lambert Airport in St. Louis are dealing with even fewer on-site parking spots because of renovations at the parking garage.

There used to be 1,900 spaces in the garage across next to the main terminal. But now there's only about 1,000 due to more security and the renovation work.

The airport is encouraging people to park in the intermediate or long-term lots on busy days. Those are served by shuttle vans.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:11 pm
Mon March 24, 2003

Protests and Counter-Protests for War in St. Charles

St. Charles, Missouri – Police closed about one mile of Highway 94 in St. Charles yesterday afternoon as anti-war protesters marched from Dusable Park to a Boeing plant.

Between 250 and 300 protesters carried cardboard coffins as they participated in a mock funeral procession. 43-year-old Derek Hildreth was one of 14 who was eventually arrested by police and charged with obstructing traffic as he blocked the Boeing gate.

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