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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.
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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

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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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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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11:33 am
Mon March 24, 2003

More Sex Offenders Registering in Missouri

Jefferson City, Mo. – Authorities say more people are registering as sex offenders because a new Missouri state law eliminates a loophole in the old one.

The Missouri Highway Patrol maintains a statewide database of offenders. It has grown by almost 600 in the past year. The loophole that was eliminated allowed sex offenders to skip out on registering if they never left their home counties.

Patrol fingerprint services supervisor Tammy Byrd says names on the state list increased from 8,174 to 8,715 in the past year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:48 pm
Fri March 21, 2003

Evacuations at Nursing Home Fire in St. Louis

St. Louis, Mo. – Rescue crews Friday morning moved to evacuate a north St. Louis County nursing home because of a large fire.

A large section of the roof was on fire at the Village North Retirement Center in Black Jack. There's no word on injuries.

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4:16 pm
Fri March 21, 2003

Arch Security Tighter

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St. Louis, MO – The war in Iraq has prompted tighter security at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

Additional law enforcement park rangers are now walking the grounds. Their vehicles were parking in front of some park entrances.

Rangers searched bags and backpacks on the patthe Arch. Inside security employees screened guests with metal detectors and
X-ray machines. That measure is not new.

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3:05 pm
Fri March 21, 2003

Ill. House Approves Higher Smoking Age

Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois House yesterday voted to raise the smoking age to 19. It's not illegal for minors to smoke tobacco, just to buy it. The measure would raise that buying age to 19; with the exception of those 18-year olds in the military.

The House voted 80-to-32 in favor of the legislation. Chicago Democrat John Fritchey says the change would save lives by keeping some teenagers from smoking.

The Illinois Senate will next consider the measure.

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10:52 am
Fri March 21, 2003

St. Louisans Weigh in on War

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St. Louis, MO – The start of the war has St. Louisans mixed in their reactions.

More than 100 people gathered at the Cathedral Basilica in downtown St. Louis Thursday night for a candlelight vigil and mass to pray for peace in Iraq.

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10:17 am
Fri March 21, 2003

Mo. Senators Vote to Set Minimum Age for Strippers

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Jefferson City, MO. – The Missouri Senate Thursday voted to set 21 as the minimum age to be an exotic dancer. There's currently no age set into law.

The measure's sponsor, Sen. Sarah Steelman (R-Rolla), says she realizes dancers can make a lot of money. But she adds she's worried about young women who work in the nude being exploited.

The exotic dancer proposal was added to a larger piece of legislation on alcohol sales, which passed the Senate 22-10. It goes to the House.

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