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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:44 pm
Fri March 7, 2003

Five of Six MSD Trustees Asked to Resign

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay
(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – There's a shakeup at the Metropolitan Sewer District. A copyrighted Post-Dispatch story says St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and County Executive Buzz Westfall have asked five of the MSD Board's six trustees to resign.

Slay and Westfall are expected to announce Friday afternoon nominees to replace them.

Recent reports about conflicts of interest among the trustees have put the agency under scrutiny. The new board may also be asked to consider removing a $500 million referendum from the April ballot.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:55 pm
Fri March 7, 2003

An Interview With Jane Goodall

Goodall is best known for her studies of chimpanzees.
(Reuters file photo)

St. Louis, Mo. –

More than 40 years ago, Jane Goodall started watching chimpanzees in the forests of Tanzania. Her time living with the animals led to new observations about their behavior and culture.

She's now an internationally known scientist who spends most her time traveling the lecture circuit. Goodall brought her message of conservation and preservation to St. Louis Thursday and spoke with KWMU's Tom Weber at the Science Center.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:50 pm
Fri March 7, 2003

War Forum Features Mostly Anti-War Veterans

St. Louis, MO – Veterans of three American wars told a group of St. Louis residents last night why the U.S. shouldn't attack Iraq.

They spoke to a crowd of about 40 people at the St. Louis County Library.

Lincoln Grahlfs fought in World War Two and is now a member of Veterans for Peace. He says the government isn't giving the people the full truth about the consequences of an armed conflict.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:23 pm
Fri March 7, 2003

Bill Would Punish Those Who Help Minors Get Abortions

Jefferson City, Mo – The Missouri Senate Thursday approved a proposal that would let parents sue anyone who helps a minor daughter to have an abortion without their consent.

The bill could be used by parents to sue a boyfriend, school counselor or anyone else who provides money or transportation for a minor to get an abortion.

Senate sponsor John Louden of St. Louis says it's in response to Metro-East abortion providers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:57 am
Fri March 7, 2003

Meeting Held on Fatal Crashes Involving Young People

Oakville, MO – Police officers, school officials and students in south St. Louis County met today to discuss what to do to avoid
more fatal car crashes involving young people.

St. Louis County Police Major Tim Fitch says the department will train officers to better educate teens. They're also looking into programs sponsored by other organizations to offer alternatives to
dangerous road practices. One idea is to allow teens opportunities to drive on race tracks under controlled conditions.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:31 am
Fri March 7, 2003

Holden Says He'll Veto Conceal Weapons Bill

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden says he will veto a concealed weapons bill if it reaches his desk.

The House approved legislation yesterday that would allow most civilians to apply for a license to carry hidden guns. They would first have to complete a gun safety course.

But today in St. Louis, Governor Holden said if the Senate approves the bill, he'd veto it.

Holden says he would prefer a statewide vote decide the issue. Missourians narrowly defeated a concealed weapons proposal in 1999.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:41 pm
Thu March 6, 2003

Mo. Prison Officials Look to Curb Population Growth

(KWMU Staff Photo)

Jefferson City, MO. – Missouri's prison population has topped 30,000. The Department of Corrections says it wants to slow the growth rate by reducing the number of convicts who return.

The department is seeking proposals for community supervision centers. They would serve as a place to send some parole breakers, instead of locking them up again.

The centers would only be for those with technical probation or parole violations and not for those arrested for another crime.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:12 pm
Thu March 6, 2003

Boeing Settles With State Dept. Over Aiding China

Washington, DC – The U.S. State Department has reached a $32 million settlement with St. Louis-based Boeing Satellite Systems.

The government had accused Boeing, as well as Hughes Electronics Corporation, of illegally helping China analyze why two of their rocket launches failed. Congressional investigations during the 1990s found China gained valuable missile information from those reviews. China, though, says it needed no help.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:34 pm
Thu March 6, 2003

Washington U. Research May Help Norwalk Virus

St. Louis, MO – Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis have found a new mouse virus that is closely related to the Norwalk virus that infected many cruise ship passengers last year.

Christiane Wobus worked on the study. She says finding the disease in mice will help in the effort to find a human vaccine.

The Norwalk virus causes flu-like symptoms, and can be fatal to the elderly or people with weak immune systems.

The results will be published in tomorrow's issue of the journal Science.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:47 am
Thu March 6, 2003

Missouri House Passes Concealed Guns Bill

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House today passed a bill to
allow most civilians to apply for a license to carry hidden guns.

The bill would let people age 21 and older request a concealed gun permit. They'd also have to complete a gun-safety training
course.

Concealed firearms would be banned in prisons, airports, schools, arenas and other public places.

Businesses also would be allowed to ban concealed guns by posting a sign.

The bill goes now to the Senate.

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