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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:17 am
Mon March 17, 2003

Rigali Delays Prostate Cancer Surgery

St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali
(File Photo)

St. Louis, Mo – St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali is delaying this week's scheduled treatment for prostate cancer because he has shingles. Rigali says he's in good spirits, and adds the new infection has to be treated before undergoing any surgery.

Rigali announced last week he'd have his prostate removed. At that time, he said he hoped to return to a full schedule by Easter.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:18 pm
Fri March 14, 2003

Arts Advocates Fear Massive Budget Cuts

St. Louis, Mo. –

The current fiscal crisis facing state governments across the nation means budgets for services like Medicaid, welfare, and even education are getting cut.

But the crisis also means less money for other areas, including the arts.

Governor Bob Holden has proposed one of the more drastic cuts of any state. His budget has no money in it for the state's Arts Council. Arts groups say the reduction would be devastating.

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2:52 pm
Fri March 14, 2003

Meeting Tackles Trauma Center Crisis

St. Louis, MO – Health care providers in the St. Louis area say the area's trauma centers are facing a funding crisis.

Emergency medical personnel, physicians, and religious leaders are met Friday to discuss ways to keep the centers open.

Dr. Kevin Mitchell directs trauma services at De Paul Health Center in North St. Louis County. He says his Level-2 trauma center could close this summer when state funding runs out.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:30 pm
Fri March 14, 2003

St. Louis Launches Minority Home Ownership Initiative

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay joined a group of public and private housing agencies Friday to announce a program to increase minority home ownership. The Bridge to Homeownership program allows low-income families who now rent property through HUD Section 8 vouchers to buy a home.

Program sponsors say it will give new homeowners an opportunity to build equity and accumulate wealth, which in turn will expand the city's tax base.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:22 pm
Fri March 14, 2003

High School Band OK After Bus Fire

Vienna, Ill. – There were no injuries during a bus fire in southern Illinois Thursday.

The bus was carrying band members from Seckham High School, in Jefferson County. They were heading to a competition in Florida.

The fire destroyed some instruments uniforms, and personal belongings. The group has since re-departed for the competition.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:20 pm
Fri March 14, 2003

Bond Hints He'll Run Again in 2004

Mo. Sen. Christopher \"Kit\" Bond
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Washington, DC – Missouri Republican Kit Bond has indicated he will run for a fourth term to the U.S. Senate.

At a news conference Thursday, he said he's not planning on retirement. The 64-year old senior Senator from Missouri faces reelection next year but hasn't actively started campaigning. In 1998, he defeated Attorney General Jay Nixon with 53% of the vote. No Democrat has yet indicated an interest in challenging Bond this time.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:02 am
Fri March 14, 2003

City-Run Nursing Home Will Close

St. Louis, Mo. – The city of St. Louis is leaving the nursing home business. Officials said Thursday the city doesn't have the money to invest in the Harry S Truman Restorative Center, located at 5700 Arsenal.

Truman usually gets $2.5 million each year for operating costs. But the building needs millions of dollars in repairs.

The city has promised to help relocate the 158 residents and find jobs for the 200 employees.

The center opened in 1967; St. Louis city took over operations in 1986.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:32 pm
Thu March 13, 2003

Alton City Hall on List of Endangered Buildings

Alton leaders aren't quite sure what to do with the old City Hall building.
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Atlon, Ill. – The Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois has named the Alton City Hall as one of the state's 10 most endangered historic places.

The 75-year-old structure is in need of repair, and the city of Alton is considering whether to renovate it or tear it down and build a new facility.

The building is considered to be a good example of the Classical Revival style of architecture. But preservation council president David Bahlman says beyond that, Alton City Hall is culturally important.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:39 pm
Thu March 13, 2003

Train Car in Southwest St. Louis Leaks Chemical

St. Louis, Mo – A train car in southwest St. Louis leaked some flammable liquid yesterday. There were no injuries or evacuations, though cleanup crews blocked off streets that caused some traffic jams.

Fire officials say the warm weather caused the diethyl ketone to expand and leak from a faulty seal in the tanker car.

A railroad hazardous materials (HAZ-MAT)team changed the seal, stopped the leak and cleaned the spill.

The flammable liquid is used to make pharmaceuticals, synthetics, pesticides and solvent.

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10:54 am
Thu March 13, 2003

Cards Wary of Cuts for Reworked Highway Ramp

St. Louis, Mo – The Cardinals say a new stadium project would be hurt if the state cuts $12 million from the budget to replace a highway ramp near Busch Stadium.

The current ramp would be in the way of where planners say a new stadium would stand.

The team says the project's private financing is built around the agreement with the state. A House panel on Tuesday cut the money from the Transportation Department.

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