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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:54 pm
Wed March 5, 2003

Has Ford Set Closing Date on Hazelwood Plant?

St. Louis, MO – Ford Motor Company and Missouri officials are downplaying a newspaper report that the automaker plans to close its Hazelwood assembly plant in August 2005 and move production of two SUV's to Louisville.

A Ford spokesman says no fixed date has been set for the closure, aside from that move coming by mid-decade. And Missouri congressman Dick Gephardt says a state task force is still working to change Ford's mind.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:25 pm
Wed March 5, 2003

School Board Candidates Meet at First Forum

St. Louis, Mo. – Eight candidates vying for two seats on the St. Louis school board met at a city high school Tuesday night to answer questions from the public.

The candidates fielded questions ranging from enhancing student achievement to financial management. Each of the eight agreed the district is responsible for addressing its students' social problems and echoed the need for community partnerships.

Candidate Antonio French wants to see the district shift 35% of its non-instructional budget back into the classroom.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:47 pm
Wed March 5, 2003

Southtown Gets Federal Funding Boost

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis mayor Francis Slay says a federal grant to revitalize a once thriving retail area in south St. Louis is a positive step forward.

Slay joined Missouri Congressman Richard Gephardt at the former Famous Barr site at Kingshighway and Chippewa Wednesday, where Gephardt announced an $810,000 economic development grant for the site. Slay says redeveloping the Southtown area is a major priority for the city.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:46 pm
Wed March 5, 2003

Ladue Residents Discuss Coyote Sightings

Ladue, Mo. – Residents of the St. Louis County suburb of Ladue met Tuesday night to find out if they should worry about recent sightings of coyotes.

There have been a couple of cases of coyotes attacking small pets in the western suburbs lately. But Daryl Damron, with the Missouri Department of Conservation, says coyotes do not pose much of a risk to residents or their property.

"Not all coyotes attack dogs, but some will do that in a territorial-type dispute," Damron says.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:37 pm
Wed March 5, 2003

Female Sexual Predator Wins Appeal

St. Louis, MO – The only woman Missouri classifies a violent sexual predator won a court ruling Tuesday, but Angela Coffel is still confined in a mental hospital.

The Missouri Court of Appeals today ordered that Angela Coffel be freed from a Department of Mental Health facility in Farmington. She is the only woman the state considers a violent sexual predator and one of only a handful in the country.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:23 pm
Wed March 5, 2003

American Airlines Pilot Arrested After Alleged Threats

Omaha, Nebraska – An American Airlines pilot is arrested for
allegedly making a threat while passing through an Omaha security checkpoint.

The 8:15 am flight to St. Louis was delayed about 90 minutes, then took off with 112 passengers.

Omaha prosecutor Marty Conboy says it appeared the pilot and a federal airport security agent had an argument, and the pilot referred to an ax on board the plane that could be used to chop the agent's head off.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:23 pm
Wed March 5, 2003

Ald. Long Ousted from Office; 10 of 11 Incumbents Win

St. Louis, Mo. – Voters outsted St. Louis City Alderwoman Melinda Long from office Tuesday in an overwhelming recall vote.

With 100% precincts reporting, unofficial totals from the city's Election Board show 63% of voters said "yes" to recalling Long. Her 21st Ward is in north St. Louis city; roughly from Lexington to I-70 sorth to north, and from Shreve to Vandeventer west to east.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:09 am
Wed March 5, 2003

Missouri Sees Slight Boost in Tax Money

Missouri state government took in slightly more tax money last month.
(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's tax revenues were a little better this past month; but the improvement isn't enough to reduce the projected budget shortfall.

The Department of Revenue says individual income tax revenues were nearly 3.4% higher than in February, 2002. Still, over the first eight months of the fiscal year, net general revenues remain nearly 4% below the previous year.

The shortfall is being covered through spending cuts and, possibly, through the issuance of state revenue bonds.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:36 pm
Tue March 4, 2003

Group Hopes to Clean Up City Hall, Literally

St. Louis City Hall has been gathering grunge and dirt for decades.
(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – A group of architects is heading an effort to raise $2 million. That's how much they say it would cost to clean and renovate the outside walls of St. Louis City Hall.

The building hasn't had a good bath in decades, and city leaders say private financing is the only way the project will happen. That's because the sagging economy leaves little, if any, money in city budgets that are already being cut.

The renovation would include repairs to the roof, guttering, flashing and parapet.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:06 pm
Tue March 4, 2003

Republicans Request Records of Governor's Office

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's Republican Party has filed open records requests with Governor Holden's office.

It's trying to get information about discussions over how state agencies should cooperate with lawmakers in budget talks.

A spokesman for the party says the Republicans want to know if Holden's administration is stonewalling legislators. They say many department directors have not responded to their requests to suggest cuts beyond what Holden has recommended.

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