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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:10 am
Mon March 3, 2003

An Interview with Barry McCaffrey

St. Louis, Mo – Former General Barry McCaffrey retired from active duty in 1996 as one of the most decorated generals in U.S. Army history. He led the 24th Infantry Division on an attack into Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War, and later served as President Clinton's Drug Czar.

While in St. Louis Tuesday, he told KWMU's Matt Sepic President Bush has made the case that Saddam Hussein presents a real threat to U.S. interests.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:00 am
Mon March 3, 2003

Slay Anticipates Problem-Free Election Tuesday

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay
(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, Mo – As candidates in St. Louis city make their final push for votes in Tuesday's primary election, Mayor Francis Slay says he doesn't anticipate problems in running polls or counting votes.

The mayor also says he expects a lower turnout tomorrow because all the races are local; of the 20 contests on the ballot, only eight feature more than one candidate.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:35 am
Mon March 3, 2003

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear St. Louis County Case

Washington, DC – The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday in the case of a St. Louis County dentist.

Lawyers will argue whether the government has the right to forcibly inject anti-psychotic drugs to make Charles Sell mentally fit for trial.

Sell is accused of submitting bogus claims to Medicaid and private insurance companies for dental services. He's in a prison hospital, diagnosed with a delusional disorder.

His lawyers, though, say he's not dangerous and shouldn't have the medicine forced on him.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:21 pm
Fri February 28, 2003

Holden Makes $82M in Education Cuts

Mo. Gov. Bob Holden
(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO. – Missouri Governor Bob Holden has followed through on his threat to cut previously spared education money.

Thursday night he ordered $82 million in cuts to the state's schools and universities as a way to help balance the state's budget for this fiscal year that will end June 30.

The shortfall was $400 million, but lawmakers passed a plan to borrow money to help close most, but not the entire, gap.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:10 pm
Fri February 28, 2003

Clay Publicly Slams Slay on Race Issues

St. Louis, MO – The city of St. Louis' black history celebration today turned into a debate between Alderman Irving Clay and Mayor Francis Slay over racial politics.

Clay, who emceed the annual event, accused Slay of unfairly firing black city workers and targeting Comptroller Darlene Green, who is also African-American. The Mayor then took the podium and said he was disappointed by the allegations, calling them "baseless."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:44 pm
Fri February 28, 2003

Wellston Receives $1.5 Million Grant

St. Louis, MO – The City of Wellston in St. Louis County is getting $1.5 million in federal funding for improvement projects.

A million dollars will go toward developing Ogden Avenue the city's main thoroughfare. The rest is earmarked for facility improvements at the Metropolitan Education and Training Center.

Senator Kit Bond announced the funding today.

The money is part of the appropriations bill President Bush signed last week.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:37 pm
Fri February 28, 2003

Floyd Calls for UM Tuition Increase

UM President Elson Floyd
(File Photo)

Columbia, Mo. – Students at the University of Missouri may soon have to pay more to go to school.

University of Missouri President Elson Floyd will ask the Board of Curators to approve a 3.2% tuition increase, which would start in June.

In-state students taking 15 credit hours would pay just more than $2,500; that number does not include other student fees.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:08 pm
Fri February 28, 2003

Grand Center to be Grand Again

The Continental Building in Grand Center
(KWMU Staff photo)

St. Louis, MO –

The Continental's been rehabbed, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts has been built, a new high school is under construction and St. Louis University has just announced plans for a new arena. The Grand Center District is undergoing tremendous change. But as KWMU's Hillary Wicai reports it's just the beginning thanks to some creative financing.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:22 am
Fri February 28, 2003

Blagojevich Halts Corrections Chief Nomination

Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich
(file photo)

Springfield, Ill. – The confirmation of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's prisons chief is in jeopardy, following a Chicago Tribune report about abuses at Cook County's jail.

Blagojevich yesterday asked the state Senate to halt his nomination of Ernesto Velasco; the governor says he's alarmed by a report that guards at Cook County Jail beat and terrorized inmates four years ago.

Velasco was director of the jail at the time of the alleged beatings.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:12 am
Fri February 28, 2003

Report Calls St. Louis Election Board is Incompetent

St. Louis, Mo. – A new report calls the St. Louis election board incompetent and mismanaged.

It says the office has no accountability, noting employees take vacation time just before elections, when they're most needed.

The study suggests reducing the number of voting precincts to cut the number of judges and specialists, who are regularly in short supply.

The report comes from attorney Shonagh Clements, a political ally of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Governor Holden, and
from Slay assistant Robbyn Wahby.

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