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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:42 pm
Wed April 23, 2003

Missouri Economy Benefits from War in Iraq

St. Louis, MO – Missouri economic development officials say Pentagon spending on the Iraq war is giving a boost to the state's economy.

The defense industry plays a large role in Missouri's economy, and Department of Economic Development Director Joe Driskill says companies like Boeing are benefiting.

"These companies have received about 820 million dollars in new or modified defense contracts. and over a half a billion of that amount will be spent here in Missouri directly on products produced here."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:08 pm
Wed April 23, 2003

Carty Un-invited to Speak at SLU

American Airlines CEO Don Carty
(Reuters File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis University has announced that American Airlines CEO Donald Carty will NOT give the school's commencement address to graduating seniors next month as had been scheduled.

A university spokesman says President Lawrence Biondi spoke with Carty Wednesday and they decided that "in light of recent developments" the airline head would not participate.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:44 pm
Wed April 23, 2003

City Budget Plan Includes 323 Job Cuts

Big cuts are looming at City Hall.
(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – The city of St. Louis is looking to reduce its budget deficit by cutting jobs. A proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts in July would cut 323 positions.

That would mean a $13 million dollar savings in a budget currently $34 million out of balance.

Those workers left on the payroll would not get pay raises. A public hearing on the budget will be Wednesday morning at St. Louis City Hall.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:02 pm
Wed April 23, 2003

Earth Day in St. Louis

The Missouri Botanical Garden
(File Photo)

St. Louis, MO –

On an 1874 trip to St. Louis, Charles Dickens called the Mississippi River "an enormous ditch," and "a breeding place of fever and death." St. Louisans have always had a love-hate relationship with their river.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:15 am
Wed April 23, 2003

Higher Ed on the Budget Chopping Block

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Senate is considering proposed cuts to higher education today, as debate continues on a state budget.

The proposal in the Republican-led Senate would cut more than $89 million dollars from what Democratic Governor Holden had
proposed for higher education.

That would result in a more than ten percent cut for each state university, college and community college.

Higher education institutions already have raised tuition to cope with budget cuts in the past two years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:32 am
Wed April 23, 2003

Blues Bow Out of Playoffs

The Stanley Cup will not be making any trips to St. Louis this year.
(Reuters Photo

Vancouver, British Columbia – The Vancouver Canucks completed their first-round comeback Tuesday by downing St. Louis 4-1 in game seven of the Western Conference quarterfinals.

The Canucks took the last three games of the series to earn the right to host Minnesota in the first two games of the conference semis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:30 am
Wed April 23, 2003

School Board Slate Takes Office, Asks for Audit

New board members Darnetta Clinkscale (left) and Ronald Jackson (right) take the oath of office Tuesday night.
(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, MO – The four candidates who won this month's school board election in St. Louis were sworn in Tuesday night, just before their first meeting.

The slate of Darnetta Clinkscale, Vince Schoemehl, Ronald Jackson, and Bob Archibald used their new majority to request an audit of the district's books.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:30 am
Wed April 23, 2003

Conservationists Lobby

St. Louis, MO – 27 Missouri conservation groups lobbied lawmakers in Jefferson City Wednesday to call attention to legislation they consider bad for the environment.

Josh Campbell of Missouri Votes Conservation says a bill pending in the state Senate could have negative long-term effects.

"It will hurt Missouri's conservation efforts completely," he said. "It will devastate Missouri's streams, fishing industry and canoeing industry, which all result in the depletion and devastation of Missouri's tourist trade."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:00 am
Wed April 23, 2003

Court Says IL Must Honor Loan Deal

Springfield, ILL. – An Illinois appellate court has ruled that the state must live up to its agreement to forgive $42 million in loans on hotels in Collinsville and Springfield.

The ruling declared that Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka indeed had the authority to negotiate a reduced loan repayment in 1995 and must honor it even though she later withdrew the offer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:50 pm
Tue April 22, 2003

Second Union Pushes for Re-Vote

St. Louis, MO – Two of three major unions with American Airlines plan to let workers re-vote on wage and benefit concessions.

Those agreements, reached this month with pilots, flight attendants and mechanics, would keep Fort Worth-based American out of bankruptcy court.

But some workers are raising good-faith bargaining issues, after learning of American's bonuses for some upper management employees.

Those bonus deals have now been rescinded by American.

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