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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:00 pm
Mon January 13, 2003

Holden Will Propose Tax Increases

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's budget crisis will apparently include tax increases as a solution.

Gov. Bob Holden is expected to propose some kind of tax increase as part of the budget he'll present to lawmakers on Wednesday.

Republicans who now control the Legislature don't like the idea, but some key GOP leaders have stopped short of making a "no new taxes" pledge.

Holden says the next state budget cannot be balanced with its $1 billion shortfall on cuts alone.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:41 pm
Mon January 13, 2003

Fallout Over Ryan's Blanket Clemency

Chicago, IL – George Ryan spent his last morning as Illinois Governor doing network TV interviews, explaining why he commuted all 167 death sentences in Illinois to life in prison this weekend.

He told CBS's "The Early Show" that relatives of murder victims have a right to be angry with him, but that he couldn't sit and watch a broken system work.

Mexican President Vincente Fox and the Reverend Jesse Jackson are among the latest to voice support for George Ryan's decision to clear the state's death row.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:48 am
Mon January 13, 2003

MidAmerica Signs on Jet-Repair Firm

Mascoutah, Ill. – MidAmerica Airport near Mascoutah is about to get its first major tenant.

A corporate-aircraft repair company based in Missouri has broken ground on a $ 1.5 million repair center. MidAmerica director Tim Cantwell says Aviation Material and
Technical Support of Chesterfield expects to generate one thousand takeoffs and landings a month. That's up from nearly zero now.

The new center is expected to open in March. Aviation Material signed a 25-year lease.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:17 pm
Sun January 12, 2003

Illinois Death Row Cleared

Chicago, IL – Illinois Governor George Ryan is emptying the state death house by commuting the sentences of 156 condemned inmates.

Ryan, in a speech yesterday in Chicago, said the system is arbitrary, capricious and therefore immoral. He said it is plagued by the "demon of error" because of mistakes at all levels.

The Republican, who leaves office Monday, said he would no longer "tinker with the machinery of death."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:46 pm
Fri January 10, 2003

American to cut flight attendants

Forth Worth, TX – American Airlines says it will lay off 343
St. Louis-based flight attendants by the end of the month in a cost-saving move.

The layoffs by Fort Worth-based American are part of an agreement it reached last month with the union representing the
workers.

American announced in December that it would cut about 1,100 flight attendant jobs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2003

G. Ryan Will Announce Pardons Today

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Chicago, IL – Illinois' death row is expected to shrink today.

The Associated Press says Governor George Ryan will announce pardons for four men who say they were tortured into confessing by Chicago police. The Governor will speak in Chicago at noon today.

The men are Aaron Patterson, Madison Hobley, Leroy Orange and Stanley Howard.

Published reports say the Governor will also pardon Gary Dotson, who was imprisoned for eight years for a rape and
kidnapping that never happened.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:54 pm
Fri January 10, 2003

Missouri Democrats seek renomination of Ronnie White

Washington, D.C. – Two Missouri Democrats are asking President
Bush to re-nominate the black judge who was a key witness during Attorney General John Ashcroft's confirmation hearings.

Congressmen Dick Gephardt and William Lacy Clay are seeking appointment of Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ronnie White to the
eighth US Circuit Court of Appeals. It will have a vacancy in April.

Political observers say it's an apparent attempt to press the issue of race. White was nominated for a federal judgeship in 1997.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2003

Gov. Ryan Pardons Four Men on Death Row

Chicago, IL – Illinois Governor George Ryan today pardoned four death row inmates and condemned the state's criminal justice system for sending innocent men to prison to be executed.

Ryan announced at DePaul University that he is pardoning Madison Hobley, Stanley Howard, Aaron Patterson and Leroy Orange.

Ryan, who leaves office Monday, said he will announce tomorrow whether he will grant requests to commute the sentences of about 140 other death row inmates to life in prison.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:50 pm
Fri January 10, 2003

Transportation Commission Will Vote Today on Road Money

Jefferson City – Missouri's transportation commission will vote today on a new way to split state road money between rural and urban Missouri.

Currently half of all state road money goes to St. Louis and Kansas City, the other half goes to the rest of the state. Rural areas want more money; St. Louis leaders say metro roads help the entire state's economy.

One lawmaker says whatever the changes, he'll push colleagues to make them temporary, to allow for future changes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:35 am
Fri January 10, 2003

Transportation Commission Sets New Funding Formula

Jefferson City, MO – St. Louis area planners are disappointed with a new state transportation funding formula that they say jeopardizes key projects. Friday the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved a plan that would cut the St. Louis region's annual allocation from about $330 million a year to $290-million.

St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association president Dick Fleming says the action will affect such projects as the Page Avenue extension and improvements to Highway 40.

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