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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:41 pm
Tue December 3, 2002

Plan Promotes Connecting Forest Park with Mississippi

St. Louis, MO – The public will have a chance this week to learn more about a plan to connect Forest Park and the Mississippi River with a series of trails, recreation areas and green space.

The trail, which would generally run along the River Des Peres, is part of an overall master plan to beautify the channel and connect it to nearby neighborhoods.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:26 pm
Tue December 3, 2002

Illinois Will Spend Winter Studying West Nile

St. Louis, MO –

Cooler weather has brought an end to this year's mosquito season, which means the West Nile virus is likely done spreading for the winter.

This year Illinois recorded more than 750 cases and 52 deaths in humans, more than any state in the nation.

KWMU's Tom Weber spoke with Illinois' Public Health Director John Lumpkin, who says the state will get ready for next summer by looking back on the lessons learned this year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:04 pm
Tue December 3, 2002

Officials say loans needed to bail out unemployment

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri may have to borrow $134
million from the federal government next year, to prevent the state unemployment insurance trust fund from going broke.

That was the message today from a state official to a legislative committee.

Employment Security director Gracia Backer says the only alternative is for state lawmakers to find some way to boost funding for the unemployment fund.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:26 pm
Tue December 3, 2002

MO Justice Calls for Sentencing Changes

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Supreme Court Justice Michael Wolff says state lawmakers should reconsider some of the state's sentencing laws.

During a forum in Jefferson City yesterday, Wolff said lawmakers should consider the success of drug courts, substance abuse programs and short-term prison boot camps as alternative sentencing methods for non-violent offenders.

More than half of the state's 30,000 prison inmates are considered non-violent.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:09 pm
Tue December 3, 2002

St. Louis County Considers Budget Cuts

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis County Council is reviewing the proposed 2003 budget. Tuesday, council members met with officials from the Parks and Recreation department, which is targeted to lose at least three full time employees next year. County officials say declines in sales tax revenue and a steady property tax rate is prompting service cuts. The proposed budget also calls for at least 10 positions to be cut from the county health department.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:19 pm
Mon December 2, 2002

Blagojevich Camp Swarmed With Resumes

Chicago, IL – Illinois' Governor-elect Rod Blagojevich and his transition team are being swarmed with resumes from people looking for jobs in the new administration.

Blagojevich says people even ask him as he walks down the street.

He's the first Democratic governor in 26 years, meaning a lot of jobs will be up for grabs but maybe not as many as people think. Blagojevich promises he'll balance the budget without raising taxes, which means more jobs cuts are likely.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:40 pm
Mon December 2, 2002

Missouri High Court Upholds Holden's Budget Cuts

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld
nearly $21 million in budget cuts to nursing homes made by Governor Bob Holden.

Today's unanimous decision says Holden was using his constitutional authority when he withheld grants from nursing homes
in May.

The constitution allows governors to withhold state money when revenues fall below projections.

A lawsuit by nursing homes -- so their money should not have been cut.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:24 pm
Mon December 2, 2002

St. Louis Sheriff Didn't Take Firearm Test

St. Louis, MO – An investigation by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch finds St. Louis' sheriff and some of his deputies did not take a required firearms test last year.

The copyrighted story reports that Sheriff James Murphy requires each deputy to qualify on his or her gun at a police department range each year. There's no state law requiring such a test, but Murphy's policy is similar to those at other local police departments.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:59 am
Mon December 2, 2002

AIDS Quilt Will Be at UM-St. Louis Today

St. Louis, MO – Part of the AIDS quilt will be on display today at the University of Missouri-St. Louis as part of World AIDS Day, which was yesterday.

The quilt started in the mid 1980's as a way to honor victims of the disease with a sewn three-by-six foot panel.

Organizers say today's display at the UM-St. Louis Millennium Center will be the biggest AIDS quilt display in the area since 1994. It will be at the center through Wednesday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:53 am
Mon December 2, 2002

Report says many Missouri youth overweight

Jefferson City, MO – A new stateort says more than one-fifth of Missourians age nine through 18 are overweight.

The report comes from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The agency says 22.7 percent of Missouri's youth are overweight, up from 18.6 percent two years earlier.

The numbers reflect statistics on more than 14,000 youth who attended schools taking part in a state health services program in the 2000-2001 school year.

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