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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:41 pm
Mon December 9, 2002

MO Counties to Sue Gov. Holden

Jefferson City, MO – A group that lobbies for Missouri Counties plans to sue Governor Bob Holden over budget cuts it says violate state law.

The Missouri Association of Counties says lawmakers violated the Hancock Amendment last year when they cut about $2 millionfrom the money paid to county assessors, as well as several million more for reimbursing the cost of housing inmates.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:42 pm
Mon December 9, 2002

St. Louis Children's Chorus to Perform at White House

St. Louis, MO – A children's chorus from St. Louis will perform at the White House tomorrow for First Lady Laura Bush.

The St. Louis Variety Club Children's Chorus is composed of 28 disabled and disadvantaged children. It was formed to help tell the story of the Variety Club's mission of helping such children.

Members' ages range from 6 to 18, and will sing in the East Room as part of the White House Holiday Open House.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:49 am
Mon December 9, 2002

St. Louis-bound AA Flight Returns to NYC

St. Louis, MO – Shortly after the plan took off, a passenger complained of eye irritation. But three people who say they were passengers on the flight say that after security guards escorted a man off the plane, smoke began billowing from behind where the man had been sitting. They say security guards then removed a man with a backpack who was sitting at the back of the plane. The three say the plane finally took off after the remaining passengers were taken off the plane and checked in again. Officials say they can't confirm that.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:47 am
Mon December 9, 2002

Study Showcases Urban Sprawl in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – A new report finds Missourians are not using their land efficiently.

The Brookings Institute studied the state's population trends during the 1990's.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:30 am
Mon December 9, 2002

St. Louis Children's Hospital Nurses May Unionize

St. Louis, MO – Registered nurse Joe Sanders says making the profession more attractive and offering better benefits would attract younger workers and help retain senior nurses. The National Labor Relations Board is expected to decide this month whether the union would include just those who work at St. Louis Children's Hospital or if it should include nurses at satellite offices. Once that decision is made, the nurses will vote on whether they want to join the United American Nurses.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:45 pm
Fri December 6, 2002

Highway Ramp for New Ballpark Approved

Lees Summit, Missouri – The state of Missouri today approved spending $12-million to remove and replace an interstate entrance ramp in downtown St. Louis to accommodate a new Cardinals stadium.

The Highways and Transportation Commission voted unanimously to support the project. It calls for removing the eastbound I-64 ramp at Eighth Street and constructing a replacement ramp south of the interstate near Sixth Street. The Cardinals' plan calls for demolition of the existing ramp next summer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:25 pm
Fri December 6, 2002

Missouri Brings in Big Bucks in Tax Amnesty

Jefferson City, MO – The state of Missouri took in twice as much money as expected during a three-month tax amnesty.

The program allowed people to pay overdue bills without penalty, and generated nearly $43 million for the state. Of that, $38 million will go to public schools.

Most of the payments were for overdue sales and income taxes. One check was written for more than $5.5 million dollars.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:47 pm
Fri December 6, 2002

Home Rule Forums Planned

St. Louis, MO – The group behind last month's ballot initiative to grant home rule status for the city of St. Louis wants residents to take a closer look at their local government. Friday, members of Citizens for Home Rule announced plans to organize an undetermined number of public meetings across the city to present both the positives and negatives of city governance. The group's Bert Walker says they hope to create an open and inclusive process through which citizens can revitalize St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:28 pm
Fri December 6, 2002

Preparing for Terrorism - SLU Takes Lessons from Israel

St. Louis, MO –

Since 9-11-2001, many US communities and hospitals have had to admit they might not be ready for a chemical or bioterrorist attack. With that in mind, a team of medical professionals from St. Louis University recently traveled to Israel - a country forced to reckon for years with the threat of terrorism.

KWMU's Hillary Wicai reports on what the team learned and how they'll apply and share that knowledge.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:52 pm
Fri December 6, 2002

IL Senate Republicans Pick New Leader

Springfield, IL – Illinois Senate Republicans have picked a veteran lawmaker from near St. Louis to lead them.

Frank Watson will succeed the retiring Pate Philip. Watson is from Greenville and becomes the only legislative leader outside of the Chicago area. He says Republicans need to rebuild and his position will be an important one. As a leader... Watson can help set legislative priorities.... make committee assignments and control large sums of money.

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