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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:59 pm
Fri November 29, 2002

Lambert Ready for Busiest Travel Day

St. Louis, MO – As airports around the country prepare for the busiest travel day of the year, Lambert Field officials in St. Louis are confident they'll be ready.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:58 pm
Fri November 29, 2002

Chronic Wasting Test Will Take Months

Jefferson City, MO – Biologists in Missouri took samples from about six thousand deer this week to test for the fatal chronic wasting disease, but officials won't get the test results until March or April.

The brain-wasting disease is similar to elk and deer what mad cow disease is to cattle. It has never been identified in Missouri, but the state's Department of Conservation have been collecting deer heads from hunters for samples.

The agency says hunters have been very helpful.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:18 pm
Fri November 29, 2002

Madison & St. Clair Cos. To Offer Free Bus Rides

Metro-East, Illinois – Madison and St. Clair counties in Illinois are offering free bus rides during the holiday season.

In St. Clair County, there will be a free Holiday MetroBus painted on the outside with candles, bows and garlands. It will make surprise appearances on regular bus routes for part of every day from today through Christmas.

In Madison County, the transit district is offering free bus rides to Christmas light displays for people with disabilities or groups of senior citizens.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:09 pm
Fri November 29, 2002

MO Will Run Out of Money for Unemployment Checks

Kansas City, MO – Missouri officials say at the current rate, the account from which unemployment checks are written will dry up early next year.

The Kansas City Star reports that checks written to unemployed Missouri residents have dwarfed funds received from a tax on employers.

Heightened unemployment rates and an extended economic downturn have combined to drain the fund, and the head of the state's Division of Employment Security says that fund will likely spend its last $200 million by the first quarter next year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:40 am
Fri November 29, 2002

Lambert Airport Not Changing Any Travel Advice

St. Louis, MO – More people are flying this weekend than during last year's Thanksgiving holiday, and Lambert Airport officials in St. Louis hope new security measures won't confuse passengers.

Officials say many people who travel this weekend won't be used to the changes in airport security made this year. Most notable is that all baggage screeners are new federal employees.

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