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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:01 pm
Wed December 4, 2002

Bond to Hold Transportation Meetings

Washington – U.S. Senator Kit Bond will hold meetings across Missouri to prepare for next year's multi billion-dollar federal highway bill.

Bond plans to start Thursday in St. Joseph at a public meeting with state and local leaders.

He will assume a key chairmanship in the Senate, giving him control over the bill when Congress convenes next month.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:37 am
Wed December 4, 2002

Jones Picked as New Sen. Pres.; Philip Backs Fitzgerald

Springfield, IL – After nearly ten years of Republican leadership in the Illinois Senate, a Chicago Democrat will take over the chamber come January.

Senate Democrats voted Senator Emil Jones to be the chamber's next president last night. Democrats will have control of both chambers of the legislature when the next General Assembly convenes in January. Jones will replace current Senate President Pate Philip.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:39 am
Wed December 4, 2002

St. Louis Aldermen Could Vote to Sell America's Center

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will vote Friday whether to sell America's Center downtown. The deal could give the city up to $20 million.

The city's Ways and Means Committee heard a presentation yesterday by Comptroller Darlene Green's office to hire PaineWebber to help the city find a buyer for the convention and exhibition complex.

The deal does not include the Edward Jones Dome.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:42 pm
Tue December 3, 2002

Warner Out With Another Broken Hand Bone

St. Louis, MO – X-rays on Rams quarterback Kurt Warner yesterday revealed a new fracture in his right hand, meaning he'll sit out this weekend against Kansas City.

Warner was out for almost two months because of a broken little finger in his throwing hand. And he was hurt again in Sunday's 10-3 loss at Philadelphia.

Yesterday's X-rays showed he has a hairline fracture in the right hand, keeping him out for two to three weeks.

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

Lawyer Cueto's License Debated

Springfield, IL – A Belleville attorney convicted of obstructing justice is fighting the state to keep his law license.

Amiel Cueto's attorney and lawyers for the state Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission battled yesterday before the commission's hearing board.

Cueto was convicted in 1997 with interfering with a federal investigation into Thomas Venezia's $48 million gambling empire.

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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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