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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:38 pm
Thu November 21, 2002

Missouri's Quarter Design to be Unveiled Friday

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri First Lady Lori Hauser Holden will unveil Missouri's quarter design Friday. Voters had until noon Thursday to cast their ballot and more than 216,000 Missourians participated in the voting process online. Others voted using traditional paper ballots at the capitol. The chosen design will be delivered to the U.S. Mint Friday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2002

KY Company Will Build Energy Plant in East St. Louis

East St. Louis, IL – A Kentucky company says it plans to build a $54 million energy plant in East St. Louis.

The coal-fired plant would bring 25 news jobs to the city. East St. Louis City Council members tentatively agreed last week to earmark more than $2 million in tax-increment financing funds for the plant, which would be built near the city's border with Sauget.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:11 pm
Thu November 21, 2002

Election Results Certfied; Talent the Official Winner

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt has formally certified the results of the 2002 midterm election. The action clears the way for Senator-elect Jim Talent to take office, but precisely when that will happen is still unclear.

Blunt says a letter signed by Governor Bob Holden has been sent to the US Senate affirming the results of the election, including Talent's victory.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:25 am
Thu November 21, 2002

IL Attorney General Wants to Review Land Purchases

Springfield, IL – Illinois Governor George Ryan's office says
it has no plans to sidestep the attorney general before making large land purchases in the administration's closing days.

The state is prepared to buy three properties near the state Capitol for $44 million. Officials say they need more
office space.

Officials also are close to paying $7 million for a historic house in Kendall County.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:31 am
Thu November 21, 2002

Youth Summit Aims to Get Kids Active

St. Louis, MO – Getting Missouri's youth involved in community life and avoiding crime was the focus of a unique summit held yesterday in St. Louis.

Governor Bob Holden and St. Louis police chief Joe Mokwa were among several panelists at a youth crime prevention summit held at Sumner Magnet High School in St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:33 pm
Wed November 20, 2002

US Government Sues Two St. Louis Hospitals

St. Louis, MO – Federal lawsuits accuse two St. Louis
hospitals of wrongfully billing Medicare for surgeries involving once-experimental cardiac devices.

The Justice Department lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in St. Louis name Saint Louis University Hospital and Barnes-Jewish HospitaThey're accused of falsely billing Medicare for certain cardiac procedures from mid-1986 through late 1995.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:06 pm
Wed November 20, 2002

SLU Announces Clinical Trial of Herpes Vaccine

St. Louis, MO – Saint Louis University says a federal grant
will underwrite its clinical testing of a new vaccine aimed at preventing genital herpes in women.

There is no cure for genital herpes, and the school says its final-stage research trial could lead to the first-ever government-approved vaccine to prevent herpes. It would not cure the disease.

The university says the $36.8 million grant
from the National Institutes of Health is the largest clinical trial in the school's 184-year history.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:05 pm
Wed November 20, 2002

Missouri's Budget Now with $100 Million Hole

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's budget shortfall is now more than a hundred million dollars.

Governor Bob Holden's budget chief says that amount could triple in the next eight months, meaning more spending cuts are likely.

That forecast was issued as Holden announced a series of public meetings around the state to talk about the budget and possible cuts. The governor will also discuss eliminating what he calls business tax loopholes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:08 pm
Wed November 20, 2002

Commission to Decide Road Funding Formula

Jefferson City, MO – State transportation commissioners plan
to decide in January whether to change Missouri's road funding formula.

The current formula directs half the road money to the St. Louis and Kansas City areas and the other half to the rest of the state.

The urban-rural split was adopted in 1998, when commissioners abandoned a 15-year road plan because it was under-funded.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:54 pm
Wed November 20, 2002

Missouri Executes Sixth Prisoner this Year

Potosi, MO –
Missouri has executed its sixth prisoner this year. Convicted killer William Jones died by lethal injection just after midnight this morning for the murder of a man in Independence.

Both the U.S. Supreme Court and Governor Bob Holden sealed Jones' fate late last night when they refused to step in.

The execution came as the state of Texas killed a one-time federal drug informant from St. Louis. Craig Ogan was put to death last night for murdering a Houston police officer.

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