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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:18 am
Wed November 20, 2002

Audit Raises Concerns About State Inspections

Jefferson City, MO – A new state audit in Missouri says
thousands of elevators, boilers and amusement rides have never been inspected by state safety officials.

State Auditor Claire McCaskill's office finds that in all cases, the Division of Fire Safety should establish procedures to locate the devices and have them inspected and registered.

The division says budget cuts have left it short-staffed and ill-equipped to meet all the criteria set out in the audit.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:24 am
Wed November 20, 2002

City Leaders Announce Downtown Improvements

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says things are looking up for downtown.

The Cardinals last week agreed to a plan calling for a privately built stadium. And Wednesday Slay announced the Old Post Office Square District will get a much-needed facelift.

A state finance board Tuesday approved nearly $14 million in tax credits for the Old Post Office project. Slay says plans to restore the Old Post Office include a Webster University satellite campus and new Missouri Court of Appeals offices.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:13 pm
Tue November 19, 2002

Illinois House GOP Picks New Leader

Springfield, IL – Illinois House Republicans picked representative Tom Cross as their new leader last night. Cross replaces Lee Daniels', who stepped down from the post.

Cross is preaching a message of change for the Republicans who lost seats to House Democrats in Illinois in this month's election. For one, Cross says he's giving rank-and-file members more authority in selecting members of their leadership team.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:51 pm
Tue November 19, 2002

First MO Deer Hunting Weekend Sets Record

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri conservation officials say deer hunters had a record opening weekend of the season that began Saturday.

They say more than 127,000 deer were killed on Saturday and Sunday -- up by better than 10,000 from the opening weekend last year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:28 pm
Tue November 19, 2002

Audit Says Child Support Collections Need Improvement

Jefferson City, MO – A new state audit says Missouri failed to
collect about one billion dollars in child support payments during a five-year period.

The report out today also says the state should be more aggressive about getting money from non-custodial parents.

State Auditor Claire McCaskill's office says that between 1996 and 2001, the state Division of Child Support Enforcement collected about 20 percent of child support payments due to 538,000 custodial parents in Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:14 pm
Tue November 19, 2002

Holden to Host Meetings on Budget

Jefferson City, MO – Governor Holden will be hosting four meetings across the state to discuss the state's current budget situation and seek input on the issue.

Holden's office says the "Fair Share Budget Summits" could be used to shape the governor's budget message to state lawmakers in January.

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Arts & Culture
1:22 pm
Tue November 19, 2002

Ribbon Cut at New Lincoln Presidential Library

Springfield, IL – A number of officials helped cut the ribbon in Springfield, Ill. yesterday on a new library honoring Abe Lincoln's life and work.

President Bush sent a video message, encouraging every generation to study Lincoln's life and character. And a number of dignitaries, including Governor George Ryan, Secretary of State Colin Powell and former President Gerald Ford, were also on a video reciting lines from the Gettysburg Address.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:52 am
Tue November 19, 2002

State Board Approves Help for New Cardinal Stadium

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Development Finance Board Tuesday authorized nearly $30-million in state tax credits to help pay for infrastructure costs for a new Cardinals ballpark. The credits will be issued over the next two fiscal years. Missouri Department of Economic Development director Joe Driskill says one condition of the agreement is that the board will have the power to negotiate a lower tax credit level, based upon economic conditions at the time the stadium deal closes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:11 am
Tue November 19, 2002

St. Louis TV Stations Get $14.2 M for Political Ads

St. Louis, MO – A new report shows St. Louis TV stations made more than $14 million from political ads in the November election.

The Alliance for Better Campaigns, which advocates free airtime for candidates, has new data that show more than $34 million went to stations across Missouri for more than 65,000 ads.

St. Louis' FOX affiliate KTVI aired the most ads (5,863) but the NBC station KSDK made the most money (6,759,654).

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:43 pm
Mon November 18, 2002

Blunt Will Certify Election Results

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt has announced he will certify the results from the November 5th election this Thursday, November 21, in Jefferson City. Once the results are certified and Blunt and Missouri Governor Holden have signed the certificate it will be sent to the President of the U.S. Senate. Jim Talent will then be eligible to be sworn in as Missouri's next Junior Senator, that's because the senate race was a special election.

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