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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:59 pm
Tue April 8, 2003

Missouri Local Elections Today

St. Louis, Mo. – Today's Election Day includes local races and referenda throughout Missouri.

St. Louis City voters will pick four school board members from a list of 18 (see below for a list of candidates). They'll also decide whether to grant funding for airport renovation and school air conditioning.

The Kirkwood School district is asking approval for a $100 million bond project to renovate district schools.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:28 pm
Tue April 8, 2003

Buddhist Relics Visit St. Louis

Relics like these will be on display this week in St. Louis.
(photo courtesy maitreyaproject.org)

St. Louis, MO –

Area Buddhists and others who are curious to learn about other religions will be able to see rare Buddhist relics in St. Louis this week.

Don Sloane worked with the local Buddhist Council to have St. Louis included as a stop on the tour before the relics are permanently enshrined in a 500-foot statue being built in northern India.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:02 pm
Tue April 8, 2003

Blagojevich Budget Preview

Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich
(File Photo)

Springfield, Ill. –

In what may be the most highly anticipated budget address in years, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will outline his spending proposal Wednesday at the State Capitol.

Lawmakers, interest groups, and the public have been waiting to see how Blagojevich plans to deal with the worst budget deficit in state history. And as Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford reports, expectations are tempered.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:31 am
Tue April 8, 2003

Vatican Now Investigating S. Illinois Priest

Belleville, Ill. – The Vatican is now investigating a decades-old sex abuse case in the Belleville Diocese.

The 6-month-old case against the Reverend William Rensing was transferred last month. Reverend James Margason, the vicar general of the Diocese of Belleville, said the Vatican told the diocese they had received letters questioning how the investigation was being handled.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:23 am
Tue April 8, 2003

Peabody Purchases Remaining 18% of Black Beauty

St. Louis, MO – Peabody Energy has purchased the remaining 18 percent of Black Beauty Coal Company for about $90 million and other considerations.

St. Louis-based Peabody first purchased 33 percent of Black Beauty in 1994 and had gradually increased its share in the
company.

Black Beauty's seven mines in Indiana and three in Illinois sold more than 24 million tons of high-sulfer steam coal last year, most of it through contracts with electricity generators.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:11 am
Tue April 8, 2003

Chicago Judge Stops Philip Morris Payout

Chicago, IL – Cigarette-maker Philip Morris USA got a
victory today in its fight against a record $10 billion verdict in a class-action lawsuit.

A Cook County judge issued a ten-day temporary restraining order stopping the state from collecting its share of the judgment until a full hearing is held.

The state was to receive $3.6 billion from last month's $10 billion verdict in a Madison County lawsuit.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:40 am
Tue April 8, 2003

Tax Revenue Up in March, Still Down for Year

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri took in about 8% more tax money last month than in March 2002. But the state is still about 6% below what was budgeted for this current fiscal year.

That's why Governor Holden has cut more than $200 million from the budget in recent months.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:36 am
Tue April 8, 2003

Concealed Weapons Bill Poised for Senate Debate

Jefferson City, MO – The chairman of a Senate committee says a
bill allowing Missourians age 21 and over to seek permits to carry concealed weapons will be sent to the full Senate this week.

Lowry City Republican Delbert Scott says the measure will be voted out of committee tomorrow. Scott heads the Pensions and
General Law Committee, which heard testimony on the bill today.

It was passed overwhelmingly by the House last month, but its over-all fate in the Senate is unclear.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:26 am
Tue April 8, 2003

Vatican Now Investigating S. Illinois Priest

Belleville, Ill. – The Vatican is now investigating a decades-old sex abuse case in the Belleville Diocese.

The 6-month-old case against the Reverend William Rensing was transferred last month. Reverend James Margason, the vicar general of the Diocese of Belleville, said the Vatican told the diocese they had received letters questioning how the investigation was being handled.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:09 pm
Mon April 7, 2003

UM-Maryville? Officials Discuss Merger

UM President Elson Floyd has met with NMU officials to discuss a possible merger.
(File Photo)

Maryville, MO – The University of Missouri system could add Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville as a fifth campus.

UM officials said Monday that they are discussing the possibility with their counterparts at Northwest.

University of Missouri President Elson Floyd said at a news conference in Maryville that such a merger would require state legislation.

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