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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:56 pm
Thu May 8, 2003

Disaster Victims Should Call FEMA

The storms hit Pierce City, Mo. especially hard this week.
(Reuters File Photo)

Washington, DC – Disaster recovery officials are urging victims of this week's Midwest storms and tornadoes to call the Federal Emergency Management Agency and register for possible disaster assistance.

Homeowners, renters or business owners affected by severe storms since May 4 can apply.

The phone calls take about 20 minutes. Callers need to provide information including Social Security numbers, their income and must have a phone number where they can be reached.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:25 am
Thu May 8, 2003

Missouri's $19 Billion Budget

(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO –

Missouri's state Constitution gives lawmakers in Jefferson City until Friday (May 9) to pass a budget. Negotiators in both the House and Senate came to an agreement on a $19 billion spending plan very early Tuesday morning.

The budget is still around $150 million out of balance. That could force the governor to make even more cuts, unless lawmakers can find more money. Missy Shelton prepared this report from Jefferson City.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:21 am
Thu May 8, 2003

MO House Passes Boat Class Requirement

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House Wednesday voted in favor of requiring young people to take a boating safety course before driving on a lake.

The legislation keeps the minimum boat driving age at 14, but adds the requirement that those age 14 to 21 must take a course approved by the state Water Patrol before they could get their boater's license. The legislation only applies to driving a boat on a lake; rivers wouldn't be affected.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:51 am
Thu May 8, 2003

Midwest Should Expect More Storms

St. Louis, Mo. – A National Weather Service meteorologist says the recent pattern of severe storms in the Midwest will continue for at least another week.

Jim Kramper says conditions are favorable for thunderstorms - and possible tornadoes - to develop almost every other day.

He says moisture from the Gulf of Mexico is combining with low-pressure systems from the Plains states and cooler air from the Northwest to create the turbulent weather.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:06 am
Thu May 8, 2003

MO Budget Includes Some Pay Raises

Jefferson City, MO – Most Missouri government employees would get a pay raise in July under a proposed state budget.

Because of state financial troubles, most government workers have gone more than two years without a raise.

The budget offered Wednesday by legislative conferees would give a $600 annual raise to all employees who make less than $40,000 a year.

The plan would effect about 48,000 people.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:02 am
Thu May 8, 2003

House Approves Education Budget Bearing Cuts

Jefferson City, MO – State House members have approved an
education budget that cuts basic state aid for public schools.

The budget for the next fiscal year would trim more than $160 million from the amount of basic aid that public schools
were appropriated this year.

It also would cut state aid for such things as busing, gifted-student programs and early childhood programs.

The education budget now goes to the Senate, which must give its final approval before sending the bill to Governor Holden.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:24 pm
Wed May 7, 2003

Storms Hit St. Louis Area, 2 Dead in S. Illinois

St. Louis, MO – Trees are uprooted, power lines knocked over, and homes damaged after a number of storms moved through the southern part of the St. Louis area Tuesday night.

No major injuries were reported in Missouri, but two deaths in southern Illinois are being blamed on the storm.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:27 pm
Wed May 7, 2003

MO Lawmakers Reach Budget Deal

(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Legislative negotiators worked all day Tuesday and into the night before coming to agreement on a $19 billion state budget.

It's slightly out of balance, falling short by about $150 million dollars. That could force Governor Holden to make cuts, or else lawmakers will have to find ways to come up with new money.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:43 pm
Wed May 7, 2003

Holden Tours Damage in De Soto

Missouri Gov. Bob Holden meets with residents near De Soto Jr. High School.
(KWMU staff)

DeSoto, Mo. – Wednesday Missouri Governor Bob Holden inspected damage from last night's storm in De Soto, about 50 miles south of St. Louis.

He declared Jefferson and Cape Girardeau Counties disaster areas, and is asking the federal government to do the same.

Jefferson County reported no deaths or major injuries from the high winds. The Governor says early warning systems worked.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:13 pm
Wed May 7, 2003

SLU Trustees Approve Biggest Construction Project Ever

St. Louis, MO – SLU's trustees have approved a new $80 million research facility at the school's Health Sciences Center.

The move allows the university to begin looking for a place and designing the building, which has been planned for several years.

SLU officials say it will be the largest building project in the university's 185-year history.

President Lawrence Biondi calls the new research center his top priority, saying the center will be a major investment in mid-town St. Louis.

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