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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:22 pm
Mon April 28, 2003

Talent Hopes to Level Playing Field for Small Business

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St. Louis – U.S. Senator Jim Talent, R-Mo., says the federal government needs to pay more attention to small businesses when awarding defense and construction contracts.

On Monday morning, Talent toured ABNA Engineering, a minority-owned firm in St. Louis' Central West End.

He says government agencies like the Department of Defense often "bundle" many small contracts into large ones, effectively pushing small firms out of the bidding process.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:14 am
Mon April 28, 2003

Residents Push Again for Oversight Board

St. Louis, MO – Dozens of St. Louis city residents at a public hearing in St. Louis Sunday reiterated their desire for a civilian oversight board to monitor the city police department.

Several people gave personal accounts of police brutality. They want an independent board to keep the police in check because they say the department's internal affairs division is ineffective.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:01 am
Mon April 28, 2003

Missouri to get $7.1 Million in Wall Street Settlement

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri officials have given preliminary approval to the state's share of a nearly $1.4 billion national settlement with Wall Street brokerage houses.

The settlement involves 10 investment firms whose analysts recommended stocks to investors while their investment banking divisions were underwriting them. Merrill Lynch is one of the 10 firms. Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt said the company's analysts were encouraged to give exaggerated stock values.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:36 am
Mon April 28, 2003

Pharmacy Lobbyists Stall Industry Legislation

Jefferson City, MO – A dispute between state officials and lobbyists has stalled legislation over pharmacies. The proposal was written after the case of Kansas City druggist Robert Courtney, who was convicted of diluting prescriptions.

The legislation would allow the state's Board of Pharmacy to be more aggressive in cases that could threaten people's health.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:13 am
Mon April 28, 2003

St. Louis Boy Falls Under Train, Loses Part of Leg

St. Louis, MO – Doctors removed part of a St. Louis boy's right leg Sunday after an accident with a freight train.

Seven-year old Shawn Vaughn is hospitalized in serious condition. He and a friend tried to jump off the train when it began moving, but Vaughn fell beneath the wheel of a freight car.

His friend then ran for help and a neighbor used a shirt to make a tourniquet on his right leg. Police drove the boy to the hospital before an ambulance arrived.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:30 pm
Fri April 25, 2003

Bosley Re-introduces Smoking Ban

St. Louis, Mo. – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen began a new session today. 3rd Ward Alderman Freeman Bosley Senior has re-introduced a bill that would ban smoking in all city-owned buildings, including Lambert Airport.

Bosley proposed the change to the city's smoking ordinance last summer, but officials wanted to test the air at the airport first.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:05 pm
Fri April 25, 2003

Bond and Talent Want to Meet with American

Washington, D.C. – Missouri Senators Kit Bond and Jim Talent - upset with the way former TWA employees have been treated - want to meet with the new head of American Airlines.

The two Republicans say they want to talk with CEO Gerard Arpey about how to fairly integrate the TWA workers who are now employed by American. They also want to stress the importance of American Airlines to Missouri's economy.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:18 pm
Fri April 25, 2003

Flight Attendants OK Concessions; St. Louis Hit Hard

St. Louis, Mo. – The Association of Professional Flight Attendants' board of directors has accepted a new agreement with American Airlines that they say will keep the company out of bankruptcy. But St. Louis-based workers say they'll be worse off.

Former TWA flight attendant Sherry Cooper was one of five APFA board members who voted against the proposal. She says the union failed to fight for St. Louis employees.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:06 pm
Fri April 25, 2003

City Drug Commissioner Resigns Over Racial Comment

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis City's drug court commissioner resigned Thursday, two months after being accused of using the word "niggardly" in a racially offensive way.

A probation officer complained in January that Jane Geiler had referred to a black prosecutor as niggardly, which means cheap or miserly.

But the bar association that called for her resignation says she used it to mean slow or lazy.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:31 am
Fri April 25, 2003

Missouri Unemployment Rate Edges Up

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's unemployment rate has
increased slightly, but is still well below the national average.

The state Department of Economic Development says today that Missouri's 4.8 percent unemployement rate in March was up one-tenth of a percentage point from February.

But that seasonally adjusted unemployment is still a full percentage point below the national average. It's also seven-tenths
of a point below what it was in March 2002.

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