St. Louis Public Radio News
4:04 pm
Mon March 8, 2004

Historians Disagree Over New Ballpark Site

St. Louis – The St. Louis Cardinals new stadium is the site of a disagreement over the city's archaeological history.

Some contend the stadium is being built on top of centuries of St. Louis history, including the former site of pens that once held slaves.

Other historians argue construction in the 1960s on the current Cardinals ball park makes it a poor site for study.

The Cardinals say if workers find something significant, it will be preserved.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:01 pm
Mon March 8, 2004

Arch Coal Will Sell Mine, Once it Owns It

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis-based Arch Coal plans to sell a mine it doesn't yet own.

Arch is currently awaiting federal approval to buy Vulcan Coal. Vulcan owns the Buckskin mine in Wyoming.

Arch said in its annual report released this morning (Monday) that it will immediately sell the Buckskin mine once the sale with Vulcan is final.

Kiewit Mining Acquisition Company will pay Arch $82 million for the mine.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:53 pm
Mon March 8, 2004

Campaign Will Aim at Predatory Lenders

St. Louis, MO – Civic leaders and housing officials will announce a campaign to fight predatory lenders today (Monday).

The program features a hotline homebuyers can call to get legal and financial advice to avoid unscrupulous lending practices.

Local housing officials say African-Americans are often illegally steered towards homes in certain communities.

Missouri Congressman William Lacy Clay says solving that problem takes broad cooperation.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:55 pm
Mon March 8, 2004

Bond Says Highway Bill Won't Raise Deficit

(UPI file)

St. Louis – Missouri Republican Senator Kit Bond says a highway bill now in the U.S. House will not raise the federal deficit.

The Senate has approved a six-year, $318 billion highway package. But the White House wants to spend less on the measure, and threatens to veto the legislation.

Bond says his argument to the president is that the bill is already paid for.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:51 am
Mon March 8, 2004

Clay: City and County Should Merge Back Together

KWMU file photo of U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay

St. Louis, MO – As a group of St. Louisans studies ways to make its city government more efficient, Missouri Congressman William Lacy Clay is asking the group to consider the idea of St. Louis city rejoining St. Louis County.

The City of St. Louis split from St. Louis County in 1876, but the city retained many of the same functions performed in each Missouri county.

Clay says reentry back into the county might end duplicated services that would improve the quality of life and save money.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:17 am
Mon March 8, 2004

Illinois to Use Internet to Report Disease Outbreaks

Springfield, ILL – Reporting infectious diseases to Illinois
officials soon will be a computer-mouse click away.

The Public Health Department says a Web-based reporting system will help them identify potential bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases days earlier than the current paper reporting
system.

The state is installing the electronic reporting system this
month at health departments in Chicago and nine counties.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:44 am
Mon March 8, 2004

Students Will Pick Up More UM Tab Than State

Columbia, MO – Students will pay more of the University of Missouri's budget this year than the state.

Tuition and fees account for 44.6% of money the the four-campus system has for this current fiscal year's budget.

State funding is about 42.2%.

Administrators say it's the first time in anyone's memory that tuition makes up more of the budget than state funding.

Four years ago state appropriations were 58% greater than tuition revenues.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:00 pm
Fri March 5, 2004

John Ashcroft Hospitalized in Washington

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft (Reuters file photo)

Washington, DC – U.S Attorney General John Ashcroft is in a Washington hospital this morning (Friday).

His spokesman says the former Missouri Governor and Senator has a bad case of gallstone pancreatitis.

The Justice Department says the 61-year-old Ashcroft was taken Thursday night to the emergency room at George Washington University Hospital after complaining of stomach pains.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:52 pm
Fri March 5, 2004

Hometown Church Prays for Ashcroft

Springfield, MO – The General Council of the Assemblies of God is remembering the ailing Attorney General John Ashcroft in prayer.

The Reverend Thomas Trask, the council's superintendent, used the intercom system at the Assemblies of God headquarters in Springfield Friday morning to lead its 1,100 employees in a prayer for Ashcroft.

Ashcroft is hospitalized in a Washington hospital intensive care unit, for a severe case of gallstone pancreatitis -- a painful condition that usually clears up within a week with treatment.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:45 pm
Fri March 5, 2004

Nixon Frustrated With Concealed Weapons Delay

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon.
(file)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon is frustrated that lawmakers haven't acted quickly to revise Missouri's concealed guns law.

One week has passed since the state Supreme Court upheld the Legislature's right to legalize concealed guns. But the court also said the law's funding mechanism violates a prohibition on unfunded mandates.

Some sheriffs are taking concealed gun applications. But many others are waiting.

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