St. Louis Public Radio News
11:36 am
Fri March 12, 2004

Osage Indian Nation Helps Mark La. Purchase Anniv.

St. Louis, MO – A delegation from the Osage Indian Nation is in St. Louis this week to commemorate the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase.

A panel of Osage women spoke at the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Thursday about the difficulties they face in maintaining their culture while living in a non-native society.

Deborah Yates says it's important for all people to remember they come from a tribal existence.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:32 am
Fri March 12, 2004

Holden Wary of UM Bonding Bill Changes

Missouri Gov. Bob Holden (UPI photo by Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden says he's wary of a Senate proposal to expand a college campus building program.

The University of Missouri wants to borrow $190 million (by selling bonds) to build new life sciences and engineering buildings on its four campuses.

But when the plan reached a Senate committee this week, some members wanted to expand the plan to let more universities sell bonds to build on their campuses, regardless of whether the construction would be life sciences-related.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:13 am
Fri March 12, 2004

Interviews with Illinois U.S. Senate Candidates

Current U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald, who is not running for reelection

Illinois – KWMU has been airing a series of conversations with the 15 candidates for U.S. Senate in Illinois.

Current Senator Peter Fitzgerald has opted out of running for reeleection, a move that opened the election to either party. Seven Democrats and Eight Republicans are running for their party's nomination.

The Illinois Primary is March 16.

Illinois Public Radio's Steve Edwards spoke with many of the candidates.

Photos courtesy of Chicago Public Radio.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:04 am
Fri March 12, 2004

Feds Delay Homeless Shelter Decision

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St. Louis – The Rev. Larry Rice will have to wait at least another two weeks to find out whether he'll be able to turn a downtown federal building into the area's largest homeless shelter.

Federal officials had been scheduled to make a decision on the Abram Federal Building Friday.

But Rev. Ray Redlich, the New Life Evangelistic Center's assistant director, says they're delaying it.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:15 pm
Thu March 11, 2004

Amtrak Could Get Some Funding for A Few Months

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House gave first-round approval to a measure Wednesday that would fund Amtrak in Missouri until July.

The twice-daily trains from St. Louis and Kansas City got state funding for this current fiscal year, but not for all 12 months of the fiscal year.

Lawmakers on Wednesday added almost $900,000 to a supplemental spending measure.

Some lawmakers had balked at giving the train service even more money, saying the state has bailed out the carrier system for years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:52 pm
Thu March 11, 2004

Alleged Abuse Victims Sue Former Priest

St. Louis Archdiocese headquarters (KWMU file photo)

St. Louis – Three more people are suing former St. Louis-area priest Michael McGrath for sexual abuse.

The priest abuse victims' group SNAP says that makes 18 lawsuits against the former priest.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests director David Clohessy calls McGrath the most notorious abuser in the St. Louis archdiocese.

Clohessy says some fake lawsuits are filed in the U.S., but he believes the claims against McGrath.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:36 pm
Thu March 11, 2004

Missouri Changes Mental Health Care for Kids

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden signed legislation into law Wednesday that tries to make it easier for the state to pay some children's mental health care costs.

The measure changed the requirement that parents give up custody of their children to the state so the child could get treatment.

Medicaid will now cover the costs of care and let parents keep custody of their children.

It's the first bill Holden signed into law from this spring's legislative session.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:02 pm
Thu March 11, 2004

Abram Building Decision Could Come Friday

St. Louis, MO – The federal government could decide tomorrow (Friday) whether the Abram Building should be given to the Rev. Larry Rice.

Rice wants to make the building a homeless shelter.

But city officials want the building razed so a parking lot can be built for a renovated Kiel Opera House. Without the lot, the Opera House project will not happen.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:42 am
Thu March 11, 2004

Holden Pushes Jobs Program in St. Louis

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St. Louis – Missouri Governor Bob Holden was in St. Louis Thursday to tout a job creation package he hopes will win legislative approval.

The governor says redirecting three outdated tax credit programs into a statewide bond issue would target investment in critical infrastructure programs.

Holden says his Jobs Now package would not increase taxes, but create thousands of new jobs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:55 am
Thu March 11, 2004

Chico Donates Campaign Funds to ESL Vets' Group

Gery Chico (Chicago Public Radio photo)

St. Louis – A U.S. Senate candidate visited the Metro East Thursday and donated some of his campaign money to a veterans' organization.

Democrat Gery Chico stopped at the Veterans' Advocates headquarters in East St. Louis and gave the job training group a check for $500.

Chico says it's something candidates don't usually do especially within a few days of an election.

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