St. Louis Public Radio News
1:51 pm
Mon August 23, 2004

Efforts to Oust ESL School Board Pres. Will Continue

East St. Louis, Ill. – Efforts to remove East St. Louis's Board of Education President continue, even though the board that first tried to get rid of him is now disbanded.

A state panel that oversaw school finances until recently first tried to get rid of Lonzo Greenwood because of his role negotiating a secret contract.

But the state Board of Education say it will not continue to press for Greenwood's removal. The fight includes a lawsuit that the East St. Louis School District filed to keep Greenwood on the board.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:19 pm
Mon August 23, 2004

Casino Opponents Push for Last-Minute Signatures

A rendering of the facility Pinnacle wants to build

St. Louis, MO – A group of people in St. Louis County is trying to gather 25,000 signatures by Tuesday to overturn a county ordinance allowing Pinnacle Entertainment to build a new casino in Lemay.

The group Casino Watch says Pinnacle's plan to bring 5,000 new slot machines to Lemay would create more gambling addicts and force local companies out of business. As of Saturday evening, the group was still about 10,000 names short of its goal. Still, chairman Mark Andrews remains optimistic.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:59 am
Mon August 23, 2004

Unions Protest New Overtime Rules

Labor union members with the group Working America protest at Kiener Plaza downtown.
(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – Unionized workers protested in downtown St. Louis Monday. They don't like new Labor Department rules on overtime.

The regulations allow overtime for some low wage workers who weren't eligible before. But they also exempt employees who manage others.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:01 am
Mon August 23, 2004

Police Say Stunt Bikers Caused SUV Crash

St. Charles, Mo. – Stunt-driving motorcyclists are being blamed for an accident that left eight people injured in suburban St. Louis.

The search continues for six bikers whose wheelies and other daredevil stunts on Interstate 64 in St. Charles allegedly caused the accident.

Authorities say the stunts caused two SUVs to collide. Five of the injuries are listed as serious.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:19 am
Mon August 23, 2004

Casino Supporters Say Opponents Use Bad Data

St. Louis – The president of the St. Louis County Economic Council says a group trying to overturn a county ordinance allowing for a new casino in Lemay is using flawed data.

The group Casino Watch is trying to gather 25,000 signatures by Tuesday afternoon in order to put an anti-gaming referendum on the November ballot.

Its members say another casino would foster gambling addiction. But economic council president Denny Coleman says that's not a valid argument.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:28 am
Mon August 23, 2004

Marceline, MO to Name Post Office After Walt Disney

Walt Disney (photo from disney.com)

Marceline, MO – The post office in the north-central Missouri town of Marceline will get a new name today (Monday).

It will become the Walt Disney Post Office. A souvenir "Walt Disney Post Office" postmark will also be offered at the Marceline facility beginning today.

Disney was born in the town on December 5, 1901.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:40 am
Sun August 22, 2004

Group Wants MO Mental Retardation Official to Resign

The Bellefontaine Habilitation Center (state of Missouri photo)

St. Louis, MO – An advocacy group called the Mentally Retarded Citizens of Missouri wants the state's head of mental retardation services to resign.

The call follows allegations of systematic abuse at the Bellefontaine Habilitation Center in suburban St. Louis. The allegations include a report of a man beaten to death.

The group says Anne Deaton has not paid enough attention to the quality of care people receive at the state's five care centers for the mentally disabled.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:20 pm
Fri August 20, 2004

St. Louis Schools Add Extra Security on School Buses

(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – The St. Louis public school district is adding new security measures to its bussing program.

Each of the more than 420 buses the district contracts with Laidlaw Transit will be equipped with digital video cameras to monitor student behavior.

Also, more than a quarter of the bus fleet will have global positioning systems and two-way digital radios to better track bus locations and pickup times.

Transportation director Deanna Anderson says that should help reduce calls from anxious parents.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:57 pm
Fri August 20, 2004

Illinois Gas Prices Down, Despite Rising Cost of Crude

Aurora, Ill. – Despite soaring crude oil prices, the cost of gasoline in Illinois is coming down.

Nicole Niemi of the Aurora-based AAA Chicago Motor Club says it's an unusual situation.

The increase in crude oil prices in the spring resulted in a 20-cent jump in retail gasoline prices in Illinois

But refineries have high inventories now, especially of summer-grade gasoline. That has to be used up soon, and demand is slackening.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:57 pm
Fri August 20, 2004

Former Clinic Workers Say They Tried to Warn of Abuse

St. Louis, MO – Two former workers at a suburban St. Louis center for the mentally disabled say they tried to tell their bosses of abuse by other workers.

But they add those in charge didn't want to hear about it.

Maria Compton says administrators wouldn't get angry at the alleged abusers, they'd get mad at her for trying to report the problems.

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