St. Louis Public Radio News
12:43 pm
Tue August 17, 2004

First Lady Rallies Women In St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – At a suburban St. Louis hotel, Mrs. Bush spoke about her husband's plans to institute permanent tax relief and strengthen education.

The First Lady also touched on issues of particular importance to women. She called for medical liability reform, noting that obstetricians face some of the highest malpractice insurance premiums in the industry:

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12:28 pm
Tue August 17, 2004

Lincoln Library & Museum Gets Abe's Briefcase

Springfield, ILL. – A portfolio that historians believe Abraham Lincoln used to carry official papers was donated to Illinois Tuesday.

Tom Heyser of Maryland gave the briefcase and a dress worn by Mary Todd Lincoln to First Lady Patti Blagojevich at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Blagojevich says the portfolio, which is stamped with Lincoln's name in gold leaf, was the most valuable Lincoln artifact remaining in private hands.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:36 pm
Mon August 16, 2004

Legal Battle in S.C. Over STL-based Express Scripts

Columbia, S.C. – South Carolina's decision to let St. Louis-based Express Scripts provide drug coverage for state workers is being challenged.

The company that has covered workers for the past decade - MedCo - is challenging the recent contract decision.

MedCo says Express didn't inform South Carolina officials that Express faced a lawsuit in New York.

Express denies the allegations in New York and adds that it did mention the lawsuit when it filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:11 pm
Mon August 16, 2004

Legislators Study Underage Drinking

Jefferson City, Mo. – A legislative committee studying the problem of under-age drinking met for the first time Monday.

The lawmakers are hearing from state officials, law enforcement and advocacy groups about what's being done by public and private groups to combat minors' access to alcohol.

The group plans several meetings around the state this summer.

It expects to report to the Missouri Legislature by the end of the year on what programs are effective, what needs work and if any changes in the law are needed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:39 pm
Mon August 16, 2004

Laclede Gas Workers Ratify Contract

St. Louis, MO – Two unions have ratified a new, four-year contract with Laclede Gas Company.

Members of the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Locals 5-6 and 5-194 have been working without a contract for two weeks. They had turned down a proposal from the company on August 1st.

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1:26 pm
Mon August 16, 2004

Business Leaders Want MO Tax Holiday to be Annual Event

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St. Louis – Business leaders in Missouri say this past weekend's sales tax holiday was a success. Now, they want it to be a yearly occurrence.

The three-day tax holiday was a one-time only event. It would take another act of the state Legislature to do it again.

Missouri Chamber of Commerce President Dan Mehan says next time, lawmakers should make it permanent.

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11:18 am
Mon August 16, 2004

Belleville Teachers Approve Contract; Avoid Strike

St. Louis – High school teachers in Belleville are on the job this week after averting a walkout.

The teachers approved a new three-year contract early Monday morning, which was ratified Sunday night by the district's school board.

Neither side has released details yet.

A union spokesman says teachers are not happy with the deal, and only agreed to it to ensure school would start on time.

Brent Clark is Belleville District 201 superintendent.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:57 am
Mon August 16, 2004

New Illinois Law Protects Breastfeeding Rights

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Springfield, Ill – Governor Rod Blagojevich on Monday signed the Right to Breastfeed Act. It gives women the right to nurse their children in both public and private places.

The law also gives nursing mothers the right to go to court against any agency or business that tries to stop them from breastfeeding. It goes into effect immediately.

The measure was prompted by a woman from the Chicago suburb of LaGrange.

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10:56 am
Mon August 16, 2004

Two Teens Charged in 5-Hour Crime Spree

St. Louis, MO – Two teenagers have been charged with 18 offenses in connection with a St. Louis crime spree that began with a carjacking.

Authorities expect a third suspect to be charged today (Monday), and police are still looking for a fourth person.

Police say the two were among a group of four who stole five cars, had five traffic accident, and injured a theft victim, pedestrian, and police officer - all in a five-hour period.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:10 am
Mon August 16, 2004

John Edwards Campaigns in Springfield, MO

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Springfield, MO – The Democratic candidate for Vice President spent the night in Springfield Missouri.

John Edwards spoke Sunday night to thousands at Southwest Missouri State University. He hit on many John Kerry-John Edwards campaign themes like health care and job security.

Edwards will also speak today (Monday) with a small group of people today at a home in a town near Springfield, called Willard. The event is not open to the public.

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