St. Louis Public Radio News
3:32 pm
Mon February 23, 2004

Gibbons Says MO Tax Credits Are Out Of Control

Jefferson City, MO – The state of Missouri now offers about 50 different tax credits designed to encourage economic development or public service. But there's no way to make sure that recipients of the credits are
using them legitimately.

The state provides no funding to pay for tax credit auditors. Tax credit recipients aren't required to prove that the money from the credits brought about results.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:59 pm
Mon February 23, 2004

Brown Sisters Speak In St. Louis

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St. Louis, MO – Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson are the daughters of the late Rev. Oliver Brown, the lead plaintiff in the case of Brown vs. the Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court decision that struck down public school segregation.

Thompson said the prospect of having their children walk great distances to all-black schools angered many families:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:54 pm
Mon February 23, 2004

Few Real Problems At St. Louis Mardi Gras

UPI photo of Saturday's Mardi Gras parade in Soulard

St. Louis, MO – Police say a man is accused of robbing eight people as they walked to their cars Saturday night from the festivities. Authorities say they arrested another man suspected of breaking into several parked cars at the celebration Saturday night.

But police say those were most serious arrests made in connection with Saturday's Mardi Gras parade and the hours
following it.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:12 pm
Mon February 23, 2004

Coalition Vows To Keep Scott AFB Open

St. Louis – A newly-formed coalition is vowing to make every effort to keep Scott Air Force Base off the Pentagon's closure list in 2005.

The group of Missouri and Illinois civic leaders is calling for public support for their campaign to protect the base.

Scott is moving forward with plans to privatize its entire housing stock next year.

St. Clair County chairman John Baricevic says while that's no guarantee the base will be spared, it's a quality of life enhancement that the Pentagon will consider.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:35 am
Mon February 23, 2004

Illinois Rep. Wants 'Morning After' Pill More Available

Springfield, ILL – An Illinois lawmaker wants to make the
"morning after" contraceptive pill available without a prescription.

State Representative Sara Feigenholtz says the
pill must be taken within 72 hours after intercourse to prevent pregnancy, but it's sometimes hard to get a prescription that
quickly, so she wants pharmacies to sell the drug.

Opponents say the drug sometimes stops fertilized eggs from
developing, which they consider to be abortion.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:32 pm
Fri February 20, 2004

Party for Nelly Might Mean Fine for St. Louis Casino

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Jefferson City, MO – The President Casino in downtown St. Louis might be fined $50,000 for giving special treatment to Nelly.

The singer had a private birthday party there last November; and the state Gaming Commission claims he and his eight-person entourage were allowed in without required electronic cards that limit how much a person can lose.

Nelly's publicist says she thought he had gone through the necessary steps. The casino says it's reviewing the matter.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:04 pm
Fri February 20, 2004

Gephardt Praises Kerry on Trade Issues

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St. Louis – Missouri Congressman Dick Gephardt says Senator John Kerry has the best credentials on trade issues of all the Democratic presidential candidates.

In a conference call with reporters today, Gephardt said despite Kerry's yes' vote on the North American Free Trade Agreement a decade ago, Kerry has a stronger trade record than his chief rival, Senator John Edwards.

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

Missouri Might Open Archives Office in St. Louis

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Jefferson City, MO – The Secretary of State's office is looking for possible locations in St. Louis to house state archives.

Webster Groves Republican Kathlyn Fares is sponsoring legislation to establish a private trust fund that would pay for the facility. It would be in addition to the state's archive office in Jefferson City.

"We have archives in Jefferson City; we do not have the space to handle all the materials that are beginning to become available," Fares said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:45 pm
Fri February 20, 2004

American Pulls Flights From Lambert Concourse

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St. Louis – An entire section of Lambert Airport in St. Louis will be taken out of service for the immediate future, several months after American Airlines made major flight cuts at the airport.

Starting Saturday, (Feb. 21) American will move all of its arrivals and departures from the D concourse to other gates in the main terminal.


Airport spokesman Mike Donatt says the move will mean less walking for passengers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:44 pm
Fri February 20, 2004

MO Ranks 5th, IL 35th in Women Appointments

Albany, NY – A new survey places Missouri fifth in the percentage of women appointed by the governor to top government jobs.

Nationally, women made up 32% of top state appointments last year. That was down slightly from two years earlier.

But in Missouri, nearly 43% of top state officials appointed by the governor were women. Illinois ranked 35th.

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