St. Louis Public Radio News
11:14 am
Fri July 30, 2004

Blagojevich Signs State Budget

Springfield, Ill – Governor Rod Blagojevich signed a state budget Friday that closes a multibillion-dollar deficit and increases funding for education and health care.

The $45.5 billion spending plan also cuts $800
million in other spending and delays a capital construction plan.

The Democratic governor says the budget also allows more children to go to preschool and helps seniors pay for prescription
drugs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:34 am
Fri July 30, 2004

R. Beach Casino Supporters Bring Message to St. Louis

A rendering of a proposed casino development in Rockaway Beach, Mo.
(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – People in Rockaway Beach, Missouri insist a new casino was their idea, not something outside interests pushed on them.

Several dozen of them were in St. Louis Friday. They want Missourians to approve Amendment 1 on Tuesday. That would expand gambling into Rockaway.

Opponents say a casino will hurt the family image of nearby Branson. But not Virginia Ferguson.

She's the woman who's been in radio and TV ads that have been running over the past several weeks.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:23 am
Fri July 30, 2004

OSHA Fines STL Construction Co. in Ohio Accident

Toldeo, Ohio – Federal investigators announced $280,000 in fines Friday against the builder of a bridge where four workers were killed when a large crane collapsed.

Officials of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said St. Louis-based Fru-Con Construction failed to follow instructions for safely operating the crane.

OSHA also claims Fru-Con violated three other federal work-place safety standards.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:13 am
Fri July 30, 2004

Raw Sewage Leak in St. Charles County

St. Louis, MO – State officials want to know why they didn't know about a massive release of raw sewage sooner.

Millions of gallons of it flowed into Dardenne creek in St. Charles County this week.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says the leak started at a sewage station Sunday and was contained by Tuesday night.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:32 am
Fri July 30, 2004

Bush Returns to Campaign Trail; First Stop Missouri

(UPI file photo)

St. Louis – The Bush campaign is trying to counter the momentum of the Democratic National Convention with stops in key battleground states. Friday, President Bush spoke at a rally in Springfield.

Mr. Bush used his appearance in Springfield to roll out a new stump speech that echoes the theme that America is "turning the corner and we're not turning back."

The president emphasized more individual control over health insurance, less dependence on foreign energy, and a continued commitment to fighting the war on terror.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:02 am
Fri July 30, 2004

Airport-area Land to be Sold

St. Louis – Six hundred acres of undeveloped land near Lambert Airport will go on sale next week. It's part of an effort to bring more economic opportunity to north St. Louis County.

On Monday, the county will begin soliciting proposals to develop the tract just east of the airport for commercial and industrial use.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley says its location near the airport, interstates and light rail make the land a highly attractive investment. But he says some strategy must go into its planning.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:04 pm
Thu July 29, 2004

Bosnians Could Make a Difference on Election Day

St. Louis –

During the Bosnian war more than a decade ago, thousands of refugees came to St. Louis.

Now, the community is thriving. Estimates range from 30,000 to 70,000 people.

Many have become U.S. citizens. They're getting ready to vote in their first American election, and St. Louis-area politicians are paying close attention.

KWMU's Matt Sepic reports.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:53 pm
Thu July 29, 2004

McCaskill says Dems Can't Take Black Vote for Granted

McCaskill
(UPI file photo)

St. Louis – Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill says the her party cannot take the African-American vote for granted.

McCaskill is challenging Governor Bob Holden in Tuesday's Democratic primary.

She says Republicans have a valid criticism of Democrats' reliance on the black vote.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:29 pm
Thu July 29, 2004

Slay Highlights Education, Emergency Workers at DNC

(UPI)

St. Louis – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says a Kerry presidency will be good for public education.

Slay addressed the Democratic National Convention Thursday.

He said the private firm that ran the St. Louis Public Schools for the last year helped focus more resources on the classroom.

"Yet children will continue to be left behind if the federal government fails to meet its obligations," Slay said. "John Kerry and John Edwards will not rest until every child has a chance for a good education."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:12 pm
Thu July 29, 2004

MADD Wants All MO Cities to Ban Open Alcohol in Cars

St. Charles, MO – The group Mothers Against Drunk Driving says it will try to get other cities in Missouri to do what St. Charles did this week.

The City Council there voted to ban passengers in cars from carrying open alcohol.

State law bans drivers from drinking, but says nothing about passengers.

Efforts to ban passenger drinking statewide have repeatedly failed in Jefferson City amid opposition from Anheuser-Busch. The St. Louis brewer maintains the state already has the laws needed to crack down on drunken driving.

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