St. Louis Public Radio News
2:53 pm
Mon June 28, 2004

Popcorn Workers in Western MO Lose Lawsuit

Carthage, MO – A jury in Carthage has ruled against four employees of a popcorn factory who claimed butter flavoring caused disabling lung injuries.

The jury deliberated about five hours before ruling 9-3 Monday that International Flavors and Fragrances and its subsidiary, Bush Boake Allen Incorporated, weren't responsible for the injuries of Jasper Popcorn Company plant workers.

It was the third trial against the flavoring makers involving lawsuits filed by employees at the Jasper plant.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:52 pm
Mon June 28, 2004

Madigan Postpones Emergency Budget

Springfield, Ill – Illinois legislative leaders emerged from
the governor's office Monday with no progress on a new budget but a pledge to meet again.

Lawmakers are deadlocked with Governor Rod Blagojevich over a spending plan for the fiscal year that
begins Thursday.

There was one sign of potential progress. Democratic House
Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago postponed action he planned today on a "core-services" budget that would keep government running July First if there was no deal.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:13 pm
Mon June 28, 2004

Blunt Outlines Education Plan

Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt.
(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – Missouri Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Blunt Monday called for better teacher pay, cost controls on public universities and an end to partisan fights over school funding.

At a public elementary school in the St. Louis suburb of Webster Groves, Blunt said all schools should receive help from the state, but kids who go to private schools should not get tuition vouchers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:31 pm
Mon June 28, 2004

Roberti Has Few Regrets About Year in St. Louis

Outgoing Interim Superintendent William Roberti.
(UPI file)

St. Louis – This week, the St. Louis Public School district is closing one of the most difficult chapters in its history. On Wednesday, William Roberti will serve his last day as the district's interim superintendent.

Thirteen months ago, Roberti and his team from the New York-based firm Alvarez and Marsal set out to reform the district's operations and financial practices.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:28 pm
Mon June 28, 2004

Bush Closer to Getting on Nov. Ballot in Illinois

(UPI file photo)

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois lawmakers sent legislation to the governor Monday that would let President Bush be on the November ballot.

State law requires the ballots to be finished 67 days before the election.

But Republicans are holding their convention unusually late this year. Bush won't be officially nominated until 61 days before the election.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:13 pm
Mon June 28, 2004

Drag Racer Dies in Fiery Crash

Madison, IL – Darrell Russell had just lost in the second round of eliminations at the Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals when his dragster came apart.

The 35-year-old Russell was traveling at about 300 mph and was near the end of the quarter-mile strip when
the accident occurred.

He was unconscious when rescuers pulled him out of the wreckage and took him to St. Louis University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:10 pm
Mon June 28, 2004

The Earth Shook, but Geologists Don't Know Why

Chicago – Geologists say they cannot give a reason for Monday morning's earthquake centered in the small community of Troy Grove in north central Illinois.

Authorities say the magnitude 4.5 quake caused no
reported damage.

The quake, which occurred at 1:10 a.m., was also felt in parts of Missouri, including St. Louis, as well as Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:53 am
Mon June 28, 2004

Metro Raises Basic Fare to $1.50

St. Louis, MO – Starting today (6/28), most bus and MetroLink riders will pay an extra quarter. The basic fare is now $1.50, up from $1.25.

Critics say its unfair for the transit agency to raise rates for people who depend on buses while it builds a $500 million light rail extension.

But Metro spokeswoman Adella Jones says the construction money is coming from a sales tax.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:08 am
Mon June 28, 2004

In Missouri Case, High Court Says No Double Interrogations

Washington – In a ruling arising from a Missouri case, the U.S. Supreme Court Monday warned police they could not deliberately question a suspect twice, the first time without a Miranda warning.

But the court left open the possibility that some confessions
obtained after double interviews would be acceptable. But they said police must prove the interrogation wasn't intended to undermine the Miranda warning.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:14 am
Mon June 28, 2004

Illinois House May Pass Stripped Down Budget Deal Today

Springfield, IL – Blagojevich says he answered lots of questions and heard some complaints during the meeting. Some House members say the meeting helped clear the air after Blagojevich's public criticism of fellow Democrats over the state budget.

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