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

Reserve Soldiers from Missouri Called for Duty in Iraq, Afghanistan

Washington – Congressman Ike Skelton, D-Mo., says 121 former soldiers from Missouri are being recalled to active duty for service in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Skelton said Friday the soldiers are members of the Individual Ready Reserve.

Nationwide, the Army plans to notify at least 5,600 soldiers next week that they will be involuntarily recalled and could be deployed beginning this fall.

Skelton is the senior House Armed Services Committee Democrat.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:54 am
Fri July 2, 2004

Danforth Sworn In as Ambassador to U.N.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (L) swears in former U.S. Senator John Danforth Thursday as Sally Danforth (C), his wife, holds the bible. (Reuters photo)

Washington, D.C. – Former Missouri U.S. Senator John Danforth was sworn in Thursday as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas administered the oath of office to Danforth. Thomas worked for Danforth 30 years ago when Danforth was Missouri Attorney General.

President Bush said Danforth goes to the United Nations as a "strong voice for the humane and decent conscience of America."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:59 pm
Thu July 1, 2004

SEMO Drops 'Indians' Mascot

Cape Girardeau – Southeast Missouri State University has dropped its Indians nickname. The Board of Regents in Cape Girardeau Wednesday voted to instead make the mascot the Redhawks.

The men's sports teams had been called the Indians. The women were the Otahkians. Otahki was a Cherokee woman who died near Cape Girardeau on the Trail of Tears in the 1830s.

Supporters argued that the nicknames shows pride in southeast Missouri's American Indian heritage. Others found the names demeaning to American Indians.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:50 pm
Thu July 1, 2004

Illinois Legislators Pass 30-day Budget

Springfield, Ill – With the governor and legislative leaders still fighting over a state budget a day into the new budget year, Illinois lawmakers approved a one-month interim spending plan Thursday to keep government operating.

Both the House and the Senate approved an interim 30-day, short-term core services budget.

The spending plan now goes to Governor Rod Blagojevich's desk.

That version provides a full-year spending plan but ends that proposal as of August 1.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:43 pm
Thu July 1, 2004

Fitzgerald Blames GOP for Jack Ryan's Campaign End

Former Sen. candidate Jack Ryan

St. Louis, MO – Illinois' junior U-S Senator is blaming his own party for ending Jack Ryan's campaign last week.

Republican Peter Fitzgerald says Ryan would have survived the release of Ryan's divorce.

The divorce records suggested Ryan wanted his ex-wife to have sex with him in public... but she refused.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:34 pm
Thu July 1, 2004

No Illinois Budget as New Fiscal Year Starts

(file photo)

Springfield, Ill. – The state of Illinois is starting the fiscal year today (Thursday) without a budget.

State government will keep running, though. Leaders are instead pushing a one-month budget that will keep services going, and make sure state workers still get paid. Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Sen. President Emil Jones said there wouldn't be an agreement on a full-year spending plan by the start of the new budget year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:02 pm
Thu July 1, 2004

Roberti Ends Tenure as Interim Superintendent

William Roberti
(UPI file)

St. Louis – William Roberti spent part of his last day as St. Louis' acting school superintendent by highlighting the accomplishments of the past year, and handing the reins to his successors.

Roberti delivered his final report in a north St. Louis warehouse, a site chosen to emphasize his team's progress in revamping the district's inefficient textbook tracking program.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:22 pm
Thu July 1, 2004

SEMO Drops "Indians" Mascot

Cape Girardeau – Southeast Missouri State University has dropped its Indians nickname. The Board of Regents in Cape Girardeau Wednesday voted to instead make the mascot the Red Hawks.

The men's sports teams had been called the Indians. The women were the Otahkians. Otahki was a Cherokee woman who died near Cape Girardeau on the Trail of Tears in the 1830s.

Supporters argued that the nicknames shows pride in southeast Missouri's American Indian heritage. Others found the names demeaning to American Indians.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:14 pm
Thu July 1, 2004

Aikn, Talent Sponsor Bills to Protect 'Under God' in Pledge

U.S. Rep Todd Akin (left) and Sen. Jim Talent (file photos)

St. Louis – Missouri Republican Senator Jim Talent and Republican Congressman Todd Akin are sponsoring legislation to limit the power of federal courts to rule on the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ruling on a technicality, the U.S. Supreme Court last month reversed an appellate court decision that said the phrase "under God" in the pledge is unconstitutional.

However, it's likely the appellate court will re-examine the issue.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:34 am
Thu July 1, 2004

SBC Workers Approve Contract

San Antonio – SBC Communications workers represented by
the Communications Workers of America have approved a new five-year contract.

The union says 85 percent of workers voted to ratify the deal. It was reached in late May after a brief walkout in SBC's 13-state local service area.

The deal increases wages and pensions, preserves health benefits and enhances job security.

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