St. Louis Public Radio News
9:53 am
Wed June 2, 2004

Union Pacific Opens New HQ in Nebraska

(photo from Union Pacific)

Omaha, Neb. – Union Pacific Corp., which owns the largest railroad company in the U.S., opened its new $260 million headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska Wednesday.

The new building will bring together several office sites in downtown Omaha, as well as its St. Louis office. About 1,000 jobs in St. Louis are being moved to the new facility.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:54 pm
Tue June 1, 2004

Missouri Supreme Court Hears Gay Marriage Case

St. Louis – A political fight over the timing of a gay marriage ban election has reached a skeptical Missouri Supreme Court.

Judges Tuesday questioned whether there was any practical or legal reason preventing Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt from placing the amendment on the August ballot, as Democratic Governor Bob Holden ordered.

Blunt's attorney acknowledged there was no practical barrier. But he said state election law makes an August election impossible.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:56 pm
Tue June 1, 2004

Rams release two-time NFL MVP Warner

Quarterback Kurt Warner (UPI file photo)

St. Louis – The St. Louis Rams and two-time MVP quarterback Kurt Warner officially parted ways Tuesday.

Warner's agent Mark Bartelstein said the Rams cut Warner. He says Warner's time in St. Louis has been "wonderful" and "an unbelievable chapter in his life."

Coach Mike Martz has decided to go with Marc Bulger at quarterback, and the Rams can save nearly $5 million under the salary cap by releasing Warner.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:22 pm
Tue June 1, 2004

A-B Buys Controlling Stake in Chinese Brewery

St. Louis – St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, the world's largest beer maker, topped a rival takeover bid by SABMiller PLC and snapped up a controlling stake in Harbin Brewery Group Limited.

Anheuser-Busch, maker of Budweiser and Bud Light, paid $49.8 million (U.S.) for an additional seven percent stake in Harbin Brewery, a century-old brewery based in the northeastern city of Harbin.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:51 pm
Tue June 1, 2004

Missouri Supreme Court Set to Hear Gay Marriage Case

Jefferson City, Mo. – The top elected officials in Missouri are accusing each other of ignoring the law.

That comes as the state Supreme Court prepares to decide a timing question, for an election on the proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage.

The high court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether the gay marriage vote should occur in August, or whether it must wait until as late as November.

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

Malpractice, Gambling Remain on Legislative Agenda in Overtime

Springfield, Ill – The Illinois budget is the hot topic at the state Capitol, but other important issues remain on the legislative agenda as the session heads into overtime.

Now the biggest question is whether any of them will get resolved.

Lawmakers have backed vastly different plans to solve doctors' high medical malpractice insurance rates.

Supporters hope Democrat leadership in the House will call either idea for a vote, but some Democrats say that may not happen.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:04 am
Tue June 1, 2004

Deadline Passes in Illinois with No Budget

Ill. Capitol Bldg. (KWMU photo)

Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois House and Senate adjourned Monday night without passing a state budget. That means the spring session will go into overtime.

The issue of how to fill a $2.3 billion budget deficit remains unresolved. It also menas Democrats have given new power to the Republican minorities in each legislative chamber. Under state law, the number of votes needed to pass budget legislation increases after May 31st (It goes from a simple majority to three-fifths majority).

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10:35 am
Tue June 1, 2004

Seniors Protest new Drug Card Program

St. Louis – A federal program supporters say will give senior citizens discounts on prescription drugs started Tuesday.

Drugstores, HMOs and other groups are offering special discount cards they say will knock as much as 20 percent off some prescription costs.

But Myrna Fichtenbaum with the Older Women's League says Congress and President Bush had different motives for passing the plan.

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4:19 pm
Mon May 31, 2004

Poplar Bluff Band Helps Amtrak With Train Concert Experiment

Poplar Bluff, MO – A bluegrass band from Poplar Bluff, Mo. was part of an experiment to gauge reaction to live music on an Amtrak train.

The band is called Buzzard Run. Members performed Memorial Day weekend for passengers on Amtrak's Texas Eagle, which runs from Chicago, through St. Louis, to San Antonio, Tex.

The group marketing the idea, called the Texas Eagle Marketing and Performance Organization (TEMPO), says the musicians were received enthusiastically.

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4:00 pm
Mon May 31, 2004

Illinois House Passes Education Changes

(KWMU photo)

Springfield, Ill – The Illinois House voted Monday to give the governor greater power over the State Board of Education.

The legislation--part of an agreement between Governor Rod Blagojevich and legislative leaders--aims to make the governor more accountable for public schools and reduce bureaucratic red tape.

It passed 116-1 and goes back to the Senate for agreement.

The bill would let Blagojevich replace seven of nine policymaking board members this summer and future governors the chance to replace all members while in office.

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