St. Louis Public Radio News
4:55 pm
Thu May 27, 2004

State Set to Issue Cement Plant Permit

St. Louis – Within several days, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources could issue its final permit to the Holcim company for a cement plant in Ste. Genevieve County.

The Swiss firm wants to build what would be the largest such facility in the United States.

Environmentalists say nitrogen oxide from the plant will hurt air quality in the St. Louis area, but Holcim spokeswoman Nancy Tully says the facility will use an advanced pollution control system called Selective Non-Catalytic Reduction.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:52 pm
Thu May 27, 2004

Metro-East Jail Reports Four New Staph Infections

Belleville, ill. – St. Clair County Jail officials say four prisoners are being treated with antibiotics after another round of staph infections.

Just two months ago, public health officials inspected the jail were reported in eight prisoners. All of those affected inmates recovered.

Staph is commonly carried on healthy people's skin or in their noses, and mostly causes mild infections like pimples. But it can be fatal if it spreads to the blood or goes untreated.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:01 pm
Thu May 27, 2004

Private Donors Raise $50,000 for UM Chancellors' Pay

UMSL Chancellor Thomas George (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – Private donors have kicked in $50,000 each for chancellor salaries at University of Missouri campuses in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Rolla.

Payments for UM-St. Louis Chancellor Thomas George and Kansas City's Chancellor, Martha W. Gilliland, came in April.

The Rolla contribution arrived last week after some stock was sold.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:29 pm
Thu May 27, 2004

Smash Mouth Show at Fair St. Louis Cancelled

Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell (photo from smashmouth.com)

St. Louis, MO – The pop group Smash Mouth will not help St. Louis celebrate the Fourth of July. Organizers have canceled the show just a week after booking them.

They say lead singer Steve Harwell offended Enterprise Rent-A-Car workers at a private party in Orlando this month. The Post-Dispatch says he called them obscene names.

St. Louis-based Enterprise is sponsoring the fair's air show this year. A replacement act will be named.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:25 pm
Thu May 27, 2004

Law Enforcement to Participate in Muslim Awareness Program

St. Louis – Hundreds of law enforcement officials will take part in a sensitivity training program Friday in St. Louis designed to foster greater awareness of Arabs and Muslims.

James Hacking with the St. Louis chapter of the Council on Amercan-Islamic Relations says hate crimes, discrimination and cases of ethnic profiling against Arabs and Muslims are on the rise since the Iraq war.

He says he routinely receives complaints from Muslims who are detained at airports simply because of their Arabic names.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:12 pm
Thu May 27, 2004

St. Louis County Names New Police Chief

County Police Chief Jerry Lee.
(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – St. Louis County has named a new chief of police. Major Jerry Lee takes over on Tuesday, replacing Chief Ron Batelle, who is retiring.

Lee is a 33-year veteran of the county police department, serving most recently as the commander of the criminal investigation division.

He says his priority is to continue to provide the best protection possible to the county's residents.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:50 pm
Thu May 27, 2004

Sewers Overflow into Rivers Because of Rain

Heavy rains Tuesday caused flash flooding (UPI Photo)

St. Louis, MO – The overflow of rainwater has caused some raw sewage to leak into the Mississippi River and River Des Peres from overworked sewers.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District says the overflow is unlikely to make anyone ill.

MSD has also fielded more than 500 calls about flooded basements and streets, as well as blocked drains.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:13 pm
Thu May 27, 2004

Holden Signs Tax Credit Reform Bill

Jefferson City, Mo. – A bill aimed at providing more information about state tax credit programs was signed today by Governor Holden.

The bill by Senator Michael Gibbons requires applicants for tax credits to provide more information than they do now, and to show how the credit is working for a few years after receiving it.

All programs also will be audited regularly.

The bill arose after reports of abuse in one program that's aimed at helping poor areas attract high-tech business.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:53 am
Thu May 27, 2004

<i>Post-Dispatch</i>, Union Reach Deal

The Post-Dispatch building in downtown St. Louis (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – The Post-Dispatch and the union representing 600 of its workers say they've reached a tentative contract agreement.

The five-year deal includes pay raises but also requires many workers to pay more health-care costs.

Reporter Tim O'Neill, the Newspaper Guild President, calls the deal a fair resolution to a long negotiating process.

"Obviously there are things we don't like but there are things we do," O'Neill said Thursday morning. "The money is improved from the offer we rejected four months ago.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:18 am
Thu May 27, 2004

Aide's Father Wins Settlement from Aircraft Parts Maker

St. Louis – An Ohio company that makes airplane parts has settled a lawsuit filed by Chris Sifford's father.

Sifford was an aide to Governor Mel Carnahan, who died in the same crash that killed the governor in 2000.

Dale Sifford will get $905,000.


His suit in Kansas City alleged that two vacuum pumps made by Parker Hannifin of Cleveland failed during the flight.

The pumps' failure caused a power cut to instruments needed to fly through the rainy, windy weather that night.

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