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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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:44 am
Thu May 27, 2004

East St. Louis Could Soon Regain Financial Control

East St. Louis, Ill. – East St. Louis, Illinois, might regain the power to balance its own books by this fall.

A state panel has been overseeing the city's budget since 1990, when the state approved a $25 million bailout plan for the impoverished town.

That oversight was to end when city officials balanced the budget for ten straight years.

The head of the panel, Kenneth Gearhart, yesterday said auditors are close to declaring the budgets from 1994 to 2003 balanced. That would make ten years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:43 am
Thu May 27, 2004

Appeals Court Upholds MO Abortion Wait Period

St. Louis – A federal appeals court panel says Missouri's new law requiring a 24-hour wait for women seeking abortions can take effect.

Thursday's order from the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dissolves a temporary retraining order from October, when the law originally was scheduled to go on the books.

Starting now, Missouri physicians will have to wait 24 hours to perform abortions after conferring with women about things such as physical, psychological and situational risk factors.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:57 am
Wed May 26, 2004

Heavy Rains Drench St. Louis Area; More Expected

Heavy Rains on Tuesday caused flash floods throughout the region. (UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis, MO – The weather pattern that has buffeted the St. Louis area with high winds, heavy rains, hail and lightning in recent days is expected to stick around for awhile.

The system was draped over the upper Midwest last week, prompting devastating storms in Nebraska, Iowa and northern Illinois.

National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Truett says the system has dropped to the south and is hanging over Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:21 am
Wed May 26, 2004

Slay says Audit is a Good Start

State Auditor Claire McCaskill (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says progress has been made in correcting problems at the city election board, but there is still work to be done.

The Mayor's assessment follows release Wednesday of an audit of the board by state Auditor Claire McCaskill. The report, sought by Slay, cites cost overruns for cell phones, poor controls, and voter files that include dead people, felons and Illinois residents.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:50 pm
Tue May 25, 2004

Storms Flood Parts of St. Louis, Knock Out Power

Motorists exit their vehicles to look at the lake of water on Highway 55 south of downtown. Heavy rains caused the sewers to back up all over the St. Louis area.
(UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – Severe storms caused power outages and flooding in parts of the St. Louis area Tuesday afternoon.

High water caused major delays at the intersection of Interstates 44 and 55 south of downtown, and caused problems in the Shaw neighborhood and Soulard.

Ameren U-E says more customers are without power.

As of Tuesday morning, workers had restored power to all but 10 percent of the 33,000 households Monday's storm had knocked out.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:35 pm
Tue May 25, 2004

SBC, Union Reach Agreement

SBC offices in St. Louis (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – Local phone giant SBC and a union representing about 100,000 of its workers tentatively agreed on a new 5-year contract early Tuesday morning.

The deal affects workers in 13 states, including more than 4,000 workers in the ST. Louis area.

SBC and the Communications Workers of America announced the agreement just hours after workers ended a four-day strike and returned to work.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:20 pm
Tue May 25, 2004

River City Rascals Cancel 'Sports Criminals Night'

T.R. Hughes Stadium, where the Rascals play (photo from rivercityrascals.com)

St. Louis, MO – A minor-league baseball team in O'Fallon, Mo. has cancelled plans to mark what it called the "O.J. Simpson 10th anniversary" with a trivia contest.

The River City Rascals planned a "sports criminals' night" at T-R Hughes Ballpark for next week, but scrapped those plans Monday.

The team also apologized to anyone that might have been upset by the idea.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:43 pm
Tue May 25, 2004

Missourians Will Vote on Proposed Casino Near Branson

Jefferson City, MO – All Missourians will decide whether a casino should be allowed on the White River in Rockaway Beach in southwest Missouri.

The Secretary of State's office has certified the issue for the ballot after supporters gathered signatures from registered voters. The statewide vote will be in either August or November.

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