St. Louis Public Radio News
3:33 pm
Mon December 8, 2003

Lewis & Clark Crew Lands in St. Louis

Crewmembers dock their pirogue in St. Louis. (UPI photo)

St. Louis – A team of historical re-enactors Monday landed a replica of a Lewis and Clark pirogue on the St. Louis riverfront.

The crew is following the explorers' route over three years, and some will camp for the winter in Wood River, Illinois as the Corps of Discovery did in 1804.

Historian Scott Mandrell is playing the role of Meriwether Lewis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:27 pm
Mon December 8, 2003

Edwardsville Alderman Arrested on Drug Charges

Ald. Herb Clay, 5th Ward (photo from City of Edwardsville website)

Edwardsville, ILL. – An Edwardsville alderman was jailed in East St. Louis Sunday; he's expected to face drug charges.

East St. Louis Police Chief Ronald Matthews says the charges will likely be for possession of a controlled substance and fleeing and eluding police.

Matthews declined to identify the suspect pending charges, but police did say the man is a law enforcement official. That's led media to conclude the man is Herb Clay, who is a probation officer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:41 pm
Mon December 8, 2003

Spending Bill Could Mean Millions for Missouri

U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo.
(UPI)

St. Louis – The state of Missouri could receive millions of dollars for various projects covered under a massive federal spending bill that cleared the U.S. House Monday.

Missouri Republican Senator Kit Bond says the $373 billion omnibus appropriation for 2004 includes more than $3 billion for veterans' health care, $1.5 billion for election improvements, and also funding for ongoing environmental cleanup programs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:57 pm
Mon December 8, 2003

MO Lawmakers to Discuss Fees for Non-Union Workers

(KWMU file photo)

St. Louis, MO – Some Missouri state employees will learn today (Monday) whether unions will be able to deduct fees from paychecks of those who don't want to be in a union.

A state legislative committee, called the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, will discuss in Jefferson City so-called "fair share" fees.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:15 am
Mon December 8, 2003

Post-Dispatch Union Workers Authorize Strike

(KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – Negotiations will continue Monday between union workers at the Post-Dispatch and management. On Sunday, union members overwhelmingly voted (353-15) to authorize a strike if current negotiations don't pan out.

The union represents reporters, as well as workers in advertising, classified, circulation, and accounting. Their contract expired a year ago.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:14 am
Mon December 8, 2003

Groundbreaking for WWII Memorial in Illinois

An artist's rendering of what the memorial will look like (photo from Memorial Association)

Springfield, ILL. – Veterans and their families joined officials Sunday at the groundbreaking of what will be Illinois' World War Two memorial.

About 987,000 Illinoisans fought in the war; 22,000 died. The memorial will be in Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery, which is also home to Lincoln's Tomb, as well as Viet Nam and Korean War memorials.

Twelve World War Two veterans from all branches of the service turned the first bit of ground at the ceremony Sunday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:17 pm
Fri December 5, 2003

Treasury Secretary John Snow Visits St. Louis

(Dept. of Treasury website)

St. Louis, MO – Snow's visit came as the Labor Department announced the creation of 57,000 new jobs in November and an unemployment rate below six percent.

But manufacturing remains in decline and some worry President Bush's lifting of steel tariffs will hurt local steelmakers.

Snow says the president always viewed the tariffs as temporary and that they did serve a useful purpose:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:29 pm
Fri December 5, 2003

Gephardt Supports Aide Aboussie

Sacramento, CA – Presidential hopeful Dick Gephardt, of St. Louis, is standing by his long-time aide and campaign vice-chair, Joyce Aboussie.

Two large employees unions that have endorsed Howard Dean's run for President want Aboussie to resign. They say she threatened to help repeal a collective bargaining law for Missouri state employees if union members helped Dean in Iowa. On Thursday, Gephardt said the fuss is just politics and calls her apology the end of the matter.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:21 pm
Fri December 5, 2003

Lambert Gets $85 Million from Feds

Leonard Griggs, Airport Director
(KWMU file photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – The FAA has announced Lambert Airport will get another 85 million dollars for its runway expansion project.

The money comes a month after American Airlines made major cuts in its flight schedule-putting a significant dent in St. Louis airport's revenue.

Still, Airport Director Leonard Griggs says its important that the billion-dollar project continue.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:14 pm
Fri December 5, 2003

Treasury Secretary Visits St. Louis

St. Louis, Mo. – US Treasury Secretary John Snow stopped in St. Louis Friday to speak about the Bush Administration's plans to create new jobs.

Snow says he believes US businesses can create two-million new jobs over the next year. But some criticize the administration's track record.

Liz Smith Currie, with the group Missouri Progressive Vote, says the state's loss of some 78,000 jobs since President Bush took office is inexcusable.

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