St. Louis Public Radio News
12:12 pm
Mon April 12, 2004

Missouri Group Launches Voter Education Campaign

St. Louis – In an effort to avoid the problems that plagued the 2000 presidential election in St. Louis, a voting rights group is working to make sure every eligible Missourian can vote in November.

Monday, the Help Missouri Vote Coalition kicked off a statewide campaign to increase voter awareness and protect voters' rights.

The group's Kelly Anthony wants to see voter eligibility information placed online.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:31 am
Mon April 12, 2004

Missouri Group Launches Voter Education Campaign

St. Louis – In an effort to avoid the problems that plagued the 2000 presidential election in St. Louis, a voting rights group is working to make sure every eligible Missourian can vote in November.

Monday, the Help Missouri Vote Coalition kicked off a statewide campaign to increase voter awareness and protect voters' rights.

The group's Kelly Anthony wants to see voter eligibility information placed online.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:04 pm
Fri April 9, 2004

Holden Releases Education Funding

Missouri Gov. Bob Holden (UPI file photo)

St. Louis – Missouri State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says a delayed court case is the main reason why Governor Bob Holden decided today to release $127 million in state education funds.

Luebbering says it's not likely a Southwestern Bell tax lawsuit against the state will be resolved this fiscal year.

"We had set aside $50 million in anticipation of having to either settle, or having a court decree tell us to pay Southwestern Bell," Luebbering said. "So that $50 million is freed up."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:58 pm
Fri April 9, 2004

Doctors Upgrade 40 lb. Teen to Serious Condition

St. Louis – Officials at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis say a 16-year-old boy brought in this week weighing just 40 pounds has been upgraded from critical to serious but stable condition.

Doctors and nurses are slowly re-hydrating and nourishing the boy.One pediatrician says this was the most dramatic case of starvation she's ever seen.

The boy is from Michigan. He's mentally retarded, prone to seizures and has cerebral palsy.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:04 am
Fri April 9, 2004

Metro East Woman Delivers Sextuplets

St. Louis – An Illinois woman gave birth to six babies Friday in a suburban St. Louis hospital.

Officials at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur say they believe the children are the first sextuplets ever born in Missouri.

The three boys and three girls are all in critical condition, because they were born premature.

Their weights varied from one pound-13 ounces to two pounds-15 ounces.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:05 am
Fri April 9, 2004

Tax Break for Non-Missourian Workers Could Go Away

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Jefferson City, MO – Missouri lawmakers are working to end a tax break for thousands of non-Missourians who work in the state.

Those who live in Illinois but work in Missouri, for example, can deduct property like a home or car from income taxes, even if that property isn't in Missouri. Legislation in Jefferson City would end that practice.

Blocking such a tax break would mean about $11 million more for Missouri each year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:43 am
Fri April 9, 2004

Population Surges in Counties, Falls in St. Louis City

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St. Louis, MO – New census data show Lincoln County, Mo. is now the fastest growing county in Missouri and the 70th fastest growing in the country. Lincoln's head count jumped 13.5% since April 2000.

But the actual population is still far below St. Louis City, and St. Charles, Jefferson, and St. Louis Counties.

St. Charles saw about a 10% increase. That works out to almost 28,000 more people in the past four years, which is the 70th biggest numerical increase in the country.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:02 am
Fri April 9, 2004

Highway Patrol Reports Staff Shortage

St. Louis – The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it's difficult to retain staff because other police departments are offering more competitive pay and benefits.

The Patrol announced this week it has 88 positions open around the state. That includes 17 in the St. Louis district.

Captain Chris Ricks says Missouri's budget troubles are exacerbating the shortage.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:11 pm
Thu April 8, 2004

Illinois Gives OK to Reopen Hartford Refinery

Springfield, Ill – The state of Illinois has given ConocoPhillips the go-ahead to reopen a refinery in the small town of Hartford, near St. Louis.

The approval from Governor Rod Blagojevich means the company can restart a closed crude oil refining unit even though it hasn't received a permanent permit from the state.

ConocoPhillips purchased the plant last year from Premcor, which closed the refinery in 2002.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:51 pm
Thu April 8, 2004

McCaskill Says Child Abuse Hotline Not Fixed

Missouri Auditor Claire McCaskill (file photo)

St. Louis – Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill says those running the state's child abuse hotline are not responding adequately to calls.

McCaskill released a follow-up report Thursday on the Department of Social Services.

McCaskill says DSS has improved in several areas after a 2000 audit. But she says the hotline remains the agency's biggest failure.

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