St. Louis Public Radio News
12:24 pm
Wed April 7, 2004

St. Louis Teachers Protest at City Hall

Teachers and school workers protest outside City Hall
(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – About 100 St. Louis school employees protested outside City Hall Wednesday to voice their anger over what they say is Mayor Francis Slay's lack of support for the city school district.

The union representing most city teachers and staff wants the mayor to take a more active public role in helping to resolve the district's financial crisis.

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11:37 am
Wed April 7, 2004

Missouri State Budget Gets First Round House Approval

(KWMU file photo)

Jefferson City, MO –

Lawmakers in the Missouri House left the state Capitol in Jefferson City at about 2:30 this morning (Wednesday).

They had just spent hours debating the 12 pieces of legislation that make up the state's $19 billion budget. In the end, lawmakers gave first-round approval to the budget.

The spending plan still needs one more vote in the House, which is expected later Wednesday. Missy Shelton prepared this report from Jefferson City.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:50 am
Wed April 7, 2004

Illinois Delegation to Apologize to Mormons

Joseph Smith, Jr. (image from Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints)

Salt Lake City, UT – A delegation from Illinois is in Utah today (Wednesday) to meet with state and Mormon Church officials.

They're going to express official regret for expelling more than 10,000 members of the church from the western Illinois city of Nauvoo in 1846.

Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn is leading the delegation; he'll also express regret for the 1844 murder of Mormon leader Joseph Smith, Jr.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:27 am
Wed April 7, 2004

Mokwa Fires Policeman, Suspends Another

St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa (KWMU file photo)

St. Louis – One St. Louis police officer has been fired and another suspended in the wake of an incident last week. The policemen shot 28 rounds into a fleeing car in which a couple and their three young children were riding.

Police Chief Joe Mokwa has fired a probationary officer who was on the force a short time. Mokwa is recommending the suspended officer be dismissed as well.

He says the shootings were not justified, even though the motorist had disobeyed the officers' orders.

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9:07 am
Wed April 7, 2004

Voters Defeat St. Louis County Parks Tax

St. Louis – Shoppers in St. Louis County will not have to pay an extra eighth of a cent for every dollar they spend at the cash register.

By fewer than 700 votes Tuesday, county voters defeated proposition P.

Its supporters say the measure would have raised more than $16 million for county parks.

But opponent Fred Lindecke says voters realized where the county's money went.

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4:30 pm
Tue April 6, 2004

Panel Will Decide How Land Near Lambert Is Developed

St. Louis, MO – Officials in St. Louis County have named a commission that will oversee just how about 475 acres of land near Lambert Airport are developed.

The land is just east of the airport and includes parts of the cities of Berkeley, Kinloch, and Ferguson.

It's the largest patch of land available for development in St. Louis County.

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1:49 pm
Tue April 6, 2004

Carnahan Questions WMD Information

Former U.S. Senator Jean Carnahan (KWMU photo)

St. Louis – Former Democratic Senator Jean Carnahan of Missouri says she now questions the information she was given by the Bush administration before voting for the war in Iraq.

Carnahan lost re-election to her seat in 2002 after serving two years in Congress. She voted in favor of the U.S.-led coalition's attack on Iraq after being briefed by Donald Rumsfeld and Colin Powell.

Carnahan says it seemed like the proper response to the 9-11 attacks.

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12:46 pm
Tue April 6, 2004

Local Elections Throughout Missouri Today

St. Louis, MO – Today is Election Day in Missouri.

There are no elections in St. Louis City, but St. Louis County voters will vote on a proposed sales tax for county parks (Proposition P).

Many school districts in the region are asking permission to increase taxes or borrow money in the region.

They include Fort Zumwalt in St. Charles County, Washington in Franklin County, Hillsboro in Jefferson County, and Hazelwood in St. Louis County.

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12:44 pm
Tue April 6, 2004

Nixon Sues Alleged 'Fax Blasters'

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon (KWMU file photo

St. Louis – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon is suing several companies whom he says are inundating Missouri small business owners with unsolicited faxes.

Nixon is suing several U.S. and British companies for sending unwanted faxes in violation of state and federal consumer protection laws.

Nixon wants the courts to issue injunctions to force the companies to stop and is also seeking fines against them. Nixon says the companies are charging consumers without their consent.

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12:28 pm
Tue April 6, 2004

Missouri-American Water Rates Will be Frozen

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri regulators have approved a plan to freeze Missouri-American Water Company rates through 2005. The agreement affects 410,000 customers in Missouri.

A surcharge of about $0.75 that was only on customers in St. Louis County also will be eliminated April 16th.

The action Tuesday ended a disagreement between the state and Missouri-American. The company wanted to increase revenue by $20 million. The state sought a $20 million decrease.

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