St. Louis Public Radio News
12:02 pm
Thu April 22, 2004

Twins Recovering from Ovary Transplant at St. Luke's

St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, where the ovary transplant took place. (UPI file photo)

St. Louis, MO – Identical twins are recovering at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield after surgeons Wednesday transplanted one twin's ovary to the other twin.

Dr. Sherman Silber says it's the first time such a transplant has ever been tried in the country. But several organ-donor and reproductive groups were unable to confirm his claim.

The 24-year old sisters are from Alabama. Both entered puberty normally but Stephanie Yarber began menopause at age 13 while her sister, Melanie Morgan, stayed fertile.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:52 am
Thu April 22, 2004

I-DOT Says $2 Billion Needed for Road Construction

Springfield, Ill – Illinois Transportation Secretary Timothy Martin says the state must borrow $2 billion to keep road construction on pace.

Martin announced a seven-year road program Thursday that totals $1.75 billion for the fiscal year that begins July 1st.

But Governor Rod Blagojevich must convince lawmakers to borrow money to provide an extra $500 million per year.

Martin says road construction would drop by $400 million during the next two years if no money is borrowed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:37 am
Thu April 22, 2004

Pfizer Defends Position on Re-Imported Drugs

St. Louis – Pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer held its annual shareholders meeting Thursday in St. Louis. The company is defending its position against prescription drug imports.

Last January, Pfizer cut off its supply of products to Canadian pharmacies that fill mail-order prescriptions from U.S. consumers.

Critics contend that's hurting millions of seniors who can't afford the drugs domestically. But Pfizer senior vice-president Chuck Hardwick says re-importation would expose the U.S. to unsafe counterfeit drugs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:37 am
Thu April 22, 2004

St. Louis's Private School Management Experiment

St. Louis interim superintendent William Roberti (UPI file photo)

St. Louis, MO – KWMU's Kevin Lavery reports for NPR's All Things Considered about the St Louis school board's decision last year to hire a corporate turnaround firm to run its troubled school system.

Lay-offs and school closings followed along amid community uproar. But other cities may now want to do the same.

To hear the story as it aired on NPR, click here.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:15 am
Thu April 22, 2004

MO Senate Passes Lawsuit Limits: Holden Promises Veto

Gov. Holden says he'll veto the lawsuit limit bill now headed to his desk. (UPI file photo)

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has given final approval to a bill that would impose new restrictions on lawsuits.

Thursday's vote sends the bill to Democratic Governor Bob Holden, who vetoed a similar bill last year. He says he'll also veto this year's version.

The vote on the bill came late Thursday morning -- only after majority Republicans voted three times to shut off debate, and Democrats tried to stall the bill.

Wednesday, a handful of Democrats had adjourned the Senate as a way to delay a vote.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:07 am
Thu April 22, 2004

Congress Votes to Name Fed. Bldg. for Paul Simon

The late Paul Simon (SIU photo)

St. Louis, MO – The U.S. House Wednesday sent legislation to President Bush that would rename the federal building in Carbondale, Ill. after Paul Simon. (The U.S. Senate had already passed the measure)

President Bush is expected to sign the measure.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:16 pm
Wed April 21, 2004

Illinois Let Computers Go Unused for Three Years

Springfield, Ill – Three years later, downstate Illinois high schools and colleges will finally receive computer equipment that cost the state $2.7 million.

Auditor General William Holland reported Tuesday that the equipment has been sitting idle in a private warehouse for at least three years. Storage and maintenance cost the state more than $340,000.

The equipment was left over from the Illinois Century Network program, a data network for state libraries, schools and museums.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:54 pm
Wed April 21, 2004

Missouri Democrats Shut Down State Senate

Jefferson City, Mo. – A few Democrats have taken advantage of a
rare opportunity to shut down the Missouri Senate for the day.

Democrats had been filibustering a bill backed by majority
Republicans to impose new limits on lawsuits.

Around lunchtime, Democrat Joan Bray of St. Louis noticed there
were no Republicans in the Senate chamber. So she quickly moved to adjourn until 10 o'clock Thursday morning.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:55 pm
Wed April 21, 2004

Blunt Says Jobs Would be Focus of Administration

Blunt at a campaign event in February.
(UPI file)

St. Louis – Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Blunt says creating new jobs in Missouri would be the focus of his administration if he is elected in November.

Blunt was in St. Louis Wednesday discussing his economic plan, called "Working for Missouri".

He says one way to create new jobs is to cut taxes on small businesses.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:48 pm
Wed April 21, 2004

Archdiocese to Pay $1.6M to Settle Priest Abuse Suit

Archdiocese Offices on Lindell Blvd. (KWMU file photo)

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Archdiocese says it will pay more than $1.6 million to a boy who was sexually molested by a priest.

The settlement is the largest ever paid by the archdiocese to a victim of priest sex abuse. Reverend Gary Wolken pleaded guilty two years ago to statutory sodomy and child molestation in the case.

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