St. Louis Public Radio News
4:28 pm
Fri October 10, 2003

Report: MO Schools Need More Money to Meet Standards

Jefferson City, MO – A new report says Missouri schools need a funding boost of nearly $1 billion just to meet state and federal achievement guidelines.

The report is from John Augenblick, a consultant in Denver, who says districts aren't getting enough money to do what's expected of them.

It's being distributed by a business and education group called the Missouri Education Coalition for Adequacy.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:32 pm
Fri October 10, 2003

Volunteering Might Become a Must for IL High Schoolers

Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich (State of Illinois photo)

Springfield, ILL. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich says he's considering requiring high school students to perform community service before they can gradute.

He says it would instill civic responsibility in the students and is something worth exploring.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:04 am
Fri October 10, 2003

Abortion 24 Hour Waiting Period Law Delayed

Jefferson City, MO – A federal judge has blocked a new Missouri law that would have required a 24-hour waiting period for abortions. Senior U-S District Judge Scott O. Wright issued a temporary restraining order today against the law, which had been scheduled to take effect tomorrow.

He said Planned Parenthood demonstrated a probability of success with its lawsuit. The abortion provider claims the law fails to give doctors fair warning of what conduct is prohibited and encourages arbitrary enforcement.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:56 am
Fri October 10, 2003

Refinancing Will Save Missouri $11 Million

(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri will save more than $11 million dollars by refinancing some of its loans.

The state's Board of Fund Commissioners approved the refinancing of about $150 million worth of bonds this week. The board consists of the governor, lieutenant governor, state treasurer, auditor, attorney general and commissioner of administration.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:22 am
Fri October 10, 2003

Missouri's Concealed Guns Law Blocked By Judge

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St. Louis, MO – Missouri's new concealed carry gun law will NOT go into effect Saturday as planned. Friday afternoon, St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer granted a preliminary injunction, citing a provision in the Missouri Constitution that plaintiffs in the case say prohibits concealed firearms.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:50 pm
Thu October 9, 2003

Judge Will Rule On Concealed Guns Friday

St. Louis – St. Louis Judge Steven Ohmer says he could reach a decision as early as Friday in a case about whether Missouri's new concealed guns law violates the state constitution.

A lawsuit seeking to block the concealed guns law from taking effect Saturday claims, in part, that it violates a 128 year old clause in the Missouri constitution. A group of elected officials, mainly from the St. Louis area, filed the lawsuit after the state legislature voted in September to override Governor Bob Holden's veto of the concealed guns bill.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:52 pm
Thu October 9, 2003

George Ryan Among Contenders for Nobel Peace Prize

Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan

Springfield, Ill. – The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be named Friday in Sweden. Those who keep tabs on the finalists say former Illinois Governor George Ryan is among those under consideration.

It was one of Ryan's final acts in office that has led to his nomination. He commuted the sentence of all 167 death row inmates, saying at the time the capital punishment system was "haunted by the demon of error."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:27 pm
Thu October 9, 2003

MO Attorney General Sues Two For Spamming

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:11 pm
Thu October 9, 2003

Judge Says Gun Suit Will Say in St. Louis

St. Louis – St. Louis Judge Steven Ohmer has ruled that a lawsuit seeking to stop Missouri's new concealed guns law should be heard in St. Louis.

Attorney General Jay Nixon had sought to have the case moved to Cole County, where most constitutional challenges to state law are heard.

Nixon said he will fight the suit, despite personal opposition to the new gun law.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:11 pm
Thu October 9, 2003

Measure Introed for IL-Sponsored Buildings

The IL Capitol building would be off-limits to naming rights (KWMU photo)

Springfield, ILL. – Illinois' House Speaker Michael Madigan proposed legislation Wednesday that sets the stage for corporate sponsorship of state buildings and events.

The measure isn't so much an allowance of sponsorship as it is a list of which buildings can't get naming rights. Presidential birthplaces, the state capitol building in Springfield, and national historic sites are among those listed as off limits.

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