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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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:32 pm
Wed April 21, 2004

St. Louis City Budget to Shrink 4 Percent

St. Louis – St. Louis city budget director Frank Jackson says decreases in key revenue sources means a leaner budget next year.

The $790 million plan is four percent smaller than the current budget, and calls for nearly 300 fewer positions.

Jackson says while there will be some layoffs, the budget will not impact essential city services. He says the down economy is hurting major funding sources such as sales and earnings taxes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:03 am
Wed April 21, 2004

MO Senate Works Late; Passes 2 of 12 Budget Bills

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri state Senators worked until just past midnight Wednesday morning on the state's budget. They passed just two of the 12 bills that make up the state's budget.

But much of Tuesday's debate was over how to spend a relatively small amount of new money - $8 million - the state will get from lottery proceeds. Several Democrats spent hours offering, withdrawing and re-offering various amendments on how to spend that money.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:34 am
Wed April 21, 2004

St. Louis PR Firm Will Cut Ties with Los Angeles

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard says it will no longer work with the City of Los Angeles amidst intense public scrutiny.

The firm has multi-million dollar contracts with city's harbor, airport, and water and power offices that will be terminated within months.

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