St. Louis Public Radio News
11:03 am
Thu February 12, 2004

St. Louis Scientists Say Korean Cloning Encouraging

St. Louis – Genetic researchers in St. Louis say the first successful cloning of a human embryo is encouraging news that will lead to the cure of a multitude of diseases.

Scientists in South Korea announced this week that they've extracted stem cells from a cloned blastocyst, an early stage embryo made up of about 200 cells.

Dr. Steven Teitlebaum, with the Washington University School of Medicine, says the event proves that therapeutic cloning is possible.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:37 am
Thu February 12, 2004

Farmer's Challenges in Challenging Bond

NY Sen. Hillary Clinton and MO Treas. Nancy Farmer, at a campaign event in January (KWMU file photo)

St. Louis, MO –

Missouri State Treasurer Nancy Farmer is officially launching her U.S. Senate campaign this week. The Democrat is hoping to unseat three-term Republican Senator Kit Bond.

Farmer was a State Representative from St. Louis, and also headed a nonprofit housing co-op in the city. She has been preparing her Senate bid for some time, but faces an uphill battle against the popular incumbent.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:55 pm
Wed February 11, 2004

Bond Explains Opposition to Road Bonds

Washington – Senator Kit Bond Wednesday explained why he opposes a highway bill amendment by fellow Missouri Republican Jim Talent.

Talent's measure would generate road-building money by selling bonds.

Bond is an author of the bill. And he says he doesn't want it to add to the deficit, as would happen with Talent's proposal.

The Bush administration has mentioned bonds as something thatcould trigger a veto.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:45 pm
Wed February 11, 2004

Blunt Calls State Pay Increase Unfair

UPI file photo of Matt Blunt

St. Louis – Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt says all state employees deserve more money, but only if pay raises are given equally.

The Service Employees International Union held protests in St. Louis and Kansas City Wednesday, claiming Blunt opposes pay hikes for many of its members.

A proposal by Governor Bob Holden would grant a larger increase to unionized workers than to regular state employees. Blunt says that's merely a political favor.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:16 pm
Wed February 11, 2004

SMS Name Change Creates Delays Again

SMS photo of the campus of Southwest Missouri State University

Jefferson City, MO – Re-naming Southwest Missouri State University once again slowed business in Jefferson City. On Tuesday, opponents stalled the name change measure in the state House for more than ten hours before a vote was held late Tuesday night.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:10 pm
Wed February 11, 2004

County Picks Pinnacle to Build Casino

A rendering of Pinnacle's casino proposal in Lemay.
(Pinnacle)

St. Louis – The St. Louis County Gaming Selection Committee Tuesday approved a plan from Pinnacle Entertainment to build a new casino in South County.

Pinnacle wants to put a $300 million facility on the old National Lead site near the city limits. The company was chosen over Isle of Capri Casinos.

St. Louis County Economic Council president Denny Coleman says Pinnacle's plan offers the most benefit to the local economy.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:00 am
Wed February 11, 2004

Herculaneum Lawsuit Can Be Tried in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court said Tuesday a lawsuit by residents in Herculaneum can be heard in St. Louis.

The class-action lawsuit claims a lead-smelter owned by the Doe-Run company damaged residents' property.

The suit was filed in St. Louis because that's where the company's financial officer, Marvin Kaiser, lives. Doe Run argued Kaiser was named a defendant solely because the plaintiffs wanted to file in St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:56 pm
Tue February 10, 2004

Opposing B-ball Coaches Duke it Out, then Get Married

Kansas City, MO – There was a wedding at a Kansas City High School Tuesday night, just after a basketball game.

Fans and players watched the two coaches whose teams had just played one another get married on the court.

Steve Cassity met Aletha Penn at a basketball camp. Penn coaches the Center High School girls' team; Cassity coaches Hickman Mills (his team won 65-60).

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:47 pm
Tue February 10, 2004

UM-Columbia Gets Biggest Donation Ever

The late Donald Reynolds

Columbia, MO – The journalism school at the University of Missouri-Columbia got a $31 million pledge yesterday from the Donald Reynolds Foundation in Las Vegas. It's the largest donation in the school's history.

Reynolds was in the journalism school's class of 1927; he died in 1993.

The money will be used to open the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Reynolds also founded the Donrey Media Group.

An earlier gift from Reyonds of $9 million
provided the money to build the university's alumni center.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:44 pm
Tue February 10, 2004

Blagojevich Donor Gets State Contract

Springfield, Ill. – A company that gave Rod Blagojevich's campaign fund more than $25,000 in Illinois has won a $214,000 state contract.

Maximus Inc., of Reston, Va. will recommend ways for the state to save a million dollars on vehicle costs. The state has so far gotten rid of more than 1,700 state-owned vehicles. The governor's office says donations played no role in awarding the contract.

Last year Blagojevich demanded the state find ways to save money by reducing its 13,000 vehicle fleet.

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