St. Louis Public Radio News
11:52 am
Wed March 3, 2004

Forget Pujols! Lewis & Clark Trading Cards Available

William Clark (left) and Meriwether Lewis (right) (pictures from MO Hist. Society)

St. Louis, MO – William Clark's rookie card might never make it to E-Bay, but the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is now selling Lewis and Clark trading cards.

The cards commemorate the 200th anniversary of the expedition, which started in St. Louis and traveled west on the Missouri River.

The cards also describe state parks and other points of interest in Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:37 am
Wed March 3, 2004

Bill Would Keep Floyd From Columbia Chancellorship

UM President Elson Floyd (file photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Some Missouri lawmakers are trying to keep University of Missouri President Elson Floyd from also being Chancellor of the Columbia campus.

Current Chancellor Richard Wallace will retire this summer. Floyd has suggested taking the job to save money.

But legislation in Jefferson City would prevent that move.

St. Louis Democrat Rita Days has concerns with what would happen on other UM campuses, including St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:19 am
Wed March 3, 2004

Missouri Starts Emergency Preparedness Program

Missouri Homeland Security Chief Tim Daniel.
(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – Health officials are launching a statewide campaign to urge all Missourians to know what to do in an emergency.

The state's new "Ready in 3" program encourages families to create a disaster plan, prepare an emergency kit and to listen for information about what to do during an actual emergency.

Missouri Homeland Security chief Tim Daniel says the goal is to increase each person's level of preparedness.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:07 am
Wed March 3, 2004

Blagojevich Testifies Before State Senate

Springfield, ILL – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich says he can improve the state's schools by taking control of them.

He told the state Senate Wednesday that schools are failing because no one at the state level is accountable for making them succeed.

"And so ask yourself this question - do we do something to try to make our schools fundamentally better or do we leave them the way they are? That's the choice we all have to make," Blagojevich said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:48 pm
Tue March 2, 2004

Medical Marijuana in Illinois Hits Roadblock

IL State Capitol (KWMU file photo)

Springfield, Ill. – Lawmakers who want to legalize marijuana use for the most severely ill of Illinoisans hit a roadblock Tuesday.

A measure to legalize some pot use was sent to a House subcommittee.

That's traditionally a place for legislation to die.

But a similar measure is still alive in the state Senate.

The measure would allow patients to possess up to six marijuana plants and one ounce of the illicit drug to treat their illnesses.

Supporters argue that's the only way to curb nausea and other woes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:43 pm
Tue March 2, 2004

Charter Completes Sale of Some Systems to Atlantic

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis-based Charter Communications completed its sale Monday of systems in five states.

About 228,500 Charter customers in the eastern U.S. will soon become Atlantic Broadband customers.

Atlantic is paying $735 million.

Charter sold the systems because it needs to pay off debt.

The sale was first announced last September. It includes cable TV systems in Miami Beach, Western Pennsylvania, the Maryland/Delaware Peninsula and West Virginia.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:19 pm
Tue March 2, 2004

Senior RX Might Be Expanded

Jefferson City, MO – The top Republican and Democrat in the Missouri Senate want to expand the state's Senior RX program.

Senior RX offer prescription drug coverage for about 19,000 seniors.

It started before Congress expanded Medicare last year to cover some drug costs.

But Republican Peter Kinder and Democrat Ken Jacob say Congress's law left some seniors out.

Kinder says the bipartisan legislation would fill that gap.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:12 pm
Tue March 2, 2004

Proposal Would Change Campaign Contribution Rules

Jefferson City, MO – A Missouri State Senator is working to change campaign disclosure laws.

Republican Dan Clemens says the law hasn't been updated in 27 years.

He wants to allow local candidates for offices like mayor, county council, or judge raise more money without reporting it to the state.

Currently candidates have to report donations when they reach $1,000.

Clemens wants that threshold to be $5,000.

He says it would reduce paperwork filed with the state's Ethics Commission

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:00 am
Tue March 2, 2004

113 Missouri School Districts to Ask Voters for Money

Jefferson City, MO – Voters in 113 Missouri school districts will be asked next month to approve higher taxes for public schools.

Most of the districts with questions on April 6 ballots will seek approval of higher property taxes, or bond issues for capital improvements. The state has 524 school districts.

Education Commissioner Kent King says schools have gone through two years of cutbacks and withholdings in state aid.

King says many school districts now are faced raising local revenues or cutting staff and programs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:28 am
Tue March 2, 2004

Drug Deaths Rise in St. Louis Area

St. Louis – A federal report released Tuesday says more St. Louis-area residents died as the result of drug abuse in 2002 than in the four preceding years. Nearly three percent of all area deaths were drug related.

Dr. Judy Ball, with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, says the St. Louis numbers are not out of the ordinary.

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