St. Louis Public Radio News
10:17 am
Mon March 8, 2004

Illinois to Use Internet to Report Disease Outbreaks

Springfield, ILL – Reporting infectious diseases to Illinois
officials soon will be a computer-mouse click away.

The Public Health Department says a Web-based reporting system will help them identify potential bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases days earlier than the current paper reporting
system.

The state is installing the electronic reporting system this
month at health departments in Chicago and nine counties.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:44 am
Mon March 8, 2004

Students Will Pick Up More UM Tab Than State

Columbia, MO – Students will pay more of the University of Missouri's budget this year than the state.

Tuition and fees account for 44.6% of money the the four-campus system has for this current fiscal year's budget.

State funding is about 42.2%.

Administrators say it's the first time in anyone's memory that tuition makes up more of the budget than state funding.

Four years ago state appropriations were 58% greater than tuition revenues.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:00 pm
Fri March 5, 2004

John Ashcroft Hospitalized in Washington

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft (Reuters file photo)

Washington, DC – U.S Attorney General John Ashcroft is in a Washington hospital this morning (Friday).

His spokesman says the former Missouri Governor and Senator has a bad case of gallstone pancreatitis.

The Justice Department says the 61-year-old Ashcroft was taken Thursday night to the emergency room at George Washington University Hospital after complaining of stomach pains.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:52 pm
Fri March 5, 2004

Hometown Church Prays for Ashcroft

Springfield, MO – The General Council of the Assemblies of God is remembering the ailing Attorney General John Ashcroft in prayer.

The Reverend Thomas Trask, the council's superintendent, used the intercom system at the Assemblies of God headquarters in Springfield Friday morning to lead its 1,100 employees in a prayer for Ashcroft.

Ashcroft is hospitalized in a Washington hospital intensive care unit, for a severe case of gallstone pancreatitis -- a painful condition that usually clears up within a week with treatment.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:45 pm
Fri March 5, 2004

Nixon Frustrated With Concealed Weapons Delay

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon.
(file)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon is frustrated that lawmakers haven't acted quickly to revise Missouri's concealed guns law.

One week has passed since the state Supreme Court upheld the Legislature's right to legalize concealed guns. But the court also said the law's funding mechanism violates a prohibition on unfunded mandates.

Some sheriffs are taking concealed gun applications. But many others are waiting.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:32 pm
Fri March 5, 2004

New Nickel to Debut in St. Louis

(U.S. Mint)

St. Louis – A new coin commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase will be introduced next week in St. Louis.

Two new nickels will be released this year. One will feature a pair of clasped hands symbolizing the meeting of American explorers and native tribes.

The other will show the Lewis and Clark expedition keelboat. Each will retain the image of Thomas Jefferson.

U.S. Mint Director Henrietta Holsman Fore says the first new nickel will be available in St. Louis March 14.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:02 pm
Fri March 5, 2004

Illinois Gas Prices Hit Peak

East Peoria, Ill – Illinois gasoline prices hit a high for the
year Friday, and analysts say they could reach $2 per gallon by summer.

AAA Chicago Motor Club said Friday's average price for self-service regular was $1.73 per gallon statewide. That's up 22 cents since the price climb began in December.


Triple-A spokesman Steve Nolan says the surge is expected to continue. He says prices could top $2 a gallon by summer,
when costs traditionally rise because of increased demand.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:05 pm
Fri March 5, 2004

Ken Jacob's Car Found

Ken Jacob (KWMU file photo)

Jefferson City, MO – St. Louis Police have found Ken Jacob's car.

Jacob is the top Democrat in the Missouri state Senate; his car was stolen two weeks ago while he was in St. Louis to attend a fund-raiser for his campaign for lieutenant governor.

He says police suspect the 2002 Lincoln was used in a crime spree and them abandoned.

It was loaded with other people's belongings. Jacob's possessions are gone. He had packed many of his best clothes in the car because he was heading around the state to campaign for Lt. Governor.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:44 am
Fri March 5, 2004

Judge Issues Restraining Order Against Moore

(SLPS Photo)

St. Louis – A St. Louis circuit judge Friday issued a temporary restraining order against city school board member Rochell Moore.

The order comes after Moore threw a pitcher of ice water at assistant superintendent Charlene Jones on Wednesday.

Jones and board member Amy Hilgemann sought the order, which prohibits Moore from having any communication with the two women.

School district spokesman Glynn Young says it's not clear what this means for next week's school board meeting.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:00 am
Fri March 5, 2004

Identity Theft Legislation Heads to Holden

It's up to Gov. Holden to now decide whether to sign the legislation (KWMU file photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri lawmakers have sent Governor Holden legislation that would toughen penalties for people who steal identity.

Identity thieves steal information like credit cards or Social Security numbers, usually to buy things.

The legislation establishes a scale of penalties based on the value of goods bought with the stolen identity.

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