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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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:05 am
Tue March 2, 2004

Monsanto Will Clean Sauget, Ill. Toxic Site

Monsanto headquarters in Creve Coeur, MO (photo from Monsanto)

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis-based Monsanto has avoided government penalties by agreeing to take over an environmental cleanup in Sauget, Ill.

The Justice Department had set yesterday's deadline for Monsanto to either outline a cleanup plan or contend with penalties that could have included fines or legal action.

The company is picking up work dropped by Solutia Incorporated, a bankrupt chemical maker that Monsanto spun off in a corporate reshuffle in the 1990s.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:43 pm
Mon March 1, 2004

Fighter Jet Skids Off Runway at Lambert

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St. Louis – A Missouri Air National Guard fighter jet skids off the end of a Lambert Airport runway Monday afternoon in St. Louis and comes within a short distance of a corporate plane.

No injuries resulted from the incident involving the F-15.

Officials say the fighter jet was wrapping up a training flight when it could not stop during landing. It eventually went across another runway, where a corporate jet was taxiing.

The fighter jet eventually came to a stop off the runway, damaging its front nose gear.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:29 pm
Mon March 1, 2004

Great Plains Owes St. Clair County $763,000

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Tulsa, Okla. – Bankrupt Great Plains Airlines now says
its assets are $20 million less than it revealed just over a month ago.

The Tulsa-based carrier had been flying out of MidAmerica Airport east of St. Louis until it filed for bankruptcy in January. It also served other airports, including Chicago Midway and Washington Dulles International Airport.

The carrier provided a more detailed account of its finances Monday to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Oklahoma.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:22 pm
Mon March 1, 2004

New System Will Track Criminals Through Entire Process

St. Joseph, MO – Missourians will soon be able to get information about certain criminals in their e-mail inbox.

People who sign up for the VINE program will get updates by email, phone, or fax.

VINE, Victims Information and Notification Everyday, will let people know when someone will be in court or released from jail.

The goal of VINE is to let victims of crimes keep tabs on their offenders.

Missouri is one of 19 states developing such a statewide system.

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