St. Louis Public Radio News
11:54 am
Tue February 24, 2004

Rice, Federal Officials Tour Abram Building

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St. Louis – St. Louis homeless advocate Larry Rice Tuesday made his case to federal officials for a downtown homeless shelter at the Abram Federal Building.

Rice toured the facility with staff from two federal agencies, who must decide whether his plan is feasible.

Rice says he showed the officials he's ready and able to use the building.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:17 am
Tue February 24, 2004

Ryan Refused to Testify Before Grand Jury

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Chicago – A government letter indicates former Illinois Governor George Ryan refused to testify before a federal grand jury
investigating corruption in state government.

Ryan's lawyers made the letter public by including it in pretrial motions filed Monday in federal court.

The letter says that Ryan asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when he was subpoenaed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:05 am
Tue February 24, 2004

Corps Considers Plans for Mississippi River

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St. Louis – The future uses of the Mississippi River were the focus of a conference Tuesday in St. Louis.

The Army Corps of Engineers is studying several alternatives for the river, which include rebuilding the lock system and raising shipping fees to reduce congestion.

But some environmentalists say the Corps is overestimating navigation needs. The Sierra Club's Mark Beorkrem says it's reminiscent of the scandal in which the Corps was accused of inflating its data to justify spending.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:48 pm
Mon February 23, 2004

Report Recommends Tougher High School Courses

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri higher education officials are
calling for high schools to offer tougher courses to better prepare students for college or the work force.

Department of Higher Education Commissioner Quentin Wilson says the agency has started work on new recommendations for core classes that high schools should offer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:41 pm
Mon February 23, 2004

Rice to Pitch Downtown Homeless Shelter to Feds

St. Louis – The Rev. Larry Rice is trying to convince federal Health and Human Services officials to let him turn the 280,000 square foot Abram Federal Building in downtown St. Louis into a homeless shelter.

The federal officials met with city officials Monday and will tour the building with Rice Tuesday.

Rice says the number of homeless women and children in the area is growing, and the Abram building is an ideal place for them.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:32 pm
Mon February 23, 2004

Gibbons Says MO Tax Credits Are Out Of Control

Jefferson City, MO – The state of Missouri now offers about 50 different tax credits designed to encourage economic development or public service. But there's no way to make sure that recipients of the credits are
using them legitimately.

The state provides no funding to pay for tax credit auditors. Tax credit recipients aren't required to prove that the money from the credits brought about results.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:59 pm
Mon February 23, 2004

Brown Sisters Speak In St. Louis

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St. Louis, MO – Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson are the daughters of the late Rev. Oliver Brown, the lead plaintiff in the case of Brown vs. the Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court decision that struck down public school segregation.

Thompson said the prospect of having their children walk great distances to all-black schools angered many families:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:54 pm
Mon February 23, 2004

Few Real Problems At St. Louis Mardi Gras

UPI photo of Saturday's Mardi Gras parade in Soulard

St. Louis, MO – Police say a man is accused of robbing eight people as they walked to their cars Saturday night from the festivities. Authorities say they arrested another man suspected of breaking into several parked cars at the celebration Saturday night.

But police say those were most serious arrests made in connection with Saturday's Mardi Gras parade and the hours
following it.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:12 pm
Mon February 23, 2004

Coalition Vows To Keep Scott AFB Open

St. Louis – A newly-formed coalition is vowing to make every effort to keep Scott Air Force Base off the Pentagon's closure list in 2005.

The group of Missouri and Illinois civic leaders is calling for public support for their campaign to protect the base.

Scott is moving forward with plans to privatize its entire housing stock next year.

St. Clair County chairman John Baricevic says while that's no guarantee the base will be spared, it's a quality of life enhancement that the Pentagon will consider.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:35 am
Mon February 23, 2004

Illinois Rep. Wants 'Morning After' Pill More Available

Springfield, ILL – An Illinois lawmaker wants to make the
"morning after" contraceptive pill available without a prescription.

State Representative Sara Feigenholtz says the
pill must be taken within 72 hours after intercourse to prevent pregnancy, but it's sometimes hard to get a prescription that
quickly, so she wants pharmacies to sell the drug.

Opponents say the drug sometimes stops fertilized eggs from
developing, which they consider to be abortion.

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