St. Louis Public Radio News
1:03 pm
Tue February 17, 2004

Reward for Finding Shawn Hornbeck Will Go Away

Shawn Hornbeck

St. Louis, MO – The family of Shawn Hornbeck, a boy who's been missing for more than a year, will remove its reward offer at midnight tonight (Tuesday).

Hornbeck went missing while riding his bike near his home in Richwoods, a rural community in Washington County. They were offering $75,000. They want anyone with information to come forward immediately.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:12 pm
Tue February 17, 2004

St. Louis Will Host Olympic Marathon Trial

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is presented with the Olympic Flag. The flag was later raised outside City Hall.

St. Louis, MO – On April 3, more than 100 athletes will compete for three spots on the U.S. women's marathon team.

The race begins at the Washington University track and ends at the World's Fair Pavilion in Forest Park.

St. Louis Sports Commission President Frank Viverito says the event highlights the centennial of the first Olympic Games ever held in America:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:49 pm
Mon February 16, 2004

McCaskill Releases Adoption Tax Credit Audit

St. Louis, MO – Qualifying Missouri residents can get up to $10,000 in tax credits to adopt a so-called special needs child.

The audit finds more than 90% of those credits are funding international adoptions. That's not against state law but McCaskill says it raises the question of whether the program should be used exclusively for children who are Missouri residents:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:20 pm
Mon February 16, 2004

St. Louis Police Pleased With Fewer Car Thefts

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis police are pleased with their efforts to reduce car thefts in the city.

The department put 30 officers on the car theft beat last August. Thefts had been increasing but they started to decrease during the last three months of 2003. During that time, a car was stolen every 52 minutes; it had been every 44 minutes at one point.

Criminologists add fewer thefts might also mean thieves have moved on to something else.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:46 pm
Mon February 16, 2004

Lambert Runway Six Months Behind Schedule

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St. Louis –

A Lambert Airport task force formed after American Airlines announced major flight cuts last summer says the $1.01 billion runway expansion project is at least six months behind schedule.

The 17-member group of business leaders released a report Monday that among other things recommends further operational cost cuts and limiting per-passenger charges that airlines pay.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:46 pm
Mon February 16, 2004

Teachers, School Officials Will Rally in Jeff. City

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St. Louis, MO – Most Missouri schools are off for President's Day, but many teachers, students, and administrators are still working today. They're headed to Jefferson City to lobby lawmakers to put more money into education.

Brent Ghan, with the state School Boards' Association, says schools need nearly a billion dollars more than they're currently getting to have adequate funding. He says he realizes state government doesn't have that kind of cash, which is why he says lawmakers should find more.

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

Missouri Reps Ask Education Department to Rethink Cuts

Washington – Missouri members of Congress are asking the U.S. Department of Education to reconsider cuts of more than $9 million in support for Missouri schools.

The cuts are based on child poverty estimates, which decide how federal No Child Left Behind dollars are disbursed.

The bi-partisan congressional delegation says the proposed cuts, set to begin on July 1, would affect more than 7,000 school districts nationwide.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:25 am
Mon February 16, 2004

Educators, Parents, Students Rally at Missouri Capitol

Jefferson City, MO – Several thousand people braved chilly temperatures Monday for an education rally at the Missouri Capitol.

Students, parents, teachers and administrators from across the state used their Presidents Day holiday to urge state politicians to spend more money on public schools.

Rally participants said state funding cuts during the past few years have resulted in fewer teachers, larger class sizes and a poorer learning environment. They warned that more cuts could greatly jeopardize schools.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:13 am
Mon February 16, 2004

Blagojevich Will Seek to Close Business Tax 'Loopholes'

Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich (State of Illinois photo)

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich said Sunday the budget he'll present this week will not include a new service tax, but it will try to close what he calls corporate tax loopholes.

His list of loopholes to be closed would raise $400 million for a state facing a budget deficit of about $1.7 billion. The governor also hopes state government can cut 4,000 jobs through attrition and early retirement.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:22 am
Mon February 16, 2004

Want to Run St. Louis Schools? Must Apply Today

St. Louis School District headquarters (KWMU file photo)

St. Louis, MO – Today is the last day people can apply to run the St. Louis School District. The school board is looking for a permanent superintendent to replace the private company hired to run the district for a year.

Eight people have so far applied, including Rudy Crew, the man who used to run New York City's schools. Crew has been advising the current management team.

St. Louis Public Schools board member Ron Jackson is heading the search committee but not publicly identifying the candidates.

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