St. Louis Public Radio News
3:38 pm
Fri February 13, 2004

Hynes Campaigns for U.S. Senate in Metro East

St. Louis – Several U.S. Senate candidates from Illinois are criss-crossing the state this month to tout their platforms.

Friday, Democratic State Comptroller Dan Hynes visited parts of the Metro East.

Hynes campaigned in Alton and Belleville as part of a 21-county tour. He says if elected, he'll push for tax credits for U.S. businesses to keep jobs at home.

Hynes says he'll also work to stop frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:21 am
Fri February 13, 2004

UM, Northwest Leaders Ratify University Merger

Maryville, MO – Another step advances the proposed merger of the University of Missouri system and Northwest Missouri State University.

The governing boards of both institutions gathered on the Maryville campus Friday to sign a memo endorsing the merger. They also called on the Legislature and Governor Bob Holden to make it happen.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:48 am
Fri February 13, 2004

Fed. Highway Bill Includes $50M for Miss. River Bridge

MO-DOT rendering of proposed Miss. River Bridge.

Washington, DC – The $318 billion highway bill that passed the U.S. Senate Thursday includes $50 million specifically for a new Mississippi River Bridge, just north of downtown.

Missouri Senator Kit Bond, who helped write the highway spending legislation, says that means other road projects won't have to compete as much for the rest of the money the state will get. The bridge has long been a top regional priority and considered first in line to get any federal highway money.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:49 pm
Thu February 12, 2004

Farmer Brings Senate Campaign to St. Louis

UPI photo of Nancy Farmer in St. Louis on Thursday.

St. Louis – Missouri State Treasurer Nancy Farmer Thursday brought her U.S. Senate campaign to St. Louis. The Democrat is trying to unseat three-term Republican Kit Bond.

Farmer says throughout her public life, she has not forgotten her poor, working-class roots.

"In the House, I sponsored and passed a bill to prevent youth violence," Farmer said. "As chair of the Ways and Means Committee, I led the fight to repeal the state sales tax on groceries, which to this day is the largest and fairest tax cut in Missouri's history."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:27 pm
Thu February 12, 2004

MO State Rep. Won't Be Charged in Shooting Allegation

State Rep. Rodney Hubbard (state of Missouri photo)

St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis State Representative will not be charged for an incident last May. That's when Democrat Rodney Hubbard was arrested after a man accused him of shooting a gun at his car after an altercation.

But investigators say the accuser, Tyrus Williams, is a twice-convicted drug offender who lied during questioning. That raises doubts that Hubbard did anything wrong, investigators say.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:25 pm
Thu February 12, 2004

Scott AFB Officials Outline Housing Plan

Scott Air Force Base, ILL. – Scott Air Force Base, in the Metro East, is getting ready for a major housing expansion.

The Air Force will hire a private company to build about 500 new houses off base and renovate a yet unknown number of on base homes.

The plan is part of an Air Force-wide initiative that's expected to save the government $7 billion. Tanya Winters, who lives on base, hopes that wherever her family is relocated, they'll still have the same amenities they have now.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:59 pm
Thu February 12, 2004

Program Forgives Student Loans in Life Sciences

Gov. Bob Holden, announcing the student loan program at UM-St. Louis on Thursday (UPI photo by Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – Missouri Governor Bob Holden unveiled a student loan forgiveness program Thursday designed to benefit graduates who enter the state's burgeoning life sciences industry.

An estimated 1,200 students who graduate with a math or science degree and who join a Missouri life sciences company could have up to $10,000 of their student loans forgiven.

Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority executive director Michael Cummins says the program benefits the state's occupational needs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:44 pm
Thu February 12, 2004

Missouri's DNA Database

A model of DNA

Kansas City, MO –

Missouri is one of just 13 states without a mandatory DNA sampling program. But a plan moving through the General assembly this Spring would require DNA samples from thousands of convicted cirminals each year. Matt Hackworth prepared this report.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:44 pm
Thu February 12, 2004

Effort in IL would Change Waivers for Physical Ed.

Springfield, Ill. – There's a push by some Illinois lawmakers to revamp the way schools can get out of teaching physical education.

Right now schools can get unlimited five-year waivers from the state. The law that requires four years of P.E. and makes Ilinois the only state that requires daily P.E. for every student.

One measure in Springfield would limit schools to a single, two-year waiver.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:06 pm
Thu February 12, 2004

MO House Gives Initial Okay to Lower Student Standards

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House initially approved legislation Wednesday that lowers the standards children must reached to be deemed proficient on standardized tests.

Missouri's current definition of "proficient" applies to students who actually perform ahead of their grade levels on the tests. Supporters say the change would make it easier to see how Missouri children compare with those in other states.

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