St. Louis Public Radio News
3:40 pm
Mon August 4, 2003

Prison Captains Still at Work in Illinois

Springfield, ILL. – Although the state of Illinois cut more than 200 positions of captain from the Department of Corrections' budget, nearly all of the officers are still working for the agency.

The department officially eliminated 216 captains' jobs on Friday. But Corrections spokesman Brian Fairchild says all but eight of them have landed other jobs within the department.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:18 pm
Mon August 4, 2003

Cueto Will Be Released from Prison Today

Marion, ILL. – Politically connected Belleville attorney Amiel Cueto is expected to get out of a federal prison today.

Cueto was convicted in 1997 of conspiracy and obstructing an investigation of gambling in southern Illinois. He will finish serving his sentence in a halfway house in St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:06 pm
Mon August 4, 2003

New MO Quarter Goes on Sale Today

Missouri's new commorative quarter

Washington, DC – People can start buying the new Missouri quarter Monday morning at 11:00.

Buyers can either buy a set of two rolls (with 40 coins in each roll) or in bags of 100 or 1,000 coins.

The United States Mint is releasing the commemorative quarter, which features a picture of Lewis and Clark under the Gateway Arch on the back.

It's the 24th state quarter to be released because Missouri was the 24th state to enter the Union. That happened on Aug. 10, 1821.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:51 pm
Mon August 4, 2003

State Group Plans Lawsuit on School Funding

Jefferson City, MO – A group of more than 100 Missouri school districts has agreed to move forward with a lawsuit over the adequacy and equity of the state school funding system.

The Committee on Education Equality had a formal vote late yesterday, with 147 school districts agreeing to pursue a challenge of the funding formula rewritten a decade ago.

In 1990, education groups claimed that the school aid distribution method was unfair. A Cole County judge agreed, and in 1993, the Legislature enacted the current formula.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:04 pm
Mon August 4, 2003

Lambert Adds New Flights

Lambert Airport (file photo)

St. Louis – Lambert Airport is continuing to add new flights to make up for massive cuts in the American Airlines schedule.

Airport officials said Monday Air Canada will begin three daily nonstop flights from St. Louis to Toronto starting September 1. United Airlines is also adding daily departures to Washington and Denver.

This brings to 11 the number of new flights announced in the last week.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:42 am
Mon August 4, 2003

School Board Outlines Layoff Plan

William Roberti, Interim Superintendent
(file photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – Monday, the St. Louis school board will review a proposed budget that cuts more than 1,400 full-time employees.

Under the plan, 370 non-teaching staff would lose their jobs this month, with another 720 positions scheduled to be outsourced to private vendors starting in September.

Gateway High School teacher Byron Clemens opposes the plan. He believes the state of Missouri should audit the district to track down the causes for its reported $90-million deficit.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:40 am
Mon August 4, 2003

Red Cross Taking Over Some of Gateway's Functions

(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – American Red Cross officials say they're adding personnel to handle blood donations in the St. Louis area, now that the other major blood supplier in the region has closed.

Gateway Blood Association announced last week that it would temporarily shut down due to financial problems. Gateway had supplied blood to about 30 area hospitals.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:56 am
Mon August 4, 2003

Cab Drivers Protest New Rules

(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – More than 30 St. Louis cab drivers protested outside the temporary offices of the Regional Taxicab Commission Monday. They are upset with some new rules they now have to follow.

Last month the commission took over regulating both St. Louis City and County cabs.

The drivers say some rules, such as the requirement to retire old cars, make it hard for them to stay in business. They say they can't afford new ones.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:15 pm
Fri August 1, 2003

Delta Adds Flights to Sparse Lambert Schedule

Lambert Airport Director Leonard Griggs cuts a ribbon at the Delta ticket counter to welcome new jet service.
(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – Delta Airlines has begun daily nonstop jet service from Lambert Airport in St. Louis to New York City and Atlanta.

The news is welcome to airport officials, who are trying to rebuild Lambert's flight schedule in the wake of cuts American Airlines announced last month.

Airport Director Leonard Griggs said the four new flights are the start of a rebound.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:56 pm
Fri August 1, 2003

Former Budget Director Calls Budget 'Train Wreck'

Jefferson City, MO – A former Missouri state budget director says the state's budget will resemble a 'train wreck' even if the economy improves.

Jim Moody's report says the budget has structural problems, and that there probably won't be enough money for all state services next July, when the next budget starts.

He adds the state has a low tax base and the state misinterpreted economic growth in the 1990s. Moody also questioned the elimination in 1997 of a 3% sales tax on food.

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