St. Louis Public Radio News
9:14 am
Tue January 6, 2004

State Sued Over School Funding

Schools say the current formula doesn't fairly distribute money. (KWMU file photo)

Springfield, MO –

A lawyer for more than 230 school districts filed a lawsuit against the state of Missouri today (Tuesday). It challenges the way the state passes out funding to public school districts in Missouri.

Missy Shelton prepared this report.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:39 pm
Mon January 5, 2004

Labor Leaders Protest Bush Visit

St. Louis – As President Bush visited St. Louis Monday, labor leaders and other activists protested an administration proposal on overtime pay.

The plan would let employers reclassify some workers as having a position of responsibility, and make them ineligible for overtime.

Bob Soutier, with the Greater St. Louis Labor Council, said the rule change would shrink paychecks and hurt working families.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:25 pm
Mon January 5, 2004

Charter Communications Names New CFO

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis-based cable company Charter Communications named a new chief financial officer Monday morning.

Michael Huseby will be in charge of the company's accounting, financial reporting and planning, and information technology. He'll report directly to CEO Carl Vogel.

He'll take over for Steve Schumm, who became interim CFO at Charter in December 2002.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:05 pm
Mon January 5, 2004

Stika NOT Headed to Pennsylvania Diocese

Monsignor Richard Stika (St. Louis Archdiocese photo)

St. Louis, MO – Monsignor Richard Stika, of the St. Louis Archdiocese, will not head to Pennsylvania to become a bishop there.

Stika was reportedly a candidate to head the Greensburg diocese near Pittsburgh; but the Pope last Friday instead named Monsignor Lawrence Brandt to be bishop. Brandt will head to Greensburg from the Erie, Pa. diocese.

Stika arranged the pope's trip to St. Louis in 1999. He was Archbishop Justin Rigali's secretary before Rigali left this summer to head the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:33 pm
Mon January 5, 2004

SNAP says Church Abuse Report Flawed

St. Louis – A St. Louis-based group of clergy abuse survivors is raising concerns over a new report about how the church has protected children.

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, think a national survey of bishops about church abuse is a flawed report.

It's slated for release Tuesday. SNAP spokesperson Barbara Dorris says the church did not investigate the abuse thoroughly enough.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:28 pm
Mon January 5, 2004

Two More Vacant Buildings Burn in McRee Town

(KWMU photo)

St. Louis – There were two more fires in the McRee Town neighborhood in south St. Louis Monday morning. No one was hurt in the vacant buildings, and both are believed to be arson.

Fire Department spokeswoman Kim Bacon says the rash of fires in that area has been in the public spotlight for about a month now, but the department has been investigating the area since the summer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:52 pm
Mon January 5, 2004

Bush Praises St. Louis Elementary School During Visit

President Bush visits with children at Pierre Laclede Elementary in North St. Louis.

St. Louis – President Bush praised the staff and students of Pierre Laclede Elementary during a visit to St. Louis Monday.

The president came to St. Louis to take part in a roundtable discussion with local educators on the second anniversary of the enactment of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Mr. Bush said the act is based on trusting local school communities to make the right decisions about education.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:50 pm
Mon January 5, 2004

United Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Columbia, Ill.

Columbia, Ill. – A United Express flight from Kansas City to Washington D.C. made an emergency landing in Columbia, Ill. on Sunday after one of the plane's two engines failed.

In all, there were 46 people on board; about a dozen passengers rented cars to drive to Lambert Airport and catch flights there. The rest waited for another plane to retrieve them.

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1:49 pm
Mon January 5, 2004

Missouri Smokers Want to Quit, But Don't Seek Help

Jefferson City, MO – Most Missouri smokers want to quit, but they don't take advantage of available help.

That's the conclusion state health officials are drawing from a recent survey.

The survey of 15,000 people last year found that more than 60 percent of smokers wanted to quit sometime in the next six months, and half had tried to quit in the past.

Yet fewer than ten percent of current and former smokers used prescription medicines, or over-the-counter items such as nicotine patches or gum.

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1:48 pm
Mon January 5, 2004

Man Drives Into Sunset Hills Church During Services

Sunset Hills, MO – A man claiming to be Jesus drove his car through the doors of church in Sunset Hills on Sunday during services.

No one was injured; the man reportedly had walked into the Life Christian Center, disrupted services claiming he was Jesus, and then escorted out by ushers. While waiting for police, the 29-year old man got into his car and drove into the church lobby.

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