St. Louis Public Radio News
12:12 pm
Thu January 8, 2004

Anheuser-Busch Has Another Record Year

St. Louis, MO – Anheuser-Busch followed up its record sales from 2002 with even more sales in 2003.

The St. Louis-based brewer sold 102.6 million barrels of beer last year; that's up 0.8% from the year before. The company, which is the world's largest brewer, credits the success of its low-carb Michelob Ultra as well as improved sales of Bud Light.

Anheuser-Busch also affirms its projection that earnings per share for 2003 would grow 12-13%. And it targets earnings-per-share growth this year to be 12%.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:34 am
Thu January 8, 2004

Flight Returns to Lambert Safely after Problem

Lambert Airport

St. Louis, MO – A plane headed to Detroit lost power to one engine Wednesday after taking off from Lambert Airport.

Northwest Airlines flight 1558 returned safely; the 106 passengers on board were all booked on a later flight.

The DC-9 remained in St. Louis for repairs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:14 am
Thu January 8, 2004

Illinois Board of Education Wants Budget Increase

Springfield, Ill – The Illinois State Board of Education this afternoon approved a $7 billion budget proposal that would increase state funding by 9 percent.

The action brought immediate criticism from Governor Rod Blagojevich for reinstating money he cut from regional superintendents. The budget also includes $500,000 to reopen a Chicago teacher certification office closed last week because of state budget cuts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:01 am
Thu January 8, 2004

St. Louis To Create Early Childhood Plan

St. Louis, MO – The conference focused on ways to better prepare children from birth to five years old for school, and to refocus on health initiatives such as lead poisoning prevention.

Parents As Teachers National Center president and CEO Sue Stepleton says studies show that parents who get involved in their children's early development tend to stay focused once they're in school:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:31 am
Thu January 8, 2004

Some Illinois License Plates are Defective

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says some new license plates might be defective.

He says the plastic coating on a small number of plates is separated from the steel, which could create a bubble effect around the numbers and letters.

The plates will be replaced at no cost; only about 100 have been so far found with the problem.

More than 9 million new license plates have been issued since 2001.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:50 pm
Wed January 7, 2004

Haas Wants Investigation of Waring School Sale

Haas wants to know whether fellow board member Vince Schoemehl had anything improper to do with the district's sale of Waring School. (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis school board member Bill Haas wants an investigation into the sale of a city elementary school.

He says Waring Elementary did not fit the district's criteria for closure when it was sold to St. Louis University last November. Haas wants authorities to determine if the sale was legitimate, or done as a favor to the university. SLU plans to raze the school to build an arena.

Interim superintendent William Roberti says he'll sue Haas if he's accused of any criminal wrongdoing.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:45 pm
Wed January 7, 2004

Southern Ill. Lawmaker Recovering from Eye Injury

State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Norris City) (State of Illinois photo)

Harrisburg, Ill. – A southern Illinois State Representative recently had eye surgery in St. Louis, after a hunting accident.

Democrat Brandon Phelps, who represents southeastern Illinois, was hit in the face by a bungee cord on Dec. 30. It had snapped loose while Phelps was strapping something to a vehicle. He was on a hunting trip in Saline County.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:29 pm
Wed January 7, 2004

Sen. Dolan Investigation Ends

State Sen. Jon Dolan was serving in Cuba when the concealed weapons vote came up. (State of Missouri photo)

St. Louis, MO – The U.S. military has wrapped up an almost four month investigation of Missouri State Senator Jon Dolan, saying did not knowingly engage in wrongdoing when he left his National Guard mission in Cuba last fall to cast a crucial vote for concealed weapons.

But they add he did break the rule that bars Reservists from carrying out political office functions while on a tour of duty.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:46 pm
Wed January 7, 2004

Pope Names Naumann to Post in Kansas City, Kansas

Coadjutor Archbishop-elect Joseph Naumann, speaking Tuesday to reporters about the audit released regarding church sex abuse. (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – The Pope Wednesday morning named St. Louis Bishop Joseph Naumann to be the Co-Adjutor Archbishop of Kansas City Kansas.

That means Naumann will assist the current Archbishop there, James Keleher, until Keleher retires. Then Naumann will automatically become Archbishop.

The 54-year old Naumann is a St. Louis native, having graduated St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South in 1967 and Cardinal Glennon College in 1971. He was ordained in 1975 and became the St. Louis Archdiocese's Vicar General in 1994.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:27 pm
Wed January 7, 2004

Mother of 'Internet Twins' Asks for Children Back

Jefferson City, MO – An attorney for a woman who became known
as the mother of the "Internet twins" asked the Missouri Supreme Court Wednesday to restore the woman's parental rights and to undo the girls' adoption.

The mother, Tranda Wecker, was in court Wednesday for the arguments in her case. A St. Louis judge terminated her parental rights in December 2002.

The case played out from California to Arkansas to England. The
girls are now three years old. Their adoption by a St. Louis couple was finalized in May.

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