St. Louis Public Radio News
1:51 pm
Wed December 3, 2003

AP: New St. Louis Archbishop Warns Wisc. Lawmakers

Archbishop-elect Raymond Burke (KWMU photo)

La Crosse, Wisc. – The Associated Press reports St. Louis's incoming archbishop has told at least three Wisconsin lawmakers he would have to ask them to not present themselves to receive sacraments, if they don't vote more in line with Catholic Church policies.

Bishop Raymond Burke tells the lawmakers in letters they risk their spiritual well being if they don't change their opinion on abortion and other issues.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:07 pm
Wed December 3, 2003

Smithton Teachers' Strike Enters Week Two

Smithton, ILL. – Teachers in the Metro-East town of Smithton Tuesday rejected a new contract offer from the school board.

That unanimous vote extends the teachers' strike into its second week. The proposed contract would have given a 3% raise in the first year and a 1.65% raise in the second year.

But it would also have capped the district's contributions to teacher health insurance premiums at $4,400. That's something the teachers' union has opposed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:54 pm
Wed December 3, 2003

PSC Hears Testimony In Water Rate Hike Request

St. Louis, MO – The Missouri-American Water Company says the rate hike is necessary to upgrade its aging infrastructure.

However, the staff of the Missouri Public Service Commission is countering that request by instead seeking a $20-million dollar annual revenue reduction.

Missouri-American president Eric Thornburg says water service is a business that requires a lot of capital investment:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:54 am
Wed December 3, 2003

Schools Argue Education Cuts to MO Sup. Court

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday over whether the governor has the power to cut funding for schools.

Fourteen school districts, most of them in the Kansas City area, sued after Governor Bob Holden cut nearly $200 million education dollars this summer.

He says he did that because the budget lawmakers passed for this year spends more than the state has.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:11 am
Wed December 3, 2003

Legislation Filed to Allow Toll Roads in MO

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Columbia, Mo. – A Missouri lawmakers has filed legislation that would pave the way for toll roads in the state.

Democratic Representative Jeff Harris of Columbia says the legislation would let Missouri voters decide if the state constitution should be amended to allow toll roads.

Harris says the state's roads are in disrepair to the point of being dangerous. And he says Missourians are ready to help pay for improvements.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:28 pm
Tue December 2, 2003

Missouri Schools Recover Some Funds Previously Cut

Missouri Gov. Bob Holden (KWMU file photo)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Public schools and colleges in Missouri will get a slight boost in state funding. On Tuesday, Governor Bob Holden said he'll restore $83 million of the more than $200 million he withheld earlier this year.

That move is possible because of an accounting trick that will have the federal government send this fiscal year money it was to send next fiscal year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:45 pm
Tue December 2, 2003

St. Louis Gets a New Archbishop

Archbishop-elect Raymond Burke (photo from Diocese of La Crosse)

St. Louis, MO – Pope John Paul II has named a new archbishop for the St. Louis Archdiocese.

Raymond Burke is a native of La Crosse, Wisc., which is where he's also been bishop since 1994.

The 55-year old Burke will replace Cardinal Justin Rigali, who left St. Louis this summer to become the Archbishop of Philadelphia.

Burke has also studied in Rome at the American seminary and the Pontifical Gregorian University. He has a degree in canon law.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:23 pm
Tue December 2, 2003

No More City School Closures Planned -- For Now

St. Louis, MO – Roberti defends his decision last summer to close 16 city schools that he and his consulting team say were underutilized.

He says the more than 90 remaining buildings are appropriate to the district's current enrollment.

But Roberti says because enrollment drives revenues, the district may have to consider more closings:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:03 pm
Tue December 2, 2003

MODOT Director Hungerbeeler Resigns

Henry Hungerbeeler (MODOT photo)

St. Louis – Missouri Department of Transportation Director Henry Hungerbeeler has resigned, saying the agency could benefit from new leadership.

In a report last month, a citizens' advisory panel urged the department to reorganize top management and implement other major reforms.

The report did not mention Hungerbeeler by name, but panel member and St. Charles County Executive Joe Ortwerth said the director made positive contributions.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:01 pm
Tue December 2, 2003

BREAKING NEWS - Vatican Names Archbishop for St. Louis

Archbishop-elect Raymond Burke (photo from Diocese of La Crosse)

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis area Catholics have a new archbishop. This morning, the Vatican named Raymond Burke to be the new archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He's a native of La Crosse, Wis., which is where he's also been bishop for the past nine years.

A formal announcement is scheduled for later this morning. Burke will replace Cardinal Justin Rigali, who left St. Louis this summer to become the Archbishop of Philadelphia.

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