St. Louis Public Radio News
3:01 pm
Fri December 12, 2003

Blagojevich Likely to Veto Hospital Tax Legislation

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Springfield, Ill – Illinois governor rod Blagojevich says he may veto legislation that is designed to bring more money to the state's hospitals.

The legislation increases taxes on hospitals, with that money generating more federal matching money.


In the end, hospitals would get more money than they pay in taxes. However, the governor says some of the money would go to nursing homes and adds he does not like the fact that about $70 million is not earmarked for any program.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:00 pm
Fri December 12, 2003

Page Avenue Extension Will Open To Traffic On Sunday

St. Louis, MO – The eight-mile project has been sought by transportation planners for close to 35 years, saying that it will relieve stifling traffic congestion on bridges between St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. Missouri Department of Transportation spokeswoman Linda Wilson says the new roadway will have an immediate impact:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:07 am
Fri December 12, 2003

Lewis & Clark Re-Enactors Reach Wood River

St. Louis, MO – To the sound of a fife and drum corps, a crew of several dozen men docked three replica boats near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers in Hartford, Illinois where Lewis and Clark landed on this day in 1804.

One of the re-enactors is Greg Carter, who plays Louisiana Territory Governor Amos Stoddard:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:21 am
Fri December 12, 2003

Government Advisors Wants Better Barge Management

Washington – The National Academy of Sciences is pushing
for better management of barge traffic, but not more construction, along the upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers, at least for now.

The recommendation is another blow to a costly project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Researchers are reviewing a study on whether to modernize locks and dams in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.

The corps began pursuing new construction more than ten years ago.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:12 am
Fri December 12, 2003

Snow On The Way For St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – From salt mines to highway maintenance
sheds, workers are ready to help motorists get around as Missouri faces the chance of more snow. The salt industry says a good supply is available for governments and private businesses. Department of Transportation workers spent the day getting the plows and salt-spreaders ready to roll. The National Weather Service predicts two to four inches of snow
in the St. Louis area by Saturday night.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:49 pm
Thu December 11, 2003

Hamm and Lagrone Appear in Court

Clinton, Ill – A woman accused of drowning her three children cried and wiped her eyes today as a judge read the murder charges against her and told her she could be eligible for the death penalty.

Amanda Hamm didn't enter a plea during her court appearance.
Neither did her boyfriend, Maurice Lagrone Jr.

He is also charged in the case and appeared before DeWitt County Judge Stephen Peters minutes later.

The children drowned September 2 when the car they were in plunged off a boat ramp into Clinton Lake.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:38 pm
Thu December 11, 2003

Philip Morris Appeals Verdict to Illinois Supreme Court

Springfield, Ill – Philip Morris USA appealed Wednesday a $10.1 billion consumer fraud verdict to the Illinois Supreme Court.

The company is vowing to defeat the ruling that blames it for tricking Illinois smokers into believing light cigarettes are less harmful than regular ones.

The 87-page brief mailed to the Springfield court dissects the March verdict by Madison County Judge Nicholas Byron that found the company violated the state's consumer fraud law in the way it marketed its Marlboro Lights and Cambridge Lights brands.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:14 pm
Thu December 11, 2003

Limited Supply Of Flu Vaccines Still Available

St. Louis, MO – As of December 10, there were 339 confirmed cases of flu in St. Louis city and county - more than five times the usual number for this time of year.

Akan Ukoeninn, chief of communicable diseases for the St. Louis health department says the city has just over 1,000 doses of the vaccine available for children and adults:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:40 am
Thu December 11, 2003

University of Missouri President Will Not Resign

St. Louis Public Radio News
9:45 am
Thu December 11, 2003

UMSL Considers Provost Position

St. Louis – The University of Missouri-St. Louis is considering a change to its administrative structure.

Chancellor Thomas George says university officials are talking about creating the position of provost. A provost is generally second in charge of a university and deals mainly with academic affairs.

St. Louis is the only branch of the UM system that does not operate under the provost model.

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