St. Louis Public Radio News
9:45 am
Tue May 27, 2003

Talent Pushes Bonds for Transportation Upgrades

Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo.
(file photo)

St. Louis – Senator Jim Talent, R-Mo., hopes to improve the nation's transportation infrastructure and create jobs by selling $50 billion worth of bonds.

The Republican calls them "Build America Bonds," and says they'll help fix all forms of transportation, including roads, aviation facilities, locks and dams, and railroads.

Talent says the country needs infrastructure upgrades on par with the interstate highway construction of the 1950s.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:03 am
Tue May 27, 2003

Repairs To Blanchette Bridge Set For June

(MODOT photo)

St. Louis, MO – In February, workers built a bracket underneath the bridge to transfer weight off of a cracked steel beam discovered during a routine inspection. Next month, St. Louis Bridge Construction Company will replace the entire floor beam with prefabricated steel.

Missouri Department of Transportation spokesman Chris Sutton says the work will be done at night during off peak hours.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:34 pm
Mon May 26, 2003

Illinois is First in the Nation to Ban Ephedra

Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich
(File Photo)

Chicago, Ill. – Illinois has become the first state to ban the herbal supplment ephedra. Governor Rod Blagojevich signed the ban into law on Sunday; it takes effect immediately.

The supplement is popular among athletes who see it as a diet drug. But it has also been blamed on more than 100 deaths in the U.S., including the death of a high school football player in central Illinois last year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:19 pm
Mon May 26, 2003

Memorial Day Observed

St. Louis, Mo. – Special Memorial Day events included a service at Jefferson Barracks to honor those who died in service to the United States. The Air Force Band of Mid America and the St. Louis Gateway singers performed.

US Senator Jim Talent of Missouri took part in a Memorial Day ceremony at the Warren County Courthouse. He says it's important to remember those who gave their lives for the country.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:15 pm
Mon May 26, 2003

MO Dems. Start Ad Campaign to Rally Budget Support

(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Democrats are taking to the airwaves this week with campaign-style commercials about Missouri's state budget.

The ads will tout Governor Holden's views of what could happen to basic state services because of budget cuts from the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The aim is to put pressure on lawmakers before they return to Jefferson City in one week to start a special legislative session. The governor called the session to ask lawmakers to consider raising some taxes to help prevent some deep cuts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:34 pm
Mon May 26, 2003

KC-Area Lawmaker Dies

State Senator Ronnie DePasco (D-Kansas City)
(State of Missouri photo)

Kansas City, MO. – A state senator from Kansas City died this weekend. Democrat Ronnie DePasco was diagnosed with lung cancer more than a year ago; he missed most of this spring's legislative session.

Governor Holden will have to call a special election to fill the now vacant seat.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:47 pm
Mon May 26, 2003

IL Proposal Would Change SIU's Trustees Makeup

(KWMU File Photo)

Springfield, Ill. – Legislation to change the Board of Trustees at Southern Illinois University is moving through the Illinois General Assembly.

The measure from Collinsville Democrat Jay Hoffman would require three board members either be graduates of SIU-Carbondale or come from that area, and three board members be SIU-Edwardsville alums or live near that campus in the Metro-East.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:59 am
Mon May 26, 2003

At Least Eight Killed in Memorial Day Crashes

St. Louis, Mo. – Eight people have been reported killed on
Missouri roads and highways so far this Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The latest victim, early today, was identified as 50-year-old Shelley Sherman, from the Oklahoma City suburb of Del City. The Highway Patrol says Sherman's mini-van crossed the Interstate 44 median near Waynesville hit a guardrail and an embankment, then overturned.

Pulaski County officials say Sherman was dead at the scene. The driver's 27-year-old son, Steven, was injured.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:15 am
Mon May 26, 2003

IL Gov. Forces Discussion Back to His Budget Proposal

Springfield, IL – The Illinois Legislature is moving closer to approving a new budget, and they are following the outlines set down by Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Lawmakers last week approved the spending side of the budget. It was basically the governor's proposal, with a little extra money added for education, prisons and social services.

Now officials have to figure out how to pay for all that.

The governor meets today with legislative leaders to discuss that question.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:31 am
Mon May 26, 2003

Barry Enters Crowded Race for Dick Gephardt's Seat

Joan Barry
(State of Missouri Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Another well-known politican has launched a campaign to replace Dick Gephardt in Missouri's Third Congressional District.

Former State Rep. Joan Barry announced her candidacy Sunday in St. Louis. She served four terms in the Missouri House before she was forced out of office because of term limits last year.

Barry says her legislative experience should make her a strong candidates.

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