St. Louis Public Radio News
1:48 pm
Thu November 6, 2003

IL Senate Passes Death Penalty Reforms

Lawmakers are in Springfield this week for the veto session. (KWMU file photo)

Springfield, ILL. – The Illinois Senate on Wednesday passed a compromise measure on how to punish cops who lie in murder investigations. The plan allows the state to take away an officer's badge for perjury, even if the suspect is not charged criminally.

The deal is part of a bigger effort to reform the state's death penalty system.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:39 pm
Thu November 6, 2003

Some Metro-East Leaders Opposed to Utility Merger

(KWMU file photo)

Springfield, ILL. – A proposed merger between Commonwealth Edison and Illinois Power is drawing the ire of some Metro-East leaders.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:59 pm
Thu November 6, 2003

Bush Administration Pulls Scientists Off MO River Work

The Missouri River (Corps of Engineers photo)

washington, dc – The Bush administration says it's bringing in a new team of government scientists to work on a plan for the Missouri River. On Wednesdya, scientists who had worked on the Missouri for years were taken off the project.

The Corps of Engineers must come up with a new plan by next month for operating the river in line with the Endangered Species Act.

The new scientists will say whether the corps can avoid major changes but still comply with the law. And switching to a new group could block changes to the river's flow.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:18 pm
Thu November 6, 2003

Washington University Will Host Debate

(KWMU file photo)

St. Louis, MO – Washington University in St. Louis will host a Presidential Debate next year. The Commission on Presidential Debates announced its sites for the forums this morning.

The St. Louis campus will host the second of three presidential debate on Oct. 8, 2004. This will be the third debate at the school.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:23 am
Thu November 6, 2003

Midwestern Governors Meet in St. Louis

Missouri Gov. Bob Holden (right) chats with Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. (UPI photo)

St. Louis – Leaders of 13 Midwestern states say they need to work together to compete in the global economy.

State officials from around the region, including four governors, are meeting in St. Louis Thursday and Friday for the 34th annual Midwestern Governor's Conference.

Economic development is the main issue on the agenda, but Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius says more resources should be directed toward protecting the nation's food supply.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:45 pm
Wed November 5, 2003

Doctors Protest Rising Malpractice Costs

St. Louis, MO – The doctors say soaring medical malpractice insurance premiums are driving many of them out of state and even out of business.

Many physicians have seen their rates double or even triple in recent years.

Dr. Norman Druck, president-elect of the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society, says legislative policies and court precedents have put doctors at a disadvantage in defending themselves against lawsuits:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:26 pm
Wed November 5, 2003

Federal Reserve Bank Gets OK for $80M Expansion

St. Louis, MO – A judge has cleared the way for an $80 million expansion project at the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown St. Louis.

The bank plans to demolish a parking garage at Locust and Broadway and replace it with a more secure lot. The project will also create more space for workers.

Officials plan to start on the expansion early next year and finish it in 2006.

The Federal Reserve also plans to match the exterior of the building to the limestone of the original bank building and add a new vestibule for metal detectors.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:17 pm
Wed November 5, 2003

Holden Says More Minority Businesses Getting State Work

Holden and American publisher Donald Suggs.
(UPI)

St. Louis – Minority-owned business are getting a larger share of state projects in Missouri, but Governor Bob Holden said there's still room to improve.

In 1998, Governor Mel Carnahan established a goal of 10 percent minority business enterprise participation on government projects.

Governor Bob Holden said agencies like The Missouri Department of Transportation need to improve, and he's directed the Minority Business Advocacy Commission to help.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:54 pm
Wed November 5, 2003

School Board Hires Private Company for Custodial Work

St. Louis Board of Education building (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis School Board Tuesday night voted to outsource more than 100 maintenance jobs to a private company.

The district awarded a five-year, $55 million contract to Sodexho, Inc. to perform custodial and groundskeeping jobs. Sodexho also underwrites National Public Radio.

School officials say it's a cost-cutting move that will save the district nearly $6 million a year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:19 pm
Wed November 5, 2003

Missouri Sees Revenue Growth, But Only Because of Feds

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Jefferson City, MO – The state of Missouri took in more money in October, but that's only because the federal government sent the state a big check.

With the $95 million from Washington, Missouri revenues were up 17% over October 2002. But without that money, the state took in 4% less tax money. Overall, tax collections are up by less than 2% this fiscal year over last year.

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