Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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MISSOURI WATER RECREATION Planning Lake Trip? Better Call Ahead Recreation

Recreation areas at several Missouri lakes are flooded because of above-normal rainfall this spring, and theCorps of Engineers advised Fourth of July weekend users to call ahead.

The corps said high water levels might make some camping areas, boat ramps and beaches unusable over the extended holiday weekend.

The corps said people were "strongly encouraged" to call first if they plan to use Clinton and Wilson lakes in Kansas, and Truman and Stockton lakes in Missouri.

Other lakes with high water levels where some facilities may be closed are Long Branch, Longview, Blue Springs, Smithville and Pomme de Terre lakes. AP ST. LOUIS Battle Looms In Service Employees Union

Opponents of Bill Stodghill, president of Local 50 of the Service Employees International Union, filed nominating petitions Monday containing the signatures of 750 members.

The petitions are on behalf of a slate of candidates headed by Don Rudd, a former employee representative of the union. They were filed at a union meeting at the Salad Bowl restaurant.

At least 200 signatures were needed.

At the meeting, Stodghill challenged the opponents to a debate, but they declined. Stodghill said an election probably would be held sometime in August. He declined to comment about accusations made by the opposition candidates.

The opposition slate includes four employee representatives fired by Stodghill after he learned they were collecting nominating petitions against him.

Stodghill has been president of the union since 1980. WASHINGTON Harriett Woods To Receive NEA Award

Harriett Woods, former Missouri lieutenant governor and retiring president of the National Women's Political Caucus, will get an award today from the National Education Association.

The group is honoring Woods with its Mary Hatwood Futrell Award, which goes to "an individual whose activities in women's rights have significantly impacted the education and the achievement of equal opportunity for women and girls," according to a press release.

Woods has served as president of the caucus since 1991. The award is being presented at a dinner in Minneapolis. JEFFERSON CITY Lincoln U. Gets Funds To Aid Black Youths

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a demonstration grant of $83,369 to Lincoln University to finance programs to improve the employment opportunities for black youths.

The department said in a statement that the grant would be used in a project "researching barriers to the participation of African-American youth in apprenticeship training programs. …

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