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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:48 am
Wed November 8, 2006

Other election results

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:39 am
Wed November 8, 2006

McCaskill scores narrow victory to unseat Talent

Democrat Claire McCaskill waves to a room full of supporters as she claims victory after defeating incumbent Senator Jim Talent in the U.S. Senate race. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis, MO – Democrat Claire McCaskill will be the next U.S. Senator from Missouri.

She edged Republican Jim Talent by fewer than 50,000 votes of more than 2,000,000 cast.

Talent told supporters early today (Wed.) he had called McCaskill to congratulate her. Meanwhile, McCaskill told a cheering crowd: "You elected an underdog because you believed you could."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:19 am
Wed November 8, 2006

Wendler out as SIU-Carbondale chancellor

Walter Wendler

Carbondale, Ill. – The Carbondale campus of Southern Illinois University is getting a new leader.

University President Glenn Poshard announced today his decision to relieve Chancellor Walter Wendler of his duties and appoint Provost John Dunn as interim chancellor effective November 15.

Provost Dunn says he's honored to accept the interim position and is ready to work on challenges ahead.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:17 am
Wed November 8, 2006

Results from Tuesday's election

St. Louis, MO – - Missouri State Representative Barb Fraser won a seat on the St. Louis County council Tuesday and in doing so kicked out of office long-time councilman Kurt Odenwald. The win shifts control of the Council from Republicans to Democrats.

- Republican Colleen Wasinger won the 3rd district Council race to replace the retiring Skip Mange; she beat Democrat Kathy Schweitzer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:14 am
Wed November 8, 2006

Lawsuit claims unfair clout in Blagojevich administration

chicago, Ill. – An employee in Illinois state government is claiming in a lawsuit that Gov. Rod Blagojevich let a wealthy contributor hire and fire in two key agencies.

John Gnutek claims William Cellini supported Democrat Blagojevich's run for governor in 2002 in exchange for making personnel decisions at the Illinois Gaming Board and State Police.

Gnutek is a riverboat revenue agent in Joliet. He claims the board, Cellini and one-time Blagojevich chief of staff Lon Monk engaged in racketeering that hurt his career.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:34 am
Wed November 8, 2006

Soldier from Moberly, Mo. dies in fall in Iraq

Moberly, MO – The Pentagon says a Marine from Moberly, Mo. died this past weekend after falling off a roof in Iraq.


Military officials say Second Lt. Mark Gelina, 33, was directing the placement of a gun when he fell. The Defense Department described the incident as 'non-hostile' and is investigating. It happened in the Al Anbar province of Iraq.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:28 am
Wed November 8, 2006

Missouri voters approve higher min. wage, reject tobacco tax hike

St. Louis, MO – Missourians on Tuesday vote to give those earning minimum wage a raise by overwhelmingly passing Proposition B.

It garnered 76% of the vote and was among the first of the statewide races and questions to be called.

With the approval, Missouri's minimum wage will increase from the current federal base of $5.15 an hour to $6.50, as of Jan. 1. There also will be an automatic increase each year to keep pace with inflation.

TOBACCO TAX

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:32 am
Wed November 8, 2006

In a very close tally, stem cell question passes in Missouri

Kansas City, MO – In an extremely tight race, supporters of the stem cell ballot initiative, Amendment 2, came out with a 50-49% victory.

Sandra Aust, a spokesperson for the supporters of the measure, Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, says Missouri voters want their state to be able to pursue the same cures as the rest of the country.

"I think Missouri voters have said that they want to be treated fairly," Aust said. "They want to have the same access to cures and therapies that every other American has."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:31 am
Wed November 8, 2006

Dissatisfaction with Iraq hurt Talent

St. Louis, MO. – Missourians who voted against Jim Talent in the U.S. Senate race were voting in part against President Bush and the war in Iraq.

That's the findings from an Associated Press exit poll from yesterday's election.

One-third of those polled said their vote was a way to express opposition to the president.

Nearly all of those voters chose McCaskill, according to the poll of more than 2,300 voters.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:31 am
Wed November 8, 2006

Bond says he'll work with McCaskill

St. Louis, MO. – Missouri's senior senator says he is looking forward to working with Claire McCaskill, who defeated Republican Jim Talent for the state's other seat in the Senate.

Kit Bond says that he called McCaskill after her victory was assured early Wednesday morning.

The Republican says he offered to have his staff help her with the transition to the senate seat.

And following the election he had much more complimentary things to say about McCaskill than prior to her win.

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