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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:27 am
Fri June 9, 2006

Jennings police officer struck by own patrol car

Jennings, MO – A police officer from the St. Louis suburb of Jennings was in good condition Friday morning after being nearly run over by his own patrol car.

Officer Sean Connors' squad car was stolen Thursday night, which prompted a manhunt involving hundreds of officers from the region. The suspect was later captured in St. Louis City.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:20 am
Fri June 9, 2006

Komen Race has new meaning for Carnahan

Thousands of people run the Komen Race for the Cure each year (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis, MO – More than 60,000 people are expected to run through downtown St. Louis Saturday in the Komen Race for the Cure.

The event last year raised more than $2 million for breast cancer treatment and research.

Missouri's Secretary of State Robin Carnahan will be among the runners. She's one of the highest-profile Missourians to have been diagnosed with breast cancer during the past year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:54 am
Fri June 9, 2006

Man pleads guilty to international kidnapping

St. Louis, MO. – An area man who kidnapped his daughter, fled the country and changed both their identities has pled guilty to all eight counts against him.

Arlen Dean Hill the Second faced an eight-count federal indictment that included international parental kidnapping and aggravated identity theft.

Hill kidnapped his daughter Taylor in 2002 and was arrested in New Zealand a year ago. Taylor's mother, Julie Coleman, says her 5-year-old daughter is adjusting well to life with her:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:50 am
Fri June 9, 2006

Effort underway for special session on disabled program

St. Louis, MO. – Advocates for the disabled and some Missouri lawmakers are asking for a special legislative session to return health benefits to the working disabled.

The Ticket to Work program was dismantled last year as part of sweeping Medicaid cuts. It had guaranteed Medicaid coverage for low-income disabled people who work.

Representative Charles Portwood says the money for the program has been appropriated, but legislators weren't able to pass the bill before the session ended.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:11 am
Thu June 8, 2006

Planned Parenthood STL office will offer cervical cancer vaccine

St. Louis, MO – The approval of Gardasil - the first vaccine ever developed to prevent the HPV cancer virus - is widely viewed as a medical moon landing.

It's approved for girls and women between age nine and 26.

Planned Parenthood of St. Louis CEO Paula Gianino says her office will offer the vaccine as soon as possible perhaps as early as this fall.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:43 am
Thu June 8, 2006

MoDOT chief not concerned about shortfall

MODOT director Pete Rahn (KWMU file photo)

St. Louis, MO – The head of MO-DOT is downplaying the significance of an apparent $17 million shortfall in the projected cost of the Highway 40 project in St. Louis. Transportation officials have set the budget for rebuilding 12 miles of I-64 at $535 million.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:40 am
Thu June 8, 2006

Gay & Lesbian rights group lauds new sex offender law

Kansas City, MO – A gay and lesbian rights organization in Missouri is a new sex offender law that Gov. Matt Blunt signed this week.

PROMO, Personal Rights of Missourians, says the new law eliminates language that was on the books that made all practicing gays and lesbians criminals.

"We saw this as an opportunity to get that outdated and unconstitutional language off the books once and for all and all of the legislators agreed that it was the right thing to do," said PROMOs Lisa Brueggemann.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:34 am
Thu June 8, 2006

Bricklayers' strike is over after one week

St. Louis, MO – The Bricklayers strike against the Mason Contractors Association is over, just one week after it began. The two sides agreed on a new five-year contract Wednesday evening after two days of talks.

Union officials say the new contract includes a wage increase each year of the agreement as well as modifications sought by the contractors. Bricklayers Local 1 also represents tuckpointers, caulkers, and cleaners.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:12 am
Thu June 8, 2006

Nixon drops case over foster child against governor's wishes

Jefferson City, MO. – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon says the state won't challenge a Kansas City lesbian's efforts to become a foster parent because a new law makes the appeal impossible.

A bill Governor Matt Blunt signed on Monday that toughens penalties against sexual predators also includes language that deletes a long-standing state law banning same-sex sexual relations.

That's one of the key arguments Missouri raised to deny Kansas City resident
Lisa Johnston a license to raise a foster child.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:09 am
Thu June 8, 2006

Nixon to return campaign money to Ameren

St. Louis, MO. – Attorney General Jay Nixon will return more than $19,000 in donations to his campaign fund to Ameren Corporation.

The contribution from the corporation came indirectly to Nixon after he began investigation Ameren over the collapse of the Taum Sauk reservoir.

The Nixon for Governor campaign says it will return the money to the four Democratic committees that donated it.

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