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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:43 am
Fri November 3, 2006

<img src=http://www.kwmu.org/pic/speakersm.gif border=0> Area Missouri Senate seat up for grabs

St. Louis – The high-profile race for U.S. Senate in Missouri, along with ballot issues over stem cell research and minimum wage have shifted focus away from many races for the state House.

Most state representatives and state senators are likely to win re-election.

But Democrats say they have a great chance to take back at least one seat that the Republicans won in a special election last year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:42 am
Fri November 3, 2006

Voters will choose new St. Charles County executive

St. Louis, MO. – Voters in St. Charles County will choose a new county executive on Tuesday.

Incumbent Republican Joe Ortwerth is stepping down after 12 years on the job to devote himself full-time to his church.

Two men are running to be his successor- Democrat Jim Rutherford and Republican Steve Ehlmann.

Ehlmann is a former judge and state legislator, and serves as the county's director of administration.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:31 am
Fri November 3, 2006

House races take back seat this year

St. Louis – All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for grabs on Tuesday, but in this area, you could be forgiven for not knowing that.

A tight Senate race in Missouri and a gubernatorial election in Illinois have pushed the St. Louis region's five House contests off the political radar.

KWMU's Matt Sepic spoke with University of Missouri St. Louis political science professor David Robertson about the races.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:21 am
Fri November 3, 2006

Four priests laicized after sex abuse allegations

St. Louis, MO. – The Archdiocese of St. Louis announced Friday that four suspended priests have been laicized, meaning they no longer can serve as priests.

James Funke, James Gummersbach, Bryan Kuchar, and Michael Seidel all have faced allegations of sexual abuse.

The decision to laicize the four was made in Rome.

A statement from the Archdiocese said Archbishop Raymond Burke expressed his deepest regret for all who may have been harmed by the four priests.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:04 am
Fri November 3, 2006

Feds will help with storm damage costs to parks

St. Louis, MO. – Federal relief will help St. Louis pay for damage to public buildings and parks following devastating summer storms.

President George Bush today approved Governor Matt Blunt's request for a disaster declaration.

A spokeswoman for Senator Kit Bond says that means the federal government will pay for up to 75 percent of repairs to disaster-damaged facilities owned by the public.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:21 am
Fri November 3, 2006

Bush stumps for Talent in Missouri

Springfield, MO – President Bush is using today's Missouri visit to blast Democrats, accusing them of not having a plan to keep America safe from terrorists. At a Springfield rally for Senator Jim Talent, Bush said Democrats calling for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq aren't unpatriotic, just wrong. He said Democrats who voted against legislation to detain and interrogate suspected terrorists, the NSA's eavesdropping program and the Patriot Act don't understand the stakes in the war on terror.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:11 am
Fri November 3, 2006

Two run to replace Ortwerth as St. Charles County Executive

St. Louis – Voters in St. Charles County will choose a new county executive on Tuesday.

Incumbent Republican Joe Ortwerth is stepping down after 12 years on the job to devote himself full-time to his church.

Two men are running to be his successor: Democrat Jim Rutherford and Republican Steve Ehlmann.

Ehlmann is a former judge and state legislator, and serves as the county's director of administration.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:14 am
Thu November 2, 2006

Humane Society gets ownership of horses in I-44 wreck

Four of the rescued horses recovering at the Humane Society of Missouri's Longmeadow Rescue Ranch (Humane Society photo)

St. Louis, MO – The Humane Society said this morning (Thu.) that it has finalized an agreement to become the new owners of a couple dozen horses that were involved in a trailer crash on I-44 in September.

The horses were in a trailer bound for a slaughter facility in Illinois when it overturned near Sullivan. In all, 25 horses and a mule survived the wreck, though one has since died. Two pregnant horses also have since miscarried.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:21 am
Thu November 2, 2006

Four ACORN workers indicted in Kansas City

A pile of registrations cards deemed questionable by St. Louis election officials (KWMU file photo/Tom Weber)

Kansas City, MO – Federal prosecutors in Kansas City have indicted four people who worked for the advocacy group ACORN; the four are accused of turning in false voter registrations to the Kansas City election board.

ACORN has been holding voter registration drives focused on low-income and minority residents in parts of Missouri this year.

And St. Louis election officials say the group has also turned in faulty registrations, and they also plan on turning those cards over to investigators.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:15 am
Thu November 2, 2006

Illinois board approves plan to limit mercury pollution

Springfield, Ill – The Illinois Pollution Control Board
has adopted a plan that's designed to reduce the amount of mercury emissions coming from the state's coal-fired power plants.

Under the plan, the plants will be required to reduce mercury pollution by 90 percent or more by the end of June 2009.

The Illinois standards would be stricter than those adopted by the federal government last year.

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