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1:29 am
Fri October 13, 2006

Woman is Indicted for Killing East St. Louis Woman, Fetus

Tiffany Hall
(photo courtesy United Press International)

Belleville, IL – A St. Clair County grand jury has
indicted a 24-year-old East St. Louis resident accused of killing a
pregnant woman and cutting the fetus from her womb. The indictment announced today replaces the original complaint
against Tiffany Hall. She's accused of first-degree murder in the
death of Jimella Tunstall and with the intentional homicide of
Tunstall's seven-month-old fetus.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:29 am
Thu October 12, 2006

Talent, McCaskill debate in Clayton

Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican U.S. Senator Jim Talent (file photos)

St. Louis, MO – The two main-party candidates for U.S. Senate in Missouri debated again Wednesday night, this time in Clayton.

Topics discussed included Iraq, stem cells, college costs, and even the plight of former TWA workers.

The two also showed how they differ on the topic of North Korea and whether the country should have direct talks with that country in trying to stop its nuclear program.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:58 am
Thu October 12, 2006

In St. Louis, Bush urges more investment in biofuels

(UPI file photo)

St. Louis – President Bush visited St. Louis Thursday to give the closing address at a conference on alternative energy.

Mr. Bush said even though gas prices are falling, the country should still invest in fuel sources other than oil.

The President said research into plant-based fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel is a good use of taxpayers' money.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:42 am
Thu October 12, 2006

Father of Joplin boy faces federal gun charges

Joplin, Mo. – The father of a 13-year-old boy charged in
the recent Joplin middle school shooting was charged Thursday with being a felon in possession of a gun.

Federal agents say Gregory Lynn White was arrested at his Joplin home and taken before a federal magistrate in Springfield.

White did not enter a plea, but was released on $5,000 bond.

White has two felony convictions, one for burglary in Florida and one for possession of a controlled substance in California.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:34 am
Thu October 12, 2006

Clergy abuse victims group focuses on congressional page program

St. Louis – A sexual abuse victims' advocacy group is turning its attention to the congressional page program.

At a press conference Thursday on Capitol Hill, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, called on members of Congress to contact the police if they suspect sexual misconduct by lawmakers.

SNAP's National Director, David Clohessy of St. Louis, said the congressional page program needs more oversight in order to be safe.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:13 am
Wed October 11, 2006

MO lawmaker, shot in Iraq, arrives back home

State Rep. Jason Brown

Kansas City, MO – A Missouri lawmaker from the Kansas City area is back home after being shot in Iraq.

House Republican Jason Brown, of Platte City, was shot in the lung during a recent patrol near Baghdad.

He says he's looking forward to spending time with his wife and two children, but that he also expects to return to Iraq.

Brown's been on a one year tour of duty there, where he's helped to build roads, bridges, hospitals and schools.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:50 am
Wed October 11, 2006

MO Sup. Court keeps tobacco tax proposal on ballot

St. Louis – The Missouri Supreme Court is allowing a proposal to raise the state's tobacco tax to appear on the November ballot.

The court ruled unanimously Wednesday that backers of the measure collected enough valid signatures from voters to secure a ballot spot.

Cindy Erickson is with the Committee for a Healthy Future, the group behind the proposal.

"We are very excited that it is official, and we are certainly moving into our grassroots efforts as we speak," Erickson said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:27 am
Wed October 11, 2006

Blunt appoints new director of MO Social Services office

Jefferson City, MO – Governor Blunt has chosen a long-time employee as the new director of the state agency that oversees Medicaid, foster children and many other programs.

Blunt Wednesday named deputy director Deborah Scott to lead the Department of Social Services. She has worked in state government in various roles for 20 years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:17 am
Wed October 11, 2006

Close friend, fund raiser for Blagojevich indicted

Gov. Rod Blagojevich (UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Chicago, Ill. – A major fundraiser for Governor Rod Blagojevich was named in an indictment unsealed today with trying to collect kickbacks from companies seeking state business.

The indictment claims Antoin "Tony" Rezko tried to squeeze a company for a contribution "to a public official prosecutors won't name.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald declined to say if anyone in the governor's administration is a target in the ongoing investigation of corruption in state politics.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:16 am
Wed October 11, 2006

Taylor family gives $50 million to National Arbor Day Foundation

Enterprise founder Jack Taylor.
(UPI)

St. Louis, MO. – KWMU has learned that the family behind the Enterprise Rent a Car fortune plans to donate $50 million to the National Arbor Day Foundation.

The money from the Taylor family will be used to plant a million trees a year for the next 50 years.

The Taylors are known for giving big gifts to many St. Louis area organizations, including the Symphony, the Botanical Garden, and Forest Park.

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