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St. Louis, MO – St. Louis city is suing the company that administered a firefighters' promotions test this year.

The suit accuses the Michigan-based Blockett, Junior & Associates of breaching its contract with the city by letting firefighters get a portion of the test before it was taken.

Last month, Mayor Francis Slay said he would fire a battalion chief and three firefighters for cheating on the exam by stealing the test or trying to undermine the testing process.

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With a sour economy, the candidates for Illinois Governor have to sell themselves as job creators. But Republican Jim Ryan and Democrat Rod Blagojevich differ widely on how to improve the state's business climate.

Illinois Public Radio's Bill Wheelhouse has the first in our series of reports on where the two leading candidates for Governor stand on the issues...

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St. Louis, MO – Prosecutors have charged a man with murder for his alleged role in an incident that killed a Truesdale police officer. Michael Otey of Fulton was the passenger in a car driven by a St. Louis man. Police say the men were stopped Sunday on Interstate 70 near Warrenton for questioning in connection with a home invasion that occurred earlier in Fulton.

St. Louis, MO – A Washington University economist says the US is coming out of its mildest recession in decades. However, Murray Weidenbaum adds the greatest uncertainty facing the economy is the prospect of invading Iraq. Weidenbaum joined a panel of economists Thursday in St. Louis to offer their projections for the US economy in 2003.

He says most Americans have an outdated view of war that suggests new defense spending stimulates a sluggish economy. Instead, Weidenbaum says a modern war is waged with existing resources.

St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis Board of Aldermen committee approved legislation Thursday morning that permits the construction of a new downtown stadium plus three Ballpark Village buildings.

The new stadium would be built with mostly private money, but tax money would be used for infrastructure around the park. Alderman Irving Clay, Jr. was the lone no vote. He says the plan should have voter approval.

Washington, D.C. – Missouri Democrats William Lacy Clay and Karen McCarthy voted against President Bush's request for authority to use military force against Iraq. But the rest of Missouri's delegation joined a large majority of the U-S House today in passing the measure.

The U-S House of Representatives had a 296-to-133 roll call vote
today.

In Illinois All ten Republican representatives voted in favor of the resolution. But Rod Blagojevich and David Phelps were the only Illinois Democrats to support it.

Rochester, MN – The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has compiled research that shows Charles Lindbergh secretly helped the military during World War Two by testing the effects of high-altitude flight on humans.

The research by Lindbergh and others helped keep wartime pilots alive at altitudes reaching a then-unprecedented 40,000 feet. He also helped establish the first procedures for surviving parachute jumps from such a height.

Richwoods, MO – Washington County's Sheriff says the search for an 11-year old boy in Richwoods is now a possible abduction.

Sheriff Jim Nichols says that's because a number of searches for Shawn Hornbeck have turned up nothing. Hornbeck was last seen riding his bike to a friend's house on Sunday.
Hornbeck's family has set up a Web site about Shawn's disappearance. The web site is www.shawnhornbeck.com

St. Louis, MO – Police have arrested three men in connection with the shooting death of a security guard at a St. Louis bank during a would-be robbery.

Authorities say Robert Bolden and Corteze Edwards are accused of first-degree murder, attempted armed robbery, and two counts of armed criminal action. Bolden allegedly did the shooting.

A third suspect, a teenager, is in custody.

Jefferson City, MO – More than half the counties in Missouri are now under a drought alert or advisory. That includes the entire western half of the state.

The determinations come from the Drought Assessment Committee, which met today in Jefferson City.

A drier-than-usual September contributed heavily to drought. On average, the state received only half of its normal rainfall of four inches.

In August, 18 counties were under a drought alert and another under a drought advisory.

Jefferson City, MO – More than half the counties in Missouri are now under a drought alert or advisory. That includes the entire western half of the state.

The determinations come from the Drought Assessment Committee, which met today in Jefferson City.

A drier-than-usual September contributed heavily to drought. On average, the state received only half of its normal rainfall of four inches.

In August, 18 counties were under a drought alert and another under a drought advisory.

AP/KWMU – Members of a Missouri security panel say an informed public is less likely to panic
if terrorists attack.

The Missouri Security Council held its first meeting yesterday. Members discussed ways to co-ordinate homeland security activities among state agencies and local governments.

St. Louis, MO – The economic impact of each Cardinal home playoff game could exceed $2 million. That's according to the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, which studied the direct and indirect spending associated with the baseball team. RCGA chief economist Bryan Bezold says the major sources of spending are for tickets, concessions and merchandise, as well as off-site expenditures like dining, lodging and transportation.

Chicago, IL – The Illinois state quarter will show a young Abraham Lincoln, a farm setting and the Chicago skyline over an outline of the state and 21 stars.

Governor George Ryan unveiled the design today in Chicago.

The coin will be the first to be released in 2003 and will be the 21st state quarter to be minted. The 50 state quarters are being minted in the order that states ratified the Constitution. The program will continue through 2008.

St. Louis, MO – The search continues today in St. Louis for two men suspected in a would-be bank robbery foiled by a guard one of the men fatally shot.

Police say one of the masked suspects apparently shot 25-year-old Nathan Ley twice in the head yesterday outside the Bank of America branch. Ley later died at a hospital.

St. Louis, MO – Organizers of St. Louis 2004 have announced a year-long party commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1904 World's Fair. The celebration will kick off on New Year's Eve 2003 at Forest Park. Former Missouri Senator Jack Danforth says it will be the biggest event in the city's park since the World's Fair and will including live performances, light shows and the unveiling of what will become a 2004 landmark - a 10-story tall ferris wheel.

Rockford, IL – Illinois' gubernatorial candidates traded jabs over their parties' chairmen in their first public debate last night in Rockford.

Republican Attorney General Jim Ryan said Democratic U.S. Representative Rod Blagojevich was "quiet as a churchmouse" over allegations that Democratic Party Chairman Michael Madigan may have used state employees for political work.

Former Republican Party Chairman Lee Daniels stepped down over similar allegations.

Chicago, IL – The Illinois state quarter will show a young Abraham Lincoln, a farm setting and the Chicago skyline over an outline of the state and 21 stars.

Governor George Ryan unveiled the design today in Chicago.

The coin will be the first to be released in 2003 and will be the 21st state quarter to be minted. The 50 state quarters are being minted in the order that states ratified the Constitution. The program will continue through 2008.

St. Louis, MO – Almost 3,000 union janitors in St. Louis have ratified a new contract, ending a seven-week strike.

The local Service Employees Union and the Contract Cleaners Association came to the four-year agreement last week. The average janitor will see an average 28% pay raise. Employers will also double their pension contributions.

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