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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:42 pm
Fri August 15, 2003

Military Says East Alton Soldier Died from Heat

East Alton, Ill. – Military officials are blaming the death of a soldier from East Alton on Iraq's blistering summer heat.

Army Private Matthew Bush, 20, was found dead in his bed last week in Kirkush, about a hundred miles north of Baghdad. He had been overseas for about three weeks.

Preliminary findings from an autopsy performed at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware suggest heat as the cause of death. Bush's body has been returned to his family in East Alton.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:01 pm
Fri August 15, 2003

Corps to Raise Missouri River Level

St. Louis, Mo. – The Army Corps of Engineers has started raising levels on the Missouri River again.

The agency had dropped them for three days this week because a judge ordered it to. The order aimed to lower the water to protect endangered species.

Brigadier General William Grisoli says flows should be normal by tomorrow night. He says the water is also being raised slowly to protect the species' nesting spots.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:02 pm
Fri August 15, 2003

Missouri Doesn't Want to Chance Massive Power Outage

St. Louis, Mo. – A massive power outage is unlikely to happen in Missouri.

That's according to the state's largest electric company. AmerenU-E says power generators are closer to the demand here and Missouri's central location makes it interconnected to other state
systems that could help in a jam.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:11 am
Fri August 15, 2003

Philip Morris Bond Hiked Back Up to $12 Mill

Madison Co. Courthouse
(file photo)

Edwardsville, Illinois – A Madison County judge today ordered the Philip Morris tobacco company to post a $12 billion bond before it can appeal a recent consumer fraud judgment.

Judge Nicholas Byron initially lowered the bond, but an Illinois appeals court said he did not have the authority to do so.

Philip Morris attorney John Muelderig says he wants the state supreme court to settle the matter.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:02 am
Fri August 15, 2003

Could Gays Split Some Churches?

Rev. Gene Robinson was approved last week as the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop.

St. Louis, MO –

One week ago today, the Episcopal Church concluded its General Convention in Minneapolis.

At the meeting, church leaders and lay delegates of the 2.3 million-member U.S. denomination approved the church's first openly gay bishop. It was a move many said would lead to schism in the church.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:12 am
Fri August 15, 2003

Sharpton Will Stump in St. Louis Saturday

St. Louis, MO – Sharpton marched with protestors in St. Louis July 31 to fight for increased minority contractor participation in the Metrolink light rail expansion project. On Saturday, he'll visit a North St. Louis shopping center as a Democratic candidate seeking the White House. Activist Zaki Baruti says the event is designed to help Sharpton carve out a niche among Missouri voters:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:26 pm
Thu August 14, 2003

Environmentalists Upset With Metro East Power Plants

St. Louis, Mo. – Environmental groups say two power plants in the Metro East are the area's largest sources of air pollution - and they want the state to take action.

A public hearing was held this week on new clean air permits for Dynegy Midwest Generation's Wood River and Baldwin power plants. Kathy Andria, with American Bottom Conservancy, says her group and others used the opportunity to tell regulators how the coal-burning plants are endangering the health of Metro East residents.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:02 pm
Thu August 14, 2003

Nixon Threatening License Suspensions for Deadbeats

Mo. Atty. Gen. Jay Nixon (KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Missouri's Attorney General Jay Nixon is now threatening deadbeats with the suspension of their professional licenses.

Lawsuits filed Wednesday seek the suspensions for 19 parents, who are licensed to be everything from engineers to doctors to beauticians and even a professional wrestler.

Ten of the parents live in the St. Louis area; all 19 owe more than $800,000 in child support combined.

The suspensions would last until the support payments were made.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:44 pm
Thu August 14, 2003

Angry Parents Threaten to Keep Kids Home from School

St. Louis, Mo. – St. Louis officials say they're continuing to work with community leaders to ensure a smooth start to the first day of school.
Some 41,000 public school children are slated to return to class September 8.

However, some parents and civic activists enraged over budget cuts and layoffs have threatened to keep children at home on the first day.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:51 pm
Thu August 14, 2003

Fence Going Up After Cheetah Briefly Escapes Zoo

St. Louis, Mo. – Officials at the St. Louis Zoo are taking steps to modify a cheetah yard after one of the big cats was able to escape.

The 3-year-old female, Halala, was on display in the River's Edge area of the zoo Tuesday when she managed to go over a moat and over a wall.

She was out for about 20 minutes before zoo workers herded her to an area out of view of visitors. No one was hurt.

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