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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:36 pm
Tue March 4, 2003

Group Hopes to Clean Up City Hall, Literally

St. Louis City Hall has been gathering grunge and dirt for decades.
(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – A group of architects is heading an effort to raise $2 million. That's how much they say it would cost to clean and renovate the outside walls of St. Louis City Hall.

The building hasn't had a good bath in decades, and city leaders say private financing is the only way the project will happen. That's because the sagging economy leaves little, if any, money in city budgets that are already being cut.

The renovation would include repairs to the roof, guttering, flashing and parapet.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:06 pm
Tue March 4, 2003

Republicans Request Records of Governor's Office

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's Republican Party has filed open records requests with Governor Holden's office.

It's trying to get information about discussions over how state agencies should cooperate with lawmakers in budget talks.

A spokesman for the party says the Republicans want to know if Holden's administration is stonewalling legislators. They say many department directors have not responded to their requests to suggest cuts beyond what Holden has recommended.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:49 pm
Tue March 4, 2003

FBI Joins Investigation of Hindu Temple Attacks

The Hindu Temple of St. Louis
(File photo)

St. Louis, Mo – The FBI is now helping with the investigation of two recent attacks at the Hindu Temple of St. Louis.

Someone threw two Molotov cocktails in about a week's time at the temple, causing only minor damage. The FBI will see whether there's evidence that these are hate crimes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:11 pm
Tue March 4, 2003

Cop Charged in Fellow Officer's Accidental Shooting

St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis County police officer, who authorities at first thought may have tried to commit suicide, apparently was accidentally shot by a colleague while both were off-duty.

Patricia March is hospitalized in critical but stable condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the head Monday. Tuesday, officials charged police officer Tom Ziegler with second-degree assault, armed criminal action and drug possession.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:12 pm
Tue March 4, 2003

St. Louis Biotech Leaders Court Japanese Partners

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:54 am
Tue March 4, 2003

Mo. Sup. Ct. Will Hear Arguments on Executing Minors

Justices will consider whether executing juveniles is constitutional.
(Reuters file photo)

St. Louis, MO – A Missouri death row inmate who committed murder when he was a juvenile will have another chance to make his case in court.

Wednesday, the Missouri Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Christopher Simmons, who was 17 when he murdered Jefferson County resident Shirley Crook in 1993.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:14 am
Tue March 4, 2003

St. Louis Black Clergy Works to Fight AIDS

St. Louis, MO – African American religious leaders in St. Louis are calling attention to the high rates of AIDS among the city's Blacks, and have pledged to address the issue from the pulpit.

Shiela Grigsby works for the HIV-AIDS Services Center at the City Health Department. She says Blacks in St. Louis have much higher infection rates than other races.

The Health Department says African Americans represent 80 percent of
HIV-AIDS cases among St. Louis women. Black men account for 67 percent of their gender's cases.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:49 am
Tue March 4, 2003

St. Louis City Votes; Poll Workers Get Cell Phones

St. Louis, Mo. – The polls will be open in St. Louis city until 7:00 Tuesday night.

The ballot includes primary races for alderman, but most of the candidates have no opposition. Today's winners move on to the April general election.

Workers at polling places are using almost 400 cell phones, all of which the Election Board says will be returned.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:51 pm
Mon March 3, 2003

Missouri National Guard Units Activated

Jefferson City, MO – Five units consisting of more than 1,000 members of the Missouri National Guard were mobilized over the weekend. The troops were ordered to report for active duty March 15th.

The units come from all over the state. They'll be participating in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Noble Eagle.

Operation Enduring Freedom is the fight abroad in the war on terrorism, while Operation Noble Eagle involves homeland security.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:26 pm
Mon March 3, 2003

Supreme Court to Hear St. Louis Dentist's Case

Washington, D.C. – The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments
over whether a Missouri dentist can be forced to take anti-psychotic drugs to make him well enough to stand trial.

Charles Sell and his wife are accused of submitting bogus claims to Medicaid and private insurance companies for dental services.

Sell remains locked up in a prison psychiatric unit, diagnosed with a delusional disorder.

No one disputes that he's too mentally unstable to stand trial.

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