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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:53 am
Tue June 3, 2003

IL Grand Jury Will Hear Police Shooting Case

Edwardsville, Ill. – A grand jury in Edwardsville will decide whether police officers were justified in shooting an Alton man to death.

Madison County sheriff's deputies and Alton city police both shot 35-year old Cloyd Kenshalo on May 21; it happened after a high speed car chase.

Kenshalo crashed the car into a fence and was shot at least seven times. His relatives contend that police did not have to shoot him.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:49 pm
Mon June 2, 2003

Shimkus Discusses Recent NATO Meeting

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St. Louis, Mo. – Illinois Congressman John Shimkus says the threat of international terrorism was a major discussion item at last week's meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Prague.

Shimkus, who serves as a delegate from the US to the Assembly, presented a report on the war on terrorism to the Defense and Security Committee. He says terrorism is still the number one threat to the world's residents.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:04 pm
Mon June 2, 2003

Washington U. Study Suggests Just Nicotine for Smokers

St. Louis, MO – A Washington University physician says the adverse health effects of cigarettes could be greatly reduced if smokers could instead simply inhale only nicotine.

Dr. Walton Sumner says despite centuries of anti-smoking programs, he believes some level of tobacco use in society is always going to be inevitable. Sumner is studying how smokers could make their habit safer by inhaling so-called "clean" nicotine.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:17 pm
Mon June 2, 2003

The Hill Honors Baseball Legend Natives

Joe Garagiola (above left), Yogi Berra, and Jack Buck (below)

St. Louis, MO – The 5400 block of Elizabeth Avenue, on the Hill in St. Louis, is now Hall of Fame Place.

Baseball Hall of Famers Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola were honored Sunday; they grew up in that neighborhood. The street was also renamed to honor late Cardinals broadcaster Jack Buck, who lived on the Hill in the late 1950s.

Granite plaques marking their induction dates were installed in front of their former homes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:15 pm
Mon June 2, 2003

Budget Wasn't Only Issue Before Illinois Lawmakers

Springfield, ILL. – So much attention was paid to the state's budget deficit that much of the Illinois Legislature's accomplishments this spring might have gone unnoticed.

But speeding motorists are likely to notice that their fines have increased, and senior citizens might take note if their prescription drug costs decline. And people looking for an energy or diet boost will find that ephedra-based products are no longer to be sold over-the-counter in Illinois.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:36 pm
Mon June 2, 2003

Area FBI Agent Was Victim in Suspected Rudolph Bombing

St. Louis, MO – The head of St. Louis' FBI office is especially satisfied with the weekend capture of suspected bomber Eric Rudolph.

Tom Bush was slightly injured by one of the bombs Rudolph is accused of detonating at an abortion clinic in Atlanta in 1997. At that time, Bush was second in charge of Atlanta's FBI office.

The blast briefly left Bush deaf in one ear. Bush says it could have been much worse if there hadn't been two cars between him and the bomb just 20 feet away.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:56 pm
Mon June 2, 2003

Another Forest Park Pkwy Section Closed

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St. Louis, MO – Another section of Forest Park Parkway is closed today. Big Bend to Skinker is now off limits to motorists. It's the second section of the parkway to close down since the extension construction began last month.

Last month, when construction began, crews closed down most of the Parkway west of Big Bend Blvd.

The project is expected to take about two years. Metrolink will eventually extend west from the Forest Park station to I-170 in Clayton, then south to Shrewsbury.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:17 pm
Mon June 2, 2003

MO Lawmakers Head to Special Session Today

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Jefferson City, MO – Missouri lawmakers head to Jefferson City today to begin their special session at noon. Gov. Bob Holden called the legislators back after vetoing about two-thirds of the $19 billion budget that they passed.

He wants lawmakers to approve putting a question to voters whether taxes should be raised to help prevent deep budget cuts.

But Republican leaders in the House and Senate oppose such a move. They say lawmakers will likely make just minor changes, and not the major budget rewrite the governor wants.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:06 pm
Mon June 2, 2003

IL Budget Recap

Springfield, Ill. –

The Illinois Legislature wrapped up its spring session early Sunday morning by approving a new state budget. It was a session dominated by talk of the state's financial problems.

In the end, Gov. Rod Blagojevich kept his promise to avoid raising the personal income or sales tax. But as Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford reports, the budget still has plenty of critics.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:58 am
Mon June 2, 2003

Nixon Files Suit to Seek School Board Member's Ouster

Ferguson, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon is suing to remove a member of a St. Louis area school board.

Nixon alleges that Riverview Gardens school board member Vincent Dungey is ineligible to hold public office because he has not completed his sentence after pleading guilty in 2000 to three
felony charges of passing bad checks.

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