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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:33 pm
Mon May 5, 2003

Tornadoes Rip Through Southwest Missouri

This picture from the Kansas City Star shows tornado damage in Kansas City, Kansas.
(photo courtesy Kansas City Star)

Kansas City, MO – The storms that killed at least 19 people in Missouri and Kansas was not as harsh when it rolled through St. Louis Sunday night, but the region was under a tornado watch for most of the night.

The worst damage from Sunday's storms seems to be in the southwestern Missouri county of Lawrence, where the sheriff there estimates a dozen deaths. Police say the downtown area of the small town of Pierce City was wiped out.

Flights were kept away from Kansas City's airport, where people inside were evacuated at one point.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:31 pm
Mon May 5, 2003

Two-Week Old Fire Could Be Out This Week

House Springs, MO – A mulch fire burning in Jefferson County since April 17th may be extinguished by the end of this week; and the county doesn't have to pick up the tab.

On Friday, the state of Missouri permitted an excavating company to use earth-moving equipment to help extinguish the fire in House Springs.

The company is providing the service for free. If left alone, the mulch fire could have taken as long as a year to burn itself
out.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:03 pm
Mon May 5, 2003

Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Concealed Guns

Jefferson City, MO – The state Legislature has voted to let
Missourians carry concealed guns.

The House voted overwhelmingly today to send the legislation to Governor Holden, who has threatened to veto it. The Senate passed the legislation Friday.

Today's vote comes about four years after statewide voters narrowly defeated a proposal allowing concealed guns.

Supporters of the measure say times have changed. This year's bill would not go to the ballot.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:58 am
Mon May 5, 2003

MO State Rep. Arrested

State Rep. Rodney Hubbard (D-St. Louis)
(State of Missouri photo)

St. Louis, MO – A first-term state legislator from St. Louis has been arrested on suspicion of firing a pistol at a man.

State Rep. Rodney R. Hubbard, a Democrat, campaigned on a desire to fight crime. He was arrested Sunday after a neighbor reported Hubbard had fired several shots at him during a quarrel on Saturday. Hubbard says he was not involved in a shooting.

The Democrat lives in a St. Louis public housing complex. Police say he and the man are neighbors and knew each other before the shooting.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:41 am
Mon May 5, 2003

Forest Park Parkway Closed

Much of Forest Park Parkway will close for two years so crews can build the Metrolink extension
(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Monday morning was a first for commuters who are used to taking Forest Park Parkway. They now have to find a new route for at least the next 2 years.

As construction begins on the Cross County Metrolink Extension the Parkway will be closed from Big Bend in University City to Central Avenue in Clayton.

Linda Hancock Ross with Metro says there are alternate routes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:55 am
Mon May 5, 2003

Kiel Opera House will be Renovated and Reopened

St. Louis, Mo. – The Kiel Opera House will be reopened.

Developer Donald Breckenridge Monday announced plans that will take a year-and-a-half and $30-million to renovate the building which was built in 1934 and closed in 1991.

Architect Gary Martinez of Bethesda, Maryland will design the rehabilitation project. He says it's one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture that exists in the country.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:06 pm
Fri May 2, 2003

Man Freed by DNA Speaks Out

DNA eventually freed Kevin Green from prison.
(photo courtesy Allison Babka Burney, SLU)

St. Louis –

In 1996 DNA evidence freed Kevin Green from a California prison. He spent 16 years there after being wrongly convicted of beating his pregnant wife and causing the death of their full-term fetus.

Green was the 35th person in the United States to be exonerated by DNA evidence. The state of California eventually paid him one hundred dollars for each day he was incarcerated, and the man who killed his daughter is on death row in California.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:56 pm
Fri May 2, 2003

Laclede Gas Could Lower Rates

St. Louis, Mo. – Laclede Gas Company customers could see lower rates for one year beginning this fall.

That's because state regulators have determined that the utility is not entitled to keep almost five-million-dollars in proceeds from the sale of what are termed "call options" two years ago. Call options can be bought and sold by utilities to hedge against the price of natural gas.

Laclede says it will seek a rehearing in the case. If unsuccessful, the company will appeal the ruling.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:10 pm
Fri May 2, 2003

Could Police Oversight Board be Created this Year?

St. Louis, Mo. – After failing last session, the alderman sponsoring a bill to create a civilian police oversight board in St. Louis is hoping to pass the measure this year.

The Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression says the city is moving too slowly in setting up a board, and is urging convention groups to boycott St. Louis.

Alderman Terry Kennedy has reintroduced the review board bill, but distanced himself from the boycott.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:44 pm
Fri May 2, 2003

St. Louis Mayor Says State of City is Strong

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay
(KWMU file photo)

St. Louis – In his second State of the City Address as Mayor of St. Louis, Francis Slay today focused on his administration's accomplishments from the last year, but said improvements are needed in the city's public schools.

Slay says property values are rising in the city, and the crime rate is dropping. The mayor credited the police department for the decrease.

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