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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:09 pm
Fri February 27, 2004

Missouri Supreme Court Upholds Concealed Guns

St. Louis – The Missouri Supreme Court Thursday upheld the state's controversial conceal and carry gun law in a 5-to-2 decision. But the court also said the law does not have to be enforced in four counties because of the state's ban on unfunded mandates.

The ruling is a victory for gun rights supporters, but opponents of conceal and carry say it's not the end of their fight.

KWMU's Matt Sepic reports.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:28 am
Fri February 27, 2004

Five Percent of Archdiocesan Priests Abused Children

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says that's one percent higher than the nationwide figure of accused clergy.

The St. Louis archdiocese says 70 of its 1,210 priests over that five-decade period have been accused of sexually
misconduct involving children. And it says it paid out $2.1 million in related costs. In some cases, that's tens of millions of dollars less than the amout spent by other dioceses.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:05 am
Fri February 27, 2004

Corps of Engineers Releases Missouri River Plan

St. Louis – The Army Corps of Engineers has released its latest plan for managing the Missouri River.

The plan includes no significant flow level changes in the coming year, and instead focuses on new drought conservation measures that save water in upstream reservoirs.

Eric Eckl is a spokesman for the environmental group American Rivers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:55 pm
Thu February 26, 2004

MO Senate Defeats Push To Outlaw New Highway Billboards

Jefferson City, MO – Days sought to add the provision to a bill imposing restrictions on billboards advertising strip clubs and businesses that sell adult material.

Supporters of the bill were concerned that Days' broader prohibition would doom the legislation.

After turning down the amendment yesterday, the Senate gave the bill preliminary approval. House members tentatively approved a similar bill on Tuesday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:07 am
Thu February 26, 2004

McNary Running for Old Job Again: County Executive

(UPI)

St. Louis – Gene McNary says creating jobs would be his top priority if he's elected St. Louis County executive.

McNary announced his candidacy Thursday, and joins three other Republicans seeking the nomination.

McNary has held the job before, serving as county executive from 1974 to 1989.

He says while manufacturing and service jobs would be his main focus, he will also look at the proposed South County casino plan.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:00 am
Thu February 26, 2004

Guns Smuggled Into Two ESL Schools

East St. Louis, IL – Authorities say the incidents were not related. No shots were fired and no one was injured.

Students at East St. Louis Senior High School were locked in classrooms for two hours while police searched for an unnamed 15-year-old boy. Authorities say he had brandished a loaded semiautomatic pistol. The teenager was not located after a police search, and had still not been found by police late Wednesday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:50 am
Thu February 26, 2004

Missouri Supreme Court Upholds Concealed Gun Law

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the constitutional right of lawmakers to authorize concealed guns. But the court also said the new concealed guns law doesn't have to be enforced in four counties, where it would be an unfunded mandate.

The ruling opens the way for similar unfunded mandate claims in other counties. And that raises the possibility of a piece-meal enforcement of the law.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:28 am
Thu February 26, 2004

Missouri Democrats' Billboards Rejected

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:24 pm
Wed February 25, 2004

Woodward Looks Back on Watergate

St. Louis –

It started as a foiled burglary that mushroomed into the largest political scandal in U.S. history. In 1972, most Americans had never heard of the hotel that headquartered the Democratic National Committee.

But two years later, Watergate had become a synonym for corruption, deceit and a failed presidency.

On Thursday (2/26) one of the two men who broke the Watergate story will speak in St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:59 pm
Wed February 25, 2004

Holden Blocks Union Fee Legislation

Missouri Governor Bob Holden

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden has vetoed a bill that would block the collection of union bargaining fees from state employees who are not union members.

The Democratic governor and Republican legislative leaders have been sparring over unions' role in state government. The spat began in June of 2001 when Holden signed an executive order granting collective bargaining rights to thousands of state workers.

Earlier this month, the Legislature passed the resolution vetoed by Holden Wednesday.

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