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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:53 pm
Fri April 4, 2003

St. Louis Hosts National Marathon Championship

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis plays host tomorrow to the 2003 Michelob Ultra USA Women's Marathon. The elite field of 55 women runners will compete tomorrow morning for the national championship.

President of the St. Louis marathon, Nancy Lieberman, says the women will run on the same course that women marathoners will compete on next year when St. Louis hosts the 2004 US Women's Olympic marathon trials.

Tomorrow's national championship is part of the Spirit of St. Louis marathon and family fitness weekend.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:50 pm
Fri April 4, 2003

Illinois Senate Approves Plan to Tape Interrogations

Springfield, Ill. – After years of negotiations, the Illinois Senate has approved a plan to require law enforcement to use video or audio tape when questioning murder suspects at a police station.

Authorities would have some leeway when talking with suspects in the field. Bill sponsor Sen. Barack Obama, D-Chicago, says it will not impede criminal investigations.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:31 pm
Fri April 4, 2003

Public Defender Quits After Telling Racist Joke

St. Louis – The head of the public defender's office in St. Louis has resigned a week after telling a racist joke to several of the department's lawyers.

District Defender Kent Hall quit Thursday. Others in his office tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Hall's joke caused credibility problems, especially considering that more than 90 percent of their clients are black.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:47 pm
Fri April 4, 2003

'The Laramie Project' Prepares For Pickets and Protests

St. Louis, MO –

One of the nation's most widely produced plays is currently being performed at Webster University. The Laramie Project explores the conflicting feelings Americans have about homosexuality. However - the clash that often results is not confined to the stage. KWMU's Hillary Wicai prepared this report.


For more information about the writing of "The Laramie Project": www.tectonictheaterproject.org

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:14 am
Fri April 4, 2003

Bond Visits Boeing's JDAM Plant in St. Charles

St. Charles, Missouri – Republican Senator Kit Bond of Missouri has high praise for the team that produces so-called smart bombs now being used in the US led war in Iraq. Bond visited Boeing' Joint Direct Attack Munition, or JDAM, assembly plant in St. Charles Friday to thank those whom he calls the unsung heroes of the war.

Grabbing a pen, Bond wrote a personal message on a JDAM unit outfitted for a 2,000 pound bomb:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:13 am
Fri April 4, 2003

"The Laramie Project" Prepares For Pickets and Protests

St. Louis, MO –

One of the nation's most widely produced plays is currently being performed at Webster University. The Laramie Project explores the conflicting feelings Americans have about homosexuality. However - the clash that often results is not confined to the stage. KWMU's Hillary Wicai prepared this report.


For more information about the writing of "The Laramie Project": www.tectonictheaterproject.org

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:33 am
Fri April 4, 2003

Boeing Employees Help Military Families

St. Charles, Missouri – As US troops push on towards Baghdad, some Boeing employees in St. Louis are working to see to the financial needs of military families whose loved ones are deployed in the war.

Friday some employees sent money to local families through a voluntary donation program. The James S. McDonnell USO based at Lambert Airport will distribute the funds to thousands of families.

USO executive director Ginny Compton says the money will be used for a variety of everyday purposes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:44 pm
Thu April 3, 2003

Missouri Chamber of Commerce Pushes for Airline Aid

St. Louis, MO – The Missouri Chamber of Commerce says the economic troubles affecting the airline industry could have a devastating impact on the state.

The Chamber has sent letters to Missouri's congressional delegation this week, asking them to support proposals that would give the ailing airlines more than 3 billion-dollars in aid. Chamber President Dan Mehan says he hopes lawmakers will take action soon.

Aviation in this country and in this state is vital to our economic well-being," Mehan said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:55 pm
Thu April 3, 2003

Carjacker Kills Driver, Flees With Child in Car

Ferguson, Mo. – Charges are expected Thursday in St. Louis County against a man accused of killing a man, taking his car, and leading police on a chase.

Police say the carjacker shot 23-year old Delvin Hester in a parking lot in Ferguson, then took off with Hester's 4-year old daughter inside the car. Police chased the suspect into Illinois, where they shot him in the leg as he tried to run from the car.

The man got caught in traffic by the merger of Interstates 55-70 and Interstate 64.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:21 pm
Thu April 3, 2003

Committee Nixes Plan to Lower Appeal Bond for Tobacco

Springfield, IL – An Illinois Senate's Executive Committee has rejected a plan to excuse cigarette-maker Philip Morris from paying a 12 billion dollar bond before it appeals a court judgment.

Last month, Phillip Morris was ordered to pay the bond for tricking smokers into believing two of its "light" brand
cigarettes are less toxic than regular ones.

The company says it cannot come up with that much money and the measure would have made it eaIier for Philip Morris to get the
appeal bond lowered to 1.2 billion dollars.

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