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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:33 am
Mon March 24, 2003

More Sex Offenders Registering in Missouri

Jefferson City, Mo. – Authorities say more people are registering as sex offenders because a new Missouri state law eliminates a loophole in the old one.

The Missouri Highway Patrol maintains a statewide database of offenders. It has grown by almost 600 in the past year. The loophole that was eliminated allowed sex offenders to skip out on registering if they never left their home counties.

Patrol fingerprint services supervisor Tammy Byrd says names on the state list increased from 8,174 to 8,715 in the past year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:48 pm
Fri March 21, 2003

Evacuations at Nursing Home Fire in St. Louis

St. Louis, Mo. – Rescue crews Friday morning moved to evacuate a north St. Louis County nursing home because of a large fire.

A large section of the roof was on fire at the Village North Retirement Center in Black Jack. There's no word on injuries.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:16 pm
Fri March 21, 2003

Arch Security Tighter

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St. Louis, MO – The war in Iraq has prompted tighter security at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

Additional law enforcement park rangers are now walking the grounds. Their vehicles were parking in front of some park entrances.

Rangers searched bags and backpacks on the patthe Arch. Inside security employees screened guests with metal detectors and
X-ray machines. That measure is not new.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:05 pm
Fri March 21, 2003

Ill. House Approves Higher Smoking Age

Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois House yesterday voted to raise the smoking age to 19. It's not illegal for minors to smoke tobacco, just to buy it. The measure would raise that buying age to 19; with the exception of those 18-year olds in the military.

The House voted 80-to-32 in favor of the legislation. Chicago Democrat John Fritchey says the change would save lives by keeping some teenagers from smoking.

The Illinois Senate will next consider the measure.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:52 am
Fri March 21, 2003

St. Louisans Weigh in on War

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St. Louis, MO – The start of the war has St. Louisans mixed in their reactions.

More than 100 people gathered at the Cathedral Basilica in downtown St. Louis Thursday night for a candlelight vigil and mass to pray for peace in Iraq.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:17 am
Fri March 21, 2003

Mo. Senators Vote to Set Minimum Age for Strippers

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Jefferson City, MO. – The Missouri Senate Thursday voted to set 21 as the minimum age to be an exotic dancer. There's currently no age set into law.

The measure's sponsor, Sen. Sarah Steelman (R-Rolla), says she realizes dancers can make a lot of money. But she adds she's worried about young women who work in the nude being exploited.

The exotic dancer proposal was added to a larger piece of legislation on alcohol sales, which passed the Senate 22-10. It goes to the House.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:08 am
Fri March 21, 2003

Wood River, Ill. Man Guilty of False Terrorist Threats

St. Louis, Mo. – A Wood River, Ill. man Thursday pleaded guilty to making false terrorist threats against the Super Bowl, Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium, and Fair St. Louis.

Henry Hersman faces prison time; he said in court yesterday he was in a fight with a former business partner. He said he lied to the FBI that the man was plotting to crash airplanes into the landmarks.

Hersman will be sentenced June 6th in federal court in St. Louis. He remains in custody.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:44 pm
Thu March 20, 2003

Military Officer Recommends Against Court-Martial

New Orleans, La. – A military hearing officer Thursday recommended against court-martialing two Illinois pilots who killed four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan last year in a mistaken bombing.

The recommendation was to be announced later today but it was disclosed by defense attorney Charles W. Gittins. Gittins says Col.Patrick Rosenow recommended that all charges against Maj. Harry Schmidt and Maj. William Umbach be dropped.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:57 pm
Thu March 20, 2003

Blagojevich Picks Metro-Easter for State Police Job

Springfield, Ill. – Governor Rod Blagojevich's new choice to head the Illinois State Police is a former state trooper from the Metro-East.

East Alton native Larry Trent retired from state police in 1993. He's currently the president of the Growth Association of Southwestern Illinois, a regional chamber of commerce made up of more than 600 businesses.

Shortly after retiring, he also helped Argosy set up security at the Alton Belle Casino.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:31 pm
Thu March 20, 2003

Substitute Teacher Investigated for Sex with Students

Crystal City, Mo. – A substitute teacher is under investigation
for allegedly having sex with students.

Police in the eastern Missouri town Crystal City say they have recovered videotapes from the home of the teacher. Detectives say the 33-year-old woman was substitute teaching at Crystal City
Elementary School in Jefferson County.

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