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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:06 pm
Wed November 12, 2003

Soldier from St. Charles Found Murdered in Georgia

Columbus, Ga. – The body of a 24-year old soldier from St. Charles was found last week near his base, Fort Benning, Ga. Richard Davis had been missing since July.

Three fellow soldiers will be in court Wednesday; they had been charged with Davis's murder, but those charges were reduced to concealing the death.

A fourth suspect is awaiting extradition from California to Georgia.

Davis's parents, Lanny and Remedios Davis want to know how it is possible their son survived Iraq, only to be murdered by fellow soldiers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:04 pm
Wed November 12, 2003

McCaskill Says State Tax Credit Programs Not Watched

Mo. State Auditor Claire McCaskill (UPI photo)

St. Louis – Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill says more oversight of state-run tax credit programs is needed.

McCaskill says a dozen fraudulent businesses in St. Louis received $2 million in tax credits under a program called Rebuilding Communities -a fact that was revealed Sunday in a newspaper article.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:35 pm
Wed November 12, 2003

BREAKING NEWS - Small Jet Crashes Near Belleville

St. Louis, MO – Emergency crews near Belleville are on the scene where a small jet crashed just more than an hour ago. The plane was taking off from the Downtown Airport in Cahokia when it crashed in a farm field in Millstadt and burst into flames. The fire is now out. Donald Schram lives near where the crash happened and was reading his paper when he heard the plane. It wsa too low to be any normal flight going over the house," he said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:54 am
Wed November 12, 2003

Gun Used to Kill Jesse James Sold at Auction

Anaheim, Ca. – The gun believed to have been used to kill Missouri outlaw Jesse James was sold at an auction in California Tuesday for $350,000.

An anonymous bidder bought the .44 caliber Smith and Wesson that Bob Ford used. Ford was a late recruit to James' gang; he killed the outlaw in St. Joseph, Mo. on April 3, 1882.

Officials with Little John's Antique Arms in Anaheim, Cal. say the absentee bidder asked not to be named. But company spokesman Brian Maize says he believes the gun may have been purchased by someone in Texas.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:16 am
Wed November 12, 2003

Small Plane Crashes Near Belleville

St. Louis, MO – A small jet crashed Wednesday morning around 7:00, just after taking off from the Downtown Parks Airport in Cahokia.

It crashed in a farm field in Millstadt and burst into flames. Emergency crews arrived quickly and put the flames out.

Donald Schram lives near where the crash happened and was reading his newspaper when he heard the plane. "It was too low to be any normal flight going over the house," he said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:57 am
Wed November 12, 2003

Slay's Car Stolen

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (KWMU file photo)

St. Louis, MO. – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay's car was stolen from in front of his house this week.

Police say the 1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport was found abandoned by an officer.

The thief apparently exploited a weakness in the Jeep, by getting around the vehicle's locking system and then punching out the ignition and driving away.

The theft comes just a week before the mayor and St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa are expected to unveil an Anti Car Theft Initiative. Last year there were 8,600 stolen vehicles reported.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:33 am
Wed November 12, 2003

Civil Suit in Carnahan Plane Crash Under Way

Gov. Mel Carnahan died in a plane crash in October, 2000.
(UPI)

Kansas City, Mo. – Opening arguments began today in Kansas City in the lawsuit brought by the family of the late Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan against an airplane parts manufacturer.

Carnahan family attorney Gary Robb blames Parker Hannafin Corporation for the October 2000 crash that killed the Governor, his son and a campaign aid.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:30 am
Wed November 12, 2003

Arch Barriers Will Be New and Improved

The Gateway Arch will get new security barriers.
(KWMU photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – Officials at the Gateway Arch are working to replace the concrete barriers that surround the grounds as extra security.

The temporary barriers went in after the September 11 attacks and Arch Superintendent Ken Schaefer says there have been many complaints that they're unsightly.

He says a new series of poles will surround the grounds that will look nicer and provide more security.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:40 pm
Tue November 11, 2003

SLU Will Give Westfall Posthumous Award

The late Buzz Westfall (UPI photo)
File photo

St. Louis, MO – Saint Louis University will honor the late Buzz Westfall next month. The long-time County Executive, and SLU alum, died last month.

The school says it will posthumously award Westfall its Sword of Ignatius Loyola award. The honor is given each year to someone for service to humanity, a value of Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:24 pm
Tue November 11, 2003

MSHSAA Board Upholds Move to Strip Clayton of Victories

St. Louis, Mo. – Missouri's High School Activities Association upholds its earlier move that Clayton High forfeit nine victories this season and sit out the playoffs.

But the suburban St. Louis school is not sitting still. District officials have authorized the district's attorney to ask a federal judge to intervene tomorrow, with the playoffs scheduled to start later that day.

The association ordered the forfeits after Clayton self-reported it used an ineligible player, junior quarterback Jairus Byrd.

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