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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:26 am
Mon March 10, 2003

Lawyers Finish Arguments in Tobacco Suit

Edwardsville, Ill. – Attorneys in Edwardsville wrapped up six weeks of testimony today in a consumer fraud case against the Philip Morris tobacco company.

Lawyers representing more than a million Illinois smokers say the company should pay $21 billion in punitive and compensatory damages for falsely marketing light cigarettes as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes.

But Philip Morris attorneys say when Marlboro Lights were first introduced in the early 70s, consumers did not perceive them as being safer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:03 am
Mon March 10, 2003

Panel Seeks Public's Input on Mo. Elections

St. Louis, Mo. – A committee charged with reforming Missouri's election system will visit St. Louis Monday afternoon to hear citizens' opinions.

The Missouri State Plan Committee is drafting a proposal to comply with federal election reform legislation that President Bush signed last October.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:41 pm
Sun March 9, 2003

An Interview with Barry McCaffrey

St. Louis, Mo. – Former General Barry McCaffrey retired from active duty in 1996 as one of the most decorated generals in U.S. Army history. He led the 24th Infantry Division on an attack into Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War, and later served as President Clinton's Drug Czar.

While in St. Louis Tuesday, he told KWMU's Matt Sepic that President Bush has made the case that Saddam Hussein presents a real threat to U.S. interests.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:44 pm
Fri March 7, 2003

Five of Six MSD Trustees Asked to Resign

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay
(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – There's a shakeup at the Metropolitan Sewer District. A copyrighted Post-Dispatch story says St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and County Executive Buzz Westfall have asked five of the MSD Board's six trustees to resign.

Slay and Westfall are expected to announce Friday afternoon nominees to replace them.

Recent reports about conflicts of interest among the trustees have put the agency under scrutiny. The new board may also be asked to consider removing a $500 million referendum from the April ballot.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:55 pm
Fri March 7, 2003

An Interview With Jane Goodall

Goodall is best known for her studies of chimpanzees.
(Reuters file photo)

St. Louis, Mo. –

More than 40 years ago, Jane Goodall started watching chimpanzees in the forests of Tanzania. Her time living with the animals led to new observations about their behavior and culture.

She's now an internationally known scientist who spends most her time traveling the lecture circuit. Goodall brought her message of conservation and preservation to St. Louis Thursday and spoke with KWMU's Tom Weber at the Science Center.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:50 pm
Fri March 7, 2003

War Forum Features Mostly Anti-War Veterans

St. Louis, MO – Veterans of three American wars told a group of St. Louis residents last night why the U.S. shouldn't attack Iraq.

They spoke to a crowd of about 40 people at the St. Louis County Library.

Lincoln Grahlfs fought in World War Two and is now a member of Veterans for Peace. He says the government isn't giving the people the full truth about the consequences of an armed conflict.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:23 pm
Fri March 7, 2003

Bill Would Punish Those Who Help Minors Get Abortions

Jefferson City, Mo – The Missouri Senate Thursday approved a proposal that would let parents sue anyone who helps a minor daughter to have an abortion without their consent.

The bill could be used by parents to sue a boyfriend, school counselor or anyone else who provides money or transportation for a minor to get an abortion.

Senate sponsor John Louden of St. Louis says it's in response to Metro-East abortion providers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:57 am
Fri March 7, 2003

Meeting Held on Fatal Crashes Involving Young People

Oakville, MO – Police officers, school officials and students in south St. Louis County met today to discuss what to do to avoid
more fatal car crashes involving young people.

St. Louis County Police Major Tim Fitch says the department will train officers to better educate teens. They're also looking into programs sponsored by other organizations to offer alternatives to
dangerous road practices. One idea is to allow teens opportunities to drive on race tracks under controlled conditions.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:31 am
Fri March 7, 2003

Holden Says He'll Veto Conceal Weapons Bill

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden says he will veto a concealed weapons bill if it reaches his desk.

The House approved legislation yesterday that would allow most civilians to apply for a license to carry hidden guns. They would first have to complete a gun safety course.

But today in St. Louis, Governor Holden said if the Senate approves the bill, he'd veto it.

Holden says he would prefer a statewide vote decide the issue. Missourians narrowly defeated a concealed weapons proposal in 1999.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:41 pm
Thu March 6, 2003

Mo. Prison Officials Look to Curb Population Growth

(KWMU Staff Photo)

Jefferson City, MO. – Missouri's prison population has topped 30,000. The Department of Corrections says it wants to slow the growth rate by reducing the number of convicts who return.

The department is seeking proposals for community supervision centers. They would serve as a place to send some parole breakers, instead of locking them up again.

The centers would only be for those with technical probation or parole violations and not for those arrested for another crime.

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