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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:04 pm
Tue December 31, 2002

IL Court Upholds New Trial for Convicted Murder

Mt. Vernon, IL – An appeals court in Illinois has upheld an order of a new trial for a man who has spent 23 years in prison for two St. Clair County murders.

The court ruled that police tricked Gregory Bowman into confessing to the 1978 killings of 21-year-old Ruth Ann Jany and 14-year-old Elizabeth West, both of Belleville.

Justices wrote that the police scheme was the type of overreaching that could result in a false confession, which upholds a 2001 ruling by a St. Clair County judge.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:48 pm
Mon December 30, 2002

Tight Budgets Make for Fewer New Year's Fireworks

St. Louis, MO – The New Year's Eve "First Night" party
returns to St. Louis tomorrow night, but many communities are cutting back or canceling festivities due to tight budgets and sparse giving.

First Night parties, family-oriented festivities that emphasize the arts, will be held in 139 cities this year, 21 fewer than last year.

But First Night returns to St. Louis, where dancers can tango, disco or swing until a midnight fireworks show. Kelly Webber, the event's executive director, says fund-raising was a, quote, "challenge."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:52 pm
Mon December 30, 2002

Business Owners Rejoice at Reopening of Washington Ave.

St. Louis, MO – The sound of cars this week will be music to the ears of business owners on a small stretch of Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis.

The three blocks from Tucker to 15th Street have been closed for most of the year while crews rebuilt the road and sidewalks. The stretch will re-open to cars starting tomorrow.

City leaders have promised a rejuvenated economy from the project, but businesses in the interim have seen fewer customers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:40 pm
Mon December 30, 2002

Missouri Media Rank Top Stories of 2002

St. Louis, MO – Missouri media have voted the U.S. Senate battle between Democrat Jean Carnahan and Republican Jim Talent as the top news story of 2002.

Talent ousted Carnahan in the November fifth general election.

Threads of the story reach to 2000, when Mrs. Carnahan's late husband, Governor Mel Carnahan, died in a plane crash. The crash and the nation's first posthumous election of a U.S. Senator combined for that year's top Missouri news story.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:55 pm
Mon December 30, 2002

ESL City Manager's Death Still in Question

East St. Louis, IL – Several authorities now say they're not so sure East St. Louis City manager Harvey Henderson fell to his death off a bridge.

They say he was knocked over the side by a car or truck, something St. Clair Coroner Rick Stone says he's suspected all along.

Former East St. Louis Mayor Carl Officer, who supervised Henderson's embalming, says he doubts the death was accidental. And an Arkansas medical examiner who reviewed autopsy records for the Belleville News-Democrat says some kind of vehicle hit Henderson.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:32 pm
Mon December 30, 2002

Blood Supplies Dangerously Low

St. Louis, MO – Every year the holidays result in declining blood donations and this year is no exception. But The American Red Cross in the Missouri-Illinois blood services region reports that last week's winter storm plus the holidays have added up to a very serious blood shortage. Director of Recruitment Michelle Langley says O-negative and B-negative blood are particularly low.

The Red Cross reports O-negative blood currently stands at less than a half-day supply.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:31 am
Mon December 30, 2002

Free Metrolink and Bus Rides for New Year's

St. Louis – Buses and the Metrolink will be free to ride tomorrow night and on New Year's Day.

The Bi-State Development Agency will offer the free service as paid for by St. Louis City, County, and St. Clair County in Illinois.

There will also be free shuttles to First Night, the alcohol-free festival in the Grand Center area downtown, from 5:00 pm tomorrow until after midnight.

For more information, visit the Bi-State Agency's web site by clicking here.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:00 am
Mon December 30, 2002

New Law Requires Internet Monitoring

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri public schools and libraries have until New Year's Day to strengthen ways to prevent young people from looking at objectionable Internet sites.

Under state legislation passed earlier this year, public schools have to write rules that would set the standard for what's considered pornographic material.

Public libraries also have until Wednesday to develop policies that would prevent youth access to computers that could be used to reach objectionable Internet sites.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:00 am
Mon December 30, 2002

KPLR-TV Sold to Chicago-Based Tribune Co.

Chicago, IL – St. Louis's Channel 11, KPLR-TV has been sold to the Tribune Company of Chicago.

ACME Communications agreed to sell the station, plus another WB affiliate in Portland, Ore. for $275 million.

Once this deal is done, Tribune will own and operate 26 stations, 19 of which are WB affiliates. The company also owns 12 daily newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, as well as the Chicago Cubs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:46 pm
Fri December 27, 2002

Counties Sue the State of Missouri

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