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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:18 pm
Tue October 7, 2003

Grocery Workers On Strike

Workers at Schnuck's were locked out Tuesday morning. (KWMU Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Union grocery workers at area Schuck's, Dierberg's and Shop & Save stores are now on strike.

More than 4,000 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union voted to strike this morning. That number equaled about 72% of all ballots cast, which was more than was needed for a job action.

Cheers went up at the America's Center as UFCW local 655 president Bob Kelley announced the results.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:11 pm
Tue October 7, 2003

Conceal And Carry Opponents Plan Lawsuit

St. Louis, MO – The lawsuit is to be filed Wednesday (Oct. 8) in state court in St. Louis.

It seeks an injunction blocking the law from taking effect Saturday, and a permanent declaration striking it down.

The plaintiffs claim part of the Constitution dating to 1875 prohibits the wearing of concealed firearms. They also say the new law unconstitutionally imposes a requirement on counties, without providing funding to cover the increased costs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:57 am
Tue October 7, 2003

BREAKING NEWS - Grocery Workers On Strike

St. Louis, MO – Union grocery workers at area Schuck's, Dierberg's and Shop-N-Save stores are now on strike. More than 4,000 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union voted to strike this morning. That number equaled about 72% of all ballots cast, which was more than was needed for a job action.

Cheers went up at the America's Center as UFCW local 655 president Bob Kelley announced the results. Speaking to reporters later, Kelley asked St. Louisans to stay away from the three chains the strike affects.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:46 am
Tue October 7, 2003

Illinois Dominating Nobel Prizes So Far

John Coetzee (left), Paul Lauterbur (center), & Anthony Leggett (right)(photos from nobel.se)

Stockholm, Sweden – Of the six Nobel Prize winners that have so far been named in Sweden this past week, three live in Illinois and a fourth has a tie to the state.

On Tuesday morning, another University of Illinois professor won the Nobel Prize. Anthony Leggett will share the Physics Award with Russian Vitaly Ginzburg and Alexi Abrikosov, who works at Argonne National Lab near Chicago. Monday, University of Illinois professor Paul Lauterbur was named co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:42 am
Tue October 7, 2003

Rigali's Legacy in St. Louis

Cardinal-designate Rigali, as he leaves his final mass in St. Louis on Sunday. (UPI Photo)

St. Louis, MO –

Cardinal-designate Justin Rigali is no longer a St. Louisan. The 68-year old moved to Philadelphia Monday; Tuesday he will be installed as the leader of that city's 1.5 million Catholics.

Rigali's time in St. Louis was marked with highs and lows, ranging from a visit by Pope John Paul II, to the priest sex abuse scandal that made him a target for critics.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:14 am
Tue October 7, 2003

Sauget Mayor Sauget Resigns, Another Sauget Wants Job

Sauget, Ill. – The mayor of Sauget, Ill. in the Metro-East has resigned. Paul Sauget stepped down amid questions concerning personal expenses charged to his village credit cards.

Village Attorney Daniel Hayes says an accounting firm was hired to look into personal purchases. The mayor's resignation comes just days after the village clerk, Betty Long Wilson, resigned amid an investigation into purchases made on her village credit card.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:02 pm
Mon October 6, 2003

Unpaid Traffic Tickets Cost City Millions

(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – The Post-Dispatch reports the city of St. Louis loses about $7 million a year in unpaid parking tickets, and another $3 million because fewer tickets are being written.

Some officials want to hire Dallas-based Allied Computer Services to improve parking operations. It has done similar work in Los Angeles, Washington, Boston, and Philadelphia.

Allied says it could collect $9 million more a year for St. Louis. Major cities usually collect 70-75% of parking tickets. St. Louis collects around 40%.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:22 pm
Mon October 6, 2003

Holden Bans Guns in State Buildings

Gov. Holden at the Wainwright State Office Building Monday (KWMU Photo)

St. Louis – Missouri Governor Bob Holden said concealed weapons will not be permitted in state office buildings.

In St. Louis Monday the governor announced new administrative rules that go beyond the soon-to-be-enacted concealed carry law.

"Our current law bans weapons in state buildings," Holden said. "However the members of the Missouri General Assembly failed to provide this necessary public protection in the conceal carry law they authorized."

Holden said law enforcement officials are exempt from the rule.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:54 pm
Mon October 6, 2003

Rigali Bids Farewell to St. Louis

Cardinal-designate Justin Rigali, just before his final mass in St. Louis (KWMU Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Cardinal-designate Justin Rigali said good bye to St. Louis at a farewell mass Sunday. Speaking to a near-full Cathedral Basilica, the outgoing Archbishop reflected on his time and also on his new assignment as the Archbishop of Philadelphia.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:53 pm
Mon October 6, 2003

MO Juvie Facilities Drawing Officials from Other States

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's juvenile corrections facilities have been a frequent stop for officials from across the country who are looking for tips.

That's because they're considered among the nation's best. Only 6% of the 1,212 youths released in 1999 have entered an adult prison in the past four years.

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