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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:47 am
Fri November 8, 2002

Group Wants Missouri-Mississippi Confluence Set Aside

St. Louis, MO – A conservation group wants to establish a 55,000 acre national wildlife refuge in eastern St. Charles County.

The St. Louis-based Great Rivers Habitat Alliance would preserve land stretching between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, and halt flood plain development in one of the fastest-growing regions of the state.

The proposal targets rich river bottomland in eastern St. Charles County that is home to ducks, bald eagles and generations of farmers. It has supporters.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:44 pm
Thu November 7, 2002

Rod Blagojevich Visits the Metro East

Cahokia, Illinois – Democrat Rod Blagojevich made his first trip to the Metro East since being elected Governor of Illinois Tuesday. Blagojevich spoke to a crowd of more than 100 supporters at Parks Airport in Cahokia, telling them that southwestern Illinois will be included in his plan in Springfield when he assumes office next year.

Congressman Jerry Costello of Belleville introduced Blagojevich saying he was pleased to present the first democratic governor elected in 30 years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:14 pm
Thu November 7, 2002

Shawn Hornbeck's Family Suspects Boy Was Hit By Car

Richwoods, MO – The family of a missing 11-year-old boy in Richwoods says a motorist might have struck Shawn Hornbeck, and then tried to destroy the evidence.

Family members say an area woman gave them that information and when searchers went to site she identified, they found what appears to be human remains and blades of grass sprinkled with blood.

The woman said someone had gone to a house to fill containers with water to rinse away the bloodstains. Shawn vanished a month ago.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:50 am
Thu November 7, 2002

General Mills Might Close Hazelwood Plant

Hazelwood, MO – General Mills says it's considering closing it's plant in Hazelwood.

The Minneapolis-based company is talking with two unions about the probable closure next fall. A final decision is expected in the coming weeks.

The plant employs 421 people, who make frozen bakery goods. General Mills bought the plant in October last year from Pillsbury, which had owned it since 1999.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:24 am
Thu November 7, 2002

St. Louis Officer Shot

St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis police officer is hospitalized
after being shot several times in a case reportedly involving a stolen car.

Officer Robert Miller is in serious-but-stable condition and Police Chief Joe Mokwa says says Miller was shot in the back above his bullet-proof vest, and in his left arm and right hand.

Mokwa says early today Miller drove toward an alley as his partner chased two suspects on foot. At least one suspect opened fire on Miller in his squad car.

Miller managed to drive himself to the hospital.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:13 am
Thu November 7, 2002

Airport Bond Question Could Be on April Ballot

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis city voters may be asked in the next election to approve bonds for construction at Lambert Airport.

It's up to the city's Board of Aldermen to put the question on the April ballot. The question would ask voters permission to sell up to $2 billion in bonds. The money could help pay for construction on a new terminal.

City taxpayers would not be liable for borrowing because revenue generated at the airport would pay off the bonds. Voters approved a similar bond authority 11 years ago.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:41 am
Thu November 7, 2002

Missourians Invited to Vote for New Quarter Design

Kansas City, MO –

To vote for your favorite design, click here

First Lady Lori Hauser Holden is giving Missourians their first glance at five possible designs for the state quarter.

The first lady toured the state yesterday to unveil the designs.

Coins show Lewis and Clark, a riverboat, the Pony Express, the St. Louis Arch, and covered wagons heading west.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:45 pm
Wed November 6, 2002

Hanaway nominated as House speaker

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri House Republicans have nominated
St. Louis area lawmaker Catherine Hanaway as the next Speaker.

Republicans met at the Capitol this afternoon. They won a House majority in yesterday's elections for the first time since 1954.

Hanaway's nomination as the first woman speaker is no surprise. The Warson Woods lawmaker was minority leader the past two years and helped organize the Republicans' 2002 election strategy.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:52 pm
Wed November 6, 2002

Gephardt Will Not Seek Another Minority Leader Term

Washington, D.C. – Word from Capitol Hill is that newly-elected Congressman Dick Gephardt will announce tomorrow he's not seeking
another term as House Minority Leader. The St. Louis Democrat has long signaled his interest in running for president in 2004; but it's unclear whether Gephardt will address the presidential race
tomorrow.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:09 pm
Wed November 6, 2002

Election Results for Missouri and Illinois

St. Louis, MO – Here is a list of races of interest to Missouri and Illinois, as reported by both the Associated Press and the Missouri Secretary of State's office:

Missouri's U.S. Senate Race Candidate Vote Total Percentage Jean Carnahan (D) 907,658 48.6% Jim Talent (R) 931,059 49.9% Tamara Millay (L) 18,267 1.0% "Digger" Romano (G) 10,448 0.6%

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