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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:18 am
Mon November 4, 2002

Carnahan, Talent Go Down to the Wire

St. Louis, MO – After campaigning in Illinois yesterday, President Bush will spend part of the final campaigning stretch in Missouri.

Bush will stump for GOP Senate hopeful Jim Talent today at the Family Arena in St. Charles. It will be the President's fifth stop in Missouri this campaign season.

The President is just one of a number of big name campaigners. Singer Sheryl Crow, a Missouri native, has campaigned for Jean Carnahan.

New polls in the race continue to show a very tight race between Carnahan and Talent.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:08 am
Mon November 4, 2002

Election Officials Say They're Ready

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis County election officials say they're ready for the polls to open Tuesday at 6am. Democratic director of elections Judy Taylor says the county expects between 60 and 65 percent voter turnout. This election will be the first in Missouri to allow provisional voting, which lets voters with questionable eligibility cast a ballot that will be counted later. Taylor says she expects between 500 to 1,000 provisional ballots.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:45 pm
Fri November 1, 2002

St. Louis-area priest accused of sexual misconduct

St. Louis, MO – A priest who denied an allegation that he
sexually abused a teenager more than two decades ago is accused of
sodomy.

St. Louis prosecutors filed the charge today against 68-year-old
Reverend Thomas Graham.

The St. Louis archdiocese says it has placed Graham on administrative leave until the criminal case is resolved.

Prosecutors allege Graham sexually abused a boy, then 13-years-old, in 1975. The archdiocese says the allegation was made public seven years ago.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:28 pm
Fri November 1, 2002

MODOT Gets Favorable Audit Report

Jefferson City, MO – An independent audit is praising the books of the Missouri Department of Transportation.

MO-DOT says the review is evidence of responsible budget managing. Analysts say a ballot defeat in August for a transportation tax increase was evidence of MO-DOT's credibility problem with the public.

So department officials were quick to tout the audit's positive findings.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:53 pm
Fri November 1, 2002

AIDS Agency Money Cancelled

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Health Department has canceled the remainder of a $96,000 grant with a local AIDS agency that hired a gay-porn movie actor to speak at a "safer sex" meeting for young men.

City health director Hugh Stallworth says he's pulling money for BA-BAA, or Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS, because of what the porn star wore during the meeting - a towel and boots.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:24 pm
Fri November 1, 2002

Lawsuit Aims to Stop City Workers from Running Polls

St. Louis, MO – City workers and two St. Louis aldermen have filed a lawsuit to stop city employees from working polls on Election Day.

A judge must decide whether employees can legally collect both a city paycheck and a stipend for working the polls. A city union says civil service employees can only do work that fits their job or risk being fired.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:37 am
Fri November 1, 2002

Final Weekend of Campaigning in Missouri's Senate Race

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St. Louis, MO – Jim Talent and Senator Jean Carnahan are
seeking crucial undecided votes today, as a new poll gives Talent the apparent lead.

Carnahan's schedule includes rallies in St. Louis and Hannibal. Talent, her Republican challenger, is making campaign stops in Joplin, Hannibal, Columbia and St. Louis.

A poll in the Kansas City Star shows Talent with 46 percent, Carnahan with 41 and 12 percent undecided.

The poll has a margin of error of four percentage points.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:30 am
Fri November 1, 2002

Missouri Gets Share of Life Insurance Deal

St. Louis, MO – African-Americans and other minorities who paid higer premiums on Metropolitan Life Insurance policies than whites because of their race will be compensated.

The state of Missouri announced a settlement with MetLife today that will pay $4.8-million to more than 55,000 state residents. Missouri Department of Insurance general counsel Eric Martin says policyholders will receive between $20 and $80 each.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:19 pm
Thu October 31, 2002

Maronite H.Q. Moves to St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – A branch of the Catholic Church is moving its diocesan headquarters to St. Louis. Thursday, church and civic leaders gathered to dedicate the new Maronite Catholic Pastoral Center. The building will serve the diocese of Our Lady of Lebanon, which is moving from Los Angeles.

The Maronite Church is one of 22 rites of the Catholic faith. Archbishop Justin Rigali, who heads the Latin, or Roman rite of the St. Louis archdiocese, says the Maronite community adds to the richness of the Catholic Church.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:14 pm
Thu October 31, 2002

Doctors say MO Malpractice Insurance is Too High

Jefferson City, MO – Doctors say the rising cost of medical malpractice insurance could force them to cut back services or move out of Missouri.

Several physicians testified yesterday at a public hearing requested by Governor Bob Holden and hosted by the state Insurance Department.

Holden says he wants to find out why malpractice insurance rates are rising when the number or claims in Missouri is falling.

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