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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:43 am
Wed October 30, 2002

I-270 Reopened After Fiery Crash

Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO – Eastbound I-270 is open again at Rt. 367 this morning after a crash yesterday closed the road for hours.

A Fed-Ex truck carrying two trailers crashed into a highway sign and burst into flames. The driver says he was trying to avoid a car that had swerved into his path.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:38 am
Wed October 30, 2002

Doe Run Avoids Bankruptcy

St. Louis, MO – The Doe Run Company says it has avoided bankruptcy with a new agreement that will lower the company's debt by almost $120 million.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:34 am
Wed October 30, 2002

MO Senate Campaign Keeps Drawing Big Names

Democratic Senator Jean Carnahan (left) and Republican nominee Jim Talent (right)

St. Louis, MO – The race for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat continues its high profile.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani will be in St. Louis today, campaigning for Republican hopeful Jim Talent before heading to a book signing in Crestwood. Tomorrow Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne will join Talent at a rally in Cape Girardeau.

Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Jean Carnahan has a St. Louis appearance today with former New Jersey Senator and Presidential candidate Bill Bradley.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:44 pm
Tue October 29, 2002

City Investigates Whether Porn Star Stripped at Event

St. Louis, MO – The city of St. Louis is investigating whether federal money was used to hire a gay-porn actor to perform at a safe sex event.

Two former employees of Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS, or BABAA, say the actor, Edgar Gaines (aka Bobby Blake), stripped and engaged in sexual contact with guests, some as young as 13 years old.

A lawyer for the group says it paid $500 to the actor to speak to a gathering at its executive director's home, but that the actor did not strip or allow himself to be touched.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:57 am
Tue October 29, 2002

St. Louis Agencies Join Forces to Fight Fraud

St. Louis, MO – A group of government agencies in the St. Louis area is pooling its resources to target work at home schemes that promise employment but rarely pay out.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:22 am
Tue October 29, 2002

Fitzgerald NOT on Plane Afterall

Washington, D.C. – A spokeswoman for Illinois Senator Peter Fitzgerald says he was not on a plane carrying Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott that made an unscheduled landing in
Alabama yesterday.

Fitzgerald had planned to accompany Lott to a campaign event in Missouri, but his office says he changed his plans.

Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum also had planned to fly with Lott but changed
his schedule.

Earlier, Republican National Committee Co-Chairwoman Ann Wagner said Fitzgerald and Santorum had been on the plane.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:15 am
Tue October 29, 2002

Fiery Crash Creates Traffic Headache

St. Louis, MO – A fiery accident on I-270 in north St. Louis County created a major traffic snarl this afternoon. A Federal Express
18-wheeler carrying two trailers struck a sign truss in the eastbound lanes near Highway 367. No one was injured, but Chief Joe Bommarito with the Riverview Fire Protection District says witnesses reported seeing several explosions.
He says the initial explosion came from a fuel tank, and that subsequent explosions were caused by the tires on the rig.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:36 am
Tue October 29, 2002

New Anti-Drinking While Pregnant Campaign Launched

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:11 am
Tue October 29, 2002

Plane Carrying Fitzgerald, Lott Lands Safely

Mobile, AL – A plane carrying Illinois Senator Peter Fitzgerald and Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott had to land in Alabama yesterday after pilots reported problems with the landing gear.

The plane was headed to a campaign event in Missouri, and landed safely. Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum was also onboard.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:07 am
Tue October 29, 2002

MO-DOT Speeds Up I-70 Cable Barrier Installation

Warrenton, MO – The state of Missouri will again move up its schedule for installing cable median barriers along I-70 in Montgomery and Warren Counties.

Installation will start tomorrow in Montgomery County from Danville to New Florence. Once crews are done there, they'll install the barriers in Warren County from Wright City to Floristell.

Those barriers should be done by mid- December, which is when work was originally scheduled to begin. There have been four fatal accidents on those stretches of I-70 since July.

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