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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:53 pm
Thu October 24, 2002

Missouri and Seniors Fight Charity Fraud

St. Louis, MO – With the approach of the holiday season, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon is urging people who believe they've been victimized by fraudulent telemarketers to contact law enforcement authorities.

Nixon was in St. Louis Thursday to speak out against charity fraud, and to recognize the efforts of volunteers who are manning phone banks to warn senior citizens about such calls.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:06 pm
Thu October 24, 2002

Provisional Voting Dispute Settled

Jefferson City, MO – A settlement has been reached between the Secretary of State and two Democratic office-holders over provisional balloting in Missouri.

Both sides say today's agreement should help avoid delays at the polls on November fifth.

Cole County Circuit Judge Byron Kinder says there are no winners and no losers. The agreement allows the provisional voting rule to take effect at 5 pm tomorrow.

State Auditor Claire McCaskill and state Senator Maida Coleman sued Secretary of State Matt Blunt over the rule he devised.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:18 am
Thu October 24, 2002

Third Party Candidates Will Join Debate

St. Louis, MO – Two third party candidates for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat say they're having a hard time getting attention this year.

Libertarian Party candidate Tamara Millay and Daniel Ramano, with the Green Party, are running against incumbent Democrat Jean Carnahan and Republican Jim Talent.

Millary says that while she and Ramano were kept out of Monday's debate, her party is doing all that it can to get its message out to voters.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:32 am
Thu October 24, 2002

UM Curators Hope to Narrow President Search Monday

St. Louis, MO – Curators of the University of Missouri hope to present a list of three or four finalists for the job of university President by Monday.

The Board will finish interviewing candidates this week; it's not known exactly how many people are up for the job. Current President Manuel Pacheco retires at the end of the year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:55 pm
Wed October 23, 2002

Laura Bush Visits St. Louis Area High School

St. Louis, MO – First Lady Laura Bush has high praise for the students of one suburban St. Louis high school. Mrs. Bush visited Maplewood Richmond Heights High School Wednesday to highlight the school's character education program. Junior Stephen Griffard is a member of the school's Character Plus team; a group which helps to teach other students such concepts as honesty and self-confidence. Griffard says his school's culture reinforces the values he's learned at home.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:09 pm
Wed October 23, 2002

Uranium Workers to Meet About Compensation

St. Charles, MO – A group of uranium workers and their families who are eligible for compensation for radiation-related illness or death will meet tonight in St. Charles.

About 2,000 workers, most of whom worked at the Mallinckrodt Chemical Company, processed uranium for nuclear weapons from World War Two until the sixties in St. Louis, Weldon Spring, and Hematite.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:58 am
Wed October 23, 2002

G. Ryan Alters Position on Blanket Clemency

Springfield, IL – Illinois Governor George Ryan says he probably won't commute the sentences for every prisoner on Death Row.

He says he has no doubt that some of the 142 people asking for clemency are guilty. But he says he'll focus on separating those people from the ones who haven't had a fair trial or a fair hearing.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:36 am
Wed October 23, 2002

MO Wants Ameren to Pay for Dead Fish

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Department of Conservation wants St. Louis based Ameren U-E to pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit over fish killed this spring at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The lawsuit blames the utility company for the death of 43,000 fish at Bagnall Dam. More than 20 species were affected. The department says a rare species, the paddlefish, accounts for most of the financial loss.

Ameren filed its own lawsuit last week in Jefferson City, trying to keep the state from seeking reparations.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:21 am
Wed October 23, 2002

Senate Candidates Comple First Debate

Democrat Jean Carnahan and Republican Jim Talent

St. Louis, MO – The first of two debates between Missouri's Major party US Senate candidates took place Monday night in St. Louis.

Democratic incumbent Jean Carnahan and Republican challenger Jim Talent squared off in St. Louis' public television studios to talk about issues like homeland security, social security and prescription drug benefits for seniors. KWMU's Hillary Wicai reports.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:20 am
Wed October 23, 2002

Metro East Legislator Used Troopers as Drivers

East St. Louis, IL – An East St. Louis legislator is defending
her decision to ask state troopers to drive her to Springfield.

Democratic Representative Wyvetter Younge says in a statement today she asked for the 200-mile round trip rides three times. She says the service from the state police is made available to state legislators in extreme situations.

And Younge says she usually only asked for rides during snowstorms or other weather events.

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