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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:03 am
Tue October 29, 2002

Shimkus, Phelps In Fight for Political Careers

Metro-East, IL –

Voters in the St. Louis region have seen a lot of two Illinois Congressmen, John Shimkus and David Phelps, this election season. That's because they're facing off in one of the state's closest race for Congress this year.

It's the only race in Illinois pitting one Representative against another, and the winner will end up serving a small slice of the Metro-East, along with most of southeastern Illinois.

KWMU's Tom Weber has this preview.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:52 am
Tue October 29, 2002

Recent Tragedies Alter Schedules in MO Senate Race

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

St. Louis, MO – Recent deaths have altered schedules in the final days of Missouri's campaign for U.S. Senate.

Republican Senate nominee Jim Talent has halted his personal campaign appearances the last two days after his father, Milton, died this weekend. But he'll be in Springfield this morning for an appearance with former President George H.W. Bush. He'll then return to St. Louis for his father's wake. Talent will appear tomorrow with former New York Mayor Rudolph Guiliani.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:08 pm
Mon October 28, 2002

Officers Begin Wearing Mandatory Bullet-proof Vests

St. Louis, MO – All St. Louis police officers
are now required to wear bulletproof vests.

Police Chief Joe Mokwa ordered the vests to be worn at all times after a rash of police injuries, including the shooting of Officer Christina Fernandez at a traffic accident earlier this month.

Fernandez was wearing a protective vest but the bullet struck below the vest. It was the sixth reported attack on police officers in the last three months.

Before Monday, officers had the option of whether to wear bulletproof vests.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:08 pm
Mon October 28, 2002

Auditor's race likely to pass without ads

Jefferson City, MO – The state auditor's race appears to be a
rarity this year. In an era of massive media campaigns, the auditor's race seems likely to pass with no ads by its candidates.

Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill is the only of the four candidates to have raised enough money to buy ads.

But she has yet to do so -- according to a campaign finance report filed today with the state Ethics Commission. And Campaign
Manager Matt Teter says it's unlikely McCaskill will buy any ads.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:37 am
Mon October 28, 2002

Study Suggests Proposition A Would Reduce Teen Smoking

St. Louis, MO – The group pushing the passage of Proposition A in Missouri says raising cigarette taxes would save lives and keep children from ever starting smoking.
Citizens for a Healthy Missouri is citing a study from University of Illinois-Chicago researcher Frank Chaloupka which says the 55-cent tax hike would keep more than 49,000 youths from taking up the habit.

Chaloupka says if cigarette prices go up, youths won't want to pay the higher costs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:26 am
Mon October 28, 2002

Talent to Bury Father; Cancels Some Campaigning

Former Missouri Congressman Jim Talent is running for U.S. Senate.

St. Louis, MO – The family of Missouri's GOP Senate hopeful Jim Talent is making funeral arrangements for Talent's father Milton, who died yesterday.

The 91-year old Navy veteran was a lawyer in St. Louis. He died yesterday after a brief illness.

Jim Talent has cancelled some campaign appearances until tomorrow. He faces Democratic Senator Jean Carnahan in a close contest that has garnered national attention for the effect it may have on party control in the U.S. Senate.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:50 am
Mon October 28, 2002

State Announces New Abduction Alert System

Jefferson City, MO – Governor Holden signed an executive order
Monday creating a statewide system to alert the public when a child is abducted.

The alerts, sometimes referred to as Amber Alerts, dispatch descriptions and other details about missing children.

In a typical case, the information is then carried on radio and television stations.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:26 am
Mon October 28, 2002

Bi-State System Map Now Available

St. Louis, MO – It took almost ten years, but the Bi-State Development Agency now has a system map of its public transportation in the St. Louis area.

The map shows bus and Metrolink routes along all streets in the area, as well fares and instructions for using public transit. Bi-State has always offered timetables and maps for individual routes, but there has never been a system map.

The new maps were printed with federal grant money and are available at the MetroRide store in America's Center in downtown St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:01 am
Mon October 28, 2002

Illinois Death Clemency Hearings End Today

Chicago, IL – Hearings on requests for clemency from 142 of the 160 prisoners on Illinois' death row wrap up today.

Panels of Illinois Prisoner Review Board members have been hearing six presentations a day during the hearings, which began on October 15th in Chicago and Springfield. The board will pool its recommendations for presentation to Governor George Ryan in November.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:19 pm
Sun October 27, 2002

Durbin, Durkin Face off for Illinois' Senate Seat

Chicago, IL –

While the race for the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri has attracted millions of dollars in campaign contributions, intense media coverage, and plenty of voter interest, the same cannot be said for the Senate race in Illinois.

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