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Clayton, MO – Hailing a cab at Lambert Airport may soon cost you a minimum of ten dollars. A St. Louis County Council committee is recommending setting the flat rate for all rides up to four miles, no matter how long or short the trip.

The fare after that distance would stay the same: $0.20 for each one-tenth of a mile. If the full County Council approves the change next week, the new fare would take effect next month. Drivers have complained short trips provide insufficient income.

St. Louis, MO – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources confirms that the Doe Run Company's lead smelter in Herculaneum did achieve the national air quality standard during the third quarter of 2002.

DNR has been monitoring the air in Herculaneum since the early 1980s, but environmental engineer John Rustige says this is only the second time Doe Run has achieved attainment levels for a full three-month period.

San Francisco, CA – The Cardinals season ended last night when the Giants' leadoff hitter Kenny Lofton hit a pennant-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to hand the Giants a 2-1 victory over St. Louis.

The Giants are heading to the World Series for the first time in 13 years. They collected just four hits and were one out away from extra innings until David Bell and Shawon Dunston singled off Cardinals starter Matt Morris. Cards manager Tony La Russa replaced Morris with Steve Kline, who gave up Lofton's single.

St. Louis, MO – O'Neill says in spite of recent cases of corporate corruption, a series of dot-com failures and the September 11 attacks, there's a lot of good news in the economy. He predicts the nation's economic growth rate will continue to improve. Despite O'Neill's assessment of the economy, House Minority leader Richard Gephardt of St. Louis is blasting the Bush Administration's handling of the economy, citing 1.6 million jobs lost in the last two years. (Bill Raack, KWMU)

Springfield, IL – The Illinois Prisoner Review Board starts a nine-day review of more than 140 Death Row cases today. The Board will suggest whether inmates' sentences should be switched to life in prison.

Cook County State's Attorney Dick Devine says most of the cases under review should not be overturned and that to do so would insult the families of the victims. He cited the case of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, whose interigation was not videotaped, meaning he would have been taken off death row if he was still alive.

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Web site www.stltoday.com says that when police arrived, they found three family members unconscious and the woman semiconscious.

Killed were 42-year-old Hari Kushwah and his 16-year-old daughter, Aakriti. The mother and son were hospitalized. Officials with Laclede Gas blamed an internal problem with the home's heater.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, dizziness, nausea and tingling fingers or toes.

Richwoods, MO – Law enforcement officials in Richwoods have called off their search for 11-year-old Shawn Hornbeck. But family and friends say they'll continue to look, and are seeking volunteers for their own search.

Hornbeck was last seen riding a bike to his friend house nine days ago. The reward for information leading to his return is now $20,000 dollars.

Chicago, IL – Family members of victims and inmates have crowded the hearing room in Chicago. Many clutch photographs of their deceased loved
ones. Several have made tear-choked appeals to the board members, asking them to uphold the death sentences imposed by juries. Attorneys for the inmates have attacked the cases against the clients on a number of fronts, saying their clients were victims of racial discrimination or police torture. Prosecutors have disputed the claims, saying the prisoners were treated fairly.

St. Louis, MO – More than 1,100 St. Louis police officers must start wearing bulletproof vests by the end of this month.

Chief Joe Mokwa made the requirement yesterday, hours after an officer was shot. Using the protection had been voluntary. It's at least the sixth time in less than three months that St. Louis police have been shot at or drawn into gun battles.

Urbana, IL – In separate debates in Chicago and Urbana yesterday, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin criticized Republican State Representative Jim Durkin for following his party's line on many issues, including a military strike against Iraq.

But Durkin says his opponent's priorities are wrong.

St. Louis, MO – Missouri has a new way of linking up hospitals, emergency services providers and public health agencies in case of a disaster. State officials today announced a computer-based system that allows health officials to know which hospitals are able to take trauma patients and which hospitals are full or experiencing problems.

St. Louis, MO – Astronauts on NASA's current mission to the International Space Station will perform their final spacewalk today.

Belleville, Illinois, native Sandra Magnus is one of three astronauts on her first trip to space. She'll be running a robotic arm during today's spacewalk, which will be used to carry cargo or astronauts around during the mission.

Grafton, IL – Searchers have found no trace of a 15-year old St. Louis area boy lost Saturday in a Mississippi River collision.

The U.S. Coast Guard says it likely will suspend the effort after two days of looking. The teenager was on a cabin cruiser that collided with a tug boat on the Mississippi River.

The pleasure boat is registered to an owner-operator from Syracuse, New York. It had mechanical problems and collided with the tug near Grafton, Illinois. The tug was pushing 16 empty barges at the time.

St. Louis, MO – Boeing's St. Louis area facilities could receive billions in federal funding next fiscal year. U.S. Senator Kit Bond make that announcement today during a tour of Boeing's F/A-18 EF Super Hornet assembly plant.

The budget request includes $10 million to replace the Navy's EA-6B strike aircraft and $120 million to build two Super Hornets. The appropriations bill must still clear the full House and Senate.

St. Louis, MO –

The Illinois suburbs of St. Louis have long made up the second-largest metropolitan area in Illinois, behind Chicago.

But the candidates for Illinois Governor all agree the region is not living up to its potential when it comes to developing the local economy. KWMU's Tom Weber reports on what the candidates plan to do for the Metro-East.


Springfield, IL – Illinois' highest court will not get involved in a challenge to Governor George Ryan's powers to commute death sentences. The Illinois Supreme Court today refused to hear Attorney General Jim Ryan's lawsuit. Jim Ryan had challenged the governor's authority to commute death sentences for 31 inmates who either didn't sign clemency petitions or who have had their death sentences overturned.

AP/KWMU – Most area lawmakers voted in favor of giving President Bush the power to launch an attack against Iraq yesterday.

In the House, two area Democrats, William Lacy Clay of St. Louis and Jerry Costello of Belleville, were the only St. Louis area Representatives to vote against the resolution.

St. Louis, MO –

Illinois' next Governor will inherit a major challenge. The state's budget picture is getting worse as revenues continue to lag. Voters will decide next month who will take on the job of dealing with budgets and running Illinois government.

Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford continues our series of reports on the Governor's race with a look at how Jim Ryan and Rod Blagojevich say they will balance the state budget.

Washington, DC – The two major party candidates for U.S. Senate in Missouri have agreed on two debates.

Democratic incumbent Senator Jean Carnahan and Republican challenger Jim Talent will meet on October 21st in St. Louis and again on the 24th in Columbia.

The St. Louis debate is set for 7 p.m. on the 21st, and will air on public TV station KETC (Channel 9 for most cable subscribers).

Libertarian Tamara Millay and Green Daniel Romano are also on the ballot for U.S. Senate.

St. Louis, MO –

Affordable prescription drugs are at the top of every political candidate's campaign list this fall. In Illinois, the leading candidates for Governor have spent a lot of time talking about the issue.

Illinois Public Radio's Bill Wheelhouse continues our series of reports on the Governor's race with a look at where Rod Blagojevich and Jim Ryan stand on prescription drug reform...

St. Louis, MO – A dry summer means Missouri's fall foliage won't be as bright as in previous years but conservation officers say nature will still put on a good show.

The leaves of several native tree species are already turning in Missouri, particularly in the northern part of the state. Trees in the St. Louis area are expected to peak in about a week. Depending on the weather, forestry experts say the leaves should stay at their peak colors through the end of October.

St. Louis, MO –

Both the Republican and Democratic nominees for Governor of Illinois say that education will be their top priority. But budget shortfalls and political realities may limit their plans.

Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford continues our series of reports on the Governor's race with a look at where Jim Ryan and Rod Blagojevich stand on education issues...

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis city is suing the company that administered a firefighters' promotions test this year.

The suit accuses the Michigan-based Blockett, Junior & Associates of breaching its contract with the city by letting firefighters get a portion of the test before it was taken.

Last month, Mayor Francis Slay said he would fire a battalion chief and three firefighters for cheating on the exam by stealing the test or trying to undermine the testing process.

St. Louis, MO –

With a sour economy, the candidates for Illinois Governor have to sell themselves as job creators. But Republican Jim Ryan and Democrat Rod Blagojevich differ widely on how to improve the state's business climate.

Illinois Public Radio's Bill Wheelhouse has the first in our series of reports on where the two leading candidates for Governor stand on the issues...

St. Louis, MO –

St. Louis, MO – Prosecutors have charged a man with murder for his alleged role in an incident that killed a Truesdale police officer. Michael Otey of Fulton was the passenger in a car driven by a St. Louis man. Police say the men were stopped Sunday on Interstate 70 near Warrenton for questioning in connection with a home invasion that occurred earlier in Fulton.

St. Louis, MO – A Washington University economist says the US is coming out of its mildest recession in decades. However, Murray Weidenbaum adds the greatest uncertainty facing the economy is the prospect of invading Iraq. Weidenbaum joined a panel of economists Thursday in St. Louis to offer their projections for the US economy in 2003.

He says most Americans have an outdated view of war that suggests new defense spending stimulates a sluggish economy. Instead, Weidenbaum says a modern war is waged with existing resources.

St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis Board of Aldermen committee approved legislation Thursday morning that permits the construction of a new downtown stadium plus three Ballpark Village buildings.

The new stadium would be built with mostly private money, but tax money would be used for infrastructure around the park. Alderman Irving Clay, Jr. was the lone no vote. He says the plan should have voter approval.

Washington, D.C. – Missouri Democrats William Lacy Clay and Karen McCarthy voted against President Bush's request for authority to use military force against Iraq. But the rest of Missouri's delegation joined a large majority of the U-S House today in passing the measure.

The U-S House of Representatives had a 296-to-133 roll call vote
today.

In Illinois All ten Republican representatives voted in favor of the resolution. But Rod Blagojevich and David Phelps were the only Illinois Democrats to support it.

Rochester, MN – The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has compiled research that shows Charles Lindbergh secretly helped the military during World War Two by testing the effects of high-altitude flight on humans.

The research by Lindbergh and others helped keep wartime pilots alive at altitudes reaching a then-unprecedented 40,000 feet. He also helped establish the first procedures for surviving parachute jumps from such a height.

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