St. Louis Public Radio News
12:05 pm
Tue August 31, 2004

Clinton Draws Crowd in St. Louis

(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – Former president Bill Clinton stopped in the St. Louis area Tuesday to sign copies of his autobiography.

Hundreds of people waited outside a Crestwood bookstore, some since Monday afternoon, to meet the 42nd president.

Speaking to reporters before the event, Mr. Clinton said he disagrees with President Bush's comment that he believed the war on terrorism cannot be won.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:39 am
Tue August 31, 2004

Book Examines Half Century of Change in St. Louis

The new book, called Metromorphosis

St. Louis –

Fifty years ago, St. Louis was a much different place. The suburbs didn't stretch nearly as far. The city was still the center of economic activity, and the metro area ranked among the top 10 in the country.

There's a new book out that looks at these changes. It's called St. Louis Metromorphosis. University of Missouri-St. Louis political science professors Brady Baybeck and Terry Jones edited the collection of studies.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:16 am
Tue August 31, 2004

Missouri SAT Scores Rise, Remain Flat in Illinois

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri students' scores on the SAT college exam continue to rise and exceed the national average. That's according to data released Tuesday.

The exam is more popular in some states than in others. In Missouri, only eight percent of high school seniors took the test this year, while the national average is about 48 percent.

Missouri students' composite score for 2004 was 1,172, up from 1,165 last year, while the national average was 1,026, the same as in 2003.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:44 pm
Mon August 30, 2004

Former School Volunteer Sentenced on Molestation Charges

St. Louis, MO – Richard Sheridan of Weldon Spring was convicted in July of having sexual contact with a student at Independence Elementary School in St. Charles County.

Officials say Sheridan was part of a community outreach program when he was accused of inappropriately touching six girls in kindergarten through third grade.

Sheridan was sentenced to five years each on three counts of child molestation, and fined a total of $2,100 for seven misdemeanor charges of assault on a child.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:10 pm
Mon August 30, 2004

Former St. Louis Maestro Hans Vonk Dies

Orchestra photo of Hans Vonk

St. Louis, MO – Former St. Louis Symphony music director Hans Vonk died Sunday at the age of 63. He helped raise the symphony to international prominence.

He had a rare condition similar to Lou Gehrig's Disease, which forced him to retire two years ago. The Post-Dispatch's Music Critic Sarah Bryan Miller says Vonk tried to keep his condition private until it started affecting his work. Vonk had to conduct sitting down towards the end of his tenure.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:06 am
Mon August 30, 2004

Bond, Hanaway Address GOP Delegates

file photo of Catherine Hanaway (UPI)

New York, NY – The state sent 12 more delegates than in 2000 because President George W. Bush won the state four years ago.

On the convention's opening day, Sen. Kit Bond and state House Speaker Catherine Hanaway both addressed delegates on the floor.

Hanaway said when President Bush cut taxes, Missouri Democratic Governor Bob Holden attempted to raise them:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:40 am
Mon August 30, 2004

Woman Charged with Animal Abuse

These cats were among those seized in early August (photo from Humane Society of Missouri)

Union, MO – An eastern Missouri woman faces charges for allegedly hoarding hundreds of dogs, cats and other animals.

Charges against Gloria Sutter, 67, of Union were contained in a grand jury indictment handed up last week. The indictment charges Sutter with six counts of animal abuse and two counts of failing to dispose of a dead animal. All the counts are misdemeanors.

Sutter is accused of hoarding the animals on 22 acres of land she owns near St. Clair and in her apartment in Union.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:39 pm
Sun August 29, 2004

New Cemetery Training Center Opens in St. Louis

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetary (UPI photo)
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St. Louis, MO – A new center will open today (Monday) in St. Louis to train people to work at National Cemeteries.

It will be the Department of Veterans Affairs' first center offering formal training to workers who manage and operate National Cemeteries. Cemetery employees used to rely on informal on-the-job training.

St. Louis was selected because of its location near Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, where the trainees can receive practical experience.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:23 am
Sun August 29, 2004

More Missourians at '04 GOP Convention than in '00

New York, NY – Missouri Republicans have sent nearly two-thirds more delegates to this week's Republican Convention than they did in 2000.

The increase is a sign of the state's growing importance in Republican politics.

The 57 delegates are also staying in rooms at the headquarters hotel and have access to a prized skybox at Madison Square Garden.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:25 pm
Sat August 28, 2004

Missouri Gets Heap of New Laws

Missouri – More than 150 new laws took effect this weekend in Missouri.


They include complex topics like an overhaul of the state's system for handling abused and neglected children.

There are also more routine regulations like determining when drivers must turn on their cars' headlights.

One new law requires police to complete a demographic report on everyone they stop, not just those who are ticketed.

Another mandates DNA samples be taken from all felons before they're released from prison.

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