St. Louis Public Radio News
1:51 pm
Wed September 8, 2004

MO Dems Push For Bush-Kerry Debate in St. Louis

Dick Gephardt
(UPI file photo)

St. Louis – Congressman Dick Gephardt of St. Louis says it would be a shame if a debate between the presidential candidates scheduled at Washington University next month does not take place.

President George Bush is reportedly considering skipping the debate, which would be in a town hall meeting format.

An advisor says they're concerned that the audience of independent voters might be infiltrated by partisans

Gephardt, who is co-chair of Kerry's campaign in Missouri, says that's no reason to cancel the event.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:28 pm
Wed September 8, 2004

What Would Jesus Do? Not Vote for Obama, Keyes Says

Alan Keyes
(campaign website)

Springfield, Ill – Illinois Republican U.S. Senate candidate Alan Keyes says his Democratic opponent will not have Jesus Christ on his side come election day.

Keyes told reporters this week that Democrat Barack Obama's votes against anti-abortion legislation would lose him the support of Jesus Christ, if Christ could vote in the election. A spokesman for Keyes says he stands by the comments. Obama says he'll leave the theological speculation to Keyes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:56 pm
Wed September 8, 2004

McCaskill Outlines Anti-Terror Plan

St. Louis – Democratic gubernatorial nominee Claire McCaskill says she has a plan for streamlining Missouri's homeland security capabilities.

Her proposal calls for improving the state's data sharing capabilities, enhancing communication between first responders and safeguarding ports and agriculture.

McCaskill says her past audits show Missouri is not doing a good job in maximizing and distributing federal dollars.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:28 pm
Wed September 8, 2004

Kerry to Campaign in St. Louis County Friday

(UPI file photo)

St. Louis – Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry will campaign again in Missouri this week.

Party officials say Kerry will participate in a town hall-style event on Friday in St. Louis County.

A few hundred senior citizens from the area will be invited to attend. He'll appear at the Affton Senior Center at 9:45 a.m.

Co-chairman of the Kerry campaign in Missouri, Congressman Dick Gephardt, says the candidate will discuss retirement community and health care issues on Friday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:27 pm
Wed September 8, 2004

Wash. Post: Bush May Skip St. Louis Debate

Washington, D.C. – The Washington Post reports this morning (Wednesday) that President Bush may not debate Democrat John Kerry at Washington University in St. Louis.

Party officials have told the newspaper that Bush's negotiating team plans to resist what would be the second of three debates. (Charles Gibson, of ABC's Good Morning America, was slated to moderate the debate)

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:36 am
Wed September 8, 2004

Ameren Closer to Buying Illinois Power

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis-based utility Ameren says it has cleared another hurdle in its peffort to buy Illinois power for a proposed $2.3 billion.

Ameren says Dynegy Incorporated, the Citizens Utility Board and the Illinois Attorney General's Office have settled all of the issues raised by the proposed purchase.

The Illinois Commerce Commission and the federal Securities and Exchange Commission still must approve the deal. But an Ameren spokeswoman says Ameren hopes to close the deal by the end of the year.

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3:28 pm
Tue September 7, 2004

Bush Visits Poplar Bluff

Poplar Bluff, MO – President Bush spoke to thousands of people in the southeast Missouri town of Poplar Bluff Monday.

He was there at the request of some locals who circulated an invitation petition and even put up billboards, requesting a visit. "I get a lot of invitations," Bush told the crowd. "I've never gotten one with 10,000 signatures on it."

During his stump speech, Mr. Bush said he'd work to simplify the tax code and work to get rid of what he called frivolous lawsuits.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:52 pm
Tue September 7, 2004

Wolfmeyer Trial Begins Today

Katie Wolfmeyer (UPI file photo)

East St. Louis, Ill. – The trial of Katie Wolfmeyer will begin today with opening arguments.


Wolfmeyer is the 19-year-old accused of conspiring with former Blues player Mike Danton in a murder-for-hire plot.

Prosecutors say Wolfmeyer helped Danton hire a hit man and drove with him to Danton's apartment, where the crime was to have taken place. Prosecutors have also said Danton's agent David Frost was the intended target, though Frost denies that charge.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:00 pm
Tue September 7, 2004

Arguments Begin in Wolfmeyer Trial

Wolfmeyer
(UPI file photo)

St. Louis – Opening arguments got underway Wednesday in the murder-for-hire case against 19-year-old Katie Wolfmeyer.

She's accused of conspiring with former St. Louis Blues player Mike Danton to kill Danton's agent, David Frost.

The prosecution maintains Wolfmeyer had full knowledge of the plot and cooperated with a would-be hit man who was secretly working with the FBI to foil the plan.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:51 pm
Tue September 7, 2004

Mayor's Office: Early Voting Could Catch Officials Off Guard

St. Louis – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay will not appeal a recent ruling that essentially rejected early voting in Missouri.


People currently can vote absentee before the election, but only with an excuse for why they won't be able to on Election Day

The lawsuit aimed to let people vote before the November election without needing an excuse.

But a judge last week said the law in question did not require early voting, it only required election officials to come up with a plan for it.

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