St. Louis Public Radio News
2:35 pm
Wed September 1, 2004

Superintendent of Bellefontaine Center Retires

The Bellefontaine Habilitation Center (state of Missouri photo)

St. Louis, MO – The head of the Bellefontaine Habilitation Center in suburban St. Louis announced his retirement Tuesday. Bob Eden then immediately left the center.

State officials are investigating reports of possible patient abuse at the home for mentally disabled people.

Eden's retirement came a day after the state sent its own official to supervise the center's operations.

The director of the Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Anne Deaton, says Eden was NOT forced to leave.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:33 pm
Wed September 1, 2004

State Blames Trees for Major July Power Outage

St. Louis – State utility regulators say a delinquent tree-trimming program may have contributed to the damage during severe storms that struck the St. Louis area on July 5th.

More than 250,000 AmerenUE customers were affected by the storms, which featured large hail, high winds and heavy rain.

The Missouri Public Service Commission issued a report on the storms aftermath Tuesday.

It recommends the St. Louis-based utility increase its tree-trimming efforts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:32 pm
Wed September 1, 2004

St. Louis Red Cross Wants To Expand Capabilities

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Red Cross chapter is trying to move from a Level II disaster agency - meaning it can sustain 50 families for 24 hours unassisted - to a Level III.

That would allow it to handle up to 400 families for 72 hours before federal help arrives.

Chapter board chairman Louis Maull says that will take another 100 certified volunteers -- and private financial support.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:19 pm
Wed September 1, 2004

Judge Rejects Early Voting

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis mayor Francis Slay and other Democrats had sued Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt to allow Missourians to cast ballots over several days in October in advance of the Nov. 2 election.

But the judge said the law only requires officials to establish a plan for early voting. Mayor Slay says he'll continue to make the issue a top legislative priority.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:50 am
Wed September 1, 2004

Potosi Prison Attack Still Under Investigation

Potosi, MO – Officials at the Potosi Correctional Center in southeast Missouri are still trying to determine what set off an
attack on three guards.

The names of those involved in Monday night's incident have not been released, and no charges have been filed.

The guards were attacked by a group of between four and ten men and were taken to a hospital, where they were treated for cuts and
bruises and released. No prisoners were hurt.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:05 am
Wed September 1, 2004

IL Route Three Will Get Facelift

Granite City, Ill. – Government and business leaders gathered Tuesday in Granite City to kick off the renovation of 7.5 miles of Illinois Route Three.

The $2.5 million project will affect the section of Route Three between Chain of Rocks Road and the McKinley
Bridge in Madison County, near St. Louis.

Community leaders say the landscaping improvements will help stimulate commercial growth, promote revitalization and attract new residents.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:34 am
Wed September 1, 2004

Clinton Draws Crowd in St. Louis

President Clinton, signing books in Crestwood Tuesday (KWMU photo)

Crestwood, MO – 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
9:30 am
Wed September 1, 2004

Pinnacle Gets OK For Two St. Louis Area Casinos

A rendering of Pinnacle's proposed South St. Louis County casino.
(Pinnacle)

St. Louis –


Pinnacle Entertainment is another step closer to opening two new casinos in the St. Louis area.

The Missouri Gaming Commission Wednesday approved the company's plans for new facilities downtown and the South St. Louis County community of Lemay.

The state has to investigate Pinnacle further before the company can get a license.

But gaming commission director Kevin Mullally says Pinnacle could start construction if it wants to.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:29 pm
Tue August 31, 2004

Metro Bus Crash Injuries 23; None Seriously

St. Louis, MO – A Metro bus crashed into the side of a building Monday after it hit a delivery truck.

Police say none of the 23 injuries were life-threatening. They say witnesses told them the bus had the green light.

An investigation continues into the crash; no citations have been issued.

The accident happened near downtown St. Louis. Firefighters had to cut away the steering wheel of the bus so
the driver could be freed. She complained of leg injuries.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:22 pm
Tue August 31, 2004

Plea Bargain Not Expected for Wolfmeyer

Katie Wolfmeyer
(UPI file photo)

St. Louis – A last-minute plea agreement is not expected for Katie Wolfmeyer, the woman accused of conspiring with former St. Louis Blues player Mike Danton in a murder-for-hire plot.

Wolfmeyer's uncle, John Wolfmeyer, and her lawyer, Art Margulis, say no plea agreement is in the works.

Katie Wolfmeyer has pleaded innocent, and jury selection begins Wednesday in East St. Louis.

Prosecutors have said Danton's agent David Frost was the intended victim of the plot. Frost was not hurt and has maintained he was not the target.

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