St. Louis Public Radio News
4:27 pm
Wed August 25, 2004

Audit: MO Charter Schools Have Too Many Uncertified Teachers

Auditor Claire McCaskill
(UPI file photo)

St. Louis – Missouri state Auditor Claire McCaskill says oversight is lacking at the state's charter schools.

The schools receive public money, but are exempt from many of the regulations traditional public schools must follow.McCaskill released an audit Wednesday. Among other things, it found half the schools operating last year did not meet teacher certification requirements.

She also says some of the schools had money in uninsured bank accounts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:09 pm
Wed August 25, 2004

Missouri Will Let Military Personnel E-Vote

Blunt
(UPI file photo)

St. Louis – Military personnel from Missouri who are in certain combat zones overseas can use the Internet to send in ballots this November.

Secretary of State Matt Blunt announced the change Wednesday.

Earlier this year, the Pentagon cancelled an Internet voting experiment because of security concerns.

But Blunt spokesman Spence Jackson says in this case, service members will need to have a paper ballot to start.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:12 pm
Wed August 25, 2004

Gaming Commission Fines Harrah's Over Marketing

Jefferson City, Mo. – State regulators are fining Harrah's casino in North Kansas City $40,000 over some of its marketing practices, including a mailing that reached several problem gamblers.

A Harrah's official says the company will pay the fines without an appeal. General manager Bill Keena also says the marketing trouble has been solved.

At least six problem gamblers complained to the state Gaming Commission this year after they received promotions in the mail from Harrah's North Kansas City.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:04 pm
Wed August 25, 2004

STL County Might Extend Trash Station Moratorium

County Councilman Skip Mange (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis County Council is considering extending a moratorium on new trash transfer stations.

Fred Weber, Inc. wants to build one on a quarry site in Oakville. That's drawn heavy opposition from area residents.

County Councilman Skip Mange says the region needs to look at the big picture before approving new garbage projects.
"We have a problem," Mange said Tuesday. "We have to have a way to handle the trash.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:43 pm
Wed August 25, 2004

Illinois Bar Association to Montitor Judicial Elections

Collinsville, Ill – Illinois' biggest lawyers group
announced Wednesday it will start monitoring advertisements in judicial
elections.

Illinois State Bar Association President Ole Pace says
a committee of lawyers and former judges will investigate complaints of inappropriate advertising in judicial elections.

Pace says if they find that an ad adversely affects the reputation or integrity of the courts, they'll ask the candidate it benefits to disavow it.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:32 pm
Wed August 25, 2004

Tavarez Slapped with 10-Game Suspension

Julian Tavarez, as he left the field Friday following his ejection. (UPI photo)

Cincinnati, OH – Cardinals relief pitcher Julian Tavarez was suspended for ten days Tuesday for applying a foreign substance to balls while pitching last Friday.

Tavarez appealed the penalty, which was set to start before Tuesday night's Cardinals-Reds game. As it was, the Tavarez gave up the winning run Tuesday night in a 4-3 Cardinals loss.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:16 pm
Wed August 25, 2004

Inmate Dies at Bonne Terre Prison

The Eastern Reception Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Mo.
(file)

Bonne Terre, Mo. – A 56-year-old inmate at the Eastern
Reception Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre has died of apparent natural causes.

Corrections officials say Lester Algiere died Tuesday evening.

Algiere had been in prison since December of 2001 after a conviction on sexual misconduct in Greene County.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:02 pm
Wed August 25, 2004

John Edwards Will Be in St. Charles Friday

John Edwards, at an event in St. Louis earlier this month to kick off a whistle stop train tour with John Kerry. (UPI file photo)

St. Louis, MO – The Democrat running for Vice President will hold a town hall meeting Friday morning in St. Charles.

His campaign says John Edwards will talk to Missourians about the economy and listen to what's on their minds.

An exact time and place has not yet been set.

President Bush was in St. Charles earlier this month; First Lady Laura Bush spoke in Frontenac last week. Edwards appeared with Kerry on Aug. 5 to start a cross-country whistle stop tour.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:26 am
Wed August 25, 2004

Mechanics, Dealerships Will Meet Today

St. Louis, MO – The two sides in the St. Louis area mechanics strike will sit down with a federal mediator today (Wed).

It's the first time they've gotten together since the 1,800 or so mechanics walked off the job more than three weeks ago.

The mechanics work at new car dealerships on the St. Louis side of the river.

The two sides are split over dealers' intention to allow lower paid employees to do some work currently done by higher skilled employees.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:59 pm
Tue August 24, 2004

Cold Medicine Sales Restricted in Illinois

Springfield, Ill – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich today signed a bill restricting sales of cold medicines that can be used to make methamphetamine.

Stores have to lock up medicines that contain the chemicals and can only sell two boxes at a time under the legislation pushed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

The medicines can contain no more than three grams of a chemical used to make meth. Meth is a highly addictive drug whose use is spreading in Illinois.

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