St. Louis Public Radio News
1:10 pm
Thu August 26, 2004

Clinton to Sign Autobiography in St. Louis

Bill Clinton signs his book at a June appearance in New York.
Photo by Chip East/Reuters

St. Louis – Former President Bill Clinton will be in suburban St. Louis Tuesday to sign copies of his autobiography "My Life."

Clinton will appear at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Crestwood. The store will issue 1,000 wristbands to customers on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 7 a.m.Clinton will appear at 4 p.m.

Only those with wristbands will be eligible to have their books signed.

The book signing was originally scheduled for Wednesday but moved because of a conflict with Clinton's schedule.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:57 am
Thu August 26, 2004

MO-DOT Gets a New Boss

New MODOT Director Pete Rahn

Jefferson City, MO – The state of Missouri's transportation department will soon have a new director.

Former New Mexico transportation director Pete Rahn was named MO-DOT chief this morning (Thursday).

Rahn led New Mexico's highways department for about seven years, from 1995-2002.

MO-DOT has had an interim director since Henry Hungerbeeler resigned last year after five years as transportation director.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:20 am
Thu August 26, 2004

Hanaway, Prosecutors Warn Kiddie Porn Now a Felony

Columbia, Mo. – Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway and state prosecutors say they are putting sex offenders on alert that possession of child pornography is now a felony.

The legislation approved this year takes effect Saturday. It stiffens the penalties for possession of child pornography and increases penalties for anyone who gives pornographic material to children.

Hanaway says the law is specifically targeted at consumers of child pornography.

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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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