St. Louis Public Radio News
4:13 pm
Mon August 9, 2004

Keyes Blasts Obama on Abortion in First Day of Campaign

Chicago – Republican Alan Keyes called rival Barack Obama's views on abortion "the
slaveholder's position."

Keyes ripped Obama's voting record Monday during the former diplomat's first day on the campaign trail in the race for the U.S. Senate.

During a whirlwind round of broadcast interviews, Keyes said Obama violated the principle that all men are created equal by voting against an anti-abortion bill in the Illinois Senate. That legislation would have outlawed a form of late-term abortion in the state.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:19 pm
Mon August 9, 2004

Bond Doesn't Favor Early Voting

Sen. Kit Bond (UPI file photo)

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Kit Bond says Missouri doesn't need early voting.

He's critical of a lawsuit filed by leaders including St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. The lawsuit seeks to let Missourians vote anytime between October 19th and October 27th.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:58 pm
Mon August 9, 2004

Alan Keyes Formally Enters Ill. U.S. Senate Race

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Arlington Heights, Ill. – Former presidential candidate Alan Keyes formally announced his run as the Republican candidate in Illinois' U.S. Senate race Sunday.

He'll replace former Republican nominee Jack Ryan who stepped down in late June amid embarrassing sex club allegations in his divorce records.

Keyes will face Democratic rising star Barack Obama, and his entry sets up the first U.S. Senate election with two black candidates representing the major parties.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:39 pm
Mon August 9, 2004

Police Find Toddlers Drowned on Riverbank

St. Louis – Emergency responders found two toddlers dead Monday, submerged in mud along a Mississippi riverbank.

St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa says police received a call around 3:20 Monday afternoon. He says responders found two children dead on the riverbank in the mud, one face down and one face up.

Mokwa said the children were a 1-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl.

They were found in North Riverfront Park, south of the Chain of Rocks Bridge.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:30 pm
Mon August 9, 2004

Missourians in Iraq Didn't Get Ballots

Jefferson City, Mo. – Some Missouri soldiers stationed in
Iraq were unable to vote in last week's elections.

St. Francois County Clerk Mark Hedrick says he sent absentee
ballots to 13 military members stationed in Iraq. Eight were returned as undeliverable.

Hedrick says he doesn't know what happened to the other five, but none was returned with votes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:15 pm
Mon August 9, 2004

St. Stanislaus Prayer Service Draws Big Crowds

St. Stanislaus (KWMU file photo)

St. Louis, MO – A standing-room only crowd attended a prayer service at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in North St. Louis Sunday.

The service wasn't a formal mass because St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke pulled the priests from the Polish parish last week.

Burke says St. Stanislaus breaks canon law by controlling its own finances.

He says the Archdiocese should control that money.

But church board members say they're not breaking any law and add they'll continue the prayer services as long as needed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:19 pm
Mon August 9, 2004

More Illinoisans Asking for Tax Extensions

Springfield, Ill. – More Illinoisans have been requesting extensions to file federal tax returns. The IRS says about 262,000 extensions were sought this year.

That's about 8,000 more than two years ago.

Those who requested extensions have until August 16th to submit their returns, though people can also request a second extension.

Internal Revenue Service spokeswoman Sue Hales says a first extention request is usually granted automatically, but the second request is not as easy to obtain.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:07 pm
Mon August 9, 2004

St. Louis County Land Value Decreases

St. Louis, MO – The Post-Dispatch reports the assessed value of all the land in St. Louis County dropped this year. It's only the second drop in the last 50 years.

The assessed value this year is $18.736 billion, compared to $18.841 billion last year.

But people who live in the County might still pay more in property taxes. That's because the school districts, library boards, fire protection districts and city governments who show up on those bills can still raise their rates to off-set the lost land value.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:45 am
Mon August 9, 2004

'Idol' Hopefuls Converge on Edward Jones Dome

St. Louis, MO – Thousands of people turned land near the Edward Jones Dome into a campground this weekend.

They were lining up early to try out for the reality TV show "American Idol."
The show awards a recording contract to the winner.

Samuel Ward drove his grandson Michael from Kansas City, Kan. to the tryouts. The elder Ward says he had fun, despite sleeping on concrete for two days. "I want to see maybe his dream will come true," Ward said Sunday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:05 pm
Fri August 6, 2004

Ballot Mistake Might Mean Re-Vote in Fire Dist.

Sullivan, MO – Election officials in Crawford County, Mo. are saying a mistake denied some voters the option of voting for a fire district-funding proposition.

The Sullivan Fire Protection District covers about 10,000 people in Washington, Franklin and Crawford counties.

Proposition F would have raised taxes to pay for additional full-time firefighters, new equipment and fire station improvements. It failed by 181 votes.

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