St. Louis Public Radio News
11:10 am
Mon August 2, 2004

Kerry-Edwards Whistle-Stop Tour in St. Louis Thursday

John Kerry and John Edwards at last week's Democratic National Convention.
(UPI)

St. Louis – Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry and his running mate John Edwards are planning a whistle-stop train tour through Missouri this week.

Details of the visit are not finalized, but the campaign event will feature a rally at Union Station in St. Louis Thursday afternoon at 12:30 p.m.

Missouri congressman Dick Gephardt says the candidates' visit will spotlight a state Democratic Party that will be healing from a contentious gubernatorial primary election.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:18 am
Mon August 2, 2004

Amendment Two Vote Has All Eyes on MO

Canvasser Gilles Bissonette went door to door last week to urge Missourians to reject Amendment Two. (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – Voters in Missouri will decide Tuesday whether to add a definition of marriage to their state's constitution.

The vote marks a shift in focus over which, if any, constitution should define marriage as being between a man and woman.

A recent effort by some Senators to add a federal marriage amendment failed.

But voters in at least 11 states will decide this fall whether their states' constitutions need such a change.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:55 am
Mon August 2, 2004

Jacobsen Wins U.S. Senior Open in West County

Golfer Peter Jacobsen waves his hat to the crowd after winning the 25th United States Senior Open at Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country, MO on August 1, 2004. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Town and Country, MO – Peter Jacobsen won the U.S. Senior Open by one shot Sunday at the Bellerive Country Club in west St. Louis County.

Golfers had to play two rounds on Sunday because rain washed out play on Friday.

Jacobsen had a sore hip but was still able to rally to win the Open after Tom Kite double-bogeyed the final hole.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:19 am
Mon August 2, 2004

Holden, McCaskill Step up Rhetoric in Home Stretch

(UPI file photos)

St. Louis – Governor Bob Holden and State Auditor Claire McCaskill are each criss-crossing Missouri in last-minute get-out-the vote efforts.

The two Democrats are neck and neck in the gubernatorial race.

The Holden camp is continuing to run attack ads.

They criticize McCaskill for taking campaign donations from her husband, a nursing home operator.

But the auditor says her opponent is getting desperate.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:44 pm
Fri July 30, 2004

'Dateline' Will Focus on George Ryan's Death Row Clearing

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan (state of Illinois photo)

Chicago, ILL. – Friday night's episode of "Dateline" on NB-C will show a film about former Governor George Ryan's decision to commute 167 death sentences in Illinois a few years ago.

The film is called "Deadline" and will air virtually uncut during a two-hour episode.

The film was shot during the last three months of Ryan's term. It follows the turbulent debate that erupted when Northwestern University journalism students showed that innocent men had been condemned to death row.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:15 pm
Fri July 30, 2004

Ignoring Illinois this Campaign Season?

Boston, MA –

Delegates are heading home from the Democratic Convention in Boston.

Many Missouri delegates have a good chance of seeing John Kerry or John Edwards again before November.


But that's not necessarily the case for Illinois Democrats. Many analysts predict big wins for Democrats in Illinois this fall. But such high expectations come with a downside.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:01 pm
Fri July 30, 2004

Bush in Springfield, MO This Morning

UPI file photo of President Bush

Springfield, MO – President Bush will return to the campaign trail with a stop in Springfield, Mo. this (Friday) morning.

He's been keeping a lower profile this week while Democrats held their convention in Boston.

The President is expected to talk about the war in Iraq and touch on other topics including federal student loans.

The President flew back to the White House Thursday night.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:22 pm
Fri July 30, 2004

Taxpayers Pay for Blunt Election Ad

Secretary of State and Candidate for Governor Matt Blunt (UPI photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt spent almost $48,000 in taxpayer money to run newspaper ads that encourage people to go vote Tuesday.

The ad features Blunt's name and picture and will run again on Monday; the day before Blunt faces five little-known opponents in the Republican primary for governor.

As Secretary of State, Blunt is Missouri's chief election official. Campaign spokesman Spence Jackson says it's appropriate to include Blunt's photo and name because of the civic message.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:42 pm
Fri July 30, 2004

Filling Gephardt's Shoes in the Third District

Dick Gephardt (UPI photo)

St. Louis, MO –

When voters in Missouri's third congressional district go to the polls Tuesday, one name will be noticeably absent from the ballot.

After 14 terms, Democrat Richard Gephardt is retiring from Congress at the end of the year.

KWMU's Kevin Lavery prepared this report on what 3rd district residents are hoping Gephardt's successor will deliver.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:14 am
Fri July 30, 2004

Blagojevich Signs State Budget

Springfield, Ill – Governor Rod Blagojevich signed a state budget Friday that closes a multibillion-dollar deficit and increases funding for education and health care.

The $45.5 billion spending plan also cuts $800
million in other spending and delays a capital construction plan.

The Democratic governor says the budget also allows more children to go to preschool and helps seniors pay for prescription
drugs.

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