St. Louis Public Radio News
9:10 am
Mon August 16, 2004

John Edwards Campaigns in Springfield, MO

(UPI file photo)

Springfield, MO – The Democratic candidate for Vice President spent the night in Springfield Missouri.

John Edwards spoke Sunday night to thousands at Southwest Missouri State University. He hit on many John Kerry-John Edwards campaign themes like health care and job security.

Edwards will also speak today (Monday) with a small group of people today at a home in a town near Springfield, called Willard. The event is not open to the public.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:18 pm
Fri August 13, 2004

Sales Tax Holiday is Underway in Missouri

Clothes are among those that are tax exempt this weekend (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO –

You won't pay sales tax on certain items for sale in Missouri this weekend.

A sales tax holiday on clothes, school supplies, and computers runs today through Sunday.

Articles of clothing that cost $100 or less and purchases of school supplies that total $50 or less will be sales tax free. Taxes will also be kept off computers that cost $2,000 or less and computer software purchases of $200 or less.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:15 pm
Fri August 13, 2004

Confusion, Inconsistency Part of First Sales Tax Holiday

St. Louis – Missouri's first-ever sales tax holiday started Friday. But interpreting the law is causing some confusion among retailers.

Clothing, school supplies, software and computer equipment are tax free through Sunday.

But there are limits of $100 per item on clothes, $50 per purchase on school items and $2,000 on computers.

Carol Fischer heads Missouri's Department of Revenue.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:42 pm
Fri August 13, 2004

Worker for IL Judicial Candidate Alleges Harrassment

Edwardsville, Ill – Two men have been accused of harassing the family of a campaign worker in what's become an increasingly vicious race for the Illinois Supreme Court.

Edward Kay is the finance chairman for Illinois Supreme Court Republican candidate Lloyd Karmeier.

Kay alleges that two Carbondale consultants visited his ex-wife's house to intimidate his family.

The consultants have called the lawsuit "frivolous" and say they were investigating Kay on behalf of a group they represent that opposes Karmeier.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:32 pm
Fri August 13, 2004

McCaskill Blasts Deals for University Presidents

McCaskill
(UPI file photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Claire McCaskill on Friday criticized lucrative deals given to university presidents.

She cited the Southwest Missouri State University package for its outgoing president as just the latest example.

President Ed Keiser is leaving but will keep his salary and benefits for another year in exchange for some appearances and fund raising work as the president emeritus.

McCaskill, the Democratic state auditor, is running for governor in November against Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:00 am
Fri August 13, 2004

Nixon Sues EPA Over Lead Rules

St. Louis – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon is suing the Environmental Protection Agency, saying it is ignoring mandated reviews of air quality for lead, potentially threatening the health of Missourians.

The suit filed today in federal court in St. Louis seeks to force the government agency to comply with the Clean Air Act by
reviewing the air quality standards for lead.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:08 am
Fri August 13, 2004

SLU Cancels Keyes Appearance

Alan Keyes
(file)

St. Louis – Saint Louis University has canceled an appearance by Alan Keyes because he's now running for office.

A student group at SLU invited Keyes to speak next month as part of a lecture series.

But that was before he joined the race for U.S. Senate in Illinois.

Spokesman Jeff Fowler says the school had to cancel Keyes because of rules SLU faces as a non-profit organization. He adds the move was nothing personal against Keyes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:24 am
Fri August 13, 2004

Metro-East Jockey Who Was Trampled Dies

Lincoln, Neb. – A jockey from Collinsville who was thrown from his horse and trampled last year has died.

Christopher Quinn died Tuesday at a hospital in Nebraska. He was 42.

He was racing at Fairmount Park in July, 2003 in the Metro-East when his horse clipped heels with another horse. That threw Quinn to the ground, where he was trampled.

He suffered head injuries and was in a coma for several weeks. Quinn was moved in September to a rehabilitation hospital Lincoln, Nebraska.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:29 pm
Thu August 12, 2004

Man Dies After Struggle With Police

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis County police say a man died after they struggled with him. Police say the man in Glascow Village in north St. Louis County had just shot his stepdaughter and attacked neighbors.

They say they needed to subdue him by shooting him with a Taser.

St. Louis County police say the 9-year-old stepdaughter and two neighbors suffered serious injuries. Four police officers were also treated.

Police were called around 7:00 Wednesday night, after witnesses said the man shot his stepdaughter in the chest.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:11 pm
Thu August 12, 2004

Metro Offers Jobs to Employees of Firms it Fired

St. Louis – Metro wants to hire employees from at least one of the construction oversight companies it fired on Tuesday.

The transit agency terminated contracts with four firms it hired four years ago to manage a half-billion dollar light rail extension.

Metro is also suing the companies. It's creating about 16 new positions to replace them.

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