St. Louis Public Radio News
2:30 pm
Fri August 6, 2004

Kerry Stop in Jeff. City Includes Plug for Unity

John Kerry in St. Louis on Thursday (UPI photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry supported party unity in Missouri as his cross-country train trip stopped in Jefferson City Thursday.

Kerry spoke to several thousand people outside the state Capitol building. He praised Governor Holden and Claire McCaskill, who defeated him at the primary.

Kerry said Holden displays graciousness, courage a sense of priorities. He said McCaskill has a good sense of direction.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:01 pm
Fri August 6, 2004

Charter Settles Suit Brought by Shareholders

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis-based Charter Cable agreed yesterday to pay $144 million to settle lawsuits over accusations of inflating financial results and customer numbers.

Shareholders brought the suit.

Charter's CEO Carl Vogel says the settlement closes the books on the company's legal problems. "We can now devote our complete and full attention to serving customers and growing revenues," he said in a statement.

The government recently ended its investigation into the same accounting issues.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:22 pm
Fri August 6, 2004

Mizzou Says Lay Professorship Will Go if Lay is Convicted

Columbia, Mo. – University of Missouri officials say that if Enron founder Ken Lay is convicted of defrauding investors, the school likely will remove his name from an economics professorship he endowed.

That probably will require return of that his donation of more than $1 million.

Lay recently was indicted on eleven criminal counts, including conspiracy, securities fraud and bank fraud.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:57 am
Fri August 6, 2004

IL Republicans Don't Fret 'Outsider' Senate Candidate

Alan Keyes

Springfield, Ill – Some Republicans in Illinois say they're not worried that their next candidate for U.S. Senate has never lived in the state.

The Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times reported Friday that Alan Keyes will on Sunday announce that he's running.

The top Republican in the Illinois Senate, Frank Watson of Greenville, says Keyes will be ready to go in a short period of time.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:51 am
Fri August 6, 2004

Kerry Campaign Stops in Kansas City

Kansas City – Presidential nominee John Kerry brought his campaign train to Kansas City Friday.

The democrat says he wants to increase American energy production and reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil.

Kerry is proposing a $20 billion fund to finance research and development of alternative and renewable fuels.

He says the fund would promote energy sources like natural gas, coal, nuclear and renewable energy generated from corn, soybeans and other crops.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:15 pm
Thu August 5, 2004

Former Governor Picked to Head MO Democratic Party

Roger Wilson took over as Governor in 2000, when Mel Carnahan died in a plane crash.
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Columbia, Mo. – Former Governor Roger Wilson is gubernatorial candidate Claire McCaskill's choice to head the Missouri Democratic Party.

Word on the decision comes from the party's new executive director, Corey Dillon.

Wilson will succeed May Scheve Reardon, who's resigning.

Reardon served as Governor Holden's choice to lead the party.

But McCaskill is in charge now, after defeating Holden in the primary.

Wednesday she tapped Dillon, who's an aide from McCaskill's state auditor's office.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:07 pm
Thu August 5, 2004

Parishoners Weigh Options after Removal of Priests

St. Stanislaus (KWMU file photo)

St. Louis – Members of St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic church in North St. Louis met Thursday night to discuss the future of their parish.

This week Archbishop Raymond Burke reassigned the church's two priests.

Burke says the lay board of directors at the Polish church has no right under canon law to oversee parish assets.

Board member Bob Zabielski says the church is considering bringing in a priest from outside the archdiocese. But there's a catch.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:44 pm
Thu August 5, 2004

Illinois Republicans Pick Alan Keyes for U.S. Senate

Alan Keyes

Chicago, Ill. – Illinois Republicans Wednesday night asked a two time candidate for President - who doesn't even live in Illinois - to be their new candidate for U.S. Senate.

Alan Keyes lives in Maryland, but says he'll decide Sunday whether to move so he can run.

Party officials admit they have no backup plan if Keyes says no. They've been without a replacement for Jack Ryan for six weeks.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:31 pm
Thu August 5, 2004

Missouri Primary Election Results

St. Louis, MO – With 100% of precincts reporting, here are the results from Missouri's primary election.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:42 pm
Thu August 5, 2004

St. Louis Centre Mall Sold to L.A. Company

St. Louis Centre (KWMU file photo)

St. Louis, MO – A company from Los Angeles called Galveston Discount Warehouses bought the St. Louis Centre shopping mall on Wednesday.

The downtown St. Louis mall was built 20 years ago for $95 million. But it's now mostly empty and was sold at a foreclosure sale Wednesday for $5.4 million.

Galveston isn't saying what it will do with the property, but it adds it first wants to talk with city officials before making plans public.

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