St. Louis Public Radio News
12:55 pm
Mon July 19, 2004

Anti-Execution Group Hopes Brief Sways Sup. Ct.

St. Louis – A coalition of Missouri groups opposed to juvenile executions Monday filed a friend of the court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court.

This fall, the court will hear the case of Christopher Simmons, the Missouri man who committed murder at age 17.

Last August, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled juvenile executions were unconstitutional, but the state attorney general appealed the case.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:47 pm
Mon July 19, 2004

Schmidt Loses Appeal

Schmidt
(file)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. – An attorney for an Illinois fighter pilot who mistakenly bombed Canadian soldiers in
Afghanistan in 2002 says he's not surprised the pilot lost an appeal to the Air Force.

Earlier this month, Major Harry Schmidt was found guilty of
dereliction of duty.

Lieutenant General Bruce Carlson, who handed down the verdict,
said in a letter of reprimand that Schmidt "acted shamefully" in the April 2002, bombing, which left four Canadians dead.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:24 pm
Mon July 19, 2004

Cheney Touts Tax Cuts in Columbia

Vice President Dick Cheney
(UPI file photo)

Columbia, Mo. – Vice President Dick Cheney told a friendly auidence at a Columbia lumber company Monday that the nation's economy is on the re-bound.

Boone County Lumber is a family-owned company. Republicans say it's an example of a small business that's thriving because of Bush administration policies.

Cheney toured the showroom and plant, before speaking to about 350 people gathered by ticket only in the company warehouse.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:59 am
Mon July 19, 2004

Collinsville Firing Range Could Reopen this Week

Springfield, Ill. – A police firing range in the Metro-East may re-open this week after it was closed because of lead contamination.

It closed a four months ago after one state police trooper got lead poisoning. He's not yet back on the job.

State Police spokesman Lincoln Hampton says the range was closed in March after tests found high levels of lead in materials like ceiling tiles.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:49 am
Mon July 19, 2004

Former St. Louis Election Official Pleads Guilty in Sex Case

St. Louis – A former St. Louis election official pleaded guilty Monday to a sex charge involving a child.

Kevin Coan entered the plea in Madison County, Illinois, to a charge of indecent solicitation of a child. He was sentenced to probation for two years.

Coan was arrested three years ago. Police say he traveled to Alton, Ill., with the intention of having sex with a person he thought to be a girl he met online.

The girl was actually an Alton police officer posing as a child on the Internet.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:53 am
Mon July 19, 2004

Police Find Human Hands, Feet in Trash Near Highway

Warrenton, Mo. – The St. Louis Area Major Case Squad and the FBI are investigating a gruesome discovery, human hands and feet in a trash bag.

The body parts were found Monday a few miles from the Interstate 70 rest stop where a headless, limbless torso was discovered three weeks ago.

Authorities are trying to determine if the body parts are from the same female victim whose torso was found at the rest area near Wright City in eastern Missouri.

The victim has not been identified. No arrests have been made.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:48 pm
Fri July 16, 2004

Illinois HIV Patients Now Allowed to Donate Organs

Springfield, Ill – Governor Rod Blagojevich signed a bill Thursday making Illinois the first state with a law specifically allowing HIV patients to donate organs to others with HIV.

But federal regulations still must be changed to allow the procedures.

Kim McCullough of the Evanston-based Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network says the new law will result in more available donated organs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:11 pm
Fri July 16, 2004

Danton Pleads Guilty in Murder-for-Hire Plot

Former Blues forward Mike Danton
(UPI)

East St. Louis, Ill. – Former St. Louis Blues player Mike Danton admitted Friday that he sought to have his agent killed.

It was part of a plot that unraveled when the would-be hit man turned out to be a police informant.

Danton had been scheduled for trial this fall in East St. Louis, with co-defendant Katie Wolfmeyer. Instead he pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to cause a person to travel in interstate commerce to commit murder.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:50 pm
Fri July 16, 2004

County Executive Race Not Dominating Headlines

(KWMU file photo)

St. Louis, MO –

Voters in St. Louis County will pick nominees next month to run for County Executive.

It's an election that wasn't supposed to happen. Former Executive Buzz Westfall won a four year term just two years ago. But his death last year forced this campaign.

The executive oversees the largest political jurisdiction in Missouri.

But the race isn't exactly the talk of the town.

KWMU's Tom Weber prepared this report.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:20 pm
Fri July 16, 2004

Holden Way Ahead of McCaskill in Funds Raised

Gov. Holden (left) and Auditor McCaskill (right) (file photos)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Holden spent more money than his Democratic challenger Claire McCaskill last quarter. And he still has ten times as much money in the bank.

New campaign finance reports show Holden has raised more than $6.5 million, spent more than $4 million and has nearly $2.3 million on hand.

McCaskill reports raising about half as much as Holden has ($3.25 million)

She's spent most of that, and had about $235,000 on hand at the end of last month.

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