St. Louis Public Radio News
10:56 am
Wed July 28, 2004

Holden Denies McCaskill's Claims About Airplane Use

Bob Holden and Claire McCaskill (file)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri gubernatorial hopeful Claire McCaskill claims Governor Bob Holden flies state airplanes too frequently.

But Holden released figures Tuesday showing that he has taken fewer trips than other recent governors.

Figures from Holden's office say he flew on state planes on 335 days since he took office in January of 2001 through the end of last month.

That compares to 347 trips by Democratic Governor Mel Carnahan in the 1990s, and 420 flights by Republican Governor John Aschroft in the 1980s.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:54 pm
Tue July 27, 2004

Democrat in 3rd Congressional Race Drops Bid

Campaign photo of Mike Evans

St. Louis, MO – A candidate for Dick Gephardt's seat in Congress has dropped out of the crowded race.

Democrat Mike Evans, 25, of De Soto, says he doesn't have enough support, so he's endorsing fellow Democrat Jeff Smith. "We must now choose a candidate who will continue to fight for us the way Richard Gephardt has over the past two decades," Evans said about Smith in a message to supporters on his website.

Evans says he's the first openly gay person to run for Congress in Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:46 pm
Tue July 27, 2004

Court Rejects City Lawsuit Against Gun Makers

St. Louis – A Missouri appeals court has refused to reinstate the city of St. Louis' lawsuit that sought compensation from gunmakers, distributors and related trade groups for gun-related injuries.

A three-judge Missouri Court of Appeals panel Tuesday found that newly revised Missouri law bars such legal action.

The ruling upholds a St. Louis County judge's dismissal last October of the city's 1999 lawsuit. In that decision, the judge ruled such lawsuits would open what he called "a floodgate to additional litigation."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:27 pm
Tue July 27, 2004

Amendment 1 Supporters Raise Almost $12 Million

Jefferson City, MO – New campaign reports show the interests that support a casino near Branson have now raised almost $12 million to get their message out.

That's opposed to the group that opposes the casino, called Show Me You Care, which has raised just $1.4 million.

Missourians next week will decide whether the state's constitution should be changed to allow for a casino in Rockaway Beach. Right now the constitution only allows for gaming on the Missouri or Mississippi River.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:15 pm
Tue July 27, 2004

Blunt Backs Two-Thirds Vote on Hunting, Fishing Initiatives

Blunt
(UPI file photo)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Blunt says it should be harder to limit hunting and fishing rights.

Blunt backs a proposal requiring a two-thirds vote of Missourians to approve citizen initiatives that would restrict hunting and fishing rights.

That would be higher than the simple majority needed to pass most other ballot proposals.

Republican lawmakers proposed a similar constitutional amendment earlier this year, but it failed in the Senate.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:37 pm
Tue July 27, 2004

Obama to Stand in National Spotlight Tuesday Night

Ill. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Chicago) (Photo by David Katz, Obama campaign)

Boston, MA – Illinois State Senator and U.S. Senate hopeful Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Democratic convention Tuesday night.

A rising star in the Democratic Party, Obama is heavily favored to win a U.S. Senate seat this fall, in part, because he currently doesn't even have an opponent.

Obama is 42 and would, if elected, become the third black American to serve in the Senate in the last 100 years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:27 pm
Tue July 27, 2004

Phone Cos. Settle with Missouri on No-Call List

St. Louis – Missouri's top law enforcer says the state has reached a deal with MCI and AT&T over its telemarketing no-call list.

Under the deal announced by Attorney General Jay Nixon, the telecommunications companies agree to stop making calls to consumers on the state's no-call list.

MCI has agreed to pay $40,000 to the state, while AT&T will pay $10,000.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:19 am
Tue July 27, 2004

McCaskill Supporters Feel Snubbed at DNC

Democrat Claire McCaskill is challenging incumbent Democratic Gov. Bob Holden (UPI file photo)

Boston, MA –

Democrats are presenting a unified front in Boston this week for John Kerry.

But some Missouri delegates say they feel they're being punished for supporting Auditor Claire McCaskill's bid for Governor.

McCaskill is trying to unseat current Governor and fellow Democrat Bob Holden.

Missy Shelton prepared this report from the convention in Boston.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:45 pm
Mon July 26, 2004

Parents Submit More Signatures for Audit of School

Maplewood-Richmond Heights (file)

St. Louis, MO – A parents group that wants a state audit of the Maplewood-Richmond Heights school district says it now has enough signatures to get one.

The organization Real Improvements for School Excellence is also known as RISE.

They say the district wasted money on things like furniture and expensive artwork.

Two weeks ago Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill told members they needed an extra 56 signatures in order to get an audit.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:24 pm
Mon July 26, 2004

Illinois Lawmakers Pass State Budget

Illinois Capitol (file)

Springfield, IL –

The longest session of the Illinois General Assembly is now over.

Lawmakers this weekend approved a $45 billion budget for a fiscal year that started almost a month ago.

Democrats control the state House, Senate, and Governor's office.

But political infighting among themselves resulted in an impasse that left lawmakers in an overtime session for nearly two months.

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