St. Louis Public Radio News
1:26 pm
Tue February 3, 2004

Monsanto Wins Bt Patent Lawsuit

St. Louis – St. Louis-based Monsanto says it has won an eight-year patent dispute against a subsidiary of Dow Chemical.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled Monday that Monsanto scientists were the first to invent the technology for synthetic Bt genes in plants. Monsanto says that ends a dispute with Mycogen Seeds, now a unit of Dow Agro-Sciences.

Bt is a natural bacterium present in soil that is an effective insect-control agent, long well-known to regulators, farmers and organic gardeners.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:06 pm
Tue February 3, 2004

Blagojevich Says IL Should Consider Owning Casino

Gov. Blagojevich (State of Illinois photo)

Springfield, ILL. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich said Monday the state should consider owning a casino, if safeguards are in place. He didn't specify what those safeguards would be.

A proposal by Penn National Gaming calls for the company to build a casino in the Chicago suburbs and then sell it to the state for a dollar. But six other companies are also bidding for that license, which is the only unused casino license in the state.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:51 pm
Tue February 3, 2004

Airline Owes MidAmerica Airport Nearly $200,000

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Mascoutah, ILL – Court documents show that bankrupt Great
Plains Airlines owes MidAmerica Airport nearly 200-thousand dollars in unpaid bills.

Despite the debt, the head of MidAmerica Airport says he's looking forward to working with Great Plains once it emerges from bankruptcy.

Tim Cantwell is director of the airport near St. Louis,
and says he still thinks Great Plains is a good match for the Illinois airfield.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:17 am
Tue February 3, 2004

Chandelier Returned to Missouri Senate

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St. Louis – The Missouri Senate will soon get its chandelier back. The fixture was returned to Jefferson City Monday.

It fell in December and needed extensive repairs in St. Louis.

But Gary Behm, the owner of the lighting company that fixed it, says it looks as good as it did before the fall.

"I suppose in hindsight you could say that there's always a good side to this, too, in that I think everybody in the Capitol is even more safety conscious about these things than maybe they had been in the past," Behm said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:03 am
Tue February 3, 2004

Ameren Will Buy Illinois Power

St. Louis, MO – It appears Illinois Power customers in the Metro-East will soon be Ameren customers. St. Louis-based Ameren announced plans this morning (Tuesday) to buy Illinois Power.

The deal is worth $2.3 billion, but most of that ($1.8 billion) represents debt that Ameren will assume. If the sale goes through, Ameren would have more customers in Illinois than Missouri.

Illinois Power will become Ameren IP and there's currently a rate freeze in Illinois, which means the buyout would not affect customers' bills.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:04 pm
Mon February 2, 2004

'Crabby' Groundhog Means No St. Louis Ceremony

The groundhog display at the St. Louis Children's Zoo. (photo from St. Louis Zoo)

St. Louis, MO – For the first time in anyone's memory, there was no Groundhog Day ceremony at the St. Louis Zoo today (Monday).

In years past, the Zoo's resident groundhog, Chester, would pop out of his burrow on February 2nd to let everyone know whether to expect six more weeks of winter.

But Chester died last year, and the associate curator of the Children's Zoo, Alice Seyfried says the new groundhog, Lily, is not as willing to participate.

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3:48 pm
Mon February 2, 2004

Missouri's Sudden Primary

Sen. John Kerry has picked up from Gephardt loyalists, including St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (UPI photo)

St. Louis, MO –

When Dick Gephardt dropped out of the race for President after a fourth place finish in Iowa, Missouri's 74 unclaimed delegates opened up.

Of the seven states holding elections Tuesday, Missouri has the most delegates, but most of the campaigns had not planned on running here.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:08 pm
Mon February 2, 2004

McCaskill, Holden Close in Polls

St. Louis – A new poll shows incumbent Bob Holden and State Auditor Claire McCaskill locked in a close race for the Democratic primary for Missouri governor.

The poll, conducted for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and KMOV-TV, finds Holden with 32-percent to McCaskill's 31-percent among 500 likely Democratic voters.

Thirty-seven percent of those surveyed last week said they are undecided how they'll vote in the August 3 primary.

McCaskill says she is encouraged by the poll's findings.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:20 pm
Mon February 2, 2004

Republicans Rally for Bush in St. Louis

Bush campaign advisor Mary Matalin talks to Bush supporters in Clayton.
(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – Democrats have been in the media spotlight in advance of Tuesday's primary, but Missouri Republicans rallied Monday in Clayton for their favorite presidential candidate.

Missouri legislative GOP leaders Catherine Hanaway and Peter Kinder joined forces with U.S. Senators Kit Bond and Jim Talent at the rally, and praised President Bush.

Bush campaign advisor Mary Matalin lauded another member of the administration she says Democrats are unfairly attacking.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:36 pm
Mon February 2, 2004

Missourians to Vote in Tuesday Primary

St. Louis – Missourians head to the polls Tuesday to pick nominees for President, and to vote on ballot questions special to certain towns or districts.

This will be just the third time Missourians pick Presidential nominees in a primary; parties have traditionally held caucuses.

But since all the voting machines will be out anyway, a few ballot questions will also be answered

They include a half-billion dollar bond issue from the Metropolitan Sewer District.

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