St. Louis Public Radio News
10:23 am
Thu July 22, 2004

Madison County, IL Judge Stops Taking Asbestos Suits

Edwardsville, Ill. – Madison County, Ill. judge Nicholas Byron said yesterday he'll no longer hear asbestos lawsuits.


He didn't give any reason for the move when he made the announcement in court Wednesday.

Madison County has a large asbestos docket. More than 900 asbestos lawsuits were filed there in 2003. Byron had been hearing the cases for about a decade.

He'll now be assigned to other types of lawsuits.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:17 am
Thu July 22, 2004

Kerry Leads Bush by Slight Margin in Missouri

(UPI file photos)

Kansas City – A new Missouri poll shows Democrat John
Kerry with a narrow edge over President Bush. But the margin of error suggests a virtual dead heat.

The poll for The Kansas City Star and KMBC television came out Thursday. It was conducted by Market Research Institute.

The poll lists 46 percent of respondents favoring Kerry to 44 percent for Bush. The margin of
sampling error is plus or minus four percent.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:10 pm
Wed July 21, 2004

Holden, McCaskill Try to Show They're Better for Job

Gov. Bob Holden and Auditor Claire McCaskill, at Tuesday's debate (UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis, MO – The two leading candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Missouri governor met in St. Louis Tuesday night for the second of two live debates.

Incumbent Governor Bob Holden and State Auditor Claire McCaskill fielded questions from a panel of journalists on issues ranging from concealed weapons to highways.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:32 pm
Wed July 21, 2004

Blagojevich Signs Anti-Bribery License Law

Blagojevich
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Springfield, Ill – Anyone who tries to bribe a driving school instructor or commercial trucking company to get an Illinois drivers license will face the possibility of a prison sentence beginning next year.

Governor Rod Blagojevich signed a bill Wednesday that extends the felony beyond state-employed license examiners to anyone else who is authorized to test drivers. That includes instructors at private schools or trucking companies that administer commercial driving tests.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:48 pm
Wed July 21, 2004

Impasse Broken in IL Budget Talks

(KWMU file photo)

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois lawmakers could vote on a new state budget Friday.

The governor and leaders in the House and Senate reached a tentative deal Tuesday night.

The budget would spend more money this fiscal year than it did last year. But it wouldn't spend as much as Governor Rod Blagojevich first proposed.

Blagojevich told reporters outside his Capitol office that he would end the string of 17 special sessions he's called.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:04 am
Wed July 21, 2004

Missouri Officials Tout Positive Economic Numbers

St. Louis – State economic development officials say new employment figures released this week show Missouri on the upswing.

The U.S. Labor Department ranked Missouri number one in the nation for job growth between May and June.

Unemployment was also up, but only by a tenth of a percent.

State economic development chief Kelvin Simmons said that's because more Missourians have decided to look for a job.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:47 am
Wed July 21, 2004

Nixon Declines to Weigh In on Early Voting for St. Louis

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon.
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Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon has decided not to weigh in on whether St. Louis can hold an early voting period for the November election.

St. Louis officials have interpreted a state law to authorize early voting -- even though Secretary of State Matt Blunt says it does not.

Before progressing with their plan, St. Louis officials had hoped Nixon would issue an opinion on whether early voting was allowed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:47 am
Wed July 21, 2004

Attendant Pleads Not Guilty to Selling Drugs at City Hall

St. Louis – A former St. Louis City Hall parking lot
attendant says he's innocent of charges that he sold drugs out of his ticket booth.

The plea from 28-year-old Dion Stovall came Wednesday. He was arrested in March.

Authorities say officers saw suspicious transactions at the booth, which can be seen from both City Hall and police
headquarters.

Officers allegedly found about a gram of crack cocaine on Stovall and more than $1,500 dollars in cash. He was charged with drug possession.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:09 am
Wed July 21, 2004

FAA: No Shortage of STL Air Traffic Controllers Expected

Lambert Airport
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St. Louis – The Federal Aviation Administration is surveying St. Louis and some 300 other facilities to make sure the nation's airports remain fully staffed in the coming decade.

Federal officials are expecting 7,100 air traffic controllers to retire by the year 2013.

Lambert Airport in St. Louis currently has 34 controllers, but is authorized for 40.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:23 am
Wed July 21, 2004

Bush Campaigns to Thousands in St. Charles

(UPI photo)

St. Charles, MO – President George Bush spoke to thousands of Republican supporters in St. Charles Tuesday.

Appearing without a tie and his sleeves rolled up, President Bush told party faithful that he needs their votes to win Missouri in November. He won the toss-up state by just three percentage points in 2000.

During the 45-minute campaign appearance, the President told an enthusiastic crowd at the Family Arena that the country is safer today because of action taken by his administration.

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