St. Louis Public Radio News
9:32 am
Fri July 30, 2004

Bush Returns to Campaign Trail; First Stop Missouri

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St. Louis – The Bush campaign is trying to counter the momentum of the Democratic National Convention with stops in key battleground states. Friday, President Bush spoke at a rally in Springfield.

Mr. Bush used his appearance in Springfield to roll out a new stump speech that echoes the theme that America is "turning the corner and we're not turning back."

The president emphasized more individual control over health insurance, less dependence on foreign energy, and a continued commitment to fighting the war on terror.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:02 am
Fri July 30, 2004

Airport-area Land to be Sold

St. Louis – Six hundred acres of undeveloped land near Lambert Airport will go on sale next week. It's part of an effort to bring more economic opportunity to north St. Louis County.

On Monday, the county will begin soliciting proposals to develop the tract just east of the airport for commercial and industrial use.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley says its location near the airport, interstates and light rail make the land a highly attractive investment. But he says some strategy must go into its planning.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:04 pm
Thu July 29, 2004

Bosnians Could Make a Difference on Election Day

St. Louis –

During the Bosnian war more than a decade ago, thousands of refugees came to St. Louis.

Now, the community is thriving. Estimates range from 30,000 to 70,000 people.

Many have become U.S. citizens. They're getting ready to vote in their first American election, and St. Louis-area politicians are paying close attention.

KWMU's Matt Sepic reports.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:53 pm
Thu July 29, 2004

McCaskill says Dems Can't Take Black Vote for Granted

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St. Louis – Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill says the her party cannot take the African-American vote for granted.

McCaskill is challenging Governor Bob Holden in Tuesday's Democratic primary.

She says Republicans have a valid criticism of Democrats' reliance on the black vote.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:29 pm
Thu July 29, 2004

Slay Highlights Education, Emergency Workers at DNC

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St. Louis – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says a Kerry presidency will be good for public education.

Slay addressed the Democratic National Convention Thursday.

He said the private firm that ran the St. Louis Public Schools for the last year helped focus more resources on the classroom.

"Yet children will continue to be left behind if the federal government fails to meet its obligations," Slay said. "John Kerry and John Edwards will not rest until every child has a chance for a good education."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:12 pm
Thu July 29, 2004

MADD Wants All MO Cities to Ban Open Alcohol in Cars

St. Charles, MO – The group Mothers Against Drunk Driving says it will try to get other cities in Missouri to do what St. Charles did this week.

The City Council there voted to ban passengers in cars from carrying open alcohol.

State law bans drivers from drinking, but says nothing about passengers.

Efforts to ban passenger drinking statewide have repeatedly failed in Jefferson City amid opposition from Anheuser-Busch. The St. Louis brewer maintains the state already has the laws needed to crack down on drunken driving.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:56 pm
Thu July 29, 2004

It's Official: Ryan is Out of Senate Race

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St. Louis – Former Illinois Republican Senate candidate Jack Ryan officially withdrew his name from the running Thursday. Now, the state Republican Party says it will select its new candidate on Tuesday.

Ryan unofficially dropped out of the Senate race a month ago, but didn't file official paperwork until Wednesday.

While officials are not giving names, the Illinois GOP says it has at least six prospective candidates waiting in the wings.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:55 pm
Thu July 29, 2004

Union Says AT&T Pullout Cuts 400 Missouri Jobs

Kansas City – AT&T's decision to pull back from the residential phone market means hundreds of lost jobs in Missouri.

The nation's largest long-distance phone company won't say how many people were laid off this week at call centers in St. Louis and the Kansas City suburb of Lee's Summit.

But a Missouri union official puts the number at more than 400. 270 of those are in St Louis.

AT&T announced last week it's shifting its focus to serving business and high-speed Internet customers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:24 am
Thu July 29, 2004

Teens' Summer Job Is As Artists

Artworks student Veranna Lee snaps a picture; it's her job to. (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO –

A group of young artists in St. Louis will showcase their latest masterpieces Thursday morning.

Some of the teens didn't even know they were artists before this summer.

They've spent weeks in a program called Artworks,' painting, taking pictures, and learning dance steps.

But Artworks' isn't just about learning new skills. It's also a job.

KWMU's Tom Weber prepared this report.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:06 am
Thu July 29, 2004

'Superman' Scientist is Leaving Wash. U.

Dr. John McDonald (photo from Wash. U.)

St. Louis, MO – The Washington University neurologist who helped treat actor Christopher Reeve is leaving St. Louis.

Dr. John McDonald is headed to Baltimore to start a spinal cord injury program at Johns Hopkins University similar to the one he started at Washington University.

McDonald developed a treatment plan that helped Reeve two years ago regain some movement and sensation after Reeve was paralyzed.

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