St. Louis Public Radio News
4:26 pm
Tue July 6, 2004

Kerry Takes a Pass on Gephardt

UPI file photo of Dick Gephardt and John Kerry

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Congressman Dick Gephardt was among those John Kerry considered to be his running mate. But Kerry said this morning he's instead going with Sen. John Edwards.

University of Missouri-St. Louis political scientist Dave Robertson says Gephardt supporters would have rallied around the pick to work harder to win Missouri, but it was still no sure bet.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:20 pm
Tue July 6, 2004

Thousands Lose Power from Storms

St. Louis, MO – About 112,000 Ameren UE customers in the St. Louis area were still in the dark Tuesday afternoon after storms Monday and Tuesday knocked out electricity.

North and West St. Louis county were hit the worst, and a few thousand St. Charles County residents were without power Tuesday afternoon.

Ameren spokeswoman Erica Abbett said trees caused more problems this time than they usually do.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:00 pm
Tue July 6, 2004

Holden Vetoes Contractor Mediation Bill

Holden
(UPI file)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Governor Bob Holden vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have forced home-owners and builders in Missouri to mediate disputes outside of court.

The measure called for a detailed process to be followed before filing a lawsuit over problems with the house.

Holden said it would have been too hard for home-buyers to be compensated for defects.

He also vetoed a bill that would have loosened some restrictions on large animal-farms.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:37 am
Tue July 6, 2004

'Dewey Defeats Truman' Redux

New York – It was a big headline and an "exclusive"
story -- but it was also wrong. The New York Post reported Tuesday that Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry would pick Congressman Dick Gephardt as his
running mate.

The headline read "Kerry's Choice" over what the paper touted as an "exclusive" story, which ran without a
reporter's name linked to it. There was also a file photo of Gephardt and Kerry together.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:14 am
Tue July 6, 2004

Schmidt Found Guilty in Mistaken Bombing

Maj. Harry Schmidt
(file)

New Orleans – A U.S. fighter pilot who mistakenly bombed Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan in 2002, killing four, was found guilty Tuesday of dereliction of duty. Major Harry Schmidt of the Illinois Air National Guard was reprimanded and docked more than $5,000 in pay.

Schmidt had blamed the bombing on the "fog of war," saying he mistook the Canadians' gunfire for an attack from Taliban fighters.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:09 pm
Mon July 5, 2004

Illinois Lawmakers Back in Springfield Tuesday

Springfield, Ill – Illinois lawmakers return to the Capitol Tuesday to continue working on a state budget that's already late.

Governor Rod Blagojevich called legislators into special sessions for eight consecutive days late last month as time wound down on getting a budget by the July First start of the fiscal year.

But no agreement was reached by Friday and Blagojevich tried to smooth ruffled feathers by agreeing to let lawmakers take a three-day holiday weekend.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:34 pm
Mon July 5, 2004

St. Louis Zoo Losing Four Gorillas

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Zoo will soon become a bit of a gorilla bachelor pad next week.


Officials say they don't have enough room to keep all seven of the zoo's gorillas. So four of them are headed to Philadelphia's zoo.

That will leave three male gorillas, which zoo curators say gives them a chance to devote resources and attention to a neglected part of the gorilla population.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:07 pm
Mon July 5, 2004

West Nile Virus in St. Louis County Earlier Than '03

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis County Health Department says West Nile Virus is showing up earlier this season than during last summer.

The first positive case of the disease was confirmed on June 10, 2004. That's 20 days before the first case of 2003.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:36 pm
Mon July 5, 2004

Political Infighting to Blame for IL Budget Stalemate

(file photo)

Springfield, Ill. –

The state of Illinois still doesn't have a budget, five days after the fiscal year started.

Much of the reason for that is party in-fighting among Democrats in Springfield.

Democrats ran a hugely successful election just a year and a half ago. But the current battles have since given the impression of a party in disarray.

Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford prepared this report.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:26 pm
Mon July 5, 2004

Fair STL Might Lose Money, Despite Big Sunday Crowd

Performer Charlie Daniels got in his concert Friday afternoon before the rains came (UPI photo)

St. Louis, MO – Fair St. Louis officials are still trying to determine whether Sunday's crowd was a record. But the event may still see a financial loss.

Executive director Rich Meyers says even a record last-day still wouldn't make up for lost money Friday and Saturday. Heavy rain washed out Friday's thunderstorms and Kenny Rogers concert.

And many people stayed away Saturday, even after early thunderstorms had passed.

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