St. Louis Public Radio News
4:10 pm
Mon July 19, 2004

Ethics Panel Rejects Complaints Against Holden, McCaskill

(UPI file photos)

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Ethics Commission has reviewed and closed separate ethics complaints filed against Bob Holden and Claire McCaskill's campaigns for governor.

McCaskill supporters claimed Holden's campaign sidestepped contribution limits by encouraging donors to give to political committees. Those committees would then pass it on to Holden's campaign.

Holden's campaign said that the money McCaskill loaned to her campaign should count as a contribution subject to state limits.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:38 pm
Mon July 19, 2004

Split Vote in Europe over Monsanto Corn

Monsanto headquarters (company photo)

Brussels, Belgium – The head office of the European Union will decide whether to approve a biotech corn made by St. Louis-based Monsanto.

European Union governments today (Monday) split 9-9 on Monsanto's Roundup Ready corn.

Under EU rules, the application now goes back to the executive
European Commission, which backed it after it received a clean bill of health from EU food safety authorities last year. A commission decision is expected after September 29th.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:14 pm
Mon July 19, 2004

Closed Metrolink Track Delays Travelers

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St. Louis, MO – Metrolink is warning riders to expect delays today (Monday). That especially goes for people headed to Lambert Airport.

A section of the Metrolink tracks between Wellston and Lambert closed Sunday after a train car carrying track rails tipped and knocked over three poles. Those poles carry wires that supply Metrolink's power.

Metro spokeswoman Adella Jones says one track is open between Wellston and Lambert Airport. But she says most people will probably need to take buses from those affected stations.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:03 pm
Mon July 19, 2004

Chicago-Area State Senator Possible Ryan Replacement

Sen. Kirk Dillard (state of Illinois photo)

Chicago, Ill. – Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard says he'll decide this week whether to run for U.S. Senate.

The state G-O-P is looking for someone to replace Jack Ryan on the ticket. Ryan dropped out of the race a few weeks ago.

Wealthy dairy owner Jim Oberweis also says he's interested in running against Democrat Barack Obama. Oberweis finished second to Ryan in the March Republican primary.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:55 pm
Mon July 19, 2004

Anti-Execution Group Hopes Brief Sways Sup. Ct.

St. Louis – A coalition of Missouri groups opposed to juvenile executions Monday filed a friend of the court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court.

This fall, the court will hear the case of Christopher Simmons, the Missouri man who committed murder at age 17.

Last August, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled juvenile executions were unconstitutional, but the state attorney general appealed the case.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:47 pm
Mon July 19, 2004

Schmidt Loses Appeal

Schmidt
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BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. – An attorney for an Illinois fighter pilot who mistakenly bombed Canadian soldiers in
Afghanistan in 2002 says he's not surprised the pilot lost an appeal to the Air Force.

Earlier this month, Major Harry Schmidt was found guilty of
dereliction of duty.

Lieutenant General Bruce Carlson, who handed down the verdict,
said in a letter of reprimand that Schmidt "acted shamefully" in the April 2002, bombing, which left four Canadians dead.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:24 pm
Mon July 19, 2004

Cheney Touts Tax Cuts in Columbia

Vice President Dick Cheney
(UPI file photo)

Columbia, Mo. – Vice President Dick Cheney told a friendly auidence at a Columbia lumber company Monday that the nation's economy is on the re-bound.

Boone County Lumber is a family-owned company. Republicans say it's an example of a small business that's thriving because of Bush administration policies.

Cheney toured the showroom and plant, before speaking to about 350 people gathered by ticket only in the company warehouse.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:59 am
Mon July 19, 2004

Collinsville Firing Range Could Reopen this Week

Springfield, Ill. – A police firing range in the Metro-East may re-open this week after it was closed because of lead contamination.

It closed a four months ago after one state police trooper got lead poisoning. He's not yet back on the job.

State Police spokesman Lincoln Hampton says the range was closed in March after tests found high levels of lead in materials like ceiling tiles.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:49 am
Mon July 19, 2004

Former St. Louis Election Official Pleads Guilty in Sex Case

St. Louis – A former St. Louis election official pleaded guilty Monday to a sex charge involving a child.

Kevin Coan entered the plea in Madison County, Illinois, to a charge of indecent solicitation of a child. He was sentenced to probation for two years.

Coan was arrested three years ago. Police say he traveled to Alton, Ill., with the intention of having sex with a person he thought to be a girl he met online.

The girl was actually an Alton police officer posing as a child on the Internet.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:53 am
Mon July 19, 2004

Police Find Human Hands, Feet in Trash Near Highway

Warrenton, Mo. – The St. Louis Area Major Case Squad and the FBI are investigating a gruesome discovery, human hands and feet in a trash bag.

The body parts were found Monday a few miles from the Interstate 70 rest stop where a headless, limbless torso was discovered three weeks ago.

Authorities are trying to determine if the body parts are from the same female victim whose torso was found at the rest area near Wright City in eastern Missouri.

The victim has not been identified. No arrests have been made.

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