St. Louis Public Radio News
10:08 am
Mon June 28, 2004

In Missouri Case, High Court Says No Double Interrogations

Washington – In a ruling arising from a Missouri case, the U.S. Supreme Court Monday warned police they could not deliberately question a suspect twice, the first time without a Miranda warning.

But the court left open the possibility that some confessions
obtained after double interviews would be acceptable. But they said police must prove the interrogation wasn't intended to undermine the Miranda warning.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:14 am
Mon June 28, 2004

Illinois House May Pass Stripped Down Budget Deal Today

Springfield, IL – Blagojevich says he answered lots of questions and heard some complaints during the meeting. Some House members say the meeting helped clear the air after Blagojevich's public criticism of fellow Democrats over the state budget.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:02 pm
Fri June 25, 2004

Company Agrees to Settlement in Sexual Harassment Case

St. Louis – A company that operates several fast food restaurants will pay $25,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by two women who formerly worked at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in St. Louis County.

The settlement with Morgan's Foods of Missouri was announced today by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission office in St. Louis.

The lawsuit claimed employees Ebony Banks and Tina Gaston faced unwanted sexual advances by an assistant manager and sexually explicit comments from a co-worker.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:40 pm
Fri June 25, 2004

Ryan Drops Out of Senate Race

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Washington – Republican Jack Ryan says he's quitting the US Senate race to avoid a "brutal, scorched-earth campaign."

Ryan has been politically battered since the release of records alleging he tried to pressure his ex-wife, actress Jeri Ryan, to perform sex acts while others watched.

Ryan issued a statement today that says he decided to pull out because the allegations had made it almost impossible to hold a "vigorous debate on the issues."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:47 pm
Fri June 25, 2004

Holden Signs Bill on State Testing Standards, Teacher Pay

Holden
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Jefferson City – Governor Holden signed a stack of bills
today, including one changing the way Missouri students are graded on standardized tests.

Another new law should help teachers caught in tough budget decisions.

The state test has required students generally to perform above their grade level to be considered proficient.

The bill realigns the Missouri Assessment Program test's grading scale with standards of the National Assessment for Educational Progress.

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12:21 pm
Fri June 25, 2004

New Exhibit Opens at Zoo

St. Louis – A major attraction at the St. Louis Zoo is reopening today after a $3 million renovation project.

The 1904 World's Fair Flight Cage has been redesigned as a cypress swamp, showcasing 16 species of birds that are native to swamps of southeastern Missouri and southern Illinois.

The manager of the Zoo's bird department, Ann Tieber, says there are more than 60 birds in the flight cage.

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11:07 am
Fri June 25, 2004

Lemay Residents Pin Hopes on Casino

Pinnacle Entertainment wants to build the casino complex seen in this rendering on the old National Lead site in Lemay.
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St. Louis – Gamblers in the St. Louis area could soon have a few more options.

The Missouri Gaming Commission is deciding among four companies that want to put three new casinos around the region.

As KWMU's Matt Sepic reports, residents in one part of St. Louis County say gambling is the only hope left for major economic development in their community.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:29 am
Fri June 25, 2004

Aldermen Say Charter Reformers Should Show Financial Statements

St. Louis – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen passed a bill Friday that would require anyone proposing changes to the city charter with the hope of saving money to submit a statement outlining how much.

Alderman Stephen Gregali says the group Empower St. Louis is lying about the potential financial benefits of charter changes.

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3:06 pm
Thu June 24, 2004

Blunt Criticizes St. Louis Early Voting Plan

St. Louis – Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt
has sent a letter to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay criticizing a proposal to allow early voting.

Blunt says state law doesn't allow people who won't be absent on
election day to vote in advance. He says the law merely requires local officials to plan for such a possibility.

Slay says the law does allow early voting. He's asked for a state attorney general's opinion on the issue.

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1:21 pm
Thu June 24, 2004

Missouri Opens New State Pen

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri is showing off its newest
prison.

Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for the Jefferson
City Correctional Center. It's a high-tech replacement for the 19th century Missouri State Penitentiary.

The state's newest prison cost $128 million to build.

It has nearly two-thousand beds for maximum security male inmates. It will employ almost 700 people.

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