By Tom Weber, KWMU
St. Louis, MO –
Voters in St. Louis County will pick nominees next month to run for County Executive.
It's an election that wasn't supposed to happen. Former Executive Buzz Westfall won a four year term just two years ago. But his death last year forced this campaign.
The executive oversees the largest political jurisdiction in Missouri.
But the race isn't exactly the talk of the town.
KWMU's Tom Weber prepared this report.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Holden spent more money than his Democratic challenger Claire McCaskill last quarter. And he still has ten times as much money in the bank.
New campaign finance reports show Holden has raised more than $6.5 million, spent more than $4 million and has nearly $2.3 million on hand.
McCaskill reports raising about half as much as Holden has ($3.25 million)
She's spent most of that, and had about $235,000 on hand at the end of last month.
St. Louis – St. Louis police say murder charges have been issued against the five teenage occupants of a stolen SUV involved in a crash that killed the driver of another vehicle.
Police say the youngsters are accused under the juvenile code of second-degree murder, stealing a motor vehicle and tampering. The 16-year-old driver had two 13-year-old passengers, one 12 and one 16.
St. Charles – President Bush will be campaigning again in the Show-Me State next week.
A Bush-Cheney campaign spokesman says Bush is to attend a rally Tuesday afternoon at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
Doors for the event open at 2:30 p.m. and close two hours later, with the rally to follow.
Ticket information is available from Bush-Cheney Missouri headquarters in St. Louis at (314) 427-4917.
No other details are yet available.
St. Louis, MO – A woman was found dead in her home in suburban Pagedale Wednesday.
Hers is being called the St. Louis area's first heat-related of the year.
The St. Louis County medical examiner's office says Carey Gay, 49, died from excessive body temperature. She was found with a body temperature of 105 degrees.
There were no fans or air conditioners on in her home.
By Greg Allen, NPR
Kansas City, MO – Two hundred years after Lewis and Clark made their trek up the Missouri, the river has gone from a raging giant to a harnessed conduit.
It's so docile some environmentalists want it restored to a more natural condition.
NPR's Greg Allen prepared this report for All Things Considered. To hear the report, click here.
Chicago, Ill. – Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka will not run for U.S. Senate in Illinois.
Iron' Mike made the announcement Wednesday night outside his restaurant in Chicago.
"There was a moment when I said 'God, I'd like to take this and run with it,'" Ditka noted. "Then I said 'You know, put your head on straight and think about what you're getting into now.'"
Kansas City, MO – Gamblers are losing more money at Missouri casinos than ever before.
The casinos took $1.4 billion from gamblers during the fiscal year that ended two weeks ago. That's an 11% increase over the previous year.
The state's Gaming Commission says Missouri's 11 casinos are up $100 million from last fiscal year.
Gamblers lost 8% more than they did last year. But another 1,000,000 people visited, which means a total of 24.3 million people went to the boats.
Jefferson City, MO – Teachers' salaries in Missouri rank 43rd in the nation.
The teachers' union American Federation of Teachers surveyed salaries for the 2002-2003 school year.
It found the national average was almost $45,771 a year. Teachers in Missouri average just over $37,641.
By comparison, the state's average median household income in 2002 was just under $44,000.
By Matt Sepic, KWMU
St. Louis – A group of people in the Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District is close to forcing the state to audit the district's books.
The group also wants voters to reject an upcoming $8.6 million dollar bond issue on the ballot.
Peggy Muldoon with the organization Real Improvements for School Excellence, also known as RISE, said the district is not being smart with taxpayer money.
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