St. Louis Public Radio News
10:15 am
Mon January 19, 2004

Prison Escapee Back in Custody in Farmington

Farmington, MO – A convicted rapist who escaped the Farmington prison on Friday is back in custody. Searchers found Nicholas Stillman in only his underwear in a dumpster yesterday in Ste. Genevieve.

He had apparently hid inside the dumpster, which was loaded onto a garbage truck and hauled away.

He's being treated for exposure to the cold. He was serving five years for rape and now could face escape charges.

The 41-year-old inmate was a dock worker in the kitchen of the prison.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:06 am
Mon January 19, 2004

Downtown Ceremony Highlights King Day Observance

St. Louis – Several ceremonies around the region marked Martin Luther King Day Monday.

At the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis, several hundred people gathered to hear religious leaders and elected officials remember the slain civil rights leader.

St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green highlighted several issues important to the Black community in St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:08 pm
Sat January 17, 2004

Cardinals Break Ground on New Ballpark

Dignitaries break ground on the stadium Saturday. (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – Hundreds of fans attended groundbreaking ceremonies for the St. Louis Cardinals' new stadium on Saturday.

The ballpark will be located between Highway 40 and Busch Stadium, which will come down. The new facility is due to open for Opening Day, 2006.

Fans stuck out the ceremony in rainy weather during many speeches and introductions of Cardinals past and present. Hall of Famer Stan Musial played the harmonica and led the crowd in a rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ball Game."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:33 pm
Fri January 16, 2004

Judge Sets Ryan Racketeering Trial for March 2005

Chicago – Former Governor George Ryan's trial on federal racketeering charges is scheduled for March 14th, 2005.

U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer set that date today. But she told lawyers for Ryan and his co-defendant, lobbyist Larry Warner, that she would prefer to get the trial under way this fall.

Ryan defense attorney Dan Webb had asked the court for 14 months to prepare the complex case, while Warner's lawyer wanted to go to
trial immediately.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:52 pm
Fri January 16, 2004

Nixon Proposes Changes to No Call Law

St. Louis – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon is lending his support to legislation that would add more consumers to the state's popular No Call List.

The legislation would let business owners and cell phone users add their numbers to the list.

The bill will be filed next Tuesday in the state Senate, with a companion measure being prepared in the House.

Nixon said the legislation comes in response to complaints about privacy, and a recognition of the costs involved in owning a cell phone.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:17 pm
Fri January 16, 2004

Blagojevich's Challenge in Passing Education Revamp

(file photo)

Springfield, Ill. –

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich spent most of his State of the State speech yesterday criticizing the state agency that oversees schools the State Board of Education. "It's a burden to the taxpayers, it's a drain on local schools," Blagojevich said.

"It's an albatross to our principals and our teachers; it's not helping our children. The Illinois State Board of Education has failed in its mission."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:53 pm
Fri January 16, 2004

Jury Awards $4 Million in Carnahan Case

Late Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan. (UPI photo)

Kansas City – A jury in Kansas City says Ohio airplane parts-maker Parker Hannifin was negligent in the October, 2000 light-plane crash that killed Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan.

His family would get $4 million under the award, announced late Friday afternoon in Jackson County Circuit Court.

The jury decided on a $3 million award in Mel Carnahan's death, and a $1 million award for his son Randy, who was the pilot.

The trial began weeks ago, and several dozen witnesses testified.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:43 pm
Fri January 16, 2004

Missouri Considers Moving Death Chamber

Bonne Terre, MO – The Missouri Department of Corrections may
move its execution chamber away from the maximum security prison that houses death row inmates.

Under the plan, an inmate scheduled to be put to death would be
moved about 25 miles to the prison in Bonne Terre days before the execution.

Corrections Department spokesman John Fougere says no final decision has been made.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:30 pm
Fri January 16, 2004

Holden Still Has Most Money of Three Gov. Candidates

Missouri Gov. Bob Holden (file photo)

Jefferson City, MO – New campaign reports show Missouri Governor Bob Holden has twice as much money as either of his challengers.

Holden raise more than $1 million during the last three months of 2003 and has about $3 million in the bank. His Democratic challenger, Auditor Claire McCaskill, and Republican Matt Blunt both have about $1.5 million on hand.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:38 am
Fri January 16, 2004

Jury Awards $4 Million in Carnahan Case

Late Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan.
(UPI)

Kansas City – A jury in Kansas City says Ohio airplane parts-maker Parker Hannifin was negligent in the October, 2000 light-plane crash that killed Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan.

His family would get $4 million under the award, announced late Friday afternoon in Jackson County Circuit Court.

The jury decided on a $3 million award in Mel Carnahan's death, and a $1 million award for his son Randy, who was the pilot.

The trial began weeks ago, and several dozen witnesses testified.

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