St. Louis Public Radio News
12:57 pm
Thu July 8, 2004

Schmidt to Sue Air Force After Public Release of Records

Maj. Harry Schmidt
(file)

New Orleans, La. – The lawyer for an Illinois pilot who was fined for mistakenly bombing Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan plans to file a lawsuit against the Air Force over thg public release of documents in the case.

Attorney Charles Gittins says Air Force lawyers had previously promised not to release the document and had violated Schmidt's privacy in doing so.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:06 am
Thu July 8, 2004

Judge Disqualifies Himself in Internet Twins Case

St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis judge on Thursday disqualified himself from the so-called Internet Twins case at the request of their mother's attorney.

The lawyer for Tranda Conley felt that Judge Steven Ohmer could not be entirely impartial in the case and asked Ohmer to disqualify himself.

Ohmer had terminated Conley's parental rights and allowed another couple to adopt the girls. Conley had been accused of trying to sell them over the Internet.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:39 pm
Wed July 7, 2004

Sex Crime Can Be Tried 25 Years Later, Court Rules

St. Louis – An appeals court in St. Louis yesterday ruled a priest can face sex crime charges from offenses that happened more than 25 years ago.

Father Thomas Graham is accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in the Old Cathedral downtown in the late 70s.

Graham's lawyers said too much time had passed to bring the charge.

But the court said there is no time limit for charging someone with a crime that could be punished with as much as life in prison or death.

That ruling could be significant for other molestation cases.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:12 pm
Wed July 7, 2004

Group Wants Tougher Mercury Regulations for Power Plants

St. Louis – The Bush Administration wants to regulate mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants, but Missouri environmentalists say the plan doesn't go far enough.

The proposal would require plants to cut mercury output 29 percent by 2010, and 70 percent by 2018.

But the Missouri Public Interest Research Group is urging area legislators to vote against it.

Spokeswoman Erin Lapidus says the rules should be tougher.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:14 pm
Wed July 7, 2004

Alton May Allow City Workers Extra Day Off

Alton – Alton city officials say they may allow some city workers an extra day off each week, without pay, to help solve a budget crunch.

Mayor Don Sandidge says the City Council is expected to adopt the proposal at a July 14th meeting.

Under a resolution approved by the council last month, a nonunion employee would be allowed to opt for a 32-hour work week instead of 40 hours.

The worker needs the approval of his or her department head and the mayor. About 40 employees would be eligible.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:36 pm
Wed July 7, 2004

McCaskill Attacks Holden in New Ad

(file)

St. Louis, MO – A new campaign ad from Democratic gubernatorial candidate Claire McCaskill says Missouri Governor Bob Holden needlessly withheld money from school districts and has cut funding for education.

The two candidates oppose one another in the August 3rd primary election.

McCaskill says that because Holden refused to release $115 million is education funding until April, a record number of school districts raised property taxes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:23 pm
Wed July 7, 2004

Thousands in St. Louis Still Without Power

St. Louis – About 58,000 Amreren customers still don't have power as of this morning (7/7/04).

A thousand workers were out last night repairing lines that came down during Monday night's storms.

SBC was also reporting sporadic phone outages yesterday. An Ameren spokeswoman called the storm one of the most destructive the utility had experienced.

The lights have come back on for almost 100,000 Ameren customers.

About 900 Illinois Power customers in the Metro-East are also without power.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:23 am
Wed July 7, 2004

Environmentalists Want Cement Plant Permit Revoked

St. Louis – Four environmental groups are asking the Missouri Air Conservation Commission to revoke an air pollution permit for a cement plant project in St Genevieve County.

The appeal filed Wednesday is aimed at stopping Switzerland-based Holcim Incorporated from building the 600 million-dollar plant on the Mississippi River, about 40 miles south of St. Louis.


The company says the facility will be the most environmentally efficient such plant in the country.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:11 am
Wed July 7, 2004

Skip Jury Duty, Pay Twice the Fine

Jefferson City, Mo. – A bill signed by Governor Holden Wednesday
provides more of an incentive for Missouri residents to report for jury duty.

The new law protects people called to serve on juries from losing vacation time at their place of employment. But it also doubles
the fine for people who ignore a jury summons.

The provisions are in a larger measure updating some state judicial system operations.

Other changes include revising how circuit clerks handle revenues from processing passports.

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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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