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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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:10 am
Fri January 16, 2004

Archdiocese Says Charges vs. Priest Are Not Credible

Rev. Anderson is pastor at Sacred Heart in Eureka (photo from St. Louis Archdiocese)

St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis Archdiocese panel has found accusations again Reverend Alexander Anderson are not credible. That's after a second man came forward accusing the Eureka priest of sexual misconduct.

Monsignor Richard Stika says the group of seven unanimously found the new allegations lacked merit; Anderson has said he did not commit abuse.

He filed a defamation lawsuit against his first accuser this summer. That man countersued. The second accuser came forward last week, four days before a hearing in the pending suit.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:34 am
Fri January 16, 2004

X-Rays Mark the Spot

An X-Ray of two people kissing is part of the exhibit.

St. Louis, MO –

An exhibition of art that might be called "illuminating" opens Friday night (1/16) in St. Louis. A duo of Russian-born artists is premiering a collection of works that blends aesthetics with science. Instead of paint, the pair uses high-frequency radiation to shed new light on familiar objects.

KWMU's Kevin Lavery prepared this report.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:47 pm
Thu January 15, 2004

Highway Patrol Will Seek Charges Against Bus Driver

St. Louis, MO – The Missouri Highway Patrol says it will seek charges against the driver of a school bus that crashed in west St. Louis County this week.

All 25 students were sent to the hospital; one child and driver Linda Gilley are still hospitalized. Deputies say Gilley might have been driving too fast for conditions and faces charges of careless and imprudent driving.

Most of the other 25 children on board suffered minor injuries and no other vehicles were hit.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:43 pm
Thu January 15, 2004

Slay Calls for Regional Approach to Ending Homelessness

(file)

St. Louis – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is upping his pledge to end homelessness in ten years by calling on the entire region to join the effort.

Slay says the city pays for and his home to most services, even though 40 percent of the homeless are in St. Louis County.

City Human Services Director Bill Siedhoff says the city spends more than $12 million each year on homeless servies, five times more than the County.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:31 pm
Thu January 15, 2004

Farmer Criticizes College Savings Legislation

Jefferson City, MO – Democratic State Treasurer Nancy Farmer
is criticizing Republican efforts to expand Missouri's college savings program.

There's now a state income tax deduction for investing in the Missouri Savings for Tuition Program.

Senator Anita Yeckel and House member Blaine Luetkemeyer are sponsoring bills to extend the tax break to people who invest in college savings programs run by other states.

It also would cover special
certificate-of-deposit programs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:32 pm
Thu January 15, 2004

Other MO Candidates' Fundraising Numbers

St. Louis Public Radio News
11:43 am
Thu January 15, 2004

Blagojevich Calls for New Education Department

(State of Illinois photo)

Springfield, Ill. – Governor Rod Blagojevich wants to demolish Illinois' current system for administering education and create a new Department of Education that reports directly to him.

That's one of the proposals the governor made in his State of the State Address Thursday.

Blagojevich says the current State Board of Education is not accountable to anyone.

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