St. Louis Public Radio News
12:47 pm
Mon January 12, 2004

U.S. Supreme Court Stays out of Comic Case

Washington – The U.S. Supreme Court is staying out of a legal fight between a former pro hockey player and the creator of a popular comic series.

Former St. Louis Blues player Tony Twist sued artist Todd McFarlane, who named a violent mafia character after Twist in the comic series "Spawn."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:36 pm
Mon January 12, 2004

School Bus Accident Injures 27

St. Louis – Twenty-six schoolchildren and their bus driver were injured Monday morning in an accident on westbound Interstate 64 (Hwy. 40) in west St. Louis County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the driver swerved to avoid slowing traffic, then overcorrected, causing the bus to flip onto its side.

The children were going to class at Shenandoah Valley Elementary School in Chesterfield. The bus, which is operated by Laidlaw Transportation, was not equipped with seat belts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:01 pm
Mon January 12, 2004

Holden Calls for Cross Burning Ban

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Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden says it should be a crime to burn a cross to intimidate someone.

Monday, at a speech during a Martin Luther King celebration in Jefferson City, he called on Missouri lawmakers to pass such legislation.

Missouri Senate Pro Tem Peter Kinder Monday introduced a bill to that effect.


Upholding a Virginia law, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April that states can punish Ku Klux Klansmen and others who set crosses afire.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:38 am
Mon January 12, 2004

Carbon Monoxide Blamed in Three Deaths in Cuba, Mo.

Cuba, Mo. – Police believe carbon monoxide from a furnace killed three people, including two children, in a Cuba. Mo. home.

It's possible the family had been breathing in carbon monoxide since last Thursday. It wasn't until Sunday that relatives found the family in their home.

Mathew Putman, 10, Samuel Putnam, 11 and their father, Harry Putnam, 34. were pronounced dead at the scene.

Debra Putnam,30, and nine-year-old son Jacob were airlifted to a hospital.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:47 pm
Sun January 11, 2004

Rams' Season Ends in Rare Double-Overtime Game

Steve Smith scores the winning touchdown in Saturday's game. (UPI photo by Bill Greenblat)

St. Louis, MO – The Carolina Panthers beat the Rams 29-23 on Saturday on the first play of the second overtime in the NFC divisional playoffs.

Jake Delhomme hit Steve Smith on a 69-yard TD pass play to end what was just the fifth double-overtime playoff game in NFL history.

The victory sends the Panthers into next weekend's NFC championship game to play the Philadelphia Eagels, who beat Green Bay on Sunday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:24 pm
Fri January 9, 2004

Body of ESL Girl Found

East St. Louis, Ill. – Authorities on Thursday found the body of a 16-year old East St. Louis girl who was swept into a rain-swollen ditch four days ago.


Chermeka Davis was walking along the embankment Sunday with her boyfriend and his brother when she slipped into the water. There will be an autopsy today (Friday).


Her body was discovered when a helicopter was brought in to aid in the search that resumed Thursday. Authorities in the aircraft spotted a body in the brush at the edge of a lake.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:42 pm
Fri January 9, 2004

Judge Says Child Abuser List Unconstitutional

Jefferson City, MO – A judge says the state's list of suspected child abusers violates the Missouri Constitution.

Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan says the list doesn't adequately protect the rights of people who may have been accused, but never charged or convicted.

His ruling concerns a case involving employees of Heartland Christian Academy, a non-denominational school in northeast Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:33 pm
Fri January 9, 2004

Missouri Flu Season May Be Ending

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri health officials believe the peak of Missouri's flu season may be coming to an end.

While still high, the number of new flu cases has declined over the past two weeks.

The number of new lab-confirmed flu cases peaked at almost three-thousand during the week ending December 13th. It remained relatively steady the next week.

But the number of confirmed cases dropped to about 1,800 during the week ending December 27th. And for the week ending last Saturday, the number fell to 981.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:15 pm
Fri January 9, 2004

Aldermen Watch Conceal and Carry Case

St. Louis – Members of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen are watching for developments in the legal tussle over Missouri's concealed weapons law.

The case will soon go before the Missouri Supreme Court. The court's eventual decision could impact a proposed St. Louis city ordinance banning concealed firearms from city properties.

Aldermanic president Jim Shrewsbury says if the court strikes down the law, the city will not enact its own measure.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:53 am
Fri January 9, 2004

Burke Decree in WI Bans Communion for Pro-Choice Pols

Incoming St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke (UPI photo)

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis's incoming Archbishop has ordered priests in his diocese in Wisconsin to withhold communion to lawmakers who support abortion.

Bishop Raymond Burke's decree only became public Thursday but was signed in November, around the time he sent letters to three lawmakers, telling them they risked their faith if they continued to vote for measures he termed anti-life, including abortion and euthanasia.

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