St. Louis Public Radio News
11:46 am
Mon July 12, 2004

Holden Says More Outrreach to Veterans is Needed

Holden
(UPI file)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Holden says Missouri efforts at
informing veterans of benefits have improved, but more work must be done.

Holden spoke today to a task force working on the issue in Jefferson City. He had directed the group to focus on reaching
veterans just returning from duty in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as on minorities, and those in urban areas.

Holden says the number of Missouri veterans receiving benefits and the amount paid out has increased significantly in the past few years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:03 pm
Fri July 9, 2004

Reform in Intelligence Needed, Kit Bond Says

(file)

St. Louis – Republican Kit Bond of Missouri says a Senate report critical of intelligence efforts in Iraq highlights the need to reform the system.

Bond is a member of the Senate select committee that spent over a year analyzing US intelligence data.

He says faulty information stemmed from bad systems within several key agencies.

Bond says an over-reliance on technology and a lack of human intelligence contributed to the problem.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:27 pm
Fri July 9, 2004

Officials Meet with Hartford Residents Over Gas Pool

Hartford, Ill. – Federal, state and oil company officials met Thursday night with about 40 people in in Hartford, Ill, to explain how they're dealing with vapors from a huge gasoline lake under the village.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has scheduled assessments for 18 houses. Fans and vapor barriers will be installed in the next few weeks.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:25 pm
Fri July 9, 2004

Drug Official Resigns to Consider Illinois Senate Race

Chicago – As Illinois Republicans scrambled to find a U.S. Senate candidate, the deputy director of President Bush's drug-control office resigned Friday to explore a run for the office.

Andrea Grubb Barthwell had been deputy director of the Office of
National Drug Control Policy since January 2002.

Federal law barred her from seeking the Republican nomination while she worked for the government.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:08 pm
Fri July 9, 2004

Lights Back on for Everyone After Monday's Storms

St. Louis, MO – Ameren says power has been restored to everyone in the St. Louis area.

Storms on Monday night knocked out power to more than 150,000 customers. A few thousand were still in the dark Thursday.

A utility spokeswoman adds Ameren might be missing a handful of people aren't showing up on their computers as being without power. Those people are asked to call Ameren (314-642-1000).

The utility says Monday night's storms were among the most destructive it's ever had to deal with.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:11 pm
Fri July 9, 2004

Train Wreck Dumps Coal Onto Interstate

Benton, Ill. – A train derailment on an Interstate 57 overpass near Benton, Ill. Friday dumped tons of coal onto the highway and shut down I-57 in both directions.

Benton is about 100 miles from St. Louis.

Illinois Department of Transportation engineer Tom Zerrusen
says the railroad trestle is structurally sound and the interstate is expected to reopen around midnight.

Until then, the accident is forcing motorists to detour between West Frankfort and Whittington.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:06 pm
Fri July 9, 2004

UM-Columbia Still Wants to Fill Ken Lay Professorship

Columbia, MO – The University of Missouri says it still wants someone to be the Ken Lay Economics professor.

Lay endowed the teaching position at UM-Columbia, his alma mater. He grew up in the southern Missouri town of Tyrone.

But the teaching position has never been filled. Lay faces charges related to the fall of Enron, which he founded.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:26 am
Fri July 9, 2004

Former Policeman Pleads Guilty in False Arrest Case

St. Louis – A former suburban St. Louis police officer pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges that he took money to plant evidence in order to sway a child custody dispute.

James Cox of O'Fallon formerly was an officer for the Florissant Police Department.

U.S. Attorney James Martin says last summer Cox took $1,600 in exchange for arranging the arrest of a person on a false credit card charge.


In January, Cox accepted another $1,000, and agreed to plant illegal drugs on the same person.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:56 am
Fri July 9, 2004

Court Says Missouri Executions Can't Be Televised

Rev. Larry Rice
(UPI file)

St. Louis – A federal appeals court has upheld the state's right to ban videotaping inside Missouri's execution chamber.

The ruling ends the Reverend Larry Rice's effort to televise executions.

Rice is an advocate for the poor and an outspoken critic of the death penalty.

He operates T-V stations in Jefferson City and St. Louis, along with seven other low-power stations in Missouri and Arkansas.

He believes that televising executions would convince people that the death penalty is wrong.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:52 pm
Thu July 8, 2004

Gaming Commission Renews License for Bankrupt Casino

President Casino on the Admiral (KWMU file photo)

St. Louis – The Missouri Gaming Commission Thursday renewed the license for the President Casino on Laclede's Landing.

It's the worst-performing of the five casinos in the area. The President has been in bankruptcy for more than two years.

But a financial analyst told the commission the casino is still able to pay its taxes and bills.

The commission did not discuss casino proposals for St. Louis County.

Commissioners said last week they need more time to study the plans.

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