St. Louis Public Radio News
2:40 pm
Thu June 17, 2004

Here Comes the Olympic Torch!

Torchbearer and actor Tom Cruise carries the Olympic Flame around Dodger Stadium in L.A. during the Olympic Torch Relay. (photo from athens2004.com)

St. Louis, MO – 125 people will carry the Olympic torch for 34 miles through St. Louis today (Thursday).

The torch will arrive by plane from Los Angeles this morning; that's where the torch started its run through the U.S. with the help of torchbearers that included actors Slyvster Stallone and Tom Cruise.

The relay in St. Louis will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Gateway Arch.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:39 pm
Thu June 17, 2004

Holden Signs Law Banning Most Sex-themed Billboards

Gov. Bob Holden (UPI photo)

Kansas City – Missouri highway billboards advertising sex-themed businesses will be a thing of the past. Governor Holden signed a bill Thursday banning them.

Holden said parents should not be forced to answer questions about sex from children who see the racy signs along the highway, and the Democratic leader also says roads will be safer if drivers aren't distracted by the billboards.

Any business that allows nudity or uses at least ten percent of its space to promote pornography is included in the ban.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:37 am
Thu June 17, 2004

Public Comments on Mississippi River Locks Plan

Mississippi River (Corps photo)

St. Louis – After a series of public hearings across the Midwest, it was St. Louis' turn Wednesday night to weigh in on an Army Corps of Engineers proposal to expand the Mississippi River lock and dam system.

More than 60 people spoke for and against a plan to spend more than $7 billion to build new locks, lengthen existing ones and restore wildlife habitat. Buddy Compton with the Ingram Barge Company said the lock system built in the 1930's is in urgent need of an upgrade.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:02 am
Thu June 17, 2004

Holden to Sign N. Home Reimbursement Changes Into Law

Gov. Bob Holden (UPI file photo)

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden plans to sign a measure today (Friday) that's meant to give the state's nursing homes more money.

It would increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for the state's 545 homes.

Nursing homes have for several years said the state's reimbursements to help pay for those on Medicaid don't cover the actual cost of providing care.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:55 am
Thu June 17, 2004

IL Studies Ways to Keep Operating if Stalemate Persists

Springfield, Ill – State officials are preparing to keep state government from shutting down if leaders can't end the budget impasse.

Governor Blagojevich and the four legislative leaders still haven't come to an agreement and the July 1 start of the new budget year is just two weeks away.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:54 pm
Wed June 16, 2004

Sutherland Retrial Cost Illinois nearly $2 Million

Mount Vernon, Ill. – The Illinois treasurer's office estimates
that the retrial in the Amy Schulz murder case cost taxpayers more than $1.8 million.

A jury in St. Clair County found Cecil Sutherland guilty Friday in the ten-year-old girl's rape and murder. Her body was found in 1987 not far from her home in the southern Illinois community of Kell.

Sutherland was convicted in 1989, but the Illinois Supreme Court granted him a new trial, saying his defense was "inadequate."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:43 pm
Wed June 16, 2004

St. Charles-Based 321 Studios Considers Bankruptcy

St. Louis, MO – A St. Charles company that makes products that allow people to make copies of DVDs and computer games says its on the verge of bankruptcy.

321 Studios has been in court with Hollywood and computer game makers over the software. It says it's crumbling under the weight of those lawsuits.

The suits argue the software violates federal copyright laws. But 321 says it's a question of fair use, adding there are legitimate reasons someone might want to copy or back-up various discs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:41 pm
Wed June 16, 2004

'Nixon' Sings in China at Opera Theatre

Robert Orth (front) portrays Richard Nixon in 'Nixon in China.' Behind him are Chairman Mao (left), played by Mark Duffin, and Chou En-lai, played by Chen-Ye Yuan. (photo from Opera Theatre of St. Louis)

St. Louis, MO –

Richard Nixon's historic trip to China will be on the stage tonight (Wed), the opera stage.

Opera Theatre of St. Louis is opening the first major production of "Nixon in China" since its first run in the late 1980s.

But unlike Nixon's original trip in 1972, Dick and Pat, along with Kissinger and Chairman Mao will sing their way through China.

KWMU's Tom Weber prepared this report.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:34 pm
Wed June 16, 2004

Kirner's Widow Wins Special Aldermanic Election

The late Ald. Dan Kirner

St. Louis, MO – The widow of a St. Louis alderman who died in March is succeeding her late husband.

Democrat Dorothy Kirner defeated Francis Wildhaber Tuesday in a special election. She'll be sworn in Friday and will serve the remaining ten months of her late husband, Dan Kirner's, term.

The 69-year-old widow worked as a clerk in the city prosecutor's office for 20 years, retiring in April.

St. Louis - Ward 25 Special Election
Dorothy Kirner (D)
363
79.6%

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:32 am
Wed June 16, 2004

Holden Signs $19 Billion State Budget

Missouri Gov. Bob Holden.
(UPI file)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Holden has signed into law a nearly $19 billion operating budget for Missouri government.

The budget is $1 billion larger than last year. It boosts spending for education and health care and gives pay raises to state employees.

But the Democratic governor claims it still doesn't do enough to address Missouri's future economic challenges.

Holden signed the budget without any ceremony and without any substantive vetoes.

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