St. Louis Public Radio News
2:10 pm
Sun June 13, 2004

85 People Become Citizens at Old Courthouse

Sanaa Odah from Iraq, takes the Oath of Allegiance to become a United States citizen during a special Flag Day naturalization ceremony at the Old Courthouse. (UPI Photo/Bill Grenblatt)

St . Louis, MO – Some 85 people became American citizens Monday at a ceremony at the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.

In the courthouse rotunda, replete with draped flags and bunting in honor of Flag Day, a diverse group from 35 countries pledged their citizenship to the United States.

Joseph Mua came to America from Cameroon. "I wanted to enjoy the land of milk and honey, which is better from where I came," he said. "Things are certainly better here; for example, education and to be able to do self-improvement."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:35 pm
Fri June 11, 2004

St. Louisans Pay Respects to President Reagan

St. Louis County police officers stand at attention Friday during a memorial service for former President Ronald Reagan.
(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – St. Louisans said their final farewell to former president Ronald Reagan Friday during two ceremonies in the region.

In Clayton, community leaders remembered Reagan as a man of commitment who had a vision of peace in the world.

Afterwards, Missouri state senator John Loudon, a Ballwin Republican, credited Reagan as being instrumental to the downfall of Soviet communism.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:30 pm
Fri June 11, 2004

The Osage, 200 Years After Lewis & Clark

This mural depicts the orgins of the Osage tribe. (KWMU photo)

Osage County, Oklahoma –

Since launching near St. Louis last month, the Lewis and Clark commemorative flotilla has traveled more than 200 miles up the Missouri River. Like the original expedition, the band of re-enactors is traveling through lands that were once home to the Osage Indians.

The Osage was the most prominent tribe in Missouri 200 years ago. But the Louisiana Purchase marked the beginning of the end for the Osage's traditional lifestyle.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:11 pm
Fri June 11, 2004

EPA, Airport Officials Agree on Asbestos Removal

St. Louis – Demolition workers clearing the way for Lambert Airport's new runway have agreed to stop using a controversial asbestos removal process.

Workers had been using what's known as the wet method, where a building is sprayed with water while it's being torn down in order to contain asbestos fibers.

But the EPA said Friday all wet method demolition will stop while officials review the process.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:41 pm
Fri June 11, 2004

P-D: Glitch Means Double Billing for Some MSD Customers

St. Louis, MO – The Post-Dispatch reports this (Fri.) morning some Metropolitan Sewer District customers have paid their water bills twice or even three times because of a computer glitch.

An agency spokesman says the problem started when a new company took over billing.

Alliance Data Systems, of Dallas, took payments out of people's checking accounts last month, just days after the payments had already been deducted. Then, after it put the money back, it charged customers again for the same payment period.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:11 pm
Fri June 11, 2004

Danforth Calls Reagan 'A Child of Light'

St. Louis – The Reverend John Danforth eulogized former President Ronald Reagan Friday as a "child of light."

The former Missouri Senator and Episcopal priest presided over Mr. Reagan's state funeral in Washington.

He said Puritan theologian John Winthrop's idea of America as a shining city on a hill became a central theme of the Reagan presidency.

"The Winthrop message became the Reagan message," Danforth said. "It rang of optimism, and we longed to hear it, especially after the dark years of Vietnam and Watergate."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:55 pm
Fri June 11, 2004

Blagojevich, Lawmakers Agree on Tax Proposal

Springfield, Ill – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich said he and legislative leaders have agreed on closing some of what he calls corporate tax "loopholes."

And Blagojevich says there's "consensus" on taking what he
says is surplus money in special-purpose funds to shore up the state's general account.

The General Assembly's May 31 adjournment deadline passed without agreement on the $54 billion spending plan.

Leaders are trying to close a $2.3 billion deficit before the new budget year takes effect July 1.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:49 pm
Fri June 11, 2004

Missouri Lawmakers Say Early Voting Never Approved

Jefferson City, Mo. – St. Louis officials are moving forward
with plans for early voting before the November elections. But state lawmakers say they don't think they ever approved the
practice.

St. Louis officials point to a state law that changed some election procedures in 2002. Democrat Jim Seigfreid chaired the House Elections Committee when the bill passed. He said Friday that
the final version of the bill does not allow early voting.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:07 pm
Thu June 10, 2004

Ford Settles with Missouri, Other States Over Vehicle Leases

Lansing, Mich. – Ford Motor Credit has reached a settlement with Missouri, Illinois and 37 other states related to its leasing practices.

The deal affects more than 150,000 Ford customers who ended a lease before its expiration date after January 1, 1991.

Those customers could be eligible for restitution checks of $100 each. The attorney general's office estimates about 900 Missouri customers may qualify.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:20 pm
Thu June 10, 2004

Wellston Cop Accused in Bribery Scheme

ST. Louis, MO – Investigators are accusing a Wellston police officer of accepting a bribe and saying he could get someone probation rather than prison time for a drug arrest.

A grand jury indicted Cornell Boone, 24, Wednesday for bribery, obstruction of justice and making false statements. The indictment accuses Boone of trying to get $7,000 from a relative of the person he arrested. It also says Boone then accepted a $4,000 bribe and deceived investigators about it.

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