St. Louis Public Radio News
11:00 am
Mon June 21, 2004

Griffey Smacks 500th Home Run in Game at Busch

Ken Griffey Jr. connects with his 500th home run during Sunday's game against the Cardinals (UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis, MO – Cincinnati Reds' outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. made history in St. Louis on Sunday by hitting his 500th career home run.

He's the 20th player in baseball to reach that milestone. It was a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning against Cardinals' starter Matt Morris. The Reds beat the Cards 6-0.

At age 34, Griffey is the sixth-youngest to reach 500 homers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:53 am
Mon June 21, 2004

X-Prize Director Says Flight Marks New Era in Spaceflight

A launch plane takes off with SpaceShipOne attached as it begins the historic flight of the world's first privately funded manned rocket plane to travel beyond Earth's atmosphere at the Mojave Airport in California. Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters.

St. Louis – The director of the St. Louis-based X-Prize Foundation says the flight of the world's first privately-built spacecraft marks a new phase of the space race.

The vehicle known as "Spaceship One" reached an altitude of 62.5 miles Monday over the California desert.

The team is competing for the X-Prize, a $10 million purse given to the first group to take three passengers that same distance and back twice within two weeks.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:42 am
Mon June 21, 2004

Monsanto Raises Third Quarter Estimates

Monsanto's Creve Coeur headquarters
(Monsanto photo)

St. Louis – Monsanto Company says it has raised its
third quarter earnings estimates.

The St. Louis based biotechnology company says results are running ahead of the pace for the past several years.

Monsanto says it has had a solid year to date performance
globally, as the agriculture season continues to be strong.

Other growth factors include strong sales of seeds and traits throughout the U.S. planting season and early applications of its Roundup herbicide.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:55 pm
Sun June 20, 2004

Symphony Plans 'Major Announcement' Today

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Symphony will hold a press conference today (Monday) to make what it calls a major announcement with significance to the organization and community.

Symphony officials won't say what that announcement is, but they announced just two months ago they were within $5 million of reaching a $40 million challenge grant.

The Taylor family, which owns St. Louis-based Enterprise Rent-A-Car, offered to match $40 million if the symphony could raise its own $40 million.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:15 pm
Fri June 18, 2004

Ryan Pushing Ahead with Campaign Despite Divorce-Papers Ruling

Springfield, Ill – A day after a judge's decision to unseal
potentially embarrassing papers in U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ryan's divorce, GOP officials say it's too soon to talk about replacing him on the ballot.

GOP national committeeman Robert Kjellander
calls any discussion of Ryan withdrawing from the race "very premature.

A judge in California yesterday delivered a blow to Ryan in his race against Democrat Barack Obama for the Senate seat now held by Republican Peter Fitzgerald.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:42 pm
Fri June 18, 2004

Missouri Unemployment Rises in May

St. Louis – Governor Holden and President Bush lauded Missouri's job growth in April. But the picture for last month isn't as bright.

The U.S. Labor Department says the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May rose to 5.1 percent.

That's below the 5.8 percent rate in May of last year.

But the jobless rate was just 4.7 percent rate in April of this year.

Net job growth, seasonally adjusted, from April to May is 100 jobs. In April, Missouri created more than 18,000 jobs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:39 pm
Fri June 18, 2004

Gold Medalist Rounds Out St. Louis Olympic Celebration

Jackie Joyner-Kersee runs the final leg of the St. Louis Torch Relay on Art Hill in Forest Park. (UPI photo)

St. Louis – St. Louisans concluded Thursday's Olympic torch relay with a celebration on Art Hill in Forest Park.

To fireworks and music from the St. Louis Symphony brass section, three-time gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee lit the torch relay cauldron.

She was the last of 125 torchbearers in a 34-mile run that started early Thursday afternoon and lasted into the evening.

The East St. Louis native said she was honored to take part.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:14 am
Fri June 18, 2004

Aldermen Ok 'Status Quo' Bill

St. Louis – St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved a bill Friday that would create a ballot measure giving city voters the option of keeping their current form of government.

The board voted 20 to 4 in favor of the bill, which would give voters the chance to preserve the status quo.

Sponsor Tom Bauer says his bill is designed to counter efforts by the group Advance St. Louis to amend the city charter to allow for some offices to be appointed. Bauer says that would strip residents of their right to vote.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:06 am
Fri June 18, 2004

Bekki Cook Kicks Off Run for MO Lt. Governor

Former MO Sec. of State Bekki Cook (KWMU photo)

St. Louis – Democrat Bekki Cook is getting back into politics. The former Missouri Secretary of State is touring the state this week to kick off her campaign for Lieutenant Governor.

The Lieutenant Governor's duties include presiding over the state Senate, a chamber Cook says has too much in-fighting.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:53 pm
Thu June 17, 2004

MO Military in Combat Zones Can Vote by Fax

Jefferson City, Mo. – Members of the military from Missouri who are serving in combat zones can vote by fax machine this year.

Secretary of State Matt Blunt issued the order Thursday.

It allows military personnel stationed in any of 59 combat zones, hostile-fire or imminent-danger areas around the world to fax their ballots back to Missouri in the August and November elections.

Service-men and -women can still use the traditional method of mailing ballots to local election authorities.

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