St. Louis Public Radio News
12:38 pm
Wed June 23, 2004

Two Plead Guilty to Improper Use of Tax Credits

St. Louis – Two people from Maryland pleaded guilty yesterday to improperly taking Missouri state tax credits.

Willie Adams and Maxine Allen also both agreed to cooperate with investigators looking into abuses of Missouri's tax credit program.

The two got more than $200,000 in tax credits from Missouri over three years for businesses that never opened.

They claimed they'd bought more than a million dollars in electronic equipment to get the credits.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
11:27 am
Wed June 23, 2004

Senate Votes for Radiation Exposure Compensation

Washington – The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to compensate thousands of Cold War-era workers stricken with cancer and other
illnesses.

They suffer from radiation exposure from nuclear plants in Missouri and Iowa.

The financial help is in a national defense spending bill that
is moving toward passage.

In Missouri, the plan would help former workers at Mallinckrodt in St. Louis, and plants in Weldon Spring and Hematite.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
10:39 am
Wed June 23, 2004

Democratic Campaign Group Hired Felons

Jefferson City, Mo. – An investigation by The Associated Press has found a Democratic group working to defeat President Bush hired felons to conduct door-to-door voter registration drives in Missouri and at least two other swing-states.

The group America Coming Together paid felons to conduct door-to-door voter registration drives in Missouri and at least two other swing states.

Some were convicted of sex offenses, assault and burglary.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
9:03 am
Wed June 23, 2004

Former Ammunition Plant Will Be Cleaned Up

St. Louis – A former ammunition plant in St. Louis will undergo environmental clean up.

Officials said yesterday that the EPA is providing money for environmental work at the old Army Ammunition Plant near Interstate 70.

St. Louis hopes to attract a developer to the site, possibly for a shopping center.

More than $1.3 million will help with the environmental work there and at some other sites around the city.

The money will also be used to clean up some former industrial and commercial sites in St. Louis that are polluted.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
4:30 pm
Tue June 22, 2004

New Missouri Law Extends Lead Testing for Kids

Gov. Bob Holden discusses the legislation he signed Tuesday at the Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis. (UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – Missouri children who live in high-risk areas for lead poisoning can now be tested at birth, instead of waiting until they're six months old.

Governor Bob Holden signed legislation Tuesday in St. Louis that expands the state's testing program.

He says state officials will still test kids under six years old once a year.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
3:29 pm
Tue June 22, 2004

Symphony Reaches $40 Million Fundraising Goal

David Halen greets Jack & Barbara Taylor (photo from Symphony)

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has reached a major fundraising goal, six months ahead of schedule.

Orchestra officials raised $40 million over the last 3.5 years, matching a grant from St. Louis' Taylor family of the same amount.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
2:18 pm
Tue June 22, 2004

Jack Ryan Divorce Papers Released

Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Jack Ryan (right) are running for Illinois' open U.S. Senate seat.

Chicago, ILl. – Divorce records from 1999 for the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Illinois were made public Monday.

Jack Ryan's ex-wife, actress Jeri Lynn Ryan, charged in those records that Ryan had pressured her to have sex with him in clubs while others watched.

She said she angered Ryan by refusing.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
12:02 pm
Tue June 22, 2004

Stadium Continues Construction, But Remains Nameless

Construction for the new stadium continues on schedule.
(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – Construction of the new Cardinals' baseball stadium continues on schedule and on budget, but there's still no company name attached to it.

The new $346-million stadium that is currently under construction just south of Busch Stadium downtown is expected to open in time for the 2006 season.

Cardinals' team President Mark Lamping says negotiations continue on the naming rights for the new facility.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
11:46 am
Tue June 22, 2004

Judge Again Issues Injunction on Missouri Abortion Law

St. Louis – A federal judge again suspended enforcement of a Missouri law that requires a 24-hour wait for women seeking abortions.

The order comes just weeks after a federal appeals court panel lifted his temporary restraining order against the law.

It requires physicians to wait 24 hours to perform abortions after consulting women about physical, psychological and situational risk factors.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
10:19 am
Tue June 22, 2004

Ferris Wheel Riders Hope 36 Hours is a Record

Megan Crumb (L) tries to catch up on some sleep as Heather Hitzel listens to music while working on the computer as they ride the Ferris wheel at Six Flags on June 16. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Eureka, MO – Six people at Six Flags St. Louis claim they've broken the world record for consecutive hours spent on a Ferris wheel.

They were aboard for about 36 straight hours, and will submit the feat to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The wheel was equipped with privacy curtains and portable toilets.

The riders got off the wheel twice during the contest last week because of lightning. Otherwise, they ate and slept on the wheel.

Read more

Pages