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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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:47 pm
Thu June 17, 2004

Derailment Lawsuit Certified as Class Action

Belleville, Ill. – People who want more money from the Canadian National Railway after last year's derailment near Tamaroa will get their day in court. It's just not clear when.

Judge Michael O'Malley declared a lawsuit against the company a class action earlier this month. It will be heard in Perry County Court in Pinckneyville, although O'Malley issued his order in
Belleville.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:09 pm
Thu June 17, 2004

Wash. U. Study Suggests Liposuction Pitfalls

St. Louis, MO – Washington University researchers say liposuction doesn't appear to lower the risks of diabetes and heart disease the way normal dieting does.

The findings are in today's (Thursday's) New England Journal of Medicine, and surprised researchers who figured removing fat surgically would mean a healthier body chemistry.

The operation trims away fat, but didn't reduce the size of fat cells, which normal dieting does. It's those smaller cells that can mean a healthier body chemistry.

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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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