St. Louis Public Radio News
2:46 pm
Mon June 21, 2004

Arch Coal in Court Today

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis-based Arch Coal Company will be in court today (Monday) over its plans to buy Triton Coal for $364 million.

The Federal Trade Commission is expected to ask a federal judge to block the sale. Arch is the second-biggest coal producer in the U.S.


The FTC, along with six state Attorneys General (including Missouri), have sued, saying the deal would reduce competition and possibly lead to higher electricity rates.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:40 pm
Mon June 21, 2004

Group Urges Legal Resolution Among Bishops

St. Louis – An organization that supports victims of clergy abuse is calling on three bishops to end their legal wrangling over who's responsible for the alleged harm.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests or SNAP says the bishops of St. Louis, Belleville, and Dallas are locked in a legal struggle with each other.

Each claims the alleged offender, former priest Kenneth Roberts, is not his problem. Roberts lived and worked in all three dioceses.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:39 pm
Mon June 21, 2004

Downtown Mall in Foreclosure

St. Louis Centre (KWMU file photo)

St. Louis – The St. Louis Centre is in foreclosure. The downtown shopping mall has been struggling for years.

The move could mean an overhaul for the center. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said he got a letter in the last week informing him of the foreclosure.

The mall opened in the mid 1980's, but has struggled to keep stores.

Slay said the current owner, Whichard Real Estate of North Carolina, hasn't done much to improve the property since owning it. He said a foreclosure is a chance to sell it to someone else.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:39 pm
Mon June 21, 2004

Cheney Will Rally in Springfield, MO Today

Vice President Dick Cheney (UPI file photo)

St. Louis, MO – Vice President Dick Cheney will be in Missouri today (Monday) for the fifth time this year.He'll be at a Bush-Cheney rally in Springfield, Mo. this afternoon.

It's the rally Cheney was supposed to headline 10 days ago but canceled because of the funeral for former President Reagan.

Union leaders in Springfield are speaking out against Cheney's campaign stop.

Members of the Springfield Area Central Labor Council are
calling on Cheney to sever his relationship with the Halliburton Company.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:06 pm
Mon June 21, 2004

Small Plane Crashes in St. Peters

St. Peters – Officials are investigating why a vintage airplane crashed this weekend in St. Peters, killing two men.

The two-seater took off from Creve Coeur on Saturday. When the plane did not return, the airport notified police.

A helicopter found the wreckage Sunday, in a field six miles north of St. Peters.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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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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