St. Louis Public Radio News
10:22 am
Fri December 19, 2003

MO, IL Populations Grew at About Same Rate Since '02

St. Louis, MO – The Census Bureau said Thursday that Missouri gained 34,940 people last year, while Illinois grew by about 67,097.

Both increases are around a half-percent for each state.

The figures were part of data that show the U.S. population should hit 300 million sometime in the next four years.

New estimates now put Missouri's population at about 5.7 million people; Illinois has about 12.6 million. Illinois is still the fifth most populous state; Missouri is still ranked 17th.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:02 am
Fri December 19, 2003

Blagojevich Wants Soda, Snacks Out of School Machines

Candy may soon be banned from Illinois school vending machines. (KWMU photo)

River Grove, Ill. – Illinois' Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich joined the top Republican in the state House, Tom Cross, on Thursday to push for a ban on soda and junk food from school vending machines.

The governor says it's an effort to stave off child obesity, which is on the rise.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:50 pm
Thu December 18, 2003

McCaskill Says Agencies Blocking Her Audit

Auditor Claire McCaskill (UPI photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden's administration is refusing to provide information about some salaries to the state's Auditor Claire McCaskill.

McCaskill is running for Holden's job in next year's election. She wants to perform an audit of the salary levels of upper-level managers in state agencies, but some have refused to provide such information. She says there's a coordinated effort by Holden supporters to stymie the audit.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:00 pm
Thu December 18, 2003

Carjacker Steals SUV With Two Children Inside

St. Louis, MO – Police are looking for whoever carjacked a family of four in St. Louis Wednesday night and stole an SUV, at first with two children inside.

The four had just pulled over to use a pay phone, when the husband says a man threatened them with a gun. When the husband did not get out of the vehicle, the gunman fired one shot inside the vehicle.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:35 pm
Thu December 18, 2003

Five Rams Named to Pro Bowl Team

St. Louis, MO – The Pro Bowl teams that were announced Thursday include five Rams. No other NFC team has more representatives.

The Rams picked to go to Hawaii are:
Defensive end Leonard Little (who made it despite missing four games due to injury); offensive tackle Orlando Pace (his fifth consecutive year selected); wide receiver Torry Holt, kicker Jeff Wilkins and safety Aeneas Williams.

The game will be played on February 8, 2004 at Aloha Stadium.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:04 pm
Thu December 18, 2003

Barge Industry Worries Over Fish & Wildlife Ruling

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:44 pm
Thu December 18, 2003

Ryan's Indictment Adds to Illinois' Corruption History

George Ryan (State of Illinois photo)

Springfield, IL –

Illinois' political history is full of corruption, and the state's governors have been a large part of that.

The indictment on Wednesday of George Ryan marks the sixth time a former or sitting Illinois governor has been charged with wrong-doing.

Illinois Public Radio's Bill Wheelhouse prepared this look back.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:19 pm
Thu December 18, 2003

Location for New SLU Arena Announced

The intersection of Laclede and Compton will hold the new SLU Arena, if officials can raise another $35 million. (KWMU photo)
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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:27 am
Thu December 18, 2003

Casinos Make Their Pitch For New County Development

The President Casino in downtown St. Louis could play into a new county casino, if it's approved.

St. Louis, MO – Three companies bidding for a contract to build new casino operations in the St. Louis area made presentations to County officials on Thursday.

Isle of Capri Casinos, Pinnacle Entertainment and Harrah's Entertainment are each proposing multi-million dollar projects.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:32 pm
Wed December 17, 2003

FBI Director Defends Patriot Act in St. Louis

FBI Director Robert Mueller (UPI photo)

St. Louis – During a visit to St. Louis Wednesday, FBI director Robert Mueller defended the USA Patriot Act, the federal provision enacted shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Mueller said the act broke down a wall between the law enforcement and intelligence communities that prevented each from sharing information prior to the attacks.

Mueller said technology has made the world smaller in recent years, and terrorists use national borders to advance their agendas.

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