St. Louis Public Radio News
1:59 pm
Thu June 10, 2004

STL Genealogical Soc. Completes Cataloguing Project

This naturalization card for Turkish immigrant Hazarabed Yacoubi, who filed for citizenship in 1891, is one of thousands that volunteers catalogued.

St. Louis – It will soon be easier for St. Louis-area residents to look up long-lost ancestors.

The St. Louis Genealogical Society has catalogued more than 93,000 naturalization records dating from 1816 to 1906.

The society's Ted Steele says the immigration records were originally compiled as part of a Depression-era work project but were not organized well.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:00 pm
Thu June 10, 2004

Slay Wants Early Voting for November Election

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (UPI file photo)

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and the City's Election Board want a few polling places open a week before the November election to let people vote early.

They tell the Post-Dispatch that state law now requires it for all presidential elections.


But the state's top election official, Secretary of State Matt Blunt, disagrees. His spokesman Spence Jackson says there's currently no provision to allow early voting, though he adds Blunt wishes there were one.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:49 am
Thu June 10, 2004

Officials Hope Proposed Law Will Limit Meth Production

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
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St. Louis – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says a law awaiting the governor's signature will crack down on the production of methamphetamine. Madigan says the law will be among the toughest in the nation.

Flanked by law enforcement officers and retail executives, Madigan said the law will limit over the counter purchases of cold medication containing ephedrine and pseudoephrine to two per transaction.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:24 am
Thu June 10, 2004

May Dept. Co. Buys Marshall Field's

(photo from target.com)

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis-based May Department Stores said Wednesday it will by the Marshall Field's chain from Target Corp. for $3.2 billion.

The deal will boost May's Midwest presence by adding 62 stores, mostly in Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. The deal also includes nine Mervyn's stores in Minnesota.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:18 am
Thu June 10, 2004

Rain Might Have Caused Lake to Dry Up

The 'missing' Lake Chesterfield (UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Wildwood, MO – Recent rainstorms that one might expect to fill a lake appear to have caused a lake to disappear in suburban Wildwood.

Millions of gallons of water vanished into a sinkhole at the bottom of a 23-acre lake earlier this week. The lake is in a subdivision called The Harbors at Lake Chesterfield

Water in the man-made lake began draining rapidly last weekend. By midweek, the lake had disappeared, leaving behind a big, muddy indentation and a crack in its bottom.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:48 am
Thu June 10, 2004

May Company Paid Too Much, Some Analysts Say

(photo from target.com)

St. Louis – Some analysts think St. Louis-based May Company paid too much for Marshall Field's this week.

May said it will pay Target more than $3 billion for 62 stores, mostly in Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis.

But Howard Davidowitz, with the New York investment firm Davidowitz and Associates, said May only paid that much to ensure it would out-bid its chief rival Federated Department Stores.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:10 am
Thu June 10, 2004

ESL Schools Oversight Panel Disbanded Early

East St. Louis, ILL. – The East St. Louis School District will soon be on its own again.

The Illinois State Board of Education has dissolved oversight panel that's been monitoring the East St. Louis School District 189 for ten years. State Superintendent Robert Schiller made the surprise announcement Wednesday.

Schiller says the state eliminated the panel before its October expiration so it could instead help provide a transition team for the troubled district.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:02 am
Thu June 10, 2004

Lawsuits Proceed Against Conceal and Carry Law

Jefferson City, Mo. – Two lawsuits challenging the state's new concealed guns law are now proceeding.

Judges this week rejected state requests to dismiss both cases.

In one lawsuit, St. Louis County is asking for a declaration that it doesn't have to issue concealed weapons permits.

County officials note that the costs of issuing permits aren't covered by the state, which translates into an unconstitutional, unfunded mandate.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:56 am
Thu June 10, 2004

Charter Reformers Turn In Petition

St. Louis – Advocates of charter reform in the city of St. Louis turned in signatures Thursday to put four proposals on the ballot this fall.

The group, Citizens for Home Rule, says it gathered more than 25,000 signatures on each of the four petitions. Just under 20,000 valid signatures are required.

The proposals would reorganize city government, reduce the number of aldermen, and give more power to the mayor.

The board of elections must now certify the petitions to make certain the signatures are valid.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:35 am
Thu June 10, 2004

West Nile-Infected Mosquitoes Found in St. Louis County

St. Louis – Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus have been found in St. Louis County.

It's the earliest discovery of the virus in the area in the past several years.

Last year, the first mosquitoes testing positive were found on June 30.


The county's Department of Health collected the mosquitoes in the Spanish Lake area.

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