St. Louis Public Radio News
4:58 pm
Tue May 11, 2004

Mizzou Releases Report of NCAA Allegations

(photo from UM-Columbia)

Columbia, Mo. – University of Missouri officials say the school will challenge some of the NCAA allegations against its men's basketball program.

The 19-page report was released Tuesday on the Columbia campus.

The report says one member of the athletic department staff "failed at all times to maintain an environment" of compliance with the rules from 1999 through last year.

The name of that staff member was blacked out on the letter that the university released.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:39 pm
Tue May 11, 2004

Special Election Today in St. Louis 23rd Ward

The late Colleen Sonderman (UPI photo)

St. Louis, MO – Three people are running for 23rd Ward alderman in a special election today (Tuesday).

The Lindenwood Park neighborhood in south St. Louis makes up most of the 23rd ward in South St. Louis city.

The three candidates are running to fill the rest of Colleen Sondermann's term. They are Democrat Kathleen Hanrahan, Republican Bryan Young, and Independent Joe Vaccaro.

Sondermann died in February from complications from a blood clot. She was 46.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:04 pm
Tue May 11, 2004

Deanna Demuzio Sworn in to Replace Husband

New Ill. Sen. Deanna Demuzio (state of Ill. photo)

Springfield, Ill – The wife of late Illinois State Senator Vince Demuzio has been sworn in as his replacement.

Deanna Demuzio of Carlinville was chosen by county chairmen in the 49th district to fill the vacancy.

She choked back tears as she repeated the oath of office in front of family and friends in the Illinois senate chamber.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:46 pm
Tue May 11, 2004

Crew Drops out of Running for St. Louis Superintendent

(PBS/Frontline file photo)

St. Louis – The St. Louis Public Schools' only candidate for superintendent has taken himself out of the running.

Rudy Crew notified School Board President Darnetta Clinkscale of his decision Monday afternoon.

Crew was the only candidate under serious consideration for the top job. But St. Louis Public Schools Spokesman Glynn Young says finding a candidate with a commitment to improving student performance remains the top priority.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:45 pm
Tue May 11, 2004

Missouri Senate Votes to Ban Obesity Suits

Jefferson City, Mo. – People who gain weight from eating too
many burgers and fries could not sue the restaurants, under a bill the Senate passed Tuesday.

The Senate accepted the House legislation on a 32-nothing vote,
sending it to the governor's desk.

The bill is known as the "Commonsense Consumption Act." It would bar people from suing restaurants or manufacturers for weight gain, obesity or related health problems from eating their food.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:51 pm
Tue May 11, 2004

Democrat Hanrahan Wins Special Ald. Election in City

The late Ald. Colleen Sondermann (UPI file photo)

St. Louis, MO – Democrat Kathleen Hanrahan won a special election Tuesday to be the new Alderwoman in St. Louis's 23rd Ward.

She beat out two other opponents vying to fill Colleen Sondermann's term.

Sondermann died in February at the age of 46 from complications from a blood clot.

Joe Vaccaro placed second; he ran as an independent.

Kathleen Hanrahan (D) 1,038 49%
Bryan Young (R) 337 16%
Joe Vaccaro (I) 746 35%

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2:25 pm
Tue May 11, 2004

Bush Will Attend St. Louis Fundraiser Friday

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St. Louis, MO – President Bush will be back in Missouri this week for the first time since helping the Cardinals open their season at Busch Stadium.

He'll attend a fundraiser Friday at a business called Hunter Engineering in suburban Bridgeton.

Hunter's chairman, Stephen Brauer, is a part-owner of the Cardinals; he's also President Bush's pick to be Ambassador to Belgium.

Brauer's wife has earned status as a Bush campaign "Ranger" by raising at least $200,000 from other contributors for the president's re-election campaign.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:25 pm
Tue May 11, 2004

Feds Award Tax Credits to St. Louis Region

St. Louis – St. Louis' regional economy is getting a shot in the arm. Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury awarded $52 million worth of tax credits to the St. Louis Development Corporation.

The credits will be used to lure economic development to distressed areas of the region.

SLDC executive director Rodney Crim says the program will create a climate for both startup and expanding businesses.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:20 pm
Tue May 11, 2004

Holden Signs ID Theft Measure into Law

Gov. Bob Holden (UPI file photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden signed legislation into law Monday that toughens penalties identity theft.

That's when someone steals, for example, a credit card to buy things on another person's account.

The new law will base jail sentences on the value of items stolen. Victims will also be able to sue their suspected offender for damages, starting Aug. 28. They could recover up to five thousand dollars, or triple the actual damages, whichever is greater.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:51 am
Tue May 11, 2004

Missouri Senate Approves Payments to Wrongly Convicted

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate gave final approval
Tuesday to a bill that would provide for restitution to convicts sent to jail, then exonerated of their crimes by DNA evidence.

Under a House amendment the payments could be as high as $18,250 dollars for each year spent in prison.

The bill itself requires DNA samples from all felons before they are set free.

Current law requires DNA testing only of people convicted of a violent felony or sex offense.

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