St. Louis Public Radio News
10:55 am
Mon May 3, 2004

Toddler Okay After Being Stolen, Along with Car

Spanish Lake, MO – A toddler was in a car that was stolen Sunday in suburban Spanish Lake.

The mother told police she was dropping something off for a friend and the car was still on, when someone jumped in and took the car.

The 19-month-old boy was in the backseat of the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier, and was found in his car seat near a street in St. Louis city about an hour later.

A resident of a apartment heard the child and alerted police. The boy was not hurt

Police are still looking for the suspect and car.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:47 am
Mon May 3, 2004

Demuzio's Wife Could Take Senate Seat

Vince Demuzio.
(Ill. Senate photo)

Carlinville, Ill. – The wife of the late state Senator Vince Demuzio may take over his job.

Demuzio died last week at his home in Carlinville from colon cancer.

Morgan County Democratic Committee chairman Bill Gross says he and ten other Democratic county chairmen in the 49th district will meet Wednesday night in Carlinville.

They will vote to appoint someone to fill Demuzio's office and chose someone to appear on the November ballot.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:33 am
Mon May 3, 2004

St. Louis City Starts West Nile Fight

St. Louis, MO – The city of St. Louis will start fighting West Nile Virus today (Monday). Crews will be throwing balls of larvacide into the River Des Peres.

That product essentially starves the mosquitoes to death before they become biting adults.

But Mark Ritter, with the City Health Department, says treating the river will not solve the mosquito problem in St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:09 am
Mon May 3, 2004

Victims Group Says Big Tobacco Behind 'Tort Reform'

The Madison County Courthouse.

St. Louis – Opponents of lawsuit award caps in Illinois say the so-called malpractice reform crisis in the Metro East is the creation of tobacco and insurance companies.

Business groups want caps on pain and suffering awards. They say lawsuits are driving up the cost of doctors' malpractice insurance.

But Doug Wojcieszak, with Madison County-based Victims and Families United, says the campaign for award limits in the Metro East started after Philip Morris was sued there.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:55 pm
Sun May 2, 2004

Belleville Diocese Fined for Not Turning Over Documents

Belleville Bishop Wilton Gregory (photo from Belleville Diocese)

St. Louis, MO – The priest sex abuse victims' group SNAP on Sunday called on Belleville Bishop Wilton Gregory to stop what SNAP calls "hardball tactics against sex abuse victims."

The call came after the Post-Dispatch and New York Times reported that a judge had found Gregory's Belleville diocese in contempt of court.

The judge fined the diocese for not turning over documents in the case of Reverend Raymond Kownacki. A former alter boy accuses Kownacki in a lawsuit of abusing him for five years in the 70s.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:22 pm
Fri April 30, 2004

In Missouri, Kerry Calls for UN, NATO Help in Iraq

Fulton, Mo. – John Kerry says that, one year after President Bush declared an end to major combat in Iraq, it's time for a new direction.

The Democratic presidential candidate spoke Friday at Westminster College in Fulton.

Kerry said the nation needs to lead in a way that "brings the world to us." He's been calling for U.N. and NATO assistance in Iraq.

Tomorrow marks one year since Bush landed on an aircraft carrier and said major combat was over. A now-famous banner read "Mission Accomplished."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:19 pm
Fri April 30, 2004

Cleaning the MO River Ahead of Lewis & Clark

Lewis & Clark reenactors in Hartford, Ill. (KWMU file photo)

St. Louis, MO –

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark started up the Missouri River 200 years ago on a two-year journey to the West.

In mid-May, costumed actors will set sail from the confluence of the Big Rivers in a replica keelboat that will stop in towns across Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:15 pm
Fri April 30, 2004

100th Anniversary of St. Louis World's Fair

Photograph of Festival Hall at the World's Fair; part of the new exhibit at the Mo. History Museum. (photo from Mo. Hist. Museum)

St. Louis, MO –

The World's Fair in St. Louis opened 100 years ago today (Friday).

The Missouri History Museum is marking the anniversary with a new exhibit that will open Sunday, May 2.

More than 250 artifacts that were sold, used or shown at the fair will be on display.

KWMU's Tom Weber prepared this preview of the exhibit, which is called "Looking Back at Looking Forward."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:33 pm
Fri April 30, 2004

Channel 30 Preempts <i>Nightline</i> Broadcast

St. Louis – ABC television affiliates in St. Louis and seven other cities are not broadcasting Friday's Nightline program.

Channel 30's parent company Sinclair Broadcasting says host Ted Koppel's plans to read the names of several hundred U.S. troops who've died in Iraq is antiwar propaganda.

But University of Missouri-Columbia journalism professor Rod Gelatt says viewers should make that decision themselves.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:13 pm
Fri April 30, 2004

Holden Releases Remainder of Budget

Gov. Bob Holden (KWMU file photo)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Governor Bob Holden has released the remaining $43 million he withheld from state agencies because of budget concerns.

Holden acknowledged strong growth in state tax revenues while making the announcement Friday.

When the fiscal year began last July, Holden withheld more than $250 million that had been appropriated by lawmakers. He feared the budget was unbalanced.

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