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.
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.
By Tom Weber, KWMU
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.
By Matt Sepic, KWMU
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.
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.
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."
By Kevin Lavery, KWMU
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.
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."
By Matt Hackworth, KCUR
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.
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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