St. Louis Public Radio News
10:42 am
Tue October 7, 2003

Rigali's Legacy in St. Louis

Cardinal-designate Rigali, as he leaves his final mass in St. Louis on Sunday. (UPI Photo)

St. Louis, MO –

Cardinal-designate Justin Rigali is no longer a St. Louisan. The 68-year old moved to Philadelphia Monday; Tuesday he will be installed as the leader of that city's 1.5 million Catholics.

Rigali's time in St. Louis was marked with highs and lows, ranging from a visit by Pope John Paul II, to the priest sex abuse scandal that made him a target for critics.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:14 am
Tue October 7, 2003

Sauget Mayor Sauget Resigns, Another Sauget Wants Job

Sauget, Ill. – The mayor of Sauget, Ill. in the Metro-East has resigned. Paul Sauget stepped down amid questions concerning personal expenses charged to his village credit cards.

Village Attorney Daniel Hayes says an accounting firm was hired to look into personal purchases. The mayor's resignation comes just days after the village clerk, Betty Long Wilson, resigned amid an investigation into purchases made on her village credit card.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:02 pm
Mon October 6, 2003

Unpaid Traffic Tickets Cost City Millions

(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – The Post-Dispatch reports the city of St. Louis loses about $7 million a year in unpaid parking tickets, and another $3 million because fewer tickets are being written.

Some officials want to hire Dallas-based Allied Computer Services to improve parking operations. It has done similar work in Los Angeles, Washington, Boston, and Philadelphia.

Allied says it could collect $9 million more a year for St. Louis. Major cities usually collect 70-75% of parking tickets. St. Louis collects around 40%.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:22 pm
Mon October 6, 2003

Holden Bans Guns in State Buildings

Gov. Holden at the Wainwright State Office Building Monday (KWMU Photo)

St. Louis – Missouri Governor Bob Holden said concealed weapons will not be permitted in state office buildings.

In St. Louis Monday the governor announced new administrative rules that go beyond the soon-to-be-enacted concealed carry law.

"Our current law bans weapons in state buildings," Holden said. "However the members of the Missouri General Assembly failed to provide this necessary public protection in the conceal carry law they authorized."

Holden said law enforcement officials are exempt from the rule.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:54 pm
Mon October 6, 2003

Rigali Bids Farewell to St. Louis

Cardinal-designate Justin Rigali, just before his final mass in St. Louis (KWMU Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Cardinal-designate Justin Rigali said good bye to St. Louis at a farewell mass Sunday. Speaking to a near-full Cathedral Basilica, the outgoing Archbishop reflected on his time and also on his new assignment as the Archbishop of Philadelphia.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:53 pm
Mon October 6, 2003

MO Juvie Facilities Drawing Officials from Other States

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's juvenile corrections facilities have been a frequent stop for officials from across the country who are looking for tips.

That's because they're considered among the nation's best. Only 6% of the 1,212 youths released in 1999 have entered an adult prison in the past four years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:22 pm
Mon October 6, 2003

Health Care Panel Holds Hearing in St. Louis

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:32 am
Mon October 6, 2003

St. Louis College of Pharmacy Marks Renovation

The St. Louis College of Pharmacy (college photo)

St. Louis, MO – A ceremony Sunday at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy marked the end of the school's $42 million renovation project. It took 2.5 years to finish; the campus in the Central West End now includes a residence hall, central power plant, and a quad area. The academic building and parking garage were also expanded.

The college, with about 900 students, is the only fully accredited private and independent school in the U.S. that's exclusively dedicated to pharmacy studies.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:49 pm
Fri October 3, 2003

Grocery Stores Defend Temporary Hires

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St. Louis – The St. Louis area's three largest grocery chains are defending their hiring of temporary replacement workers in the event of a work stoppage next week.

About 10,000 unionized employees are in a contract dispute with Schnuck's, Dierberg's and Shop & Save.

The union has filed an unfair labor practice claim against the Greater St. Louis Food Employers' Council that says stores are hiring temporary employees at the same wage as a more experienced employees.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:41 pm
Fri October 3, 2003

St. Louis-area Kidnap Victim Found In Central Illinois

St. Louis – Illinois State Police have apprehended a
suspect in connection with the abduction of a 17-year-old girl from St.Louis.

Police say the abduction victim was found safe in central Illinois Friday.

A suspect in the abduction was found at a rest area a mile and a half from where he was pulled over on Interstate 55, near Raymond, Ill. He is now in police custody.

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