St. Louis Public Radio News
9:12 am
Thu October 9, 2003

Aborton Wait Period Will Be Delayed

St. Louis, MO – A federal judge plans to issue a retraining order Friday that will keep a new abortion wait period in Missouri from taking effect this weekend.

The requirement that women wait 24 hours after talking to a doctor before getting an abortion became law with when the Missouri House and Senate overrode a governor's veto last month.

His clerk says Senior U.S. District Judge Scott Wright held a closed telephone conference call Wednesday with attorneys for the state and Planned Parenthood affiliates.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:17 pm
Wed October 8, 2003

Homeland Security Secretary Visits St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – Ridge fielded some tough questions from St. Louis citizens concerned about their safety and their civil liberties.

The secretary was in St. Louis to attend a town hall meeting on homeland security.

Ridge said the administration is developing a new airport security program that will quickly call up information about a person to look for patterns of activity that may indicate terrorism. But Ridge stressed that the intent is not to maintain a file on that person:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:12 pm
Wed October 8, 2003

Grocery Stores, Union Get Ready for Long Strike

Union workers picket during the first day of the strike Tuesday (UPI Photo)

St. Louis, MO –

Wednesday is day two for a grocery strike in the St. Louis area. Workers are picketing Schnuck's, Dierberg's and Shop & Save stores in the area a week after rejecting a contract from the chains.

As KWMU's Matt Sepic reports, the store executives say they will not budge on their offer, and have prepared for a long work stoppage.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:55 pm
Wed October 8, 2003

Anheuser-Busch Drops Support for Holden

Missouri Gov. Bob Holden (KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden confirms he has lost political support from the nation's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch.

Holden says company officials didn't want him to veto the concealed guns legislation that later became law anyway; he's no longer getting donations from them.

A possible challenger for Holden's job next year, fellow Democrat Claire McCaskill, says Anheuser-Busch is now supporting her and has giving her campaign money.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:36 pm
Wed October 8, 2003

Metro Wants To Make Changes To Train, Bus Routes

St. Louis, MO – Metro officials are proposing a reduction in the frequency of the light rail train stops...and the elimination of some bus routes in Illinois. Weekday peak hour Metrolink service would drop from 7-and-a-half minutes between trains...to 10 minutes, under the proposal. In addition, service on the far eastern end of the Metrolink system would drop from every 10 minutes to every 20 minutes...between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:43 pm
Wed October 8, 2003

Rigali Installed in Philadelphia

Justin Rigali at his installment in Philadelphia Tuesday (photo from Eric Mencher, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Philadelphia, PA – Nearly 2,000 people filled the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia Tuesday to see Justin Rigali officially become that city's new Archbishop.

Rigali left St. Louis this week after nine-and-a-half years. The pope named him a cardinal shortly before leaving St. Louis. He'll officially assume that post later this month.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:47 am
Wed October 8, 2003

Venice School Board Faces Being Disbanned

Venice, ILL. – The Venice School Board near East St. Louis has one more chance to balance its budget. If not, the panel appointed to oversee the districts finances might disband the school board. The Financial Oversight Panel Tuesday night rejected the board's latest budget, in part, because it still would have left the district $180,000 in the red.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:40 am
Wed October 8, 2003

Bumpy Start at Mid-America Airport

Great Plains Airlines is based in Tulsa, Ok. (KWMU photo)

Mascoutah, ILL. – New commercial air service at Mid-America Airport in the Metro-East got off to a bumpy start Tuesday. Great Plains Airlines delayed one flight three hours because of a technical problem and passengers on another flight from Chicago were given handwritten boarding passes because of a computer glitch.

The company's vice-president, Kelly Farrish, called it a "Murphy's Law" first day. But she says the airline remains optimistic.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:58 am
Wed October 8, 2003

IL Supreme Court Will Hear Hotel Loan Case

Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois Supreme Court is going to decide whether State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka had the right to settle state loans to a pair of hotels for pennies on the dollar.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:26 pm
Tue October 7, 2003

Union Strikes Against Three Largest Grocery Chains

St. Louis, MO – After their strike vote, members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union decided to picket only Shop & Save supermarkets.

The chains bargained together-and all three have all locked out union workers.

Union President Bob Kelley says shoppers should not expect much from temporary replacement workers.

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