St. Louis Public Radio News
12:32 pm
Fri September 12, 2003

Man Who Finished Gateway Arch Has Died

William Quigley was operating the crane that put the last piece in place (photo from gatewayarch.com)

St. Louis, MO – The man who installed the last piece of the Gateway Arch has died. William Quigley was operating the crane on October 28, 1965 that hoisted the final section of stainless steel into place.

He also helped build Busch Stadium;Quigley died Wednesday at the age of 69. He had lived in O'Fallon and died of kidney failure.

Quigley worried that if he dropped that last section of the Arch, more people would remember his name. But he got the job done on the first try.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:11 pm
Fri September 12, 2003

Judge Says KKK Can Adopt a Highway

St. Louis, MO – A federal judge in St. Louis says the Ku Klux Klan's history of terrorizing blacks is no reason to keep the group from adopting a highway.

The Klan joined the Adopt-A-Highway program and adopted part of Interstate 55 in St. Louis in 2001; protestors responded by tearing down the signs that said "This section of highway adopted by the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan."

MODOT later kicked the group out of the program for not cleaning the road's litter; it then rewrote the rules on who can adopt a highway.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:40 am
Fri September 12, 2003

MO Sen. Committee Rejects Holden's Tax Loophole Plan

(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – A Republican-led committee in the Missouri Senate Thursday rejected Democratic Governor Bob Holden's plan to raise new cash for the state's schools.

On a partisan vote, the Senate Ways and Means Committee defeated his proposal to eliminate some tax breaks, mainly affecting
businesses. Holden said it would have raised money for what he calls an underfunded education budget.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:32 am
Fri September 12, 2003

Beine Faces Sentencing Monday

St. Louis, MO – A support group for victims of sexual abuse by clergy is calling on a St. Louis circuit judge to issue the maximum sentence against convicted child molester James Beine.

Beine will be sentenced on Monday. David Clohessy, director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, says a long sentence against Beine will keep children safe:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:18 am
Fri September 12, 2003

Missouri Lawmakers Override Third Holden Veto

Jefferson City, MO – The action makes it illegal for governments to sue the gun industry over the social costs of gun violence.

The House vote late this morning on the gun lawsuits legislation
came just one day after the Legislature legalized concealed guns, and imposed new abortion restrictions in a pair of veto overrides.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:15 pm
Thu September 11, 2003

House, Senate Override Concealed Gun Veto

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Jefferson City, MO – Missouri lawmakers have legalized
concealed guns by over-riding Governor Bob Holden's veto.

The action also reverses voters' decision at a state-wide election four years ago.

The Senate's 21-10 vote this afternon meest the bare minimum required for a two-thirds majority.

The House voted 115-43 yesterday to over-ride the veto of a concealed gun bill passed during the regular session.

The bill now will become law in 30 days -- without the need for Holden's signature.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:02 pm
Thu September 11, 2003

Abortion Bill Veto Knocked Out by Legislature

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Senate has voted 25-to-8 to
over-ride Governor Holden's veto of a bill to place new restrictions on women seeking abortions.

The House took the same action yesterday. So now the bill will become law in 30 days without Holden's signature.

It requires women to wait 24 hours after consulting a doctor before having an abortion.

During the consultation, the doctor would have to inform women of any physical, psychological or situational risk factors
associated with the abortion.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:38 pm
Thu September 11, 2003

O'Fallon, MO Commemorates 9/11

St. Louis, MO – Hundreds gathered at O'Fallon's Winghaven development to witness the unveiling of a black granite marker and 13 tons of twisted steel salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center.

Mayor Paul Renaud said the steel represents the nation's strength, measured by perseverance:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:33 pm
Thu September 11, 2003

Key Missouri Senator Back for Veto Session

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri State Senator Jon Dolan is back in Jefferson City for the legislative veto session after being granted leave from his military duties in Cuba. He says he will vote to override Governor Holden's veto of a concealed weapons bill.

The Lake Saint Louis Republican is a major in the Army National Guard, and is stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

He said his vote could make the difference on the override.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:48 am
Thu September 11, 2003

Judge Says Child Abuse Law is Unconstitutional

Springfield, MO – A judge in Springfield says Missouri's law
requiring health care workers to report suspected child abuse is unconstitutional.

Based on his decision Wednesday, Greene County Circuit Judge Calvin Holden dismissed two misdemeanor charges filed under the law against emergency room nurse Leslie Brown.

She treated a two-year-old Springfield boy after he arrived at a
hospital with seizures and violent vomiting.

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