St. Louis Public Radio News
2:59 pm
Wed February 25, 2004

Holden Blocks Union Fee Legislation

Missouri Governor Bob Holden

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden has vetoed a bill that would block the collection of union bargaining fees from state employees who are not union members.

The Democratic governor and Republican legislative leaders have been sparring over unions' role in state government. The spat began in June of 2001 when Holden signed an executive order granting collective bargaining rights to thousands of state workers.

Earlier this month, the Legislature passed the resolution vetoed by Holden Wednesday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:08 pm
Wed February 25, 2004

Blues Fire Quenneville, Hire Kitchen

New coach Mike Kitchen (UPI photo)

St. Louis, MO – The Blues on Tuesday fired their longest serving and winningest coach in team history.

Joel Quenneville is out; assistant coach Mike Kitchen is in as new head coach.

The Blues are ninth in the Western Conference standings with a 29-23-7-2 record, one point behind Calgary for the final playoff position.

Quenneville is the winningest coach in team history and was NHL Coach of the Year for the 1999-2000 season. He took over the team in January, 1997 and won 307
regular-season games.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:50 pm
Wed February 25, 2004

'Passion' Packs St. Louis Theaters

St. Louis – Movie theaters in the St. Louis area were packed Wednesday as residents sold out early showings of the film "The Passion of the Christ."

The much-publicized and controversial movie opened across the country. At the Galleria Theater in Richmond Heights, reaction to the film was mostly positive. John Carpenter of Collinsville enjoyed it.

"I thought the film captured the essence of the what the Christian faith is about, not only from a catholic but a protestant viewpoint," Carpenter said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:33 pm
Wed February 25, 2004

Illinois Legislators Hope to Block 'Obesity' Suits

Springfield, ILL – Overweight Illinoisans could not go to court to blame their waistlines on Wendy's or McDonald's super-sized meals under a proposal advancing in the state Legislature.

A House judiciary committee today voted 19-0 for a plan that would ban so-called obesity lawsuits.

Restaurants supporting the proposal say it gives peace of mind when customers eat their pizza and hamburgers to unhealthy excess.

They say they offer healthier alternatives and these lawsuits shouldn't clog up the court system.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:58 am
Wed February 25, 2004

Gateway Coordinating Council Changes Name

St. Louis – The East-West Gateway Coordinating Council changed its name Wednesday. The group will now be known as the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.

Executive Director Les Sterman says the new name better reflects the organization's mission of cooperation between the area's many local governing bodies.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:59 am
Wed February 25, 2004

St. Louis City Leaders Meet with Charter Reform Group

St. Louis – Ten St. Louis city officeholders met with a citizens group Wednesday that's studying ways to make city government more efficient.

The so-called Stakeholders Assembly is a broad-based group of city residents who've been meeting since September to talk about possible improvements to the city structure.

The group heard from executive and revenue collection officials about how their offices function.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay supports the review process.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:26 pm
Tue February 24, 2004

MO House Committee Restores Money for MAP Tests

Jefferson City, MO – A budget committee in the Missouri House changed its mind Monday and put money back into the state budget for standardized tests.

The House Appropriation Education Committee last week took $5 million away that goes to help schools administer the MAP (Missouri Assessment Program) tests.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:59 pm
Tue February 24, 2004

Ken Jacob's Car Stolen in St. Louis City

Ken Jacob (state of Missouri photo)

St. Louis, MO – The latest victim of car theft in St. Louis City is the top Democrat in the Missouri Senate.

Ken Jacob told the Post-Dispatch he had just walked into the WS Hotel on Washington last Thursday to register when his car was stolen. He says it happened in just minutes, noting he he still had his keys in his hands.

The Columbia Democrat was at the hotel for a fund raiser for his campaign for Lieutenant Governor. He says the 2002 Lincoln was the first really nice car he's ever owned.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:53 pm
Tue February 24, 2004

Ballot Crowded for St. Louis County Executive

St. Louis – It appears there will be a crowded field of candidates for St. Louis County Executive this fall.

Tuesday was the first day that candidates could file for the primary ballot in August. Three Republicans -- county councilman Kurt Odenwald, Fenton Mayor Dennis Hancock and civic activist Ed Golterman -- filed their candidacy papers.

Several others, including former County Executive Gene McNary, are expected to seek the Republican nomination, as well.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:36 pm
Tue February 24, 2004

Candidates in Missouri Start Filing

Bob Holden, Claire McCaskill, and Matt Blunt are running for Missouri Governor.

Jefferson City, MO – Candidates for statewide and legislative races in Missouri began filing to be on the ballot this morning.

The Secretary of State's office in Jefferson City is handling forms for candidates of statewide (including Governor and U.S. Senator) and legislative (State Representative or State Senator) races.

Candidates who file today (Tuesday) will draw numbers to determine ballot placement. (The lower the number the higher up on the ballot)

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