St. Louis Public Radio News
2:45 pm
Mon February 9, 2004

Missouri, Illinois To Recommend Pollution Zones

St. Louis, MO – Officials will recommend that the city of St. Louis, four Missouri counties and perhaps as many as five Metro East counties be listed as having a high degree of fine particle emissions. Fine particulates include chemicals such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Leanne Tippett says she's working with other states to pinpoint the problem:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:49 pm
Mon February 9, 2004

New Book on the Midwest's Governors' Mansions

The Missouri Governor's Mansion (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – State capitol buildings are a usual must-see for tourists who visit Jefferson City, Mo. or Springfield, Ill. But so, too, are Governors' Mansions. A woman in St. Louis has spent the last nine years researching the 12 Governors' Mansions in the Midwest.

Ann Liberman has a new coffee table book out called "Governors' Mansions of the Midwest" and KWMU's Tom Weber spoke with her about what drew her to such a project.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:26 pm
Mon February 9, 2004

Missouri, Illinois To Recommend Pollution Zones

St. Louis, MO –
Officials will recommend that the city of St. Louis, four Missouri counties and perhaps as many as five Metro East counties be listed as having a high degree of fine particle emissions.

Fine particulates include chemicals such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Leanne Tippett says she's working with other states to pinpoint the problem.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:57 am
Mon February 9, 2004

'Super Scout' Jim Russo Dies

Wildwood, MO – A former scout for the Baltimore Orioles who became known as "Superscout" died this weekend at his home in Wildwood, Mo. Jim Russo started with the O's when they were the St. Louis Browns.

His list of signees included pitchers Jim Palmer and Dave McNally and first baseman Boog Powell.

He also became known for the reports he gave the O's on other teams. Russo's reports on the Dodgers were cited as a factor in Baltimore's four-game sweep of the 1966 World Series. He wrote about his life in the book "Superscout."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:54 am
Mon February 9, 2004

Missouri, Illinois To Recommend Pollution Zones

St. Louis, MO – Officials will recommend that the city of St. Louis, four Missouri counties and perhaps as many as five Metro East counties be listed as having a high degree of fine particle emissions.

Fine particulates include chemicals such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Leanne Tippett says she's working with other states to pinpoint the problem.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:20 am
Mon February 9, 2004

Missouri Lawmaker Wants Vaccine Rule Changes

St. Louis – Children in Missouri will soon have to get the chicken pox vaccine before entering school, and that has one lawmaker hoping to change how such vaccines become a requirement.

Senator John Loudon, R-Ballwin, says he's not necessarily against the chicken pox vaccine, he just does not like the way it became required.

As first reported on KWMU, the state's Department of Health and Senior Services set the rule. But Loudon says no one in that department is elected.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:17 pm
Sun February 8, 2004

Blagojevich Addresses Pilot's Plight in Pentagon Letter

Harry Schmidt (file photo)

Chicago, Ill. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has sent a Sunday to the Pentagon on behalf of St. Louis native Harry Schmidt.

Schmidt is the Illinois Air National Guard pilot who faces a court martial for accidentally bombing Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, killing four.

Blagojevich asked Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to ensure Schmidt's fair treatment in the case. He added he's concerned that Schmidt's lawyer doesn't have security clearance, which impairs his defense by limiting the pilot's access to counsel.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:48 pm
Sun February 8, 2004

IL Atty. Gen. Investigating Chicago Drug Maker

Chicago, Ill. – Attorneys General in Illinois and New York are trying to determine whether Chicago-based Abbott Labs broke the law by increasing the cost of a commonly used AIDS medicine.

Norvir is taken to treat HIV. Abbott increased the wholesale price of a 30-day supply of it by more than $200 in December, from $52.50 to $257.00.

At question is whether that violates anti-trust laws, or whether the company engaged in deceptive or unfair pricing practices when it raised the cost of Norvir.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:56 pm
Sat February 7, 2004

Cheney Headlines St. Louis Republican Event

Vice President Cheney, speaking in St. Louis this weekend (UPI photo)

St. Louis – Missouri Republicans worked to solidify their election year message this weekend. The party hosting its annual "Lincoln Days" event in St. Louis, a time for Republican leaders, activists and candidates to discuss their platform.

Missouri is key to President Bush's reelection campaign.

Despite Massachusetts senator John Kerry's resounding victory in the state's Democratic primary this week, Republican National Committee co-chair Ann Wagner says she's not worried about the president's chances.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:38 pm
Fri February 6, 2004

Holden Will Veto Union Fee Measure

Expect a veto from Gov. Bob Holden on a union fee measure. (file photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden plans to veto a measure lawmakers sent to him Thursday. It would block unions from collecting fees from non-union state employees.

Unions usually charge the so-called service fees in other industries because non-union workers benefit from the same negotiated contract. But Republican leaders argue no one should have to give money to a union they don't want to join.

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