St. Louis Public Radio News
4:04 pm
Mon February 2, 2004

'Crabby' Groundhog Means No St. Louis Ceremony

The groundhog display at the St. Louis Children's Zoo. (photo from St. Louis Zoo)

St. Louis, MO – For the first time in anyone's memory, there was no Groundhog Day ceremony at the St. Louis Zoo today (Monday).

In years past, the Zoo's resident groundhog, Chester, would pop out of his burrow on February 2nd to let everyone know whether to expect six more weeks of winter.

But Chester died last year, and the associate curator of the Children's Zoo, Alice Seyfried says the new groundhog, Lily, is not as willing to participate.

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3:48 pm
Mon February 2, 2004

Missouri's Sudden Primary

Sen. John Kerry has picked up from Gephardt loyalists, including St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (UPI photo)

St. Louis, MO –

When Dick Gephardt dropped out of the race for President after a fourth place finish in Iowa, Missouri's 74 unclaimed delegates opened up.

Of the seven states holding elections Tuesday, Missouri has the most delegates, but most of the campaigns had not planned on running here.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:08 pm
Mon February 2, 2004

McCaskill, Holden Close in Polls

St. Louis – A new poll shows incumbent Bob Holden and State Auditor Claire McCaskill locked in a close race for the Democratic primary for Missouri governor.

The poll, conducted for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and KMOV-TV, finds Holden with 32-percent to McCaskill's 31-percent among 500 likely Democratic voters.

Thirty-seven percent of those surveyed last week said they are undecided how they'll vote in the August 3 primary.

McCaskill says she is encouraged by the poll's findings.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:20 pm
Mon February 2, 2004

Republicans Rally for Bush in St. Louis

Bush campaign advisor Mary Matalin talks to Bush supporters in Clayton.
(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – Democrats have been in the media spotlight in advance of Tuesday's primary, but Missouri Republicans rallied Monday in Clayton for their favorite presidential candidate.

Missouri legislative GOP leaders Catherine Hanaway and Peter Kinder joined forces with U.S. Senators Kit Bond and Jim Talent at the rally, and praised President Bush.

Bush campaign advisor Mary Matalin lauded another member of the administration she says Democrats are unfairly attacking.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:36 pm
Mon February 2, 2004

Missourians to Vote in Tuesday Primary

St. Louis – Missourians head to the polls Tuesday to pick nominees for President, and to vote on ballot questions special to certain towns or districts.

This will be just the third time Missourians pick Presidential nominees in a primary; parties have traditionally held caucuses.

But since all the voting machines will be out anyway, a few ballot questions will also be answered

They include a half-billion dollar bond issue from the Metropolitan Sewer District.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:03 am
Mon February 2, 2004

Durbin Criticizes Bush for Intelligence Lapses

Springfield, ILL – Senator Dick Durbin says the president "should be held accountable" for American intelligence failures leading up to the Iraq war.

At a Springfield news conference Monday, he said says the public deserves to know why the administration was so wrong about whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Durbin calls this the country's biggest intelligence failure since the fall of the Soviet Union.

The Democratic senator is a member of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:49 am
Mon February 2, 2004

St. Louis Schools Audit to be Released Tonight

Auditor Claire McCaskill (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – Missouri state Auditor Claire McCaskill is scheduled to release the an audit of the St. Louis School District tonight.

A group of citizens first requested the probe by gathering petition signatures. McCaskill will personally deliver the results at Harris-Stowe College at 7:00.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:10 am
Mon February 2, 2004

IL Tax Forms Will Include Record 12 Check-Offs

KWMU photo

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois taxpayers will be able to give to a dozen charitable causes this year when they file their taxes. That's the most in state history.

The checkoff on their state tax forms allows money to go to a special fund which passes out grants for those causes.

Any amount of $1 or more can be donated. The amount is either deducted from the taxpayer's refund or added to the amount due.

In tax year 2002, checkoffs raised a total of nearly $1.5 million.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:42 pm
Fri January 30, 2004

Northwest-UM Merger Passes First Hurdle

Columbia, Mo – Northwest Missouri State University would become part of the University of Missouri under a memo of understanding approved by MU's Board of Curators.

The vote is the first step in a process that also needs approval from Northwest's Board of Regents, the Legislature and Governor Holden.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:24 pm
Fri January 30, 2004

St. Louis Presidential Debate Called Off

The debate was to be at the Touhill Center at UM-St. Louis. (file photo)

St. Louis – There will be no debate among Democratic presidential candidates in Missouri after all.

The Missouri Democratic Party today called off Monday night's planned debate, which would have been held at the University of Missouri--St. Louis on the eve of Tuesday's presidential primaries.

Missouri Democratic Party chairwoman May Scheve says organizers could not get commitments from senators John Kerry and John Edwards.

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