St. Louis Public Radio News
11:42 am
Thu January 29, 2004

Edwards, Kerry, Sharpton Make St. Louis Visits

St. Louis – Three Democratic presidential candidates visited St. Louis Wednesday--more than a week after favorite son Dick Gephardt dropped out of the race.

John Kerry rallied at Forest Park Community College, and John Edwards scheduled a stop at a University City restaurant.

At the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the Rev. Al Sharpton urged young people to go to the polls and the Democratic party to return to its roots.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:01 am
Thu January 29, 2004

Tenet Will Sell Forest Park, St. Alexius Hospitals

Forest Park Hospital, near the St. Louis zoo (Tenet photo)

St. Louis, MO – The nation's second-largest hospital owner, Tenet Healthcare, announced plans Wednesday to sell 27 of its hospitals, including Forest Park and St. Alexius hospitals in St. Louis.

The company will keep Saint Louis University and Des Peres hospitals, but said it can no longer afford weak financial results at Forest Park and St. Alexius.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:20 pm
Wed January 28, 2004

Missouri Democrats Trying For St. Louis Debate

St. Louis – Democratic party officials in Missouri are still hoping to host a debate among the presidential contenders in St. Louis on Monday.

Leaders have been trying to convince the seven candidates to appear at the debate the night before the state's presidential primary.

But Democratic Party chairwoman May Scheve said only Joseph Lieberman has confirmed that he'll attend the event.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:32 pm
Wed January 28, 2004

Illinois Rep. Wants Gun Exemption for Self Defense

Springfield, Ill. – A state representative from southern Illinois is proposing legislation that would override local handgun bans when
the guns are used in self-defense.

Representative John Bradley argues that a man from the Chicago suburb of Wilmette had a right to shoot an intruder in his home, regardless of a local ban on handguns.

The Marion Democrat says its important to make sure that Illinoisans have the right to defend themselves and their property.

He proposed the legislation this week.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:21 am
Wed January 28, 2004

Concealed Weapons in Illinois

Springfield, Ill. –

The debate over concealed weapons isn't confined to just Missouri. Illinois is one of a handful of states that still ban the hidden guns, but there's an effort underway to change that.

As Illinois Public Radio's Maria Hickey reports, a lawmaker from northern Illinois wants to allow retired police and military officials in the state to carry concealed weapons.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:21 am
Wed January 28, 2004

Canadian Bombing Pilot Court Martial Date Set

Maj. Harry Schimdt

Barksdale Air Force Base, La. – The court-martial of an Illinois Air National Guard pilot is now set for April 5th in Louisiana.

St. Louis native Major Harry Schmidt accidentally bombed Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan in 2002, killing four.

A military investigation found Schmidt should have flown away instead of attacking the convoy he says he thought were Taliban firing on him. If he's convicted of dereliction of duty, Schmidt could spend up to six months in military prison.

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9:57 am
Wed January 28, 2004

Three Presidential Candidates Head to St. Louis Today

Al Sharpton, John Kerry, and John Edwards will all be in St. Louis today (file photos)

St. Louis, MO – Three candidates for President will be in St. Louis today. Al Sharpton will be at U-M-St. Louis at noon. John Kerry will be at Forest Park Community College this afternoon. And John Edwards will be at Blueberry Hill in the Delmar Loop tonight.

The state Democratic party was firmly behind St. Louisan Dick Gephardt before he left the race; party operatives have since split off to work on other campaigns, mostly for Kerry and Edwards.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:24 am
Wed January 28, 2004

Holden Not Endorsing Any Presidential Candidate

Gov. Bob Holden (KWMU file photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden said Wednesday he wants Missouri Democrats to decide for themselves who they favor in next week's presidential primary.

He's not endorsing any candidate. "I think whoever makes the best case on behalf of the education and health care and safety and security of our citizens in this country that'll be the candidate that Missourians rally around," Holden said.

The governor did add that with Dick Gephardt dropping out, the race is wide-open in Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:45 pm
Tue January 27, 2004

Stallworth Quits as City Health Director

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis City's Health Director, Hugh Stallworth, resigned Monday, after only 15 months on the job.

The Post-Dispatch says Stallworth was to meet today (Tuesday) with Mayor Francis Slay to discuss questions about his leadership. Stallworth was the city's highest-paid employee, part of Slay's cabinet, and says he could accomplish little in an environment of continual budget cuts.

He was hired in October 2002 after a nine-month national search.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:32 pm
Tue January 27, 2004

Missouri Unemployment Drops in 2003

St. Louis – Missouri is making progress in restoring jobs lost during the 2001 recession.

Seasonally adjusted figures from the U.S. Department of Labor released Tuesday show statewide unemployment dropped half a percentage point during 2003, from 5.5 percent to 5.0 percent.

Jim Grebing, with Missouri's Department of Economic Development, said the state is keeping pace with its neighbors.

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