St. Louis Public Radio News
4:45 pm
Tue December 23, 2003

New Post-Dispatch Contract Proposal Drops 'Open Shop'

These billboards will soon come down. (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – The newest contract proposal from the Post-Dispatch to about 600 of its union workers drops a so-called "open shop" clause from the deal. That means affected employees would still have to pay union dues.

More meetings are planned to discuss the three-year deal. Union president and Post-Dispatch reporter Tim O'Neill said in an article in the paper that the open shop move will allow the union to remove billboards and radio ads that accuse the paper of union-busting.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:32 pm
Tue December 23, 2003

St. Louis Heads for Fewest City Murders since 1962

St. Louis, MO –

There's good news this holiday season in the fight against violent crime in St. Louis.

If the current trend holds until the ened of the year, 2003 will have seen the lowest recorded number of murders in the City of St. Louis since 1962. KWMU's Kevin Lavery prepared this report.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:51 pm
Tue December 23, 2003

Ether Was Source of Chemical Spill at UMSL

The spill forced the closure of one campus building Monday. (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – A ruptured container of Ether is what closed a building on the UM-St. Louis campus Monday.

A custodian was treated for eye irritation but no other injuries or damage were reported. The campus was also pretty empty because of the holiday break.

The St. Louis County Hazardous Materials team found the source of the spill in a storage closet in the science complex.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:21 pm
Tue December 23, 2003

Cards' Stadium Financing Could Be Finalized Today

Busch Stadium appears even more on its way out. (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – The 8th Street ramp to eastbound Highway 40 is now closed; crews could start tearing it down today. That depends on when the Cardinals finalize a financing plan for a new stadium.

The Post-Dispatch reports that will happen today. The ramp carries about 5,000 cars a day but has to go to make room for the $400 million stadium, which will be squeezed in between Busch Stadium and Highway 40.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:49 pm
Tue December 23, 2003

Judge Says Casino Queen Can Serve Booze at New Year's

East St. Louis, Ill. – A judge on Monday said the Casino Queen in East St. Louis can serve alcohol at midnight on New Year's Day.

The boat sued last week after Mayor Carl Officer said he would not renew any liquor license when they expire January First. Officer says he has no choice because the City Council has not given him money to hire liquor inspectors.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:21 pm
Tue December 23, 2003

Former Governor Ryan Pleads Innocent

Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan (State of Illinois photo)

Chicago, IL – Former Illinois Governor George Ryan says he won't agree to a plea bargain in the federal corruption charges against him. Ryan entered an innocent plea in federal court Tuesday and later said he is innocent of charges that he took payoffs, gifts and vacations when he was secretary of state and governor.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:41 am
Tue December 23, 2003

Great Plains Will Suspend Flights to Chicago

The airline needs to repair an engine on one of its planes. (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – Great Plains Airlines, the only commercial airline at Mid-America Airport, will stop flights to Chicago during January and February because one of its planes needs repairs.

But Great Plains Chief Operating Officer Mark Marudas says those Chicago flights might NOT resume.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:18 am
Tue December 23, 2003

George Ryan to Make First Court Appearance Today

Former Gov. George Ryan (state of Illinois photo)

Chicago, Ill. – Former Illinois Governor George Ryan is expected in court today (Tuesday) for the first time since federal prosecutors accused him of taking payoffs, gifts and vacations in return for letting associates profit from state contracts or leases while he was Secretary of State and then Governor.

The 69-year-old Kankakee native is expected to enter a plea of innocent during an arraignment hearing in Chicago.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:12 am
Tue December 23, 2003

Cardinals Owners Finalize Financing for New Stadium

The site of the Cardinals' new stadium (between Busch Stadium and Highway 40). (KWMU photo)
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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:45 pm
Mon December 22, 2003

Reward for Information on McRee Town Arsons

St. Louis, MO – There's a $25,000 reward for anyone with information that might lead to whoever has been setting buildings in the McRee Town neighborhood on fire.

On Sunday, seven mostly-vacant homes in the south St. Louis City neighborhood caught fire at about the same time. No one was hurt, but they came just a few weeks after five other structures in the area burned down at the same time.

The homes were slated for demolition as developers work to rehab the neighborhood, which has fallen into disrepair in years past.

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