St. Louis Public Radio News
3:05 pm
Tue December 16, 2003

Police Seize Counterfeit CDs in Pagedale

St. Louis – The St. Louis County police said Tuesday they seized about 29,000 pirated CDs and three thousand DVDs from a Pagedale flea market on Saturday and arrested three vendors.

Police say the vendors were illegally selling counterfeit and pirated hip hop CDs.

Sergeant Rick Battelle says the vendors had previously received letters from the Recording Industry Association of America telling them they needed to stop their illegal activity.

He says the department is investigating another 13 vendors.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:31 pm
Tue December 16, 2003

Hanaway Announces Secretary of State Campaign

Jefferson City, MO – Republican House Speaker Catherine Hanaway announced her candidacy Tuesday for Missouri secretary of state.

Hanaway is the only Republican seeking to replace Secretary of State Matt Blunt, who's expected to run for governor.

The late Governor Mel Carnahan's daughter, Robin Carnahan, is the only Democratic candidate for secretary of state.

Hanaway is 40 and from the St. Louis County town of Warson Woods. She led the GOP take-over of the House in last year's elections.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:02 pm
Tue December 16, 2003

Environmentalists Scrutinize Metro East Corridor Plan

St. Louis – A plan by the state of Illinois to protect a 37-mile stretch of land in Madison, St. Clair and Monroe Counties for a potential roadway or light rail line is being scrutinized by environmentalists.

Illinois transportation officials say population shifts further away from the urban core require planning for future development.

But Jack Norman with the Sierra Club says a possible four-lane interstate will only encourage sprawl

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:49 pm
Tue December 16, 2003

Lobbyists Okayed to Start Tax Hike Petition Drive

St. Louis – The Missouri Secretary of State's office Tuesday gave the go-ahead to a state lobbying group that may try to put a sales tax proposal on the August ballot.

This means only that the Missouri Policy Group can start collecting the necessary signatures.

Their plan calls for an automatic hike in the state sales tax to fund education and health care if revenues fall below 2001 levels.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:09 pm
Tue December 16, 2003

Hanaway Announces Secretary of State Campaign

Jefferson City, MO – Republican House Speaker Catherine Hanaway announced her candidacy Tuesday for Missouri secretary of state.

Hanaway is the only Republican seeking to replace Secretary of State Matt Blunt, who's expected to run for governor.

The late Governor Mel Carnahan's daughter, Robin Carnahan, is the only Democratic candidate for secretary of state.

Hanaway is 40 and from the St. Louis County town of Warson Woods. She led the GOP take-over of the House in last year's elections.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:45 pm
Tue December 16, 2003

Hanaway Announces Secretary of State Campaign

Jefferson City, MO – Republican House Speaker Catherine Hanaway announced her candidacy Tuesday for Missouri secretary of state.

Hanaway is the only Republican seeking to replace Secretary of State Matt Blunt, who's expected to run for governor.

The late Governor Mel Carnahan's daughter, Robin Carnahan, is the only Democratic candidate for secretary of state.

Hanaway is 40 and from the St. Louis County town of Warson Woods. She led the GOP take-over of the House in last year's elections.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:34 am
Tue December 16, 2003

Illinois Will Approve Grant For Mid-America Airport

Mascoutah, IL – Gov. Blagojevich's office says it will approve Mid-America Airport's request for a $400,000 state grant.

St. Clair County wants the grant to make infrastructure improvements to the airport.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:08 am
Tue December 16, 2003

EPA To Host Meeting On St. Louis Superfund Site

St. Louis, MO – Arlington Plating Company has been declared a Superfund cleanup site. The EPA plans to remove about 80 drums of corrosive and toxic waste from the property at 4001 Goodfellow Boulevard. The agency says inspections have found violations of hazardous waste regulations. Past work at the site included metal cleaning and plating.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:57 pm
Mon December 15, 2003

3,500 Mourn Sen. Paul Simon In Carbondale

Carbondale, IL – Simon, a 1988 presidential candidate, died December 9. Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy compared Simon to his own brother, former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.

Kennedy told the crowd that Simon had moral courage in abundance. He said Simon couldn't have cared less about political games, which is why he was successful in politics:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:34 pm
Mon December 15, 2003

Ferris Wheel Legend Lives On

Photo courtesy the Hyde Park Historical Society

St. Louis, MO –

Crews are expected in Forest Park today to start constucting a Ferris wheel for New Year's Eve festivities. The wheel will be just one of many parts of the large party planned to ring in 2004.

But this year's Ferris wheel has some wondering what happened to the first Ferris wheel that ever stood in Forest Park one hundred years ago. And as KWMU's Tom Weber reports, that wheeel's saga has become the stuff of legend.

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