St. Louis Public Radio News
4:32 pm
Wed December 17, 2003

FBI Director Defends Patriot Act in St. Louis

FBI Director Robert Mueller (UPI photo)

St. Louis – During a visit to St. Louis Wednesday, FBI director Robert Mueller defended the USA Patriot Act, the federal provision enacted shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Mueller said the act broke down a wall between the law enforcement and intelligence communities that prevented each from sharing information prior to the attacks.

Mueller said technology has made the world smaller in recent years, and terrorists use national borders to advance their agendas.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:20 pm
Wed December 17, 2003

Former Illinois Governor Ryan Indicted

Chicago, IL – Former Illinois Governor George Ryan is charged with racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud, lying to federal agents and tax fraud. An indictment alleges Ryan received payoffs, gifts and vacations while he was secretary of state and governor in return for government contracts and leases. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald says the charges "reflect a disturbing violation of trust."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:18 pm
Wed December 17, 2003

EPA Chief Signs Clean Air Plan in St. Louis

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St. Louis – The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed a proposal in St. Louis Wednesday that is aimed at cleaning the air by targeting coal-fired power plants.

EPA chief Mike Leavitt, who took charge of the agency just over a month ago, says the "interstate air quality rule" will dramatically reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:13 am
Wed December 17, 2003

Judge Considers Another Concealed Weapons Objection

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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