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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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:55 pm
Mon December 15, 2003

St. Clair County Group Calls for Malpractice Reform

Belleville, Ill – Community leaders in St. Clair county, Illinois Monday joined with area attorneys and doctors to discuss what they called a crisis in access to health care.

The group says physicians are fleeing the area in record numbers because of malpractice insurance rates that are among the highest in Illinois, and rising.

St. Clair County Board Chairman John Baricevic said the coalition is broad-based, and wants solutions from everyone.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:54 pm
Mon December 15, 2003

Gephardt Hopes Saddam's Capture Will End Iraq Violence

UPI

Milwauke – Presidential hopeful Dick Gephardt says he hopes the capture of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein means the end of violence in Iraq.

But Gephardt also says President Bush needs the help of other countries to end the war on terror. The candidate says the president is isolating the United States.

Gephardt made his comments Monday while visiting Milwaukee.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:27 pm
Mon December 15, 2003

Durbin: Bring Saddam Before Iraqi Tribunal

Carbondale, IL – Durbin says it's too early to tell if the resistance will cease.

The Democrat spoke to reporters in Carbondale, Illinois on Sunday before a memorial service for former senator Paul Simon.

Durbin said the world will be watching how the U.S. treats Saddam, and it's important that he be brought before a credible Iraqi war tribunal that doesn't appear to be stacked against him:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:16 pm
Mon December 15, 2003

Pardoned Death Row Inmate Runs for Illinois Legislature

Springfield, Ill – A former death row inmate wants to be elected to the Illinois Legislature to change some of the laws that he says wrongfully put him behind bars.

Aaron Patterson, of the Chicago area, today filed as a Democratic candidate in the sixth representative district for the March primary election.

He will run against Representative Patricia Bailey who was elected to that seat last November.

Patterson was convicted of killing an elderly Chicago couple in 1986 and served 17 years on death row.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:56 am
Mon December 15, 2003

Page Extension Passes First Rush Hour Test

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St. Louis – Motorists who are used to traffic headaches between St. Louis and St. Charles Counties now have another option. The Page Avenue extension, or Highway 364, faced its first rush hours tests Monday.

Officials say the first day of traffic on the Veterans Memorial Bridge was a success.

The $348 million project is expected to relieve congestion on the other bridges over the Missouri River.

But Linda Wilson, with the state Department of Transportation, said it's only phase one.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:59 pm
Fri December 12, 2003

Hamm's Mother Says She Was Asked To Care for Kids

Clinton, Ill – The mother of a woman accused of drowning her three children in Illinois' Clinton Lake says she was asked to care for two
of the children so her daughter could move to St. Louis.

Ann Danison of Clinton later said she couldn't help but wonder
if she could have averted the tragedy.

Danison said Amanda Hamm had asked her to temporarily care for her sons so she could move from Clinton to St. Louis with her
boyfriend, who's also charged with the children's murders.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:01 pm
Fri December 12, 2003

Blagojevich Likely to Veto Hospital Tax Legislation

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Springfield, Ill – Illinois governor rod Blagojevich says he may veto legislation that is designed to bring more money to the state's hospitals.

The legislation increases taxes on hospitals, with that money generating more federal matching money.


In the end, hospitals would get more money than they pay in taxes. However, the governor says some of the money would go to nursing homes and adds he does not like the fact that about $70 million is not earmarked for any program.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:00 pm
Fri December 12, 2003

Page Avenue Extension Will Open To Traffic On Sunday

St. Louis, MO – The eight-mile project has been sought by transportation planners for close to 35 years, saying that it will relieve stifling traffic congestion on bridges between St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. Missouri Department of Transportation spokeswoman Linda Wilson says the new roadway will have an immediate impact:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:07 am
Fri December 12, 2003

Lewis & Clark Re-Enactors Reach Wood River

St. Louis, MO – To the sound of a fife and drum corps, a crew of several dozen men docked three replica boats near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers in Hartford, Illinois where Lewis and Clark landed on this day in 1804.

One of the re-enactors is Greg Carter, who plays Louisiana Territory Governor Amos Stoddard:

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