St. Louis Public Radio News
1:50 pm
Mon June 16, 2003

McKinley Bridge to Undergo Overhaul

The Illinois side of the McKinley Bridge.
(KWMU staff)

Venice, Ill. – The McKinley Bridge that connects Venice, Ill. to North St. Louis could reopen in three years.

Monday, Metro East officials announced a plan to buy the bridge from the city of Venice, and repay bondholders more than $4 million of debt. Madison and St. Clair Counties, along with the State of Illinois, will pay off the bonds.

Illinois Department of Transportation engineer Marie Lamie says the state can now take bids for repair work, which will result in major changes for bridge users.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:23 pm
Mon June 16, 2003

Blanchette Bridge Undergoes Permanent Repairs

St. Louis, MO – When inspectors discovered cracks in one of the Blanchette Bridge's main support beams earlier this year, crews put a temporary fix in place. Starting June 16, they'll install a permanent repair.

Chris Sutton with the Missouri Department of Transportation says instead of removing the cracked beam, workers will cover the cracks with steel plates and add extra beams.

"Their vehicles will be underneath the bridge. Drivers probably won't notice they're there," Sutton says.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:25 am
Mon June 16, 2003

St. Louis Children's Hospital Cafeteria Re-Opens

St. Louis, MO – The cafeteria began serving food again Sunday, nine days after the hospital voluntarily shut
it down. Local health officials gave the kitchen a clean bill of health. Also on Sunday, the hospital
said about 90 people there tested positive for the bacterial illness. Of those, 73 are Children's
Hospital workers. Fifteen of those sickened were visitors, and two were patients. The outbreak's
source remains unclear.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:13 am
Mon June 16, 2003

Coalition Pickets St. Louis Travel Convention

St. Louis – A group seeking the creation of a civilian oversight board to monitor the St. Louis Police Department picketed a travel association convention meeting in the city Monday.

The Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression is boycotting all incoming conventions until an independent police review board is established.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:55 am
Mon June 16, 2003

Governor Signs Nursing Home Reform Bill

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:51 pm
Fri June 13, 2003

Anti-Nuclear Group Will Protest In Missouri

WASHINGTON – A train loaded with high-level nuclear waste is expected to pass through Missouri sometime later this year, and a nuclear watchdog group plans to protest the shipment.

Nuclear Information and Resource Service Spokesman Kevin Kamps says state officials have not been properly informed about the shipment and may not be prepared if an accident were to occur.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:55 pm
Fri June 13, 2003

Search Continues for Missing Boy

Christian Ferguson

St. Louis, MO – The search for a 9-year old disabled boy Thursday included neighbors, volunteers, and even other families with missing children.

Christian Ferguson hasn't been seen since Wednesday, when the car he was in was stolen. The boy has severe physical and mental handicaps; his mother says he could die if he doesn't get his medicine.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:21 pm
Fri June 13, 2003

Arrest Made in Hit-and-Run Death on I-44

St. Louis, Mo. – St. Louis police arrest a 60-year-old man
today. He was identified by a witness as the motorist who struck and killed a nurse on Interstate 44 this week.

Police say the man, accompanied by his lawyer, turned himself in. Police declined to name the St. Louis man until he is charged - probably tomorrow.

Elizabeth Ottomeyer, a 36-year-old nurse, was killed Tuesday when she pulled over to assist accident victims on the rain-slickened I-44 and was struck by a hit-and-run driver.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:40 pm
Fri June 13, 2003

Blagojevich Will Change Ethics Bill

IL Gov. Rod Blagojevich
(File Photo)

Springfield, ILL – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he'll use special veto powers to change ethics legislation.

Blagojevich wants to create an inspector general position and an ethics commission. He also wants to ban state officials from participating in public service announcements and create an ethics hot line for state employees.

The governor says the measure lawmakers passed was a good start but not tough enough.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:14 pm
Fri June 13, 2003

L.A. Man Sentenced in St. Louis for Threatening Bush

St. Louis, MO – A federal judge in St. Louis Thursday sentenced a Los Angeles man to 14 months in prison for threatening to kill President Bush.

Eugene Lewis was en route to Washington D.C. last July when he stopped and made the threatening call in St. Louis.

Lewis pleaded guilty in February to a felony count of threatening a president's life. He still faces three identical counts, which accuse him of threatening to kill Bush on separate occasions earlier last year.

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