St. Louis Public Radio News
11:47 am
Fri December 5, 2003

Proposed EPA Rules Could Affect St. Louis Air

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St. Louis, MO – New proposed federal air pollution control rules could have an impact on the St. Louis area's air quality. The Environmental Protection Agency wants to cap sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions for utility plants.

In Missouri, the EPA proposes adding Ste. Genevieve County to an area around St. Louis that would be considered a non-attainment area.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:10 am
Fri December 5, 2003

Lewis & Clark Exhibit Opens at Arch

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St. Louis – History buffs around the St. Louis region are gearing up for a year of celebrating all things Lewis and Clark.

2004 marks the bicentennial of the pair's famous expedition, and all year long there will be festivals, re-enactments and special museum displays.

The Gateway Arch is launching an exhibit that focuses on the six months Lewis and Clark spent preparing for their trip.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:57 pm
Thu December 4, 2003

Cardinals Release New Stadium Drawings

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St. Louis – The St. Louis Cardinals have updated their plans for a new $400 million downtown stadium.

The computer-generated renderings are the first plans to be made public since architects released conceptual watercolors three years ago.

Cardinals Vice President of Business Development Bill DeWitt III said the new facility will better fit its downtown surroundings than Busch Stadium.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:01 pm
Thu December 4, 2003

Moline Acres Officer Charged with DUI On the Job

St. Louis, MO – A Moline Acres police officer who was found passed out behind the wheel of a police car, has been charged with driving under the influence.

Lt. Carlie Carson was charged Wednesday. A Normandy officer spotted him in an unmarked police car near I-70 last Friday morning. Police say Carson, of Ferguson, was unconscious, two of the car's tires were blown out with the rims bent, and the engine was still running.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:48 pm
Thu December 4, 2003

Insurance Report Shows Mixed Trends in Insurance

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri doctors' insurance premiums
increased by nearly 50 percent last year. But the doctors' medical malpractice claims rose by only about six percent.

The information is in a report just released by the state Insurance Department.

The report found that claims against doctors rose from 663 in 2001 to 703 last year.

The report says premiums, claims and pay-outs are on the rise. However, it says awards paid to victims didn't keep pace with increasing medical costs, wages and injury severity.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:29 pm
Thu December 4, 2003

IL Tax Amnesty Brings In More than Expected

Springfield, ILL. – Illinois' tax amnesty program this year brought in more money than expected. It allowed people with overdue taxes to pay up without any fines, as a way to raise money for the cash-strapped state.

State officials said Thursday they collected $504 million; that's $135 million more than was expected.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:11 pm
Thu December 4, 2003

Illinois Files First Lawsuit Over 'No Call' Law

Ill. Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan (KWMU file photo)
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Springfield, IL – A telemarketer offering vacations and time-shares in the Missouri Ozarks is the first to face a lwsuit in Illinois for violating the "Do Not Call" law.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed the suit against Surrey Vacation Resorts. Madigan spokeswoman Melissa Merz says the telemarketers placed calls from a call center near Springfield, Ill. and one in Missouri that resulted in more than 60 complaints from Illinois households.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:52 pm
Thu December 4, 2003

U. City Millionaire's Run for U.S. President

U.S. Presidential candidate Blake Ashby (photo from ashby2004.org)

St. Louis, MO –

Blake Ashby, a University City millionaire, has had it with the Republican Party.

So the 39-year-old has decided to run for president of the United States. Currently he's on the GOP ballot in Missouri and New Hampshire.

KWMU's Hillary Wicai spoke with Ashby and asked him what he hopes to accomplish with his campaign against the incumbent and best-funded presidential candidate in U-S history.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:51 am
Thu December 4, 2003

Olympic Torch Will Be Run Through St. Louis

The 2002 Olympic Torch that made its way to the Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

St. Louis – St. Louis will be one of just 34 cities in the world and just four in the U.S. to host the International Olympic Torch Relay in June.

More than 100 runners will pass the flame along a 30-mile route through the region as the torch makes its way to Athens, Greece.

St. Louis Sports Commission president Frank Viverito said the event will be historic.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:36 am
Thu December 4, 2003

Five Fires Strike McRee Town

St. Louis, MO – Firefighters battled five separate blazes that broke out in within about 90 minutes of each other in the city's McRee Town neighborhood.

One firefighter who suffered a back injury was treated and released from St. Louis University hospital, and paramedics treated a second person for smoke inhalation at the scene.

Fire Department spokeswoman Capt. Kim Bacon says city firefighters were stretched thin:

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