St. Louis Public Radio News
1:18 pm
Thu October 16, 2003

IL Proposal Would Fine Gas Stations for Gouging

Ill. Rep. Bill Black (R-Danville)

Champaign-Urbana, Ill. – An Illinois lawmaker is sponsoring legislation to fine gas stations $1,000 per violation, if the state can find evidence of price gouging.

Rep. Bill Black (R-Danville) says it's time for Illinois to keep a closer look on fluctuating prices. "While I understand supply and demand, and OPEC is tightening production, what I find odd is so many stations seem to be at the same price within 45 minutes of each other," Black said. "That seems to enhance my frustration."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:21 pm
Thu October 16, 2003

Schmidt Lawyer Says He Needs More Access

Barksdale AFB, Louisiana – Gittins says he needs access to classified information in order to defend Schmidt, a member of the Illinois Air National Guard.

Gittins argues that Pentagon officials have denied him the security clearance he needs to discuss details of the mission.

But the lead government lawyer says Gittins is a civilian lawyer who isn't entitled to such a high security clearance.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:06 am
Thu October 16, 2003

Werner to Retire as SIUE Chancellor

SIUE Chancellor David Werner (SIUE photo)

Edwardsville, Ill. – Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville will soon need a new chancellor.

David Werner, 61, announced his retirement Wednesday during his annual State of the University address. He'll leave next July, having been chancellor since 19-97.

Werner has taught at SIUE since 1968; he says he's asked SIU President James Walker to find a replacement by next summer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:22 am
Thu October 16, 2003

Holden Still Has Most Money of Gov. Candidates

Jefferson City, MO – Republican Matt Blunt raised more money this summer than his two possible Democratic opponents in next year's race for Missouri Governor.

The Secretary of State took in nearly $514,000 from July through September; that's more than Governor Bob Holden or Auditor Claire McCaskill raised. But Holden still has the most money on hand, about $2.3 million. McCaskill and Blunt each have around $1.3 million.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:57 pm
Wed October 15, 2003

School Board Hears from Upset Maintenance Workers

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis school board members heard from angry parents and students at their meeting Tuesday night; many of whom protested a lack of hot water and other utilities at some schools this week.

More than 20 maintenance engineers staged a "sick-out" to protest the potential outsourcing of custodial jobs on Tuesday.

Stephen Gregali, a St. Louis Alderman and an official with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 2, said the action was entirely the workers' doing.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:30 pm
Wed October 15, 2003

St. Louis Clergy Leaders Urge End To Strike

St. Louis, MO – Leaders from four faiths -- gathered at the request of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 655 -- said the strike is causing hardship in the community.

Pastor B. T. Rice of the New Horizon Seventh Day Christian Church in St. Louis said things are bad at his food pantry:

"I'd love for you to stop by and see our pantry as a result of this," Rice said. "Because the shelves are almost as bare as can be."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:20 pm
Wed October 15, 2003

Sauget, Ill. Board Picks New Mayor

Sauget, Ill. – The Metro-East town of Sauget has a new mayor with a familiar name. The village board Tuesday elected Rich Sauget Jr. He replaces his great uncle, Paul Sauget, who resigned this month after questions were raised over $100,000 in personal charges made on his village-issued credit card.

Mayor Rich Sauget's first act was to appoint the police chief's mom as village clerk.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:18 pm
Wed October 15, 2003

Some Grocery Workers File Complaint Against Union

The strike is a week old (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – Some locked out grocery store workers have filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. They say their union, the United Food and Commercial Workers, didn't hold a fair strike vote because IDs weren't properly checked at the vote and not everyone understood the nature of a strike.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:32 pm
Wed October 15, 2003

Page Avenue Extension Will Open December 13

St. Louis, MO – Tthe Missouri Department of Transportation says the eight- mile, 10-lane roadway will be open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic December 13.

MODOT District Engineer Ed Hassinger says while the extension will alleviate congestion along Interstate 70 to what extent remains to be seen:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:39 am
Wed October 15, 2003

Kucinich Makes Campaign Stop In Bridgeton

St. Louis, MO – At a rally Wednesday morning in Bridgeton, more than 100 backers of the former Cleveland mayor turned out to see the man fashioning himself as a an "FDR New Deal" Democrat.

Kucinich opposes the death penalty, is pro-labor and endorses single-payer universal health care.

Kucinich led the charge in the House against the U.S. war in Iraq.

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