St. Louis Public Radio News
9:51 am
Thu September 11, 2003

Blagojevich Hopes New Office will Fix Corruption

Springfield, Ill – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich hopes the new state Inspector General will clean up corruption that has plagued the state.

Concerned citizens can now file complaints via the web or a toll-free hotline. An executive order will also protect whistleblowers from retaliation.

Blagojevich said the last administration left behind a culture of corruption. He said some state employees must change the way they do business.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:47 pm
Wed September 10, 2003

Casino Queen Seeks Longer Hours

Chicago – Weeks after four Illinois casinos reduced
operating hours in response to higher state gambling taxes, a casino in East St. Louis says it wants to be open more hours.

Casino Queen executives asked the Illinois Gaming Board Tuesday for permission to increase hours of operation from 22 to 24 hours a day.

Gaming Board Chairman Elzie Higginbottom says he is open to the idea, especially because several states surrounding Illinois have
24-hour gambling.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:04 pm
Wed September 10, 2003

McCaskill Promises Thorough SLPS Audit

St. Louis, MO – McCaskill says her office will begin the audit as quickly as possible, but cautions that it won't provide immediate answers.

She says the audit will look at the district's finances, management and performance starting at least a year before the hiring of an interim management team last May. A primary goal will be to identify the cause of a projected $90 million budget deficit. McCaskill says her staff will not rush through the process.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:46 pm
Wed September 10, 2003

Missouri House Overrides Vetoes on Abortion, Guns

Missouri House in session
(KWMU file photo)

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has voted to override Governor Holden's vetoes of bills that would legalize concealed guns and restrict abortion.

Today's 115-to-39 House vote on concealed guns sends the bill to the Senate, where supporters face a much more difficult challenge to get the two-thirds majority needed to make the measure law.

The legislation would allow Missourians age 23 and older to apply for permits from their county sheriffs to carry concealed guns.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:18 pm
Wed September 10, 2003

Legislators Wonder If Senator Will Make Veto Session

Jefferson City, Mo. – With the opening of the Missouri legislature's veto session, some state lawmakers are wondering where Republican Senator Jon Dolan of Lake St. Louis is.

Dolan is a public affairs officer in the Missouri Army National Guard, who is currently serving in Cuba.

His vote has turned out to be the crucial one in the effort to override the governor's veto of the concealed handgun bill.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:38 am
Wed September 10, 2003

Teen Dies After Being Hit With Skateboard

St. Louis, Mo. – A St. Louis area boy who asked to be
hit on the head with a skateboard - and was by another teenager - has died of his injuries.

Investigators say Pattonville High School student Michael Aubuchon, of Maryland Heights, was disconnected from life-support
this morning at a Creve Coeur hospital.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:19 am
Wed September 10, 2003

Stakeholders Assembly Meets

St. Louis, Mo. – More than 150 St. Louisans from diverse backgrounds met Wednesday to discuss changing the city's 89-year-old charter.

Advance St. Louis-formerly known as Citizens for Home Rule-has organized a so-called stakeholders assembly to gather public input on charter reform.

Consultant and former school board president Marlene Davis is part of the assembly. She says it's too early in the process to suggest specific changes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:05 am
Wed September 10, 2003

Trial Lawyers Contribute $350,000 to Holden, Group Says

Jefferson City, Mo. – Plaintiffs attorneys contributed more than $350,000 to Missouri Governor Bob Holden's re-election campaign, even as state officials considered legislation imposing new restrictions on personal injury lawsuits.

The Center for Ethics and the Free Market, a conservative organization, says attorneys contributed a nearly equal amount of money to the Missouri Democratic Party from January to June.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:00 am
Wed September 10, 2003

Erbland Requests Change of Venue

Thomas Erbland
(file photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – A man accused of killing his wife, St. Louis radio personality Nan Wyatt, wants a judge to order his case decided by jurors who are not St. Louis Countians.

Tom Erbland Junior today filed for a venue change during a St. Louis County Circuit Court hearing. A decision on from what county jurors will be selected is expected in the next 30 to 60 days.

Erbland argues that extensive media coverage of the Feburary slaying will make it impossible to pick an unbiased St. Louis
County jury.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:57 pm
Tue September 9, 2003

Moore Requests Those with Arms to Defend Her

Rochelle Moore

St. Louis, Mo. – A St. Louis School Board member who once put a curse on Mayor Francis Slay is now asking people to take up arms in her defense.

Rochelle Moore spoke at a rally featuring presidential candidate Al Sharpton Sunday night that advocated a boycott of the start of fall classes.

Moore told the crowd that her opponents are trying to discredit her by calling her "crazy."

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