St. Louis Public Radio News
1:33 pm
Mon August 18, 2003

Amrine Brings Moratorium Message to St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – Opponents of capital punishment in Missouri say the recent release of death row inmate Joe Amrine highlights the need for a moratorium on the death penalty.

Amrine left prison three weeks ago, after the state supreme court overturned his death sentence for the murder of a fellow prison inmate.

At a news conference in St. Louis Sunday, Amrine said race and economic status often factor into whether a defendant is sentenced to die.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:31 pm
Mon August 18, 2003

Demolition Continues At Future Retail Site

Crews tore down the former Emprint Co. store near Hanley Road on Monday. (KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Last September, Maplewood voters approved the buyout of some 130 mainly residential properties for the creation of Maplewood Commons, a retail center that will feature a Wal-Mart and Sam's Club.

On Monday crews tore down the former Emprint company near Hanley Road. Dennis LaRue with THF Realty says the project been two years in the making:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:06 pm
Mon August 18, 2003

State Budget Cuts Sometimes Means Higher Property Taxes

Jefferson City, MO – A school administrators' lobby group in Missouri wants to know whether budget cuts at the state level have meant higher property taxes at the local level.

The group has sent questionnaires to all of the state's 524 school districts to ask if they have increased the property tax levy, or plan to during this school year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:50 pm
Sun August 17, 2003

UMSL Performing Arts Center Releases Fall Schedule

St. Louis, MO – The $52 million Blanche Touhill Performing Arts Center is nearing its opening date. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held September 23; four days before the first ever show at the center.

The late Gregory Hines was supposed to perform on the 27th but his protege, Savion Glover, will instead perform a tribute to the dancer and actor.

Tickets for the season go on sale Monday; you can call the ticket office at 314-516-4949. Or visit www.touhill.org.

The schedule is as follows:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:42 pm
Fri August 15, 2003

Military Says East Alton Soldier Died from Heat

East Alton, Ill. – Military officials are blaming the death of a soldier from East Alton on Iraq's blistering summer heat.

Army Private Matthew Bush, 20, was found dead in his bed last week in Kirkush, about a hundred miles north of Baghdad. He had been overseas for about three weeks.

Preliminary findings from an autopsy performed at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware suggest heat as the cause of death. Bush's body has been returned to his family in East Alton.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:01 pm
Fri August 15, 2003

Corps to Raise Missouri River Level

St. Louis, Mo. – The Army Corps of Engineers has started raising levels on the Missouri River again.

The agency had dropped them for three days this week because a judge ordered it to. The order aimed to lower the water to protect endangered species.

Brigadier General William Grisoli says flows should be normal by tomorrow night. He says the water is also being raised slowly to protect the species' nesting spots.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:02 pm
Fri August 15, 2003

Missouri Doesn't Want to Chance Massive Power Outage

St. Louis, Mo. – A massive power outage is unlikely to happen in Missouri.

That's according to the state's largest electric company. AmerenU-E says power generators are closer to the demand here and Missouri's central location makes it interconnected to other state
systems that could help in a jam.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:11 am
Fri August 15, 2003

Philip Morris Bond Hiked Back Up to $12 Mill

Madison Co. Courthouse
(file photo)

Edwardsville, Illinois – A Madison County judge today ordered the Philip Morris tobacco company to post a $12 billion bond before it can appeal a recent consumer fraud judgment.

Judge Nicholas Byron initially lowered the bond, but an Illinois appeals court said he did not have the authority to do so.

Philip Morris attorney John Muelderig says he wants the state supreme court to settle the matter.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:02 am
Fri August 15, 2003

Could Gays Split Some Churches?

Rev. Gene Robinson was approved last week as the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop.

St. Louis, MO –

One week ago today, the Episcopal Church concluded its General Convention in Minneapolis.

At the meeting, church leaders and lay delegates of the 2.3 million-member U.S. denomination approved the church's first openly gay bishop. It was a move many said would lead to schism in the church.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:12 am
Fri August 15, 2003

Sharpton Will Stump in St. Louis Saturday

St. Louis, MO – Sharpton marched with protestors in St. Louis July 31 to fight for increased minority contractor participation in the Metrolink light rail expansion project. On Saturday, he'll visit a North St. Louis shopping center as a Democratic candidate seeking the White House. Activist Zaki Baruti says the event is designed to help Sharpton carve out a niche among Missouri voters:

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