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

Holden Asks Feds for Drought Assessment

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden has asked the federal government to assess drought conditions in 36 counties. It's a first step in eventually seeking federal disaster aid.

The governor's office says corn in parts of northern and western Missouri is so damaged by drought that there is little chance of recovery.

Scorched pastures have also forced some livestock farmers to begin feeding winter supplies of hay to their animals, or to sell them prematurely.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:49 am
Tue August 12, 2003

O'Fallon, MO Stops Redevelopment Plan

O' Fallon, MO – O'Fallon, Mo. city officials have put the brakes on a $200 million dollar redevelopment plan.

Mayor Paul Renaud said Monday night he's concerned over the size of the project and the amount of tax money to be used.

Developer Main Street Ventures was to unveil a revised plan at a packed meeting last night, but Renaud instead said a task force will consider other redevelopment options in a few months.

The plan was to include changes advocated by residents in the community about 37 miles northwest of St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:44 am
Tue August 12, 2003

Three Fireworks Manufacturers Are Indicted

St. Louis, MO – The seven-count indictment charges that employees of Pyro Products, Inc. and its sister company, Next F-X Inc. tampered with explosion scenes in which two people were killed and five others injured. U.S. Attorney Ray Gruender says the defendants are also charged with falsifying safety and training records, illegally storing hazardous materials and mislabelling them for shipping:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:08 am
Tue August 12, 2003

Hillary's Book Tour Comes to St. Louis

Sen. Hillary Clinton signs copies of her book Monday night at Left Bank Books. (KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, MO –

In St. Louis's Central West End neighborhood Monday, more than 1,000 fans and supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton waited for hours just to say a quick 'hello' and get an autograph. The New York Senator and former First Lady visited the small book store Left Bank Books to plug her latest foray into the literary realm - a memoir called "Living History." KWMU's Matt Sepic snuck past security and filed this report.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:44 pm
Mon August 11, 2003

School District Layoffs Could Start Today

St. Louis, MO – The head of the St. Louis Teachers and School Related Personnel Union says she believes employees slated for termination could start receiving their notices as early as Monday.

Mary Armstrong met Sunday with the union's rank and file to update them on the status of meetings the union held last week with St. Louis school officials.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:43 pm
Mon August 11, 2003

Blagojevich Releasing Money for WWII Memorial

Springfield, ILL. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich said Sunday he's releasing $750,000 for a World War II memorial in Springfield.

The memorial will join current memorials for those who fought in the Korean and Vietnam Wars already at Oak Ridge Cemetary, on the city's north side.

The governor made the announcement during Veteran's Day at the Illinois State Fair. He released about $600,000 earlier this year. He had been blocking the money, though, because it came from the pool of money used for pork projects.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:22 pm
Mon August 11, 2003

Mokwa Will Form Task Force After Weekend of Carjackings

St. Louis, MO – A series of carjackings this weekend has St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa promising a task force to look into the matter.

Police say at least some of the violence this weekend was related. One man was shot dead while walking near a park with his wife; the suspects were driving an SUV believed to have been carjacked the night before.

A family from Colorado was shot at when would-be carjackers tried to get their SUV on Interstate 70.

Mokwa says the task force will also look into car break-ins and thefts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:06 pm
Mon August 11, 2003

Cardinals Make History By Grounding into Triple Play

St. Louis, MO – The Cardinals beat the Braves 3-2 Sunday night, thanks to back-to-back homers in the eighth from Eduardo Perez and Albert Pujols.

But a play in the fifth inning made history. Cards' pitcher Woody Williams hit into just the 12th unassisted triple play in baseball history.

With runners on first and second, Braves Shortstop Rafael Furcal caught a line drive, stepped on second base to retire the runner who had jumped off second, then tagged out Orlando Palmeiro, who was running from first.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:09 am
Mon August 11, 2003

New Program Targets Obesity in Children

St. Louis, Mo. – A children's advocacy group is hoping to reduce high levels of obesity and diabetes in St. Louis area third- and fourth-graders.

'Support A Child International' Monday launched a new health education initiative for kids and parents that will target ten low-income schools in St. Louis city and County.

Linda McClerklin directs the program-known as "Healthy Futures."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:43 am
Mon August 11, 2003

Two Arrested in Weekend Crime Spree

St. Louis, Mo. – Two men are in St. Louis police custody following a rash of carjackings over the weekend that killed one person and injured three others.

Police chief Joe Mokwa says police have identified and are searching for two other men from the suspects' same neighborhood. Police will seek murder, robbery and assault charges against the two suspects. Mokwa says the men have a history of past offenses.

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