St. Louis Public Radio News
3:51 pm
Thu July 31, 2003

Off-Duty Cop Shoots Suspect

St. Louis, MO – An off-duty St. Louis police officer Thursday shot a man he says tried to run him down with a car. The officer was working security at a city library branch.

Police are still looking for another suspect.

Police said the sergeant ordered a suspect to stop when he saw him try to break into a car. They said the suspect instead fled to a waiting car.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:41 pm
Thu July 31, 2003

Hartford, Ill. Residents Sue over Pool of Gas

Hartford, Ill. – Residents of the Metro-East industrial town of Hartford are suing two oil companies because there's a pool of gasoline beneath their homes.

Premcor and Apex are named in the suits, and are blamed for a four million gallon pool of gas.

The suit seeks a cleanup plan and an unspecified amount of money for medical checkups and treatment, as well as lost property values.

Illinois' Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, has also sued to force a cleanup.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:26 pm
Thu July 31, 2003

May Co. Will Close 32 Lord & Taylor Stores

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis-based May Department Stores announced plans Wednesday to close 32 Lord & Taylor stores in 15 states.

The company says the closings are part of a strategy to reposition Lord and Taylor as an upscale fashion retailer. No Missouri stores will close, but 3,700 employees will lose their jobs.

Following the closings, Lord & Taylor will operate 54 stores in eleven states and the District of Columbia.

May also plans to close a Famous-Barr store in Des Moines, Iowa, and a Jones Store in Omaha, Neb.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:21 pm
Thu July 31, 2003

Plane Crash Discovered in Metro-East

Grafton, ILL. – Authorities near the Metro-East town of Grafton say they found the wreckage of a fatal plane crash Wednesday.

But they're not sure when the crash happened or whose body is inside the plane. The Federal Aviation administration is investigating.

It's a blue and white fixed-wing aircraft. The remains of a single unidentified victim were discovered along with the wreckage.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:13 pm
Thu July 31, 2003

Sharpton Leads Protest at Metrolink Celebration

The Rev. Al Sharpton lead protestors at Union Station Thursday.
(courtesy UPI)

St. Louis – The Reverend Al Sharpton and a group of protestors disrupted MetroLink's 10th anniversary celebration Thursday at Union Station.

Sharpton said he will return to St. Louis in less than two weeks unless officials make progress on including more minority-owned contractors on the MetroLink extension project.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:23 am
Thu July 31, 2003

Rev. Sharpton Expected for Metro Protest

St. Louis, MO – Advocates for minority-owned construction contractors plan to protest MetroLink's 10th anniversary celebration today. They're including presidential candidate Rev. Al Sharpton.

They say Metro is not meeting participation goals for minority- and women-owned firms on its $550 million light rail extension project.

Eddie Hasan heads the Missouri-Kansas Minority Contractors Association. At a rally Wednesday night, he said minority participation is only at 4%.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:43 am
Thu July 31, 2003

Sara Lee Settles Over Environmental Violations

St. Louis, Mo. – The federal government has settled a major case against St. Louis-based Sara Lee Bakery Group for damaging the world's ozone layer.

Sara Lee purchased several companies in 2001 including Earthgrains, which was the target of the suit. It has agreed to pay a $5.25-million civil penalty and to convert its industrial refrigeration units to systems that do not deplete the ozone layer.

But Sara Lee spokesman Matt Hall says the company admits no wrongdoing.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:06 pm
Wed July 30, 2003

Gateway Blood Association Shuts Down Because of Debt

St. Louis, MO – A major blood supplier to St. Louis has temporarily closed its doors. The Gateway Blood Association, which supplies blood to about 30 area hospitals, says it's more than a $1.5 million in debt.

The group is asking hospitals to help fund a bailout plan. For now, hospitals in Missouri under contract with Gateway will get blood from Davenport, Iowa. Illinois hospitals under contract are receiving blood from Springfield, Ill.

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3:36 pm
Wed July 30, 2003

Blunt Okay After Prostate Surgery

Mo. Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Springfield)

Washington, DC – Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt is expected back at work soon; he had surgery Monday to remove a cancerous prostate.

Blunt's doctor says the prostate cancer is not related to a tumor that caused the Springfield Republican's left kidney to be removed last year.

The 53-year-old Republican was operated on at the National Naval Medical Center near Washington.

His spokeswoman, Burson Taylor, says Blunt is in good spirits and expects to visit his home area in southwest Missouri next
month.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:17 pm
Wed July 30, 2003

Judge postpones plea from Air Force pilot

Maj. Harry Schmidt

Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana – An Illinois Air National Guard pilot is getting some more time to decide if he
wants a jury to decide his fate for a deadly friendly-fire bombing in Afghanistan.

Major Harry Schmidt is accused of dereliction of duty in the bombing, which killed four Canadian soldiers.

He could get six months in prison if convicted in a court-martial.

Schmidt had been expected to plead innocent, but asked for a deferral today to decide whether he wants a jury trial. A new court date is set for October.

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