St. Louis Public Radio News
9:51 am
Mon July 14, 2003

Reward Boosted for Info in Christian Ferguson Case

St. Louis, Mo. – There's now a larger reward for anyone who can provide information that gets Christian Ferguson home safely. Volunteers have raised the amount to $6,100.

Christian's father says someone stole his SUV with the boy inside just after he had stepped outside of the car. That was more than a month ago.

Search Director Don Wilson says leads and clues from the public are drying up.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:50 am
Mon July 14, 2003

Public Meeting Monday Night on Trash Transfer Station

St. Louis, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing tonight on the controversial trash transfer station proposed for Oakville.

Fred Weber Incorporated wants to build a station that would handle 500 tons of trash a day. DNR's Roger Randolph expects tonight's meeting to be crowded.

We'll record comments and take those comments back and consider those while we're reviewing the permit, Randolph said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:41 pm
Fri July 11, 2003

Dying Artist and Teen Daughter Share Art Show Friday

Wells painted this portrait of his wife, Bev.
(Courtesy: Jim Wells)

St. Louis, Mo. –

Faced with his own mortality after a long struggle with cancer, a St. Louis salesman and artist will celebrate his life, his art and his daughter's art in a special exhibit in St. Louis tonight. KWMU's Hillary Wicai prepared this report.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:34 pm
Fri July 11, 2003

Sex Offenders Challenging MO's Sex Offender Law

Kansas City, MO – Eight registered sex offenders are challenging Missouri's so-called Megan's Law. That's the law that requires sex offenders to register in their home county.

The lawsuit, filed in Kansas City, claims the law is an added punishment on offenders without a jury trial and that it restricts offenders' personal freedom.

State Attorney General Jay Nixon says he doesn't expect the lawsuit to succeed because the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld similar laws in Connecticut and Alaska.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:10 pm
Fri July 11, 2003

MetroLink Accused of Discrimination

St. Louis, Mo. – A group of minority organizations are filing a federal lawsuit against the St. Louis transportation system.

The plaintiffs say Metro has not included a sufficient number of minority contractors in its multi-million-dollar expansion of the Metrolink light rail system in West St. Louis County.

Eddie Hasan, with the group MOKAN, says Metro is violating federal civil rights laws in discriminating against minority firms.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:54 pm
Fri July 11, 2003

Slay 'Less than Optimisic' about American's Future

St. Louis – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says he's less than optimistic about the immediate future of American Airlines in St. Louis.

The Mayor and Missouri Governor Bob Holden traveled to American's headquarters in Dallas Friday to meet with American CEO Gerard Arpey. Slay says the airline chief was not specific on plans for the St. Louis hub.

American is making cuts throughout the country, and the Mayor expects an announcement on the impact to St. Louis within weeks.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:38 pm
Fri July 11, 2003

Tornadoes in IL This Year Breaks Record

Illinois – Weather officials say 127 tornadoes have touched down in Illinois this year. That's 19 more than the previous record, which was set in 1974. The state averages just 31 tornadoes each year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Illinois' 127 tornadoes account for nearly 12% of the nation's 1,030 touchdowns for the year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:58 am
Fri July 11, 2003

Holden Vetoes Foster Care Reform

Jefferson City, MO – Governor Holden today vetoed a bill that
makes broad changes to the s child abuse and neglect system. He said the changes would have caused more harm to the system than good.

The bill was a reaction to the death last year of a two-year-old foster child from Springfield.

Like lawmakers, Holden said he supports changes to the foster care system. But he said a thorough review by his legal staff
revealed numerous problems with the bill.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:48 am
Fri July 11, 2003

Hermann, MO Couple Wins Half of $261 Jackpot

Hermann, MO – A new tractor and refrigerator might not seem the loftiest of goals for the Missouri couple who won half the $261 million Powerball jackpot. But Hermann residents William and Claudia Walkenbach say their new status as multi millionaires hasn't sunk in yet.

The east-central Missouri couple can take the money either as 30 annual installments of around $4 million, or a lump-sum payment of about $74 million dollars.

The couple bought the ticket Wednesday at the Hermann Fuel Mart. The other winner lives in Pennsylvania.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:37 am
Fri July 11, 2003

Blagojevich Signs 50 Bills, Including Coal Incentives

Carterville, Ill. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich yesterday signed more than fifty pieces of legislation into law.

One of them includes a package of incentives aimed at boosting the state's coal industry.

Companies wanting to build new or convert existing power plants in the state will be eligible for more than $300-million dollars in state-backed bonds if they promise to burn Illinois coal.

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