St. Louis Public Radio News
11:34 am
Thu July 10, 2003

Edwardsville Attorney Pulls Out of U.S. Senate Race

Edwardsville, ILL. – Edwardsville attorney John Simmons is pulling out of the race for U.S. Senate in Illinois. He announced his candidacy two months ago but now says he'll support state Comptroller Dan Hynes instead. More than a half-dozen candidates are seeking the seat being vacated by Republican Peter Fitzgerald.

Now that he's out of the race, Simmons says he'll devote his time to reopening a steelmill and helping the Democratic Party in the 2004 race.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:24 am
Thu July 10, 2003

Holden Uses Veto Pen 22 Times

(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden Wednesday vetoed 22 pieces of legislation that passed this spring in the Republican-led Legislature.

Among the vetoes were measures that would have made women wait 24 hours before having an abortion, as well as language that would have placed new restrictions on personal injury lawsuits.

Lawmakers can try to override the vetoes in September.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:58 am
Thu July 10, 2003

Holden Signs A Variety of Bills in St. Louis

(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – Missouri Governor Bob Holden visited St. Louis Thursday to sign a wide range of bills into law.

Holden signed legislation that directs tobacco settlement money into life sciences research, changes taxes on visiting athletes and authorizes a one-percent sales tax in Jefferson County.

At Harris-Stowe State College, Holden signed a bill that formally recognizes June 19th or "Juneteenth" as "Emancipation Day."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:51 am
Thu July 10, 2003

Nixon Sues Three Telecom Giants

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon claims MCI, AT & T and Southwestern Bell have violated the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act by continuing to call Missouri residents for a one-year period after the consumers asked them to stop.

In Missouri, phone companies are exempt from the state's No Call List. Nixon says his federal suit is part of a new offensive to block telemarketers from using that loophole:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:41 pm
Wed July 9, 2003

Teen Pleads Guilty in St. Louis Officer's Death

St. Louis, MO – A teenager pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder in the death of a St. Louis police officer. Stepphion Sutton had been a passenger in a stolen car.

Officer Michael Barwick was killed in a crash while pursuing that car. Sutton faces up to life in prison.

The 19-year-old switched his plea to guilty in the death of Officer Michael Barwick. Sutton made no deal with prosecutors for a reduced sentence.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:37 pm
Wed July 9, 2003

MO Dept. of Agriculture Director Steps Down

Lowell Mohler (State of Missouri photo)

Jefferson City, MO – The director of Missouri's Department of Agriculture, Lowell Mohler, is stepping down to take a job with the state's Conservation Commission.

Mohler was named Ag director in January 2001. Peter Hoffher, the deputy director, will head the department in the interim. Mohler's appointment to the Conservation Commission needs state Senate approval.

Mohler was nominated Tuesday by Governor Bob Holden for the commission job; he replaces Howard Wood of Bonne Terre.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:13 pm
Wed July 9, 2003

Fitzgerald Surprised by Miquelon's Resignation

Illinois Senator Peter Fitzgerald

Fairview Heights, Ill. – Illinois Senator Peter Fitzgerald's office says they are as surprised as anyone that Miriam Miquelon quit as southern Illinois' top federal prosecutor. Fitzgerald has not said when he'll nominate someone to replace her.

Miquelon announced her resignation as southern Illinois' U.S. attorney Tuesday, less than a year into her term. She said she wanted to earn more money than her current $120,000 salary.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:51 am
Wed July 9, 2003

School Board Offers Reoganization Plan

St. Louis, MO – An often boisterous meeting of the St. Louis school board Tuesday night gave the public a chance to hear about the reorganization plan offered by the interim management team now running the district.

The team says it has streamlined operations by reducing the number of people who report directly to the superintendent.

In terms of instructional improvements, educational adviser Rudolph Crew says the district's ability to deliver books by the first day of school will be a critical benchmark of success.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:37 am
Wed July 9, 2003

Replacement Named for Miquelon

St. Louis – A replacement has been named for Miriam Miquelon, who resigned Monday from her post as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Attorney General John Ashcroft has authorized deputy U.S. Attorney Richard Byrne to be a temporary replacement for Miquelon, who quit after fewer than 11 months on the job.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:31 am
Wed July 9, 2003

Holden Must Act on 99 Bills by Monday

Missouri Gov. Bob Holden
(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's state Constitution gives Governor Bob Holden until Monday (July 14)to either sign or veto 99 remaining measures from this year's spring session of the General Assembly. The governor's staff says he expects to complete the job by Friday.

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