St. Louis Public Radio News
4:08 pm
Mon October 28, 2002

Officers Begin Wearing Mandatory Bullet-proof Vests

St. Louis, MO – All St. Louis police officers
are now required to wear bulletproof vests.

Police Chief Joe Mokwa ordered the vests to be worn at all times after a rash of police injuries, including the shooting of Officer Christina Fernandez at a traffic accident earlier this month.

Fernandez was wearing a protective vest but the bullet struck below the vest. It was the sixth reported attack on police officers in the last three months.

Before Monday, officers had the option of whether to wear bulletproof vests.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:08 pm
Mon October 28, 2002

Auditor's race likely to pass without ads

Jefferson City, MO – The state auditor's race appears to be a
rarity this year. In an era of massive media campaigns, the auditor's race seems likely to pass with no ads by its candidates.

Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill is the only of the four candidates to have raised enough money to buy ads.

But she has yet to do so -- according to a campaign finance report filed today with the state Ethics Commission. And Campaign
Manager Matt Teter says it's unlikely McCaskill will buy any ads.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:37 am
Mon October 28, 2002

Study Suggests Proposition A Would Reduce Teen Smoking

St. Louis, MO – The group pushing the passage of Proposition A in Missouri says raising cigarette taxes would save lives and keep children from ever starting smoking.
Citizens for a Healthy Missouri is citing a study from University of Illinois-Chicago researcher Frank Chaloupka which says the 55-cent tax hike would keep more than 49,000 youths from taking up the habit.

Chaloupka says if cigarette prices go up, youths won't want to pay the higher costs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:26 am
Mon October 28, 2002

Talent to Bury Father; Cancels Some Campaigning

Former Missouri Congressman Jim Talent is running for U.S. Senate.

St. Louis, MO – The family of Missouri's GOP Senate hopeful Jim Talent is making funeral arrangements for Talent's father Milton, who died yesterday.

The 91-year old Navy veteran was a lawyer in St. Louis. He died yesterday after a brief illness.

Jim Talent has cancelled some campaign appearances until tomorrow. He faces Democratic Senator Jean Carnahan in a close contest that has garnered national attention for the effect it may have on party control in the U.S. Senate.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:50 am
Mon October 28, 2002

State Announces New Abduction Alert System

Jefferson City, MO – Governor Holden signed an executive order
Monday creating a statewide system to alert the public when a child is abducted.

The alerts, sometimes referred to as Amber Alerts, dispatch descriptions and other details about missing children.

In a typical case, the information is then carried on radio and television stations.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:26 am
Mon October 28, 2002

Bi-State System Map Now Available

St. Louis, MO – It took almost ten years, but the Bi-State Development Agency now has a system map of its public transportation in the St. Louis area.

The map shows bus and Metrolink routes along all streets in the area, as well fares and instructions for using public transit. Bi-State has always offered timetables and maps for individual routes, but there has never been a system map.

The new maps were printed with federal grant money and are available at the MetroRide store in America's Center in downtown St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:01 am
Mon October 28, 2002

Illinois Death Clemency Hearings End Today

Chicago, IL – Hearings on requests for clemency from 142 of the 160 prisoners on Illinois' death row wrap up today.

Panels of Illinois Prisoner Review Board members have been hearing six presentations a day during the hearings, which began on October 15th in Chicago and Springfield. The board will pool its recommendations for presentation to Governor George Ryan in November.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:19 pm
Sun October 27, 2002

Durbin, Durkin Face off for Illinois' Senate Seat

Chicago, IL –

While the race for the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri has attracted millions of dollars in campaign contributions, intense media coverage, and plenty of voter interest, the same cannot be said for the Senate race in Illinois.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:58 pm
Fri October 25, 2002

McCaskill Says She'll Run for Governor in '08

Jefferson City, MO – With just more than a week to go before the 2002 election, Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill says she'll likely run for Governor in 2008.

She's currently running for re-election as auditor and was asked yesterday if she'd serve her full four-year term, she said she would. But she said she may not complete her term if she's reelected in 2006 because she'd likely make a gubernatorial bid two years after that.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:19 pm
Fri October 25, 2002

Final Senate Debate Features All Four Candidates

Democrat Jean Carnahan (left) and Republican Jim Talent (right) were joined by Libertarian Tamara Millay and Green Daniel Ramano in the final debate.

Columbia, MO –

U.S. Senate candidates met for a final debate in Columbia Thursday. From the supporters outside the debate to the post-debate news conferences, KSMU's Missy Shelton has this wrap-up.

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