Morning headlines: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 | St. Louis Public Radio

Morning headlines: Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Oct 26, 2011

Game 6 of the World Series at Busch Stadium tonight

Jaime Garcia takes the mound tonight for the Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series at Busch Stadium, and the Texas Rangers will counter with Colby Lewis. The two pitchers faced each other in Game 2, with the Rangers ultimately getting the victory.

The Rangers have a 3-2 lead in the series. If the Rangers win tonight's game it will be their first World Series title.

Meanwhile, Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa is taking full responsibility for the bullpen phone mix-up that dearly cost his team in the World Series. LaRussa says it's entirely his fault closer Jason Motte wasn't warming up in the eight inning of Game 5 Monday night. The Texas Rangers scored twice in the inning beating the Cards and taking the Series lead.

Judge declares mistrial in Missouri lawsuit against Philip Morris USA

The lead lawyer in a Missouri lawsuit against cigarette maker Philip Morris USA says he'll try the case again after a judge declared a mistrial. The jury was in a fifth day of deliberations and deadlocked on the $700 million, class-action lawsuit when St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael David District ended the proceedings Tuesday.

The lawsuit claims Philip Morris misled Missouri smokers into believing that cigarettes labeled as "light" were safer than regular cigarettes. Attorney Stephen Swedlow says he'll take the case to trial again.

The jury deadlocked 8-4 in favor of the plaintiffs, and Swedlow points out it only takes nine jurors to return a civil verdict in Missouri. He says he'll work harder to convince a ninth juror in the retrial.

Judge turns down request regarding forced medication of Tucson shooting suspect

A federal judge has turned down a request by lawyers for the Tucson shooting rampage suspect to hold a separate hearing regarding his forced medication. In the ruling late Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Larry Burns writes that 23-year-old Jared Lee Loughner is being forced to take psychotropic drugs at a Missouri prison facility because he poses a danger to himself. So far, the decision to medicate Loughner has been made by prison officials at the Springfield, Mo., facility.

Loughner's defense attorneys had argued that the issue should be up to a judge and wanted Burns to consider the matter in a separate hearing.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges stemming from the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson that killed six people and injured Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others.

Repairs soon to be underway to fix flood damage at Eagleton Federal Courthouse in St. Louis

The U.S. General Services Administration plans to discuss details and a timeline today to fix damage caused by a burst water pope at the Eagleton Federal Courthouse in St. Louis. A pipe fitting burst after the courthouse closed on Aug. 24 and went undiscovered for seven hours. By the time the leak was found the following morning, about 8,000 gallons of water had poured down the south side of the building, damaging several courtrooms and offices.

A contractor fired at the courthouse a decade ago was blamed for installing a misaligned pipe.