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The report on the wealth gap relies on data from the Federal Reserve Board from 1983 through 2016.
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Rise Of The Super-Rich, Population Changes Drive Racial Wealth Gap, Report Says

A new report focusing on the racial dimensions of inequality in America connects the richest 10 percent of households getting richer and the wealth of the median, or typical, American family declining. The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) report also cites low levels of black and Latino wealth, combined with their growing proportion of the population, as key factors in the overall decline in median household wealth from about $84,000 in 1983 to $82,000 in 2016. Together, blacks and Latinos make up about 30 percent of the U.S. population.

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St. Louis, MO – The man accused in the abduction and murder of a six-year-old girl in Valley Park is pleading not guilty to the crime.

Twenty-four-year-old "Johnnie" Johnson was indicted last month for first degree murder in the death of Casey Williamson, of
Valley Park, about 30 miles south of St. Louis. The former resident of the St. Louis suburb Kirkwood also faces charges of attempted forcible rape and armed criminal action.

Collinsville, IL – Teachers in Collinsville will decide tonight whether to go on strike. The Belleville News-Democrat reports teacher pay is the main sticking point of the contract talks.

Elsewhere, administrators and teachers in Lebanon, Illinois, have another round of talks scheduled for today. Teachers there are working without a contract.

Kansas City, MO – A judge has denied an advocacy group's request for a temporary restraining order, that would have kept changes to Missouri's Medicaid program from taking effect tomorrow.

That ruling today, in Jackson County Circuit Court. Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services is suing the state Department of Social Services and the state Division of Medical Services over the changes.

Hartford, IL – Premcor Incorporated will start closing its refinery in Hartford, Illinois, a move that will cost more than 300 workers their jobs.

Premcor said in February there was no economical way to reconfigure the refinery to meet new federal regulations. The closing comes despite a recent offer from private investors to buy the company.

Workers have been told their last day on the job will be October 10th.

Chicago, IL – Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said yesterday he plans to vote against President Bush's request for war approval plans against Iraq.

Durbin called the war resolution poorly timed and poorly reasoned. The Senate is expected to vote on the matter this week.

Durbin also said he does not consider Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein an imminent threat to the U-S, and says an invasion without clear backing from allies risks terror backlash against the U.S.

St. Louis, MO –

A century ago, the Wright brothers took an historic trip in the world's first true aircraft. By World War I, the airplane had become a weapon of war. This weekend, pilots from around the country will land at Creve Coeur Airport in replicas of those early fighter planes. A group of local enthusiasts is hosting the event to teach today's generation about aviation's early wartime history. KWMU's Kevin Lavery reports.

St. Louis, MO –

A group that travels rivers in the Midwest, cleaning their banks, will be in St. Louis today (Sept. 20). For the man who started the group five years ago, garbage is his career, and he wouldn't think of changing it. KWMU's Tom Weber caught up with the group last weekend on the Mississippi River in Alton, and has this report...

Jefferson City, MO – A judge who opposed the nomination of
John Ashcroft for US attorney general is poised to become the first black chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court.

Ronnie White takes over as head of the seven-member court on Tuesday. He says his top priority is to encourage diversity within the state court system.


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Tuesday: A Discussion With St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell

Host Don Marsh will be joined by Wesley Bell, the new prosecuting attorney in St. Louis County, to discuss his priorities while in office.

Metro St. Louis federal workers, businesses grapple with government shutdown

Federal employees throughout metro St. Louis are feeling the brunt of the partial government shutdown, as agencies have placed workers on furlough or have required them to work without pay.

We asked our readers and staff to send their favorite stories of 2018, then compiled them for you to read (or re-read). Enjoy as we look back at the year that was, and come back for more in 2019!