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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:22 am
Fri February 21, 2003

Federal Help for Laid Off Airline Workers

St. Charles, Missouri – US Labor Secretary Elaine Chao Friday announced two federal grants totaling close to $4 million to help displaced airline industry workers in Missouri. The money will be used for job search assistance, placement and training.

George Price is with the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents thousands of furloughed American Airlines employees.

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3:35 pm
Thu February 20, 2003

American Red Cross Promotes Readiness

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:12 pm
Thu February 20, 2003

Freeman Autopsy Indicates Weak Heart

St. Louis – Autopsy results show St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist and KWMU host Greg Freeman died from cardiomyopathy, a chronic weakening of the heart muscle.

Medical examiners reported the autopsy results Wednesday, according to the Post-Dispatch. They say the condition was brought on by high blood pressure.

Freeman was a full-time columnist at the Post since 1992 and host of KWMU's "St. Louis on the Air" for about three years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:43 am
Thu February 20, 2003

Former Student Alleges Priest Abuse

St. Louis – A former student at St. Paul's grade school in Fenton is accusing a Catholic priest of sexual abuse 16 years ago.

The unnamed man has filed a civil lawsuit against the St. Louis Archdiocese and Father Robert Yim, who served as a priest at St. Paul's Catholic Church in the late 1980's.

Yim was also the Barnes Hospital chaplain from 1990 to 1995.

A spokesman for the archdiocese says that Yim left the active ministry in 1995.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:43 am
Thu February 20, 2003

St. Louis Wrestling Team Turns out Champions

St. Louis, MO –

As Missouri's high school wrestlers head to the state championship in Columbia, KWMU's Matt Sepic profiles a team from St. Louis that has a long history of turning out championship wrestlers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:52 am
Thu February 20, 2003

Senators Endorse New Budget Plan

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Senators endorsed a new way of solving the state's budget troubles Wednesday.

However, the measure still could result in an $82 million gap, which Governor Holden says he would cover with education cuts.

The bill calls for issuing revenue bonds to lessen the shortfall for the fiscal year that ends June 30th. The bonds would be backed by general tax revenues.

Senators wrote their proposal into a House-passed bill, which would cover the shortage with bonds backed by future tobacco settlement money.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:19 am
Thu February 20, 2003

Nan Wyatt's Husband Appears At Arraignment

St. Louis, MO – The husband of slain KMOX radio personality Nan Wyatt was arraigned in court today for her murder. 43-year-old Thomas Erbland tried to tell a judge in St. Louis County Circuit Court that he is guilty in Wyatt's shooting death when a judge told him to remain silent and to get an attorney. Erbland is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action. Wyatt was found dead in her west St. Louis County home Tuesday evening.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:45 pm
Wed February 19, 2003

Slave Freedom Suits Available Online

The 1822 freedom petition of a slave named Winny, who claimed her treatment as a slave while living in the free state of Illinois constituted false imprisonment.

St. Louis, MO –

Though St. Louis was once a booming slave market, it was also a place where slaves seeking their freedom brought their cases to court. Now, nearly 300 freedom suits heard by the St. Louis Circuit Court in the early to mid-19th century are available in an online database. KWMU's Kevin Lavery reports.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:03 pm
Wed February 19, 2003

KMOX Host Nan Wyatt Murdered

Nan Wyatt was a host on KMOX radio and KETC- Channel 9.
(Photo courtesy KETC-TV)

St. Louis, MO. – St. Louis radio personality Nan Wyatt is dead. Police found her shot to death inside her home in the West County city of Twin Oaks.

Wyatt (whose real name was Nandray Erbland) had hosted KMOX's morning news program "Total Information AM" since 1996 and also co-hosted the news roundtable "Donnybrook" on KETC-Channel 9.

The Post-Dispatch reports Wyatt's husband is being questioned in the murder.

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11:44 am
Wed February 19, 2003

Husband Charged in Death of Nan Wyatt

Thomas Erbland, 43

St. Louis, MO – The husband of KMOX radio personality Nan Wyatt is charged with first-degree murder in her death.

This afternoon Police report that 43-year-old Thomas Erbland is held without
bond in the St. Louis County jail. He also faces charges of armed criminal action.

Police say Erbland shot Wyatt mulitple times last night in the master bedroom of their home in west St. Louis County. The couple has a seven-year-old son, who was at home at the time but was not injured. Their son is in the care of relatives.

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