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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:25 pm
Fri February 21, 2003

Chao Promotes Bush's Economic Plan

St. Charles, Missouri – About 20 small business leaders met with US Labor Secretary Elaine Chao Friday in St. Charles to express their concerns over the high cost of health care.

Jim Henderson is president of Dynamic Sales Company, Inc. His insurance rates rose 25 percent last year. Henderson says in order for his premium to remain unchanged, he was forced to raise his deductible from zero to $1,000.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:46 pm
Fri February 21, 2003

Erbland Grants Jailhouse Interview

St. Louis – The husband of slain K-M-O-X radio personality Nan Wyatt says his wife's journal entries about their failing marriage prompted him to kill.

Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClelland interviewed Thomas Erbland Jr. yesterday at the St. Louis County Jail.

McClelland quotes Erbland as saying he knew his marriage to Wyatt was crumbling, and that it was affirmed by Wyatt's recent journal entries.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:28 am
Fri February 21, 2003

Airline Chief Says War Will Hurt Industry

St. Louis – American Airlines CEO Don Carty says the air travel industry is bracing for another hit if the United States goes to war with Iraq.

Carty says total airline industry revenue has already fallen 25 percent from $80 billion in 2001 to just $60 billion last year.

He says when the Gulf War started in 1991, the airline industry was in much healthier shape financially, so it was better able to deal with the resulting downturn in travel.

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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
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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