News

Pages

St. Louis Public Radio News
2:02 pm
Tue July 15, 2003

Rigali Leaving St. Louis for Philadelphia Archdiocese

St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali
(File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Pope John Paul II has named St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali the new archbishop of Philadelphia. Rigali will leave the St. Louis archdiocese in October; he's taking over for the retiring Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, who just turned 80.

St. Louis Archdiocese spokesman Tony Huenneke says Rigali's new assignment in Philadelphia is a move up; he'll be leading a million more Catholics than he currently does.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
1:27 pm
Tue July 15, 2003

Gephardt, Clay Ask Bush to Nominate White Again

Mo. Chief Justice Ronnie White (state of Missouri photo)
File photo

Washington, DC – St. Louis Congressmen Dick Gephardt and William Lacy Clay are once again asking President Bush to re-nominate Missouri's Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronnie White to the federal bench.

On Monday, they sent their second letter this year in support of White, who was nominated twice by former President Clinton. Former Senator John Ashcroft, who is now the U.S. Attorney General, led a Senate fight that defeated the nomination.


Congressman John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan also signed the letter.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
12:19 pm
Tue July 15, 2003

Judge Denies Request to Suspend River Ruling

St. Louis – A federal judge in Washington Tuesday denied a request from the U.S. Justice Department to delay a ruling ordering the Army Corps of Engineers to lower Missouri River water levels.

On Saturday, Judge Gladys Kessler ruled the Corps must reduce flows at a South Dakota dam to protect endangered fish. Corps spokesman Paul Johnston says Kessler's order conflicts with a ruling from another federal judge in St. Louis to keep water high for barges.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
9:05 am
Tue July 15, 2003

Feds Will Try to Stop Missouri River Flow Change

The Missouri River (Corps of Engineers Photo)

Washington, DC – The federal government will try to block a judge's ruling that ordered reductions in the amount of water in the Missouri River this summer.

Judge Gladys Kessler ruled the Missouri should have a more natural flow to protect endangered birds and fish, saying injury to wildlife will be irreparable without curtailing the Missouri's flow.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
3:10 pm
Mon July 14, 2003

Talent Says City Should Look at Lambert's Strengths

(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – U.S. Senator Jim Talent, R-Mo., says St. Louis leaders should look at the positive aspects of Lambert Airport as they prepare for expected cutbacks from American Airlines.

Lambert could lose its hub designation as American eliminates flights and staff nationwide. Talent says Lambert could attract smaller carriers, or even another hub.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
3:02 pm
Mon July 14, 2003

Clemons Reports to Jail

Ricky Clemons (AP Photo)

Columbia, MO – University of Missouri basketball player Ricky Clemons left a Columbia hospital yesterday and reported to jail. He was recovering from broken ribs and a punctured lung sustained in an ATV accident on Independence Day. That accident at the home of the university's president alerted officials that Clemons had violated terms of his work-release program.

Clemons had been serving a 60-day sentence for a conviction arising from a domestic assault case.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
1:03 pm
Mon July 14, 2003

Eastbound I-70 to Poplar Street Bridge Reopens

Three interstates use the Poplar Street Bridge to cross the Mississippi River.
(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, MO – The Eastbound I-70 ramp to the Poplar Street Bridge will reopen at noon Monday with new guardrails, concrete barriers and driving surface.

MO-DOT closed the ramp last Monday to resurface it as the first part of a three-month project to repair four ramps that connect to the bridge.

The next closing will happen next Monday, July 21st. That's when the bridge's ramp to Westbound I-70 will close.

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
12:27 pm
Mon July 14, 2003

St. Louis Elections and the Help America Vote Act

(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO –

One of Congress's reactions to help prevent a repeat of the 2000 election problems in Florida was to send money to states.

Missouri is in the process of applying for as much as 76 million dollars but the funds will not fix every problem. And local election officials are left wondering just who's going to pick up the remaining costs. KWMU's Tom Weber prepared this report

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
11:09 am
Mon July 14, 2003

Interim Administration Lists 16 City Schools to Close

St. Louis, MO – The private company running St. Louis public schools has unveiled its list of 16 schools it wants the School Board to close. The board is expected to vote on the plan at a meeting Tuesday night at Harris-Stowe State College (7:00 PM).

The management firm is trying to close a $90 million budget shortfall and says $15 million in savings can come from closing the schools.

The Post-Dispatch reports the list includes:

Read more
St. Louis Public Radio News
10:32 am
Mon July 14, 2003

Consolidation Plan Would Close 16 Schools

Superintendent William Roberti
(KWMU staff photo)

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis schools interim superintendent William Roberti announced a plan to close more than a dozen schools. Most of the 16 are elementary schools located in north St. Louis. Officials say the closures could save the district more than $15 million. Roberti says at this point, no teachers are expected to be laid off but adds the same is not true for administrative personnel:

Read more

Pages