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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:20 pm
Mon February 17, 2003

McRee Town Residents Protest Potential Home Demolition

St. Louis, MO – Residents of the McRee Town neighborhood in South St. Louis protested yesterday afternoon - in an effort to save their homes from demolition. McRee Town is located just north of the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Garden District Redevelopment Corporation wants to redevelop and stabilize the neighborhood and the St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved a plan calling for demolishing 6 city blocks.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:55 pm
Mon February 17, 2003

Snow Storm Leaves Region; MO-DOT Clears Roads

HOME OWNER TRIES TO DIG OUT DURING SNOW STORM IN BALTIMORE
(Reuters Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Crews in Missouri and Illinois have worked through the night to remove the snow that fell on the region this weekend.

The snow stopped falling last night, but Mo-DOT's Mike Fitzpatrick says there were still some slippery side roads and bridges in the area this morning.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:31 pm
Mon February 17, 2003

Day Care Loophole Exposed With Raid

St. Louis, Mo. – A recent raid on a St. Louis day care center has exposed a loophole in Missouri's childcare laws.

When officers went to shut down the World Christian Academy earlier this month because of building code violations, they also found a convicted sex offender working there.

Currently, more than 800-day care centers in the state are exempt from requirements like licenses criminal background checks. That's because the exemption applies to centers that show they're operated by a school.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:28 am
Mon February 17, 2003

Missouri Third in Smallpox Vaccinations

Doctors will innoculate health care workers with the smallpox vaccine.
(Reuters File Photo)

St. Louis, MO. – Missouri ranks third in the nation in number of emergency workers who have been vaccinated for smallpox.

The Centers for Disease Control reported last Wednesday that 1,043 people nationwide have received the vaccine, including 119 in Missouri. Only Tennessee and Nebraska have reported more; about 30 states have yet to administer the vaccine.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:54 pm
Fri February 14, 2003

St. Louis Anti-War Activists To Join Protests

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:54 pm
Fri February 14, 2003

Blagojevich Orders Cuts to Higher Ed Higher Ups

Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich
(file photo)

Springfield, Ill – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich wants the state's nine public universities to give him a plan next month on how to reduce administrative costs.

He told the State Board of Higher Education yesterday to find ways to save money through joint purchases or cooperative ventures.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:35 pm
Fri February 14, 2003

Police, School Officials Meet About Auto Fatals

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis County Police officials met with teachers, administrators and students from three South County school districts today about recent, deadly automobile accidents. Several teenagers have died in recent months in accidents involving reckless driving. Some of the topics discussed today included mandatory driver's education, increasing penalties for young driver's traffic infractions and educating parents to avoid purchasing or allowing their children to drive sports cars.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:46 pm
Fri February 14, 2003

Internet Adoption Service Head Arrested

Maple Valley, Wa. – A former San Diego woman, accused of running a fraudulent Internet adoption service, has been arrested in Washington state on multiple counts of wire fraud.

Her clients included a Missouri mother of twins adopted twice over the Internet, a case that became international news.

FBI agents arrested Tina Johnson Thursday at her home in the Seattle suburb of Maple Valley, Washington. Two children were found in the home and placed in protective care.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:32 am
Fri February 14, 2003

School Board Election Extra Important This Year

St. Louis, Mo. –

The St. Louis public school system is entering an historic phase of its existence. For the first time in recent memory, a majority of seats on the school board are up for election.

The district will also begin the search for a new superintendent after the end of the current school year. Many in St. Louis view this shift at the top as a prime opportunity to enhance academics and improve the institutional culture of the district.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:54 am
Fri February 14, 2003

Most Tamaroa, Ill. Residents Allowed to Return

About 20 cars on the Canadian National freight train derailed Sunday.
(State of Illinois Photo)

Tamaroa, Ill. – Most of Tamaroa's residents have been allowed to go home. About 800 people who were evacuated got the word last night.

A train derailed in the southern Illinois town Sunday, spilling hazardous chemicals. There are still about 20 people who live closest to the crash site who are still evacuees.

Thursday, crews removed a tanker that had been carrying flammable vinyl chloride. Officials also set up air, soil, and water monitors to make sure residents are not in any danger.

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