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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:01 pm
Tue July 1, 2003

SLU Study Examines Dementia Caused by Strokes

St. Louis, Mo. – Researchers at St. Louis University are studying whether medications used to treat Alzheimer's may also work for another form of dementia caused by strokes.

Vascular dementia is the second leading cause of dementia, and has symptoms similar to Alzheimer's.

Dr. George Grossberg of the university's School of Medicine says the study will try to determine possible connections between risk factors for stroke and Alzheimer's.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:02 pm
Tue July 1, 2003

Air Force Drops Most Serious Charges Against Pilot

Maj. Harry Schmidt
(file photo)

New Orleans, LA – The Air Force Monday dropped manslaughter and assault charges against a former Illinois Air National Guard pilot in the bombing of Canadian troops in Afghanistan last year that killed four.

St. Louis native Maj. Harry Schmidt will instead face dereliction of duty charges, which could bring six months in prison if convicted.

The charge accuses Schmidt of failing to follow the rules of engagement and 'willfully failed to exercise appropriate flight discipline over his aircraft.'

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:14 pm
Tue July 1, 2003

City Schools Will Close, Managment Firm Says

St. Louis, MO – The private company hired to manage the St. Louis schools says the district has too many buildings for the number of students enrolled.

The interim administration says it will close some buildings but hasn't yet determined which ones or how many. More than half of the district's 112 school buildings were built before 1950; 31 of them are at less than 70% capacity. They say the city has far more schools than most other systems in the country with similar enrollment.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:05 pm
Tue July 1, 2003

Missouri Trauma Centers Funded

St. Louis, Mo. – Trauma centers in Missouri are celebrating Governor Bob Holden's signing of the Medicaid portion of the state budget, which will keep them open for at least another year.

The most endangered hospital may have been DePaul Health Center in north St. Louis County. Hospital president Melinda Clark says state funding was set to run out Monday - and she was preparing to close DePaul's trauma services.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:40 am
Tue July 1, 2003

American Flight Attendants Layoffs Happen Today

(Reuters File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – A last attempt by former TWA flight attendants to delay layoffs failed in a New York court Monday, meaning Tuesday (July 1) is the last day on the job for more than 3,100 American Airlines employees.

That number includes every flight attendant who worked for TWA before American bought the company. American says the furloughs will not affect operations at Lambert Airport.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:31 am
Tue July 1, 2003

St. Louis Will Host NCAA Women's Final Four in 2009

St. Louis, Mo. – St. Louis will host the Women's 'Final Four' college basketball championship tournament in 2009.

The final two rounds of that year's championship bracket will be played at the Edward Jones Dome.

The NCAA's Chair of the Women's Basketball Committee, Cheryl Marra, says St. Louis' successful hosting of the Final Four tournament in 2001 at the Savvis Center was a big factor in the selection.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:31 pm
Mon June 30, 2003

Fawell Will Be Sentenced Today

Chicago, ILL. – A former top aide to former Illinois Governor George Ryan will be sentenced in Chicago today.

Scott Fawell was also Ryan's campaign director; he was convicted of racketeering in March as part of the licenses for bribes scandal. His was the biggest case to date in the five-year federal investigation of corruption during Ryan's time as Illinois' Secretary of State.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:17 pm
Mon June 30, 2003

Coast Guard to protect riverfront during Fair St. Louis

St. Louis, Mo. – If you're planning to view the fireworks of Fair St. Louis from the Mississippi river, you may need to adjust your plans.

The Coast Guard will close all river traffic between the Eads Bridge and the Poplar Street Bridge at various times during the three days of the fair, for security reasons.

The Coast Guard's Chief of Operations, Lieutenant Fred Stipkovitz, says the closings don't mean boaters can't enjoy the fair.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:06 pm
Mon June 30, 2003

Keeping Seniors at Home

A worker installs a new grab bar in the shower at a home in Creve Coeur.
(KWMU Photo)

St. Louis, MO –

The U.S. Census Bureau says 35 million Americans are age 65 or older. By the year 2030, that figure is expected to double, as droves of aging Baby Boomers take over that demographic.

Studies show that as the nation ages, more people are living in their own homes and staying independent longer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:37 pm
Mon June 30, 2003

Three Arrests at Light Rail Protest

St. Louis, Mo. – Three people were arrested Monday following a protest at a light rail station in St. Louis.

About three dozen protesters carried signs and chanted at a rally. They're concerned about a lack of minority contracts for expansion of the Metrolink light rail system in St. Louis.

Three of the protesters briefly sat on the tracks but were immediately taken away in handcuffs by police.

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