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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:04 pm
Mon June 30, 2003

Do Not Call List Could Affect 1000s of MO Telemarketers

St. Louis, MO – Telemarketers in Missouri are waiting to see what effect the national 'do not call' list will have. The president of a St. Louis telemarketing firm says thousands of Missouri jobs are in danger because of the list.

At least ten-thousand Missourians are employed by the telemarketing industry. Beginning in September, telemarketers will have to check the list every three months to make sure they don't call anyone on it. Anyone who calls a person on the 'do not call' list could be fined up to $11,000 for each violation.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:28 am
Mon June 30, 2003

PrideFest Draws Thousands at Tower Grove Park

St. Louis, MO – Thousands of people gathered in Tower Grove Park Sunday for St. Louis's gay pride celebration; it was the 24th annual PrideFest. Organizers say their predictions put as many as 50,000 people there.

The day also featured a parade; it came just days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws that ban gay sex.

Gay pride events nationally marked the anniversary of gays fighting back against a police raid on a gay bar in June 1969 in New York.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:36 am
Mon June 30, 2003

Ryan's Top Aide Gets 6 1/2-year Racketeering Sentence

Chicago, IL – Former Governor George Ryan's long-time top aide Scott Fawell was sentenced today to six-and-a-half years in prison for a racketeering scheme in which state employees and taxpayer dollars were used to fuel campaigns.

The 46-year-old Fawell's voice broke with emotion as he apologized to his politically prominent family before U-S District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer imposed the sentence.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:33 am
Mon June 30, 2003

Hammonds Last Day as Superintendent Today

Retiring Superintendent Cleveland Hammonds (St. Louis Public Schools picture)

St. Louis, MO – Today is Cleveland Hammonds' last day St. Louis schools superintendent. He's retiring and says he's proud of his tenure.

During his time, Hammonds oversaw the nation's largest school desegregation plan and the dropout rate fell by 13%.

The district's big budget deficit and attempt to gain accreditation from the state are now for interim superintendent William Roberti to address. Roberti heads a so-called turnaround firm that's usually hired to improve ailing businesses.

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