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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:44 pm
Fri June 27, 2003

Summer Hard for Illinois Students in Free Lunch Program

Chicago – A study by the Illinois Hunger Coalition shows about 80 percent of students in the National School Lunch Program lose access to free breakfasts and lunches over the summer.

About 1,100 sites around the state provide summer meals, but that's down about 30 percent from the year 2000.

Sister Connie Probst of the Illinois Hunger Coalition says that forces low-income families to search for new programs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:28 pm
Fri June 27, 2003

Where Flood Waters Once Raged, Development Booms

Development hasn't finished in the valley. Still to come: more stores, a 14-screen movie theatre, and many more restaurants.
(photo: Hillary Wicai)

St. Louis –

Some of the most indelible images of the 1993 flood occurred as the Missouri River overflowed into the Chesterfield Valley.

This area, which was under at least 10 feet of water, has since become the site of what will be one of the largest strip malls in the nation. Not only has the valley recovered from the flood, it's become one of the region's most dynamic centers of new economic growth.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:11 pm
Fri June 27, 2003

School Board Member Wants Ethics Investivation

St. Louis, Mo. – St. Louis School Board member Bill Haas wants the Missouri Ethics Commission to investigate four of his fellow board members who ran as a slate and were elected in April.

Haas alleges the St. Louis Education Coalition-a political action committee-violated campaign finance rules by coordinating spending between the candidates.

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