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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:16 pm
Fri May 30, 2003

The ERA's Second Life in Illinois

Springfield, Ill. –

Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment have waited for more than two decades to get another attempt at ratification.

Illinois lawmakers blocked the ERA in the early 1980s. Many years have passed, but the ERA remains controversial. Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford prepared this report.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:17 pm
Fri May 30, 2003

Missouri Opens Recreation Area at Rivers' Confluence

Officials open new conservation area Friday north of St. Louis.
(kwmu staff)

St. Louis – A new conservation area at the spot where the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers meet is now open.

The state spent almost $3 million to make more than 4,000 acres just north of St. Louis into the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. People can now hike, bike, fish and hunt there.

Conservation Department Director John Hoskins estimates a third of Missouri's population lives within 30 miles of the area.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:16 pm
Fri May 30, 2003

Monsanto Picks New CEO

New CEO Hugh Grant
(company photo)

St. Louis, MO – A 22-year veteran of St. Louis-based Monsanto is the new president and CEO of the biotech company.

Hugh Grant replaces Hendrik Verfaille, who resigned in December, citing the company's poor financial performance over the previous two years.

Monsanto makes the herbicide RoundUp, and also makes genetically altered seeds that can tolerate RoundUp and resist insects. Those seeds include cotton, corn, soybean and canola. Monsanto also produces Asgrow, Hartz and DeKalb seeds.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:12 pm
Fri May 30, 2003

Private Firm to Lead St. Louis City Schools

St. Louis – A private firm will run the St. Louis City Schools for at least 13 months.

In a special meeting Friday, the School Board approved an agreement to pay New York-based Alvarez & Marsal at least $5 million to act as interim superintendent.

Five of the board's seven members approved the plan to hire the so-called "corporate turnaround firm." Board President Darnetta Clinkscale said that will not mean closed-door decision making.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:36 am
Fri May 30, 2003

Local Teen Documents D-Day

Veteran Paul Rogers with 14-year-old Alex Townsend

St. Louis, MO –

About 1,600 aging World War II veterans die each day. With them go important stories. KWMU's Hillary Wicai reports on one area teen who is recording what he can.

SIX HEROES
Sunday June 1
4:00-6:00pm
Ritz-Carlton Amphitheater
Clayton, Mo.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:05 am
Fri May 30, 2003

Report Suggests Some Police Still Profile Black Drivers

St. Louis, Mo. – African-American drivers in Missouri were 40-percent more likely to be stopped by law enforcement in 2002 than white drivers. That's according to a state-mandated report issued Friday by the office of Attorney General Jay Nixon.

In 2001, blacks were only 35-percent more likely to be pulled over than whites.

Statistician Scott Decker with the University of Missouri-St. Louis says despite the five-percent increase this year, it's too early to call it a trend.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:26 am
Fri May 30, 2003

State, County Sue Premor & Apex Over Gas Pool

Chicago, ILL. – A lawsuit filed Thusday in Madison County tries to get two oil companies to clean up a lake of gasoline underneath the Metro-East village of Hartford.

The suit asks Premcor and Apex oil companies to find a way to eliminate the gasoline pool that has formed for years under houses and businesses in the area. The claim also seeks payment to county and state officials for overseeing the work.

The pool got bigger over the years because of leaks and spills from underground pipes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:36 am
Fri May 30, 2003

St. Louis Ranks 3rd in Nation's Allergy 'Capitals'

Washington, D.C. – It's a ranking that's nothing to sneeze at.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranks St. Louis third in its listing of the nation's top 50 allergy capitals.

Louisville came in first, followed by Austin, Texas. Kansas City came in 23rd.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:09 pm
Thu May 29, 2003

Trooper Death Sparks Calls for Re-Investigation

Washington, DC – The recent death of a Missouri state trooper has led to a request that the government re-open the federal investigation of Ford's Crown Victoria sedan.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to look into the issue of fatal gas tank explosions on the car.

Crown Victoria's are used by about 80% of all U.S. police departments. In the past 20 years, 14 officers have died in crashes when their Crown Vic's gas tank caught fire after being hit from behind.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:03 pm
Thu May 29, 2003

City Health Department to Help Fight Heart Disease

St. Louis – The St. Louis Health Department is receiving a $1.4 million grant to fight cardiovascular disease in the city's African-American community.

The grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health will be used to conduct cardiovascular screenings and encourage African-Americans in eight specific zip codes in St. Louis to change the behaviors that put them at increased risk for heart disease.

Health department director Dr. Hugh Stallworth says heart disease is the city's number one killer.

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