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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:37 pm
Thu May 29, 2003

Lawsuit Filed to Try to Save Century Building

The Century Building in downtown St. Louis
(courtesy Robert Powers, www.builtstlouis.net)

St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis city resident filed a lawsuit Wednesday in an effort to keep the Century Building in downtown St. Louis.

Marcia Behrendt's suit says federal and state officials should deny tax credits on the renovation of the Old Post Office if the Century Building is razed and replaced with a parking garage.

That garage is considered a key part of the $70 million redevelopment plan for the Old Post Office district.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:32 pm
Thu May 29, 2003

Education Group Opposes Cuts to St. Charles Schools

O'Fallon, Mo. – A group that opposes education cuts in the Missouri state budget gathered Thursday at Fort Zumwalt North Middle School. They say the Fort Zumwalt School District in O'Fallon will be especially hard hit if Republican budget proposals remain intact.

According to the Coalition to Protect Education and Healthcare, the budget plan legislators passed, but Governor Holden later vetoed, cuts $224 million from elementary and secondary education. The group said nearly $14 million of those cuts will affect St. Charles County.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:51 am
Thu May 29, 2003

IL Gen. Assembly Passes Tuition Cap Measure

Springfield, ILL. – Illinois lawmakers have passed legislation aimed at curbing escalating tuition costs at public colleges and universities.

The measure headed to the governor would freeze each student's tuition. A senior, for example, would pay the same tuition he or she paid as a freshman.

Schools would still be able to increase tuition; but those hikes would only apply to each new class of freshmen.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:00 am
Thu May 29, 2003

An Interview with Bob Forsch

Forsch's new book, Tales from the Cardinals Dugout

St. Louis, MO – It's been more than a decade since pitcher Bob Forsch last walked off the mound in a Cardinals jersey. He's still the only pitcher in team history to throw two no-hitters and pitch in three World Series.

Forsch now lives in Chesterfield, and recently wrote a book called Tales from the Cardinals Dugout with Post-Dispatch sports writer Tom Wheatly. Forsch recently spoke with KWMU's Tom Weber about the book.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:02 am
Thu May 29, 2003

Government Shows Plans for Soil Cleanup Near Airport

St. Louis – Government plans for cleaning contaminated soil near Lambert Airport will be on display in Hazelwood Thursday.

The plans focus on sites near the airport where spent uranium was stored when government started making atomic weapons.

The Army Corps of Engineers' Lou Dell-Orco said the plan would involve cleaning soil that's easiest to reach first, but waiting to clean areas under buildings or roads.

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