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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:28 am
Tue April 29, 2003

Malpractice Insurance in IL Drives Doctor to MO

Belleville, ILL. – Amidst debate this spring over medical malpractice insurance rates, one neurosurgeon in Illinois says Missouri's rates are better.

Dr. William Sprich is one of just three neurosurgeons in St. Clair County, Ill. He says he's moving to Missouri because the insurance is cheaper. Hospital officials in Belleville say the two remaining neurosurgeons will not be able to stay on call all the time, which will likely mean more airlifts to St. Louis hospitals.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:10 am
Tue April 29, 2003

HIV Testing Goes Mobile

This van makes testing for HIV quicker and easily accessible.
(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, MO –

Health officials in St. Louis are fighting a war against disease. The region is experiencing a steady rise in the number of new cases of HIV infection.

Some groups are stepping up outreach programs to identify new HIV patients. Others are working on enhanced medical therapies with the hope of creating a new vaccine to eradicate the disease.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:32 am
Tue April 29, 2003

High Court Overturns Murder Conviction

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned
the murder conviction of death row inmate Joseph Amrine.

The court, by a 4-to-3 majority, ruled that the evidence indicates Amrine did NOT kill a fellow inmate in 1985.

In fact, the judge writing for the majority says there is no credible evidence at all to support Amrine's conviction.

The court ordered the Kansas City man to be released within 30 days, unless the state files new murder charges against him.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:07 am
Tue April 29, 2003

Washington U. ID's SARS Genetic Sequence

St. Louis, MO – Washington University scientists have cracked the genetic code of the SARS virus.

Working with the University of California San Francisco, the St. Louis team was able to identify the virus' DNA pattern within one week.

By understanding how the virus is structured, doctors may isolate it more quickly and create enhanced diagnostic tests.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:35 pm
Mon April 28, 2003

MO Budget Deadline Nears, Special Session Expected

(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri lawmakers have two weeks left to meet the constitutional deadline for passing a state budget. They say they expect to make that deadline, but they're also counting on more work after that date.

Leading legislative Republicans expect Gov. Bob Holden to veto the budget and call them back for a special session.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:49 pm
Mon April 28, 2003

AIDS in St. Louis, Part One

Student holds red ribbon poster on World AIDS Day in China.
(Reuters file photo)

St. Louis, MO –

The sudden emergence of the SARS virus has focused the attention of medical professionals around the world in a way not seen since the early 1980's, when the HIV-AIDS scare dominated the news of the day.

Though less attention is given to HIV these days, the virus remains a serious health threat that infects up to 50,000 people each year in the U.S. alone.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:24 pm
Mon April 28, 2003

Missouri Public Schools Prepare to Sue State

Jefferson City, Mo. – Some school districts in Missouri are preparing for a new lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Missouri's school funding efforts.

The group says a lawsuit will be filed if proposed cuts to public education are approved by the Legislature.

Two people who successfully sued the state in 1990 over school funding are part of the new initiative.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:22 pm
Mon April 28, 2003

Talent Hopes to Level Playing Field for Small Business

KWMU staff photo

St. Louis – U.S. Senator Jim Talent, R-Mo., says the federal government needs to pay more attention to small businesses when awarding defense and construction contracts.

On Monday morning, Talent toured ABNA Engineering, a minority-owned firm in St. Louis' Central West End.

He says government agencies like the Department of Defense often "bundle" many small contracts into large ones, effectively pushing small firms out of the bidding process.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:14 am
Mon April 28, 2003

Residents Push Again for Oversight Board

St. Louis, MO – Dozens of St. Louis city residents at a public hearing in St. Louis Sunday reiterated their desire for a civilian oversight board to monitor the city police department.

Several people gave personal accounts of police brutality. They want an independent board to keep the police in check because they say the department's internal affairs division is ineffective.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:01 am
Mon April 28, 2003

Missouri to get $7.1 Million in Wall Street Settlement

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri officials have given preliminary approval to the state's share of a nearly $1.4 billion national settlement with Wall Street brokerage houses.

The settlement involves 10 investment firms whose analysts recommended stocks to investors while their investment banking divisions were underwriting them. Merrill Lynch is one of the 10 firms. Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt said the company's analysts were encouraged to give exaggerated stock values.

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