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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:51 pm
Thu April 17, 2003

AMR Avoids Bankruptcy for Now. What's Next?

St. Louis, MO – Yesterday the Flight attendants for American Airlines voted to accept $340 million in concessions, which helped American avoid bankruptcy - for now.

Analyst Julie Nieman with RT Jones Capital Equities in St. Louis says to survive long term American and the airline industry have to take a hard look at the Hub system.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:26 pm
Thu April 17, 2003

MO Senate Passes Another Bond Issuance Measure

(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO. – The Missouri Senate has sent the House legislation to let the state sell as much as $100 million dollars in bonds to help make payments to the state's unemployed.

The measure is an alternative; it lets the state issue bonds through banks rather than the federal government to cover shortfalls in the unemployment fund.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:05 pm
Thu April 17, 2003

"Gangs, Girls and Guns" Conference at UMSL

St. Louis, MO – Criminologists say girls are involved more in gang violence than was previously thought.

"Gangs, Girls and Guns" was the topic of a national conference today at the University of Missouri St. Louis.

UMSL criminologist Finn Esbensen says researchers and police have concentrated most of their attention on young males.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:02 pm
Thu April 17, 2003

Many St. Louis Flight Attendants Voted 'No'

(Reuters file photo)

St. Louis, MO – American Airlines' flight attendants Wednesday approved changes to their contract, but many St. Louis-based flight attendants voted no.

That's because all 1,800 will lose their jobs regardless of whether American avoids bankruptcy; they say they had nothing to lose.

The flight attendants are all former T-W-A employees; they say they might have had a better chance in bankruptcy court, adding there own union won nothing for them in exchange for the concessions, which total $340 million.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2003

St. Louis Trauma Care Needs Lifeline

Depaul Medical Center will soon close its trauma center.
(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, MO –

Trauma care services in the St. Louis area are facing a crisis.

Six hospitals keep specially-trained staff on call to perform emergency surgery on trauma victims.

But as KWMU's Matt Sepic reports in the first of two stories, one trauma center is close to shutting down, and others could follow.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:09 pm
Thu April 17, 2003

River Security is a Priority

St. Louis, MO – With the weather warming up, the Coast Guard and the US Army Corps of Engineers are keeping close tabs on security on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

While the Corps is restricting access at many of its locks and dams, the Coast Guard is stepping up patrols. Lt. Fred Stipkowitz says guardsman are checking in with both recreational and commercial boaters.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:40 am
Thu April 17, 2003

Washington Park, Ill. Will Get Two More Strip Clubs

Washington Park, Ill. – The Metro-East village of Washington Park is getting two more strip clubs. That brings the village's strip-club total to six, or about one club for every 500 residents.

Village Trustee Charlie Byrd says Washington Park approved the adult entertainment licenses because it needs the cash. Each license costs about $30,000 a year.

Byrd says the village also will get tens of thousands of dollars each year from a $2-per-person club entry fee that goes to the village.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:06 am
Thu April 17, 2003

Leaders Praise Renaissance Hotel Reopening

The new Renaissance Grand Hotel
(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis – Local and state officials gathered at the recently re-opened Renaissance Hotel Wednesday to herald another completed phase of St. Louis downtown revitalization.

Missouri Governor Bob Holden says the $265 million hotel project is key to turning an area of economic distress into success, saying "the redevelopment of these once grand architectural creations along the Washington Avenue corridor is truly a moment of pride and excitement for the people of St. Louis and one of revitalized hope for the downtown economy."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:53 pm
Wed April 16, 2003

More Talks Approved for Proposed University Merger

Columbia, MO – The University of Missouri's governing board has endorsed more talks about a proposed merger with Northwest Missouri State University.

This afternoon, the Board of Curators of the four-campus Missouri system unanimously approved moving ahead with the talks.

Regents at Northwest Missouri approved an identical resolution on Sunday.

The votes by the two boards give broad authority to Missouri system president Elson Floyd and Northwest president Dean Hubbard to pursue legislation allowing the merger.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:02 pm
Wed April 16, 2003

County Council Resolution Endorses Holcim Plant

Clayton, Mo. – The St. Louis County Council Tuesday passed a resolution in support of a new cement plant proposed for St. Genevieve County. The site for the plant is just across the border from Jefferson County.

Environmentalists say the project by Holcim would mean significant air and water pollution, as well as the lost of hundreds of acres of forest.

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