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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:20 pm
Fri April 18, 2003

Missouri Gets Federal Grant for Emergency Management

Washington, D.C. – Missouri is receiving more than $3
million for emergency management activities.

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says the money is a significant increase in a program that supports state and local
emergency management agencies.

The money is given to states based on population, risk and vulnerability assessments.

A federal official says the money gives Missouri and local communties the flexibility to address their most urgent needs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:37 pm
Fri April 18, 2003

Cardinals Fire Private Financing Finder

The Cardinals want to replace Busch Stadium with a new park built right next door.
(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO. – The Cardinals have fired the company originally pegged to find private investors for a new stadium.

The team dropped Washington-based Property Funding Group, citing unspecific concerns with some investors. That means Bank of America Securities will now try to find $275 million in private money to pay for the new park.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:41 am
Fri April 18, 2003

St. Louis Trauma Care Emergency, Part Two

Depaul Medical Center is scheduled to close its trauma care unit June 30th.
(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, MO. –

Providing critical care to trauma victims is expensive.

The high cost of malpractice insurance, uninsured patients, and a lack of outside funding just add to a problem with many causes and few solutions.

In the second of two reports on trauma care in St. Louis, KWMUs Matt Sepic looks at its bleak financial picture, and ways some hope to stabilize it.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:23 am
Fri April 18, 2003

Study Finds Missouri Smokers Lighting Up Occasionally

Jefferson City, MO – A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Missouri is experiencing a rise in casual smoking.

Jim McDonald with the Missouri Department of Health says that means some smokers are cutting back without quitting completely.

"They would be the kind of people who like to smoke when they drink, or like to smoke when they're in certain social situations," he said.

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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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