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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:42 pm
Fri March 28, 2003

Another Charter Communications Official Leaves

Town and Country, Mo. – Another executive has left Charter Communications. The nation's third-largest cable company, based in the St. Louis suburb of Town and Country, says treasurer Ralph Kelly resigned this month to pursue other interests.

In December, Charter fired its chief financial officer and chief operating officer, citing an ongoing federal grand jury inquiry into Charter's accounting practices.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:25 pm
Fri March 28, 2003

Science Center Receives Federal Money

St. Louis – The St. Louis Science Center is receiving federal funding to expand its focus on biotechnology and life sciences education.

Surrounded by displays explaining the complexity of DNA, U.S. Senator Kit Bond announced the science center will receive $775,000 to build new exhibits and galleries dedicated to life sciences education. Bond said the biotechnology field is growing so quickly that science is outpacing public understanding.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:01 pm
Fri March 28, 2003

New Grant Helping the Poor Get to Work

St. Louis, Mo. –

The East-West Gateway Coordinating Council is administering a $3 million federal grant to provide transportation services to unemployed and low-income residents who would not otherwise have access to jobs and educational opportunities.

In its initial stages, officials estimate the program could benefit 5,00 to 10,00 people.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:45 pm
Fri March 28, 2003

'Canned Hunts' Draw Animal Rights Critics

(photo courtesy Pea Ridge Elk Ranch)

Pike County, Ill. – An animal rights group wants to ban so-called "canned hunts" in which animals are hunted in fenced-in areas. In Illinois, a proposed law might accomplish that. But critics say it goes too far.

Shawn Johnson prepared this report for the Great Lakes Radio Consortium. To hear it, click here.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:39 pm
Fri March 28, 2003

Minority Contractors Say Metrolink Goal Still Not Met

St. Louis – The head of a minority contractors' association in St. Louis says the goal for minority firm participation on the Metrolink extension project still has not been met.

Metro, formerly known as the Bi-State Development Agency, announced Friday nearly 16 percent of the subcontractors hired so far are female- or minority-owned.

MoKan director Eddie Hasan says Metro and general contractor McCarthy Construction need to keep working toward the original 20-percent goal.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:37 am
Fri March 28, 2003

Minority Contractors Say Metrolink Goal Still Not Met

St. Louis – The head of a minority contractors' association in St. Louis says the goal for minority firm participation on the Metrolink extension project still has not been met.

Metro, formerly known as the Bi-State Development Agency, announced Friday nearly 16 percent of the subcontractors hired so far are female- or minority-owned.

MoKan director Eddie Hasan says Metro and general contractor McCarthy Construction need to keep working toward the original 20-percent goal.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:17 am
Fri March 28, 2003

Minority Contractors Say Metrolink Goal Still Not Met

St. Louis – The head of a minority contractors' association in St. Louis says the goal for minority firm participation on the Metrolink extension project still has not been met.

Metro, formerly known as the Bi-State Development Agency, announced Friday nearly 16 percent of the subcontractors hired so far are female- or minority-owned.

MoKan director Eddie Hasan says Metro and general contractor McCarthy Construction need to keep working toward the original 20-percent goal.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:56 am
Fri March 28, 2003

Scott AFB Home to Troop Movers

The U.S. Transportation Command coordinates the movement of all U.S. military.
(KWMU Staff Photo)

Scott Air Force Base, ILL. – Scott Air Force Base in southwestern Illinois is home to the Transportation Command, which coordinates the movements of all military troops.

TransCom, as it's called, is crucial to actually getting troops to the battlefield. KWMU's Tom Weber prepared this story for NPR; to hear it click here

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:43 am
Fri March 28, 2003

Missouri, St. Louis Gas Prices Among the Lowest

(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO. – Gas prices in Missouri are among the lowest in the country. AAA Auto Club says the average price for unleaded gas in Missouri is $1.51. Only Oklahoma has a lower average, at $1.50.

Within Missouri, St. Louis gas is cheapest with an average price of $1.45. That amount has fallen $0.27 in the last six weeks.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:38 am
Fri March 28, 2003

Missing Marine Mistakenly Identified as St. Louisan

St. Louis – A Marine missing in Iraq who was originally listed as being from St. Louis is instead from Gallatin, Tenn.

A Marine Corps spokesman in St. Louis says a Defense Department list put out yesterday showing Lance Corporal Patrick Nixon as from St. Louis was mistaken.

Captain Ricardo Matus says he does not know know how the mistake was made or if Nixon has any connection to St. Louis.

The Pentagon says a search and rescue effort is ongoing. The Marines were fighting March 23rd on the outskirts of An Nasiriyah.

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