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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:10 pm
Mon March 31, 2003

Tamaroa, Ill. Has Received Almost $500k for Derailment

The train derailed in February, spilling flammable chemicals.
(State of Illinois photo)

Tamaroa, Ill. – The Canadian National-Illinois Central freight train company has paid more than $446,000 to residents and businesses in Tamaroa.

The money went to those in the small southern Illinois town who were evacuated for several days in February when a train carrying hazardous materials derailed there.

A spokesman for the train company says more than 1,100 residents have received about $330,000, while the remaining $117,000 has gone to 74 businesses.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:27 pm
Mon March 31, 2003

St. Louis Designer's Sweaters Hit Hollywood

St. Louis, MO –

High fashion design isn't restricted to New York and L.A. In fact, one St. Louis designer is so hot, her sweaters make up much of the wardrobe in one of this spring's blockbuster releases - "The Matrix: Reloaded." KWMU's Hillary Wicai prepared this report.

Official store website: www.skifo.com

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:19 am
Mon March 31, 2003

12 Missouri Companies Make Fortune 500

Washington, DC – The newest Fortune 500 list includes a dozen Missouri-based companies. The list will be in the Fortune magazine's April 14th issue.

St. Louis-based Emerson Electric is the largest publicly-held Missouri company, ranking 138th. Anheuser-Busch, May Department Stores, Express Scripts are not far behind, ranking 142nd and 144th and 147th.

The editors of Fortune magazine have compiled the list of the largest publicly held companies annually since 1955.

The other Missouri companies on the list are as follows:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:08 am
Mon March 31, 2003

Thousands Rally Against War in Forest Park

St. Louis, Mo. – Thousands of people turned out at Forest Park in St. Louis Sunday to protest the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and to rally support for the safe return of the troops.

They converged on the park in droves with an array of anti-war banners. Courtney McDermott's sign read "Draft the Twins," a reference to President Bush's twin daughters. "I think if he had his own daughters over there that perhaps he would think better about this," she said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:53 am
Mon March 31, 2003

Lambert Has Sought Millions in Consulting Since 9/11

(file photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – Lambert Airport officials have approved more than $26 million in consulting contracts since September 11th.

Critics are questioning such spending in a time of airline cutbacks. Much of the consulting relates to the current construction of a new runway.

But Lambert has also turned to private companies for advice on bolstering security, managing noise pollution, and even improving the looks of reports and brochures.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:40 am
Mon March 31, 2003

American Airlines, Unions Cut Deal to Avoid Bankruptcy

Ft. Worth, Texas – American Airlines and its three unions have reached tentative agreements that will keep the carrier out of bankruptcy.

A source says pilots, mechanics and flight attendants have signed tentative agreements apparently giving the company $1.8 billion in annual labor savings.

The company had set a deadline of midday today, saying it would have to seek Chapter Eleven bankruptcy protection if it couldn't reach deals.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:29 am
Mon March 31, 2003

Rigali Will Have Prostate Cancer Surgery Monday

St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali
(file photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali will have surgery for prostate cancer Monday. The operation was delayed until the archbishop had recovered from a case of the shingles.

Recent tests found cancerous cells in Rigali's prostate gland, so doctors at St. Mary's Health Center will remove it today. Later tests showed no evidence the cancer had spread. A full recovery is expected.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:38 am
Mon March 31, 2003

Rigali in Good Condition Following Prostate Surgery

Archbishop Justin Rigali
(file photo)

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali is listed in good condition after having his prostate removed Monday morning.

Rigali underwent the surgery at St. Mary's Medical Center after doctors found early stage prostate cancer.

Urologist Robert Feit says there were no complications, and the Archbishop will likely be released later this week

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:18 am
Mon March 31, 2003

Union Members Rally Against Privatization

St. Louis, MO – Public sector employees rallied in downtown St. Louis Monday against a Bush administration proposal to replace up to
1-million federal workers with private contractors over the next three years.

Steve Hollis, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3354, says phasing out government workers would significantly cut public services and raise costs for taxpayers.

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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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