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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:58 pm
Tue April 1, 2003

Child Abuse Statistics Released

St. Louis, MO – At a conference underway this week in St. Louis, US Department of Health and Human Services announced that in 2001, 903,000 children in the US were victims of abuse or neglect.

The report indicates that in 2001 - the most recent year for which there is complete data - there was not a significant rise in the number of abused and neglected children from the previous year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:43 pm
Tue April 1, 2003

Erbland Pleads Innocent in Death of Wife, Nan Wyatt

Thomas Erbland, Jr.
(file photo)

St. Louis, MO – After earlier insisting that he was guilty, Thomas Erbland, Jr. Tuesday entered a plea of innocent in the killing of his wife, KMOX radio personality Nan Wyatt.

Erbland is charged with first-degree murder in the February 18 shooting death of Wyatt at the couple's suburban St. Louis home.

At an arraignment in February, Erbland tried to plead guilty, but a St. Louis County judge twice cut him off in mid-sentence and automatically entered a plea of innocence on his behalf. He was
later granted a public defender.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:41 pm
Tue April 1, 2003

Affirmative Action Rally Held in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – As affirmative action supporters rallied at the US Supreme court Tuesday their counterparts in St. Louis staged a small rally downtown.

The court heard arguments in a University of Michigan case involving the use of race as a factor in admissions.

Donayle Whitmore was among a handful of demonstrators. She says if the high court reverses affirmative action at the University of Michigan, it will affect minorities around the country.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:08 pm
Tue April 1, 2003

Stadium Plaza Becomes Jack Buck Way; Cards Win Opener

Stadium Plaza at Busch Stadium is now Jack Buck Way.
(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – A tribute to the late broadcaster Jack Buck was part of the Cardinals' Opening Day festivities Monday.

A ceremony outside Busch Stadium marked the renaming of Stadium Plaza to Jack Buck Way just before the first pitch of the 2003 baseball season.

Fans then entered Busch Stadium to watch the Cardinals open the season with a win. After falling behind 4-0 to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Redbirds rallied for the lead, only to lose it again.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:49 pm
Tue April 1, 2003

Panel Releases First Recommendations on MO Foster Care

Jefferson City, Mo. – A panel studying Missouri's foster care system says the state should focus more on placing children with relatives to reduce the trauma of being taken from home.

The Commission on Children's Justice Monday issued tentative recommendations. Group members say there's research that shows children are safer and more likely to stay within the family if they are placed with relatives.

State law requires families be given preference in foster care cases, but only 24% percent of placements occur that way.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:48 pm
Tue April 1, 2003

American Airlines to Lay Off Thousands of Pilots

(file photo)

Forth Worth, TX – Union officials say 2,500 American Airlines pilots will lose their jobs in the next year.

American is the world's largest airline, and it's trying to avoid bankruptcy. The layoffs are part of $660 million in concessions by the pilots' union. The union reached a deal with the airline yesterday.

Pilot salaries will also be slashed. Starting next month, pilots will earn 23 percent less. And they'll lose an additional 17 percent each year for the next six years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:31 am
Tue April 1, 2003

IL Officials Will Monitor ESL Election Today

East St. Louis, Ill. – The Illinois Attorney General's office will have monitors in East St. Louis today to watch over the election for mayor.

Current Councilman Eddie Jackson faces former mayor Carl Officer. Officer was mayor from 1979-1991; he requested state and federal officials monitor the election, claiming possible corruption.

Current mayor Debra Powell is not on the ballot because she lost in February's primary election.

Voters will cast ballots in local races and referenda throughout Illinois today.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:49 am
Tue April 1, 2003

High-Profile Phone Fight in IL

Springfield, Ill. –

Telephone companies in Illinois are fighting over high-speed Internet access, and who gets to provide it to consumers.

They're spending a lot of money on the battle, which has now moved to the halls of the State Capitol and the airwaves.

Illinois public Radio's Bill Wheelhouse prepared this report.

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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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