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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:39 pm
Tue March 18, 2003

Protestors March After Bush Speech

St. Louis, Mo. – Several hundred people marched down Grand Avenue in South St. Louis Monday night to protest the looming war with Iraq. The march came immediately after President Bush's address to the nation.

Many marchers carried flags representing the United Nations and countries opposed to war. St. Louis resident Tom Sanger carried one of the flags.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:29 pm
Tue March 18, 2003

McCaskill Releases Foster Care Findings

St. Louis, MO – The head of Missouri's Division of Family Services says she agrees with the findings of a newly-published audit of the state's foster care system.

The State Auditor's office found foster children are generally safe. But the audit also suggests many improvements.

Family Services Director Denise Cross says her agency can do a better job of helping foster parents.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:55 pm
Tue March 18, 2003

Orange Terror Alert: Re-Heightens Lambert Security

Lambert Airport
(file photo)

St. Louis, MO – The higher terror alert level has Lambert Airport officials heightening security. They've restored checkpoints on the road in front of the airport, meaning all cars on Airflight Drive could be searched.

The westbound I-70 exit ramp (#236) to Airflight Drive will remain closed; all westbound traffic wishing to get to the airport should use exit 238A.

For additional information, click here.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:06 pm
Tue March 18, 2003

Under Orange Alert, Security Officials Review Plans

Jefferson City, MO – The state of Missouri is responding to the national orange terror alert by reviewing its plans for protecting its critical infrastructure.

Homeland Security Chief Tim Daniel says the Missouri Security Council is coordinating with law enforcement agencies to closely watch nuclear power plants, airports, and other key facilities.

State and local governments are not receiving any federal funding in support of the orange alert and Daniel says that's troublesome.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:28 am
Tue March 18, 2003

State Senator's Car Stolen

Jefferson City, Mo. – A state senator's car, bearing distinctive Missouri license plates, was stolen from her St. Louis home over the weekend. Police say it also was used in a
robbery.

Senator Maida Coleman says her children noticed that the 2002 Chrysler Sebring was missing Saturday afternoon while she was out of town.

Police say the car was used in a robbery in St. Louis later that day. The vehicle has since been recovered, but no arrests have been made.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:00 am
Tue March 18, 2003

Ill. Officials Investigate Possible Deadly Flu Cases

Springfield, Ill. – Health officials are investigating whether four Illinoisans have contracted a deadly flu-like disease that has spread across the world. Two of the possible cases are in the central Illinois county of McLean. The other two are in Chicago.

All four have recently traveled to Asia, where most of the cases have been reported. The unidentified disease can cause death from respiratory failure.

Victims typically develop coughs, pneumonia, shortness of breath and other breathing difficulties.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:14 am
Tue March 18, 2003

A Conversation About the Future of Natural Gas

St. Louis, MO –

Warm Spring weather seems to finally be here - but some Missouri officials are already warning of high-energy costs next winter. Natural Gas Production is down as existing domestic wells are past their peak. Add to that a particularly cold winter, and storage levels are now about 40-percent below the 5-year average. KWMU's Hillary Wicai talked with A.G. Edwards Director of Futures Research, Bill O'Grady.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:48 pm
Mon March 17, 2003

Grant Will Help Link Unemployed with Jobs

St. Louis, MO – Regional transportation planners are welcoming a $3-million federal grant designed to help connect unemployed and low-income residents with access to jobs and education. Under the Learn and Work Link program, a team of public and private groups will transport people from their neighborhoods to Metrolink and MetroBus stations, assist carpoolers and help disabled riders.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:25 pm
Mon March 17, 2003

Metro Awards First Contract

St. Louis, MO – Metro, formerly Bi-State, is moving closer to breaking ground on the Metrolink's Cross-County extension.

The agency has awarded its first contract to McCarthy Builders. The St. Louis company will build the first part of the extension from Forest Park to Clayton.

McCarthy's President, Carl Kloster, says his company's main task will include building a mile-long tunnel to take the light rail under University City.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:10 pm
Mon March 17, 2003

New Exhibit Explores St. Louis's Black Communities

The exhibit \"Through the Eyes of a Child\" is now at the Mo. History Museum.
(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, MO. –

A new exhibit at the Missouri History Museum explores four black communities in the area during the mid-1900s.

It's called "Through the Eyes of a Child: Growing Up Black in St. Louis, 1940-1990."

It's an audio tour of the Ville, Carr Square, Kinloch, and the southern part of East St. Louis.

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