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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:35 am
Tue October 1, 2002

Some Residents Concerned Over Mosquito Spraying

St. Louis, MO – An environmental group that's concerned about the pesticides used to prevent the spread of the West Nile virus will hold a meeting in St. Louis Tuesday night.


The Gateway Green Education Foundation says the chemicals being sprayed on city streets to kill mosquitoes could cause more health problems than the virus. Suzanne Renard says the forum at Carpenter Library will feature several area college professors and public health advocates. She says they'll discuss alternatives to spraying.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:27 am
Tue October 1, 2002

Man Pleads Not Guilty to Murdering Little Girl

St. Louis, MO – The man accused in the abduction and murder of a six-year-old girl in Valley Park is pleading not guilty to the crime.

Twenty-four-year-old "Johnnie" Johnson was indicted last month for first degree murder in the death of Casey Williamson, of
Valley Park, about 30 miles south of St. Louis. The former resident of the St. Louis suburb Kirkwood also faces charges of attempted forcible rape and armed criminal action.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:18 am
Tue October 1, 2002

Collinsville Teachers Decide Whether to Strike Tonight

Collinsville, IL – Teachers in Collinsville will decide tonight whether to go on strike. The Belleville News-Democrat reports teacher pay is the main sticking point of the contract talks.

Elsewhere, administrators and teachers in Lebanon, Illinois, have another round of talks scheduled for today. Teachers there are working without a contract.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:53 pm
Mon September 30, 2002

Temporary Restraining Order Denied in Medicaid Suit

Kansas City, MO – A judge has denied an advocacy group's request for a temporary restraining order, that would have kept changes to Missouri's Medicaid program from taking effect tomorrow.

That ruling today, in Jackson County Circuit Court. Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services is suing the state Department of Social Services and the state Division of Medical Services over the changes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:43 pm
Mon September 30, 2002

Premcor Starts Closing Hartford, IL Refinery Today

Hartford, IL – Premcor Incorporated will start closing its refinery in Hartford, Illinois, a move that will cost more than 300 workers their jobs.

Premcor said in February there was no economical way to reconfigure the refinery to meet new federal regulations. The closing comes despite a recent offer from private investors to buy the company.

Workers have been told their last day on the job will be October 10th.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:43 pm
Mon September 30, 2002

Illinois West Nile Outbreak Surpasses 1975 Totals

St. Louis Public Radio News
11:27 am
Mon September 30, 2002

Durbin Says He'll Vote Against Iraq Resolution

Chicago, IL – Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said yesterday he plans to vote against President Bush's request for war approval plans against Iraq.

Durbin called the war resolution poorly timed and poorly reasoned. The Senate is expected to vote on the matter this week.

Durbin also said he does not consider Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein an imminent threat to the U-S, and says an invasion without clear backing from allies risks terror backlash against the U.S.
(AP/KWMU)

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:41 am
Mon September 30, 2002

Saint Louis University Testing New Alzheimers Device

St. Louis Public Radio News
3:47 pm
Fri September 27, 2002

Creve Coeur Airport Displays WW1 Aircraft

St. Louis, MO –

A century ago, the Wright brothers took an historic trip in the world's first true aircraft. By World War I, the airplane had become a weapon of war. This weekend, pilots from around the country will land at Creve Coeur Airport in replicas of those early fighter planes. A group of local enthusiasts is hosting the event to teach today's generation about aviation's early wartime history. KWMU's Kevin Lavery reports.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:23 pm
Tue September 24, 2002

River Garbage Man Returns to St. Louis... to Clean

St. Louis, MO –

A group that travels rivers in the Midwest, cleaning their banks, will be in St. Louis today (Sept. 20). For the man who started the group five years ago, garbage is his career, and he wouldn't think of changing it. KWMU's Tom Weber caught up with the group last weekend on the Mississippi River in Alton, and has this report...

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:30 am
Tue June 25, 2002

Ronnie White to become first black chief justice

Jefferson City, MO – A judge who opposed the nomination of
John Ashcroft for US attorney general is poised to become the first black chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court.

Ronnie White takes over as head of the seven-member court on Tuesday. He says his top priority is to encourage diversity within the state court system.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:44 am
Tue June 25, 2002

Ronnie White to become first black chief justice

Jefferson City, MO – A judge who opposed the nomination of
John Ashcroft for US attorney general is poised to become the first black chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court.

Ronnie White takes over as head of the seven-member court on Tuesday. He says his top priority is to encourage diversity within the state court system.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:29 am
Sun October 3, 1999

Planned Parenthood Sues Over Missouri Abortion Law

Jefferson City, MO – Planned Parenthood affiliates asked a
federal court today to block a new Missouri law that would require women seeking abortions to wait 24 hours after consulting a physician.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction against enforcing the law, which is scheduled to take effect October eleventh, on claims it contains
unconstitutionally vague and broad language.

The Legislature enacted the measure September 11 by overriding a veto of Democratic Governor Bob Holden.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:44 am
Sat January 30, 1999

St. Louis radio host injured in electrical accident

St. Charles, MO – KLOU-FM host Paul Arca says he thought he had been hit by lightning.

He was riding in the van when its raised boom hit the wire. The van caught fire, but Arca and the driver were able to
escape.

Arca is recovering at home. He was initially taken to a St. Charles hospital. The driver was not injured.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:44 am
Sat January 30, 1999

St. Louis radio host injured in electrical accident

St. Charles, MO – KLOU-FM host Paul Arca says he thought he had been hit by lightning.

He was riding in the van when its raised boom hit the wire. The van caught fire, but Arca and the driver were able to
escape.

Arca is recovering at home. He was initially taken to a St. Charles hospital. The driver was not injured.

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