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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:58 pm
Fri November 29, 2002

Chronic Wasting Test Will Take Months

Jefferson City, MO – Biologists in Missouri took samples from about six thousand deer this week to test for the fatal chronic wasting disease, but officials won't get the test results until March or April.

The brain-wasting disease is similar to elk and deer what mad cow disease is to cattle. It has never been identified in Missouri, but the state's Department of Conservation have been collecting deer heads from hunters for samples.

The agency says hunters have been very helpful.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:18 pm
Fri November 29, 2002

Madison & St. Clair Cos. To Offer Free Bus Rides

Metro-East, Illinois – Madison and St. Clair counties in Illinois are offering free bus rides during the holiday season.

In St. Clair County, there will be a free Holiday MetroBus painted on the outside with candles, bows and garlands. It will make surprise appearances on regular bus routes for part of every day from today through Christmas.

In Madison County, the transit district is offering free bus rides to Christmas light displays for people with disabilities or groups of senior citizens.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:09 pm
Fri November 29, 2002

MO Will Run Out of Money for Unemployment Checks

Kansas City, MO – Missouri officials say at the current rate, the account from which unemployment checks are written will dry up early next year.

The Kansas City Star reports that checks written to unemployed Missouri residents have dwarfed funds received from a tax on employers.

Heightened unemployment rates and an extended economic downturn have combined to drain the fund, and the head of the state's Division of Employment Security says that fund will likely spend its last $200 million by the first quarter next year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:40 am
Fri November 29, 2002

Lambert Airport Not Changing Any Travel Advice

St. Louis, MO – More people are flying this weekend than during last year's Thanksgiving holiday, and Lambert Airport officials in St. Louis hope new security measures won't confuse passengers.

Officials say many people who travel this weekend won't be used to the changes in airport security made this year. Most notable is that all baggage screeners are new federal employees.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:00 am
Fri November 29, 2002

Blood Banks Urge Donation During Busy Holiday Season

Bloomington, Illinois – Blood bank workers are hoping to build up their supplies before the busy holiday travel season.

Red Cross officials say December often packs a double punch for blood banks. That's because donations go down as people's schedules become more hectic, and traffic accidents increase because more
travelers are on the roads.

Don Webb is chief executive officer of the Red Cross Heart of America region. It includes parts of Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. He says blood supplies are adequate for now.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:32 pm
Thu November 28, 2002

SIU-Edwardsville to Scrap Wrestling Program

Edwardsville, IL – Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville announced yesterday it would end its wrestling program after this season because of budget shortfalls.

"This was not an easy decision," said SIUE Director of Athletics Brad Hewitt in a statement. "But it is the most prudent financial decision. In keeping with the University's Vision Statement, Intercollegiate Athletics' prime ambition is to be recognized nationally for the excellence in its programs."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:29 pm
Thu November 28, 2002

St. Louis Among Most Segregated Metros in U.S.

New census figures show the Gateway City is among the most segregated.
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Washington, DC – New census numbers show St. Louis is one of the five most segregated metropolitan areas in the nation.

The figures also indicate blacks are more isolated than other ethnic or racial groups in many cities.

But the figures also show that in other metro areas, renovated inner cities are drawing higher-income whites, as well as an influx of immigrants, especially Hispanics and Eastern Europeans.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:39 pm
Thu November 28, 2002

Activists Promote "Buy Nothing" Day

St. Louis, MO – One group is asking St. Louis area consumers not to purchase holiday gifts Friday. the group Adbusters Media Foundation is promoting "Buy Nothing Day," which it says is a symbolic protest of unnecessary consumption. Spokesman Paul MacFarlane of St. Louis says they want people to consider the consequences of unchecked spending.

MacFarlane says activists will hand out flyers and drag giant credit cards shackled to their ankles at shopping malls in the St. Louis area tomorrow to make their point.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:44 pm
Thu November 28, 2002

Cardinals Announce Construction Company for New Stadium

St. Louis, MO – Indianapolis-based Hunt Construction Group will build the Cardinals' new stadium.

The team made the announcement yesterday, citing the company's experience with building eight of the last eleven big-league ballparks.

None of the other contractors under consideration was St. Louis-based, but Cardinals President Mark Lamping says sub-contractors will do much of the work, which will let St. Louis companies participate.

Other ballparks Hunt Construction has been involved with include:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:05 am
Thu November 28, 2002

MO-DOT Will Finish Cable Barriers Next Week

St. Louis, MO – The Missouri Department of Transportation says it will complete next week a project to install guard cables in the median of a deadly stretch of Interstate 70.

Work on the two-point-six mile stretch in Warren County was not scheduled to finish until mid-December.

The area seen five accidents in the past eight months where cars crossed the median and hit oncoming vehicles. Five people have died.

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