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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:32 pm
Tue November 12, 2002

UM Curators Meet Again

St. Louis, MO – University of Missouri Curators met again yesterday to possibly discuss a new president, but they're not saying much about the meetings.

One top candidate is Elson Floyd, who is the President of Western Michigan University. Officials there say Floyd was offered the job, but aren't sure whether he accepted it.

Current UM President Manuel Pacheco retires at the end of this year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:31 pm
Tue November 12, 2002

Gamblers Lose More at Ameristar in St. Charles

Jefferson City, MO – Gamblers lost more money at Ameristar than any other St. Louis-area casino last month.

The St. Charles boat brought in a net of $19 million in gambler losses during October.

Gamblers lost a total of $105 million at Missouri's 11 casinos last month; that's up 13% from a year earlier.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:16 pm
Tue November 12, 2002

Arch Staircases to Become One

The main entrance to the Gateway Arch will soon be one continuous staircase.
KWMU Staff Photo

St. Louis, MO – Construction will begin next week to join the two main staircases at the Gateway Arch in one single stairway. Currently grass lies between the two staircases.

The head of maintenance at the Arch, David Bubac, says a single staircase that could double as an amphitheatre was part of the original plans for the riverfront monument, but the money hasn't been available until now.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:01 pm
Mon November 11, 2002

New Study Shows Rural Missourians With Poorer Semen

St. Louis, MO – A new study shows a significantly poorer quality of semen from men in rural mid-Missouri than in males in more urban areas like New York and Los Angeles.

The University of Missouri study shows evidence that semen quality varies significantly among regions of the U.S. and says exposure to agricultural chemicals might explain the difference.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:53 pm
Mon November 11, 2002

Alton Dam Could Be Fitted for Hydro-Electric Plant

Alton, IL – A Tennessee company wants to attach a grid of hydroelectric turbines to an area dam to produce up to 90 megawatts at a time.

W.V. Hydro has applied for a federal permit to put the grid on the Price Locks and Dam near Alton. It's a technology that's been used only a few places worldwide.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:46 pm
Mon November 11, 2002

Missouri to Study More Limits on Teen Drivers

Jefferson City, MO – State officials are considering whether
to recommend more restrictions on teenage drivers.

That comes after the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that states prohibit new drivers from carrying more than one teenage passenger.

Missourians younger than 18 already are prohibited from driving between 1 and 5 am -- unless traveling because of school, work or an emergency.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:02 pm
Mon November 11, 2002

Nation's Parks, Including Arch, Face Backlog of Repairs

Gale Norton, U.S. Secretary of Interior, toured a new maintenance facility at the Arch Monday.
KWMU Staff Photo

St. Louis, MO – Secretary Gale Norton toured a new $3 million building near the Arch that is the new home for crews who maintain the Arch and Old Courthouse grounds. Norton says the project is part of the President's goal to reduce a backlog of maintenance needs at US parks and historic sites.

Norton says her Department will still create national parks and historic sites, but only after those places meet stricter standards to assure they'll be maintained.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2002

Anti-War Protestors Rally in Rams Traffic

St. Louis, MO – Anti-war protestors passed out fliers to people stuck in traffic after yesterday's Rams game.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:31 pm
Mon November 11, 2002

SLU Smallpox Vaccine Study to Go Nationwide

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis University is looking for volunteers to take part in a nationwide clinical trial to test the potency of the current smallpox vaccination. The study focuses on people aged 32 to 70 who've already been vaccinated against smallpox at least once. Researchers will measure how well volunteers respond to three randomly selected dilutions of the vaccine.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:22 pm
Fri November 8, 2002

Webster Groves Man Sues St. Louis Ex-Priest

St. Louis, MO – A 41-year-old man is suing a former priest and the St. Louis Archdiocese over sexual abuse he says he endured for two years in the 1970s.

Matt Layton, of Webster Groves, says he was abused by Joseph Ross, but only recalled it in March. Layton says he was an altar boy in 1975 at St. Williams Church in suburban St. Louis when the abuse began.

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