St. Louis Public Radio News
4:41 pm
Thu April 29, 2004

Officials Study West Nile Infections in St. Louis

St. Louis – State and local public health officials have initiated a new study to determine how many St. Louis area residents the West Nile virus has infected over the past two years.

Blood samples will be taken from about 1,100 randomly selected people.

Dr. Howard Pue, the study coordinator for the Missouri Department of Health, says it will help them estimate how many people were infected during the summers of 2002 and 2003.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:21 pm
Thu April 29, 2004

Task Force Says Airport in Better Financial Shape

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St. Louis – A group of St. Louis business leaders says Lambert Airport is in better financial shape than they previously thought.

Mayor Francis Slay put together the airport task force last year after American Airlines announced major flight cuts.

In February, the group said the $1.1 billion runway expansion was at least six months behind schedule.

But Thursday, task force member Barry Beracha said it's ahead of schedule and about $21 million dollars under budget.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:30 am
Thu April 29, 2004

MO Senate Gives Initial OK to College Construction Plan

Jefferson City, MO – A plan to borrow money for university construction projects gained preliminary Senate approval on Wednesday.

It's a plan to sell roughly $372 million in bonds to fund construction projects at all the state-run colleges and universities.

Backers say the goal is to help Missouri become a national center of life sciences research. The term 'life science' covers things from health and medicine to environmental and agricultural issues.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:54 am
Thu April 29, 2004

Missouri House Passes Abortion Lawsuit Bill

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has passed a bill that could allow lawsuits against anyone who helps a minor avoid the state's parental consent law for abortions.

Thursday's House vote sends the bill to the Senate.

Existing law requires anyone younger than 18 to get consent from a parent, guardian or court before having an abortion.

But some teen-agers avoid the law by going to Illinois, which has no parental consent law.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:41 am
Thu April 29, 2004

Wolfmeyer Pleads Innoncent in Danton Case

Wolfmeyer leaves federal court in East St. Louis Thursday.
(UPI)

St. Louis – A woman indicted as an accomplice in an alleged murder-for-hire plot with St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton pleaded innocent Thursday.

Katie Wolfmeyer entered the plea in federal court in East St. Louis. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for July 1, and her trial was set for July 13.

Danton and Wolfmeyer were indicted April 22 by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiring to arrange a murder for hire and using a telephone across state lines in an attempt to do so.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:35 am
Thu April 29, 2004

St. Louis Schools Reach All-Time Low Enrollment

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St. Louis, MO – Enrollment at Missouri's largest public school district has reached an all-time low. St. Louis Schools are now teaching fewer than 38,895 students and officials expect to lose more than 1,800 more next fall.

Enrollment was 52,000 in 1982. The school system says much of the enrollment decline is the result of people moving out of the City. But they also note competition from other schools, especially charter schools.

A ninth St. Louis charter school is set to open this fall.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:14 am
Thu April 29, 2004

Explosion in Suburban St. Louis Was Caused by Natural Gas

Jefferson City, MO – State investigators on Wednesday blamed natural gas escaping from a service line for an explosion that destroyed a house in suburban Manchester in December.

Four people were injured in the explosion.

The Missouri Public Service Commission says pressure from tree roots forced a service line to pull out of its connection to the gas main. The gas migrated into the house, ignited, causing the explosion.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:49 am
Thu April 29, 2004

Lawmaker Scolds Blagojevich on Ethics Panel

Ill. State Sen. Kirk Dillard (state of Illinois photo)

Springfield, Ill – Nearly five months after signing a tough new ethics law, Governor Rod Blagojevich still has not picked the members of commission that will help enforce it.

Republican state Senator Kirk Dillard Thursday said he is "deeply disappointed" by the lack of activity.

But a Blagojevich aide says the governor is working on it and hopes to announce the nominees in the next month or two. He is having trouble finding high-quality candidates who aren't active in Illinois politics.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:40 pm
Wed April 28, 2004

Battle Heats up over Homeless in St. Louis

Rev. Larry Rice (UPI photo)

St. Louis – The Reverend Larry Rice wants a St. Louis homeless services provider to admit that there's a need for more shelter space downtown.

Rice is requiring residents who spend the night at his shelter, and who also take daytime classes at the nearby St. Patrick's Center, to come with a letter of referral or to not come at all.

St. Patrick's opposed Rice's plans to expand into a surplus downtown federal building, arguing it would be a "warehouse" for the homeless.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:55 pm
Wed April 28, 2004

Illinois Doctors Descend on Capitol

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Springfield, Ill – Hundreds of doctors and their supporters flooded the state Capitol Wednesday to urge lawmakers to help them deal with soaring medical malpractice insurance rates.

Dozens of doctors have left their practices, especially in southern Illinois, because they can't afford to pay insurance premiums.

They're asking lawmakers for help, particularly by limiting awards for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering that victims of malpractice can win in court.

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