St. Louis Public Radio News
2:45 pm
Tue November 4, 2003

Part of Health Care Crisis is Lack of Access to Doctors

Dr. Dwayne Helton (left) visits a patient at his Jefferson County office.

St. Louis, MO –

Missouri and Illinois are in the midst of a subtle but growing national health care crisis. A severe shortage of primary care physicians is contributing to an overall poor state of health for thousands of people.

The problem is rooted in a lack of access to doctors, the cost of practicing medicine and negative perceptions of primary care among students preparing to enter the medical profession.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:32 pm
Tue November 4, 2003

Delta Adds Two Flights to Lambert

St. Louis Mayor, Francis Slay
(Courtesy: UPI)

St. Louis, Mo. – Delta Airlines has begun new service from St. Louis to its Salt Lake City hub.

With the new departures, Lambert Airport has now added 27 new flights since American announced more than 200 flight cuts in July. Those cuts took effect Saturday.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says the airport will bounce back, but it will take time.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:19 pm
Tue November 4, 2003

County Executive Will Be Picked Tonight

The late Buzz Westfall (UPI photo)

Clayton, MO – The St. Louis County Council will pick a replacement for Executive Buzz Westfall, who died last week.

Councilman Charlie Dooley has been Westfall's temporary replacement until now and says he'll take the job if picked.

The successor will serve through next November's special election; that's when voters will pick someone to serve the final two years of Westfall's term.

Westfall died of a staph infection in his spine.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:57 am
Tue November 4, 2003

City Schools Deal with Teacher Sickout

Mary Armstrong, President Local 420
(KWMU photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – The St. Louis teachers union is denouncing Tuesday's job action in which some 210 district employees called in sick.

Local 420 president Mary Armstrong says the union does not condone this or any job action and is encouraging the employees to return to work.

Armstrong says the action is alleged to be a planned event orchestrated by district employees but adds it's up to the district to prove that.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:35 am
Tue November 4, 2003

Ill. Fall Veto Session Begins Today in Springfield

(KWMU photo)

Springfield, ILl. –

A wide range of issues, from the death penalty to a utility company take over, could be discussed in coming days as the Illinois state Legislature meets for its annual fall session.

Illinois Public Radio's Bill Wheelhouse has this preview.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:40 am
Tue November 4, 2003

Carnahan Crash Now a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in KC

Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan was killed in a plane crash three years ago.
(Courtesy: UPI)

Kansas City, MO – A jury in Kansas City will be asked to decide whether a maker of aircraft parts was to blame for the death of Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan. He was killed in a plane crash in 2000.

His widow, Jean Carnahan, is one of the plaintiffs in the wrongful-death lawsuit, which contends the crash resulted from failure of vacuum pumps designed and made by a Cleveland-based Parker-Hannifin Corporation.

Jury selection started Monday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:23 am
Tue November 4, 2003

St. Louis School District Planning for Walkout Today

Interim Superintendent William Roberti (KWMU file photo)

St. Louis, MO – Teachers in the St. Louis School District may walk out today, in protest of a contract that took effect just two months ago.

It's not sure how many teachers might stay away, but interim superintendent William Robert says the number could reach 200.

Union president Mary Armstrong is urging all teachers to report to work. Earier this school year, maintenance workers stayed off the job to protest their contract.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:14 pm
Mon November 3, 2003

Science Center Fire Was an Accident

A small fire broke out at the Science Center Saturday (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – Officials say a fire that damaged the St. Louis Science Center was an accident. Flames could be seen coming out of the top of the Omnimax Theater dome Saturday evening.

No one was hurt but about 200 people had to be evacuated. The center was open for business Sunday.

The fire apparently began and was confined to a neon transformer.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:58 pm
Mon November 3, 2003

Slay, Holden Pledge to Fight Homelessness

Slay and Holden visit the Christian Service Center homeless shelter in North St. Louis. (UPI photo)

St. Louis – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said Monday putting an end to homelessness within 10 years is a conceivable goal.

Slay and Missouri Governor Bob Holden visited a St. Louis shelter to launch a multi-agency plan to combat chronic homelessness.

The mayor says the program focuses on permanent rather than transitional housing, and aims more resources at the neediest cases.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:37 pm
Mon November 3, 2003

Judge Says N.H. Brewer Can't Use Bud-Like Name

Concord, NH – A judge in New Hampshire has ruled that a brewery there cannot name one of its ales "Billy Budd" because drinkers might confuse it with Budweiser or Bud Light.

St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch sued Caught-On-Bleu, Inc. last year. While the judge ruled in favor of Anheuser-Busch, the ruling also says the nation's largest beer maker failed to show that Caught-On-Blue intentionally and maliciously tried to capitalize on the "Bud" name. As a result, no attorney's fees were awarded.

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