St. Louis Public Radio News
2:22 pm
Mon April 12, 2004

Wash. U. Expert Says Schools Still Desegregated

Prof. William Tate (Wash. U. photo)

St. Louis, MO – With the approach of the 50th anniversary of the landmark Brown versus Board of Education decision, opinions still vary on the impact of the ruling.

The chairman of Washington University's Department of Education, William Tate, says the case was an important remedy to desegregation in public schools.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:20 pm
Mon April 12, 2004

St. Louis-Area Housing Discrimination Complaints Rise

St. Louis – Housing discrimination complaints are continuing to rise in the St. Louis area.

That's according to a report the nonprofit Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Commission released Monday.

Commission Director Will Jordan says part of the reason for the jump may be that more people know their rights.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:27 pm
Mon April 12, 2004

Blagojevich Wants Gas Price Investigation

Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich (State of Illinois file photo)

Springfield, Ill – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich wants the state to monitor retail and wholesale gasoline prices to guard against price gouging.

The governor said Monday that's one way the state can address rising gasoline prices.

He wants the Department of Revenue to watch for unjustified price increases. If they find any, Blagojevich says the information will be sent Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan for further action.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:19 pm
Mon April 12, 2004

About 400 Hotel Workers Unionize

The Renaissance Grand hotel (KWMU file photo)

St. Louis, MO – About 400 workers at two downtown hotels have unionized.

They work at the Renaissance Grand and Renaissance Suite hotels and will now be part of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (Local 74).

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:38 pm
Mon April 12, 2004

Three Dead in South St. Louis Murder-Suicide

St. Louis – Three people were found dead early Monday, the result of an apparent murder suicide.

St. Louis police said the deaths occurred overnight in a southwest St. Louis neighborhood.

Police said 29-year-old Troy Casaretto, who worked as a trucker, made a surprise visit home to find his girlfriend, 36-year-old Julie Ross, with another man, 26-year-old Cory Noble.

Casaretto allegedly shot them both, called his brother to report what he had done, then killed himself.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:29 pm
Mon April 12, 2004

SIUE Officials Say Science Building Needs Fixes

SIUE's Science Building (SIUE photo)

Edwardsville, Ill. – Officials at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville say the campus's science building needs the renovations and expansion being considered by lawmakers.

Teachers say the main lecture halls can fit 360 students a semester in chemistry and biology. But enrollment in those classes will hit 550 students this year.


The building also only has three labs to serve 1,800 students.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:12 pm
Mon April 12, 2004

Missouri Group Launches Voter Education Campaign

St. Louis – In an effort to avoid the problems that plagued the 2000 presidential election in St. Louis, a voting rights group is working to make sure every eligible Missourian can vote in November.

Monday, the Help Missouri Vote Coalition kicked off a statewide campaign to increase voter awareness and protect voters' rights.

The group's Kelly Anthony wants to see voter eligibility information placed online.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:31 am
Mon April 12, 2004

Missouri Group Launches Voter Education Campaign

St. Louis – In an effort to avoid the problems that plagued the 2000 presidential election in St. Louis, a voting rights group is working to make sure every eligible Missourian can vote in November.

Monday, the Help Missouri Vote Coalition kicked off a statewide campaign to increase voter awareness and protect voters' rights.

The group's Kelly Anthony wants to see voter eligibility information placed online.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:04 pm
Fri April 9, 2004

Holden Releases Education Funding

Missouri Gov. Bob Holden (UPI file photo)

St. Louis – Missouri State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says a delayed court case is the main reason why Governor Bob Holden decided today to release $127 million in state education funds.

Luebbering says it's not likely a Southwestern Bell tax lawsuit against the state will be resolved this fiscal year.

"We had set aside $50 million in anticipation of having to either settle, or having a court decree tell us to pay Southwestern Bell," Luebbering said. "So that $50 million is freed up."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:58 pm
Fri April 9, 2004

Doctors Upgrade 40 lb. Teen to Serious Condition

St. Louis – Officials at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis say a 16-year-old boy brought in this week weighing just 40 pounds has been upgraded from critical to serious but stable condition.

Doctors and nurses are slowly re-hydrating and nourishing the boy.One pediatrician says this was the most dramatic case of starvation she's ever seen.

The boy is from Michigan. He's mentally retarded, prone to seizures and has cerebral palsy.

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