St. Louis Public Radio News
3:16 pm
Wed August 20, 2003

ACT Scores Down in Missouri, Up in Illinois

St. Louis, MO – ACT scores among Missouri high school students were down over last year's numbers, but the average score of 21.4 is still above the national average of 20.8.

Meanwhile, Illinois students averaged a 20.3 this year; that's up over last year. A perfect score is 36.

Officials in Missouri say fewer students took recommended college preparatory classes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:15 pm
Wed August 20, 2003

American Airlines Cuts Affect Small IL Airports

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Springfield, ILL –

Several smaller Illinois airports will lose at least some American Airlines service to St. Louis this fall, as the carrier has announced it will make schedule cutbacks to save money.

On Tuesday, local officials asked the airline to reconsider. Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford prepared this report.

NOTE: Here is a breakdown of flight reductions and additions:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:22 pm
Wed August 20, 2003

Animal Advocates Hope to Improve City Pound

The carbon monoxide chamber at the St. Louis city pound.
(KWMU staff)

St. Louis –

St. Louis' animal control center made headlines as far away as Sydney, Australia two weeks ago when a 30-pound basenji dog, now known as Quentin, survived the facility's gas chamber.

Quentin is now a cause celebre for animal rights advocates, who hope to replace the city's aging pound and make carbon monoxide euthanasia a rarity. KWMU's Matt Sepic reports.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:05 pm
Wed August 20, 2003

School Board Lowers Tax Rate, But Will Raise More Money

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis School Board Tuesday night lowered the rate at which the district taxes property owners. But that does not mean tax bills automatically will go down.

Property owners will pay $4.19 for every $100 of assessed property. District treasurer Enos Moss says the district will collect about $110 million, even though that's not as much as they're actually charging property owners. "Based on historical data, we will only collect maybe 91%, roughly, of the tax bills that go out," he said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:21 am
Wed August 20, 2003

Bond Holds Hearings on Elder Abuse

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St. Louis – U.S. Senator Kit Bond says abuse of the elderly is a crime on par with child and spousal abuse.

The Missouri Republican heard testimony from victims' relatives at a Senate hearing in St. Louis Wednesday.

Bond says elder abuse sometimes occurs at nursing homes, but abandonment and financial exploitation of seniors often goes unreported.

"People need to know that we have defenseless elder people who are being neglected, beaten up, exploited, abused, and too often, there's no recourse," Bond said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:38 am
Wed August 20, 2003

FBI Gathers Info On Clemons

Columbia, MO – Authorities in Columbia say more than 24 hours' worth of recorded phone calls by former Mizzou basketball player Ricky Clemons are now with the FBI.

The FBI isn't saying why it collected recordings and mail for Clemons, who is currently serving a 60-day jail sentence for false imprisonment of his former girlfriend, Jessica Bunge.

The NCAA is also investigating whether Clemons got money, clothes, and help with exams while playing for Missouri. He no longer is on the team.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:59 pm
Tue August 19, 2003

Fireworks Execs Plead Innocent

St. Louis, MO – Three people pleaded innocent Monday to federal charges they covered up illegal activities at a Jefferson County fireworks factory.

Ron and Kim Walker, as well as Russ Nickel, are accused of improperly storing explosives, misleading safety inspectors and failing to report explosions at the Pyro Products plant in Dittmer.

Three explosions since 1999 have killed two people and injured five others at the plant 40 miles southwest of St. Louis. The
executives are not charged in the deaths or injuries.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:22 pm
Tue August 19, 2003

SLU Researchers Test New Smallpox Drug

(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – Saint Louis University researchers are looking for volunteers to help them study two new smallpox vaccines.

The study is comparing new lab-made medicines with Dryvax, a long-used treatment that comes from calves.

Researcher Dr. Sharon Frey says bioterrorism concerns led to the drugs' development.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:13 pm
Tue August 19, 2003

Police Arrest Fourth Carjacking Spree Suspect

St. Louis, MO – A fourth suspect is under arrest in St. Louis in connection with a recent spree of carjackings that left one person dead.

The 16-year old was arrested Monday morning when officers spotted him walking on a street in the city.

Three other men have already been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action for killing 39-year old Louis Bishop on Aug. 10.

An Army recruiter from Fort Carson, Colo., was also shot in the face during the carjacking spree. He is still recovering from his injuries.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:15 pm
Tue August 19, 2003

Council May Consider Trash Issue Tonight

St. Louis, MO – Westfall asked the St. Louis County Council last week to approve a six-month moratorium on the approval of new trash transfer stations in the county.

The issue springs from public opposition to a proposal to build a trash transfer station in Oakville. Residents have expressed concern about traffic, noise and pollution such a station might create. Westfall believes those concerns are legitimate:

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