St. Louis Public Radio News
9:32 am
Wed February 18, 2004

Spoonhour Resigning as UNLV Coach

Former SLU coach Charlie Spoonhour (UNLV photo)

Las Vegas, NV – Former Saint Louis University men's basketball coach Charlie Spoonhour has resigned as UNLV coach, citing health reasons.

Spoonhour, 64, issued a statement Tuesday saying the decision has nothing to do with basketball or the UNLV program.

Spoonhour coached at high schools and colleges in Missouri before coming out of retirement to take the UNLV job in March 2001. He leaves the Runnin' Rebels with a 54-31 record. The team is currently 12-9 but has lost three in a row.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:08 am
Wed February 18, 2004

Proposition 'S' Campaign Now Underway

St. Louis, MO – Proposition S will be on April ballot...and if approved, would allow county government to intervene in land annexation.

St. Charles County Councilman and Proposition S supporter Joe Brazil says many cities add subdivisions far away from city limits by annexing a road or a small strip of land to connect the two. He calls that shoe-stringing -- and says that's illegal.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:48 pm
Tue February 17, 2004

St. Louis Alderwoman Dies at 46

UPI file photo of the late Ald. Colleen Sondermann

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis city alderwoman Colleen Sondermann died Tuesday.

She was elected to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen in June 2002, replacing her husband James who went to work for St. Louis mayor Francis Slay.

Sondermann had been undergoing treatment for cancer for several months. She was also an office manager for a small medical practice, as well as a cousin of the mayor's wife, Kim Slay.

Sondermann was just 46 and is survived by her husband and three children.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:35 pm
Tue February 17, 2004

ESL School Superintendent Resigns

Superintendent Nate Anderson (ESL Schools photo)

East St. Louis, ILL. – Nate Anderson resigned Monday as superintendent of the East St. Louis School District. He says the job was an overdose of hierarchy and bureaucracy.

School Board President Lonzo Greenwood blames Anderson's decision to leave on interference by a state oversight panel. The district has been under state spending oversight because of financial difficulties in the past.

The 53-year-old Anderson has been in the district's top job more than five years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:03 pm
Tue February 17, 2004

Reward for Finding Shawn Hornbeck Will Go Away

Shawn Hornbeck

St. Louis, MO – The family of Shawn Hornbeck, a boy who's been missing for more than a year, will remove its reward offer at midnight tonight (Tuesday).

Hornbeck went missing while riding his bike near his home in Richwoods, a rural community in Washington County. They were offering $75,000. They want anyone with information to come forward immediately.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:12 pm
Tue February 17, 2004

St. Louis Will Host Olympic Marathon Trial

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is presented with the Olympic Flag. The flag was later raised outside City Hall.

St. Louis, MO – On April 3, more than 100 athletes will compete for three spots on the U.S. women's marathon team.

The race begins at the Washington University track and ends at the World's Fair Pavilion in Forest Park.

St. Louis Sports Commission President Frank Viverito says the event highlights the centennial of the first Olympic Games ever held in America:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:49 pm
Mon February 16, 2004

McCaskill Releases Adoption Tax Credit Audit

St. Louis, MO – Qualifying Missouri residents can get up to $10,000 in tax credits to adopt a so-called special needs child.

The audit finds more than 90% of those credits are funding international adoptions. That's not against state law but McCaskill says it raises the question of whether the program should be used exclusively for children who are Missouri residents:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:20 pm
Mon February 16, 2004

St. Louis Police Pleased With Fewer Car Thefts

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis police are pleased with their efforts to reduce car thefts in the city.

The department put 30 officers on the car theft beat last August. Thefts had been increasing but they started to decrease during the last three months of 2003. During that time, a car was stolen every 52 minutes; it had been every 44 minutes at one point.

Criminologists add fewer thefts might also mean thieves have moved on to something else.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:46 pm
Mon February 16, 2004

Lambert Runway Six Months Behind Schedule

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St. Louis –

A Lambert Airport task force formed after American Airlines announced major flight cuts last summer says the $1.01 billion runway expansion project is at least six months behind schedule.

The 17-member group of business leaders released a report Monday that among other things recommends further operational cost cuts and limiting per-passenger charges that airlines pay.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:46 pm
Mon February 16, 2004

Teachers, School Officials Will Rally in Jeff. City

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St. Louis, MO – Most Missouri schools are off for President's Day, but many teachers, students, and administrators are still working today. They're headed to Jefferson City to lobby lawmakers to put more money into education.

Brent Ghan, with the state School Boards' Association, says schools need nearly a billion dollars more than they're currently getting to have adequate funding. He says he realizes state government doesn't have that kind of cash, which is why he says lawmakers should find more.

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