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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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:01 pm
Tue August 19, 2003

Favazza Pushes for River Changes

Mariano Favazza
(KWMU Staff photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – Democrat Mariano Favazza says St. Louis needs a new port and the Endangered Species Act needs changing.

The St. Louis Circuit Clerk, who's running for Congress, wants to change the Endangered Species Act so a lawsuit over the Missouri River, for example, could only be filed in a court near the river and not in Washington.

He says court battles over water levels cost the local economy millions.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:49 pm
Tue August 19, 2003

Missouri's Infant Mortality at 10 Year High

Jefferson City, MO – State officials say Missouri's infant
mortality rate last year increased to its highest rate in a decade.

The Department of Health and Senior Services reports today that mortality rates for infants went up by 15 percent in 2002 over the previous year.

Officials said the infant death rate was 8.5 for every 1,000 live births last year, compared with 7.4 per 1,000 births two years ago.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:36 pm
Tue August 19, 2003

Film Tax Breaks Signed into Law in Illinois

Chicago, ILL – New tax breaks for the film industry are now law in Illinois. Governor Rod Blagojevich signed the measure Monday, saying it could help lure back productions that have gone to places where it's cheaper to film.

The movie 'Chicago,' for example, was filmed in Canada. The Illinois Film Office says the state has lost about $100 million a year in potential production and labor costs over the last several years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:06 pm
Tue August 19, 2003

Loan Forgiveness Program Benefits 1,600 Teachers

St. Louis, MO – The Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority, or MOHELA, will completely erase loan balances under $500, and will deduct $500 from higher balances.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:25 am
Tue August 19, 2003

County Library Board Keeps Tax Rate the Same

St. Louis, MO – Library taxes are staying put in St. Louis County. The Library Board Monday kept the tax rate the same for property taxpayers, even though they could have raised it without needing voter approval.

Assistant Director George Durnell says the current tax rate brings in enough money.

"Voters authorized a tax ceiling of $0.18 and we collect $0.14," he said. "We are one of the few institutions in this state-though not the only one-that does not collect its full voted tax."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:28 pm
Mon August 18, 2003

Many Wellston Students Start School Year at New Schools

(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – Today was the first day of school for many students in the region today. But it was also the first day in a new school for many Wellston students.

Parents had the option of transferring their children out of the Wellston schools this year. That's because the state took away the district's accreditation because of poor academic performance.

The Ritenour School District is taking in more transfers than any other district. But superintendent Paul Doerrer says the extra 70 students will be easily accepted.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:55 pm
Mon August 18, 2003

St. Charles County Councilman May Face Recall Effort

St. Charles, Mo. – A St. Charles County councilman could face a recall election.

Jeff Morrison of St. Peters is the target of a petition filed Friday with the county clerk's office. It claims Morrison is too
concerned with helping prominent municipal officials, developers and home builders, and not concerned enough with his constituents.

One concern was Morrison's opposition to a charter amendment allowing the county to take legal action against St. Peters for
allegedly abusing the state tax-increment financing law.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:54 pm
Mon August 18, 2003

Feds Investigating Vandalia, MO Women's Prison

Vandalia, MO – The Justice Department is reviewing conditions at the women's prison in Vandalia, Mo., about 60 miles northwest of Wentzville.

Two women from the Kansas City area have died there this year, so a team will interview inmates this week about the conditions.

The family of one of the dead inmates is wondering whether she got the right medical treatment at the prison.

A third inmate died hours after being released on medical parole; her family has sued the prison in a wrongful-death lawsuit.

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