St. Louis Public Radio News
10:20 am
Thu August 14, 2003

Slay Asks Business Groups to Head Lambert Task Force

Lambert Airport (file photo)

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has asked three business groups to head a task force to study Lambert Airport's future.

Slay wants the groups to look at what the area can do to attract and retain flights and jobs at the airport.

American Airlines announced plans last month to cut more than 200 daily flights from its schedule in November. Since then, six carriers have added 14 new flights.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:25 pm
Wed August 13, 2003

One More Arrest in Carjacking Spree

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis police have arrested a third man for his role in a weekend crime spree that included carjackings and one death.

Two other teens that were already in custody were charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action yesterday. Police say they're still looking for one more suspect.

The two charged are 18-year-old Antonio Ward and 19-year-old Dedrick Hampton. Police say Ward, Hampton and two other men went on a three-day crime spree that left one man dead and another man hospitalized.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:08 pm
Wed August 13, 2003

Blagojevich Signs Closed Meeting Taping Measure

Local governments in Illinois must now tape closed meetings.

Springfield, Ill. – Government bodies in Illinois now must record their private meetings to ensure elected officials behave properly.

Governor Rod Blagojevich signed the legislation into law Tuesday.

City councils, county boards and other government groups must conduct most business in public, but they can go into private sessions for a few specific reasons.

The governor says he signed it despite opposition from many local governments

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:50 pm
Wed August 13, 2003

Air Traffic Controllers Oppose Outsourcing

St. Louis – The Bush Administration wants to privatize control tower operations at 69 small U.S. airports, including two in the St. Louis area. Local air traffic controllers say the plan will jeopardize safety.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, the union representing FAA controllers at Spirit of St. Louis Airport, is urging Congress not to approve the President's plan.

Union spokesman Ray Kerr says control tower operations should remain a function of the federal government.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:59 pm
Wed August 13, 2003

Dog Who Survived Gas Chamber Has New Home

Quentin, the \"miracle dog\" (Stray Rescue photo)

St. Louis, MO – Quentin, the dog who recently survived a trip to the gas chamber, has a new home.

He was turned over to Stray Rescue after the ordeal, and about 700 people from all around the country asked to adopt the dog.

But Quentin won't go far; the Rescue's founder Randy Grim has decided to keep the animal himself.

Quentin will be the focal point of a national campaign to raise awareness of the millions of strays euthanized each year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:59 pm
Wed August 13, 2003

Weldon Spring Hosts Public Meeting on Groundwater

The Chemical Plant Site Water Treatment Plant at the Weldon Spring site in St. Charles County.,
(Courtesy U.S. Department of Energy)

St. Louis, MO – The Department of Energy is soliciting public input tonight on a proposed plan to remediate contaminated groundwater at the Weldon Spring site in St. Charles County. The plan would require officials to record how contaminants such as uranium and trichloroethylene break down through natural biological processes. The DOE's Pam Thompson says the site's current means of monitoring the flow of contaminated groundwater safeguards the public:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:39 am
Wed August 13, 2003

Homeless Veterans in St. Louis

Homeless veteran Will Terrell works in the kitchen of McMurphy's Grill, a job skills training program operated by St. Patrick Center in St. Louis. Terrell was in the U.S. Navy from 1974-1976.
(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, MO –

Federal officials estimate about a quarter of a million of the nation's homeless adults are veterans.

Most served during the Viet Nam War, and some suffer from combat-related conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But for the majority of veterans living on the streets or in shelters, substance abuse, mental illness and the lack of support networks have more to do with their situation than any experience on the battlefield.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:11 am
Wed August 13, 2003

Westfall Wants Moratorium on Garbage Dumps

Clayton, MO – St. Louis County Executive Buzz Westfall wants the county council to hold off issuing permits for garbage dumps for six months.

He says the moratorium would give county government time to decide whether there should be more restrictions on trash stations.

Fred Weber, Inc. wants to build a trash station in Oakville. Westfall is opposed and many area residents have expressed concern about where it would be built.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:04 pm
Tue August 12, 2003

UMSL Performing Arts Center Opens Season Next Month

The new $52 million Blanche Touhill Performing Arts Center at UMSL.

St. Louis – The inaugural season of the Blanche Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis will start next month. Tickets for the season go on sale Monday.

The $52 million center holds two theatres; its main hall seats 1,600 people.

Jill McGuire with the Regional Arts Commission says the center's size fills a void among St. Louis theatres, and certain shows will play better there.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:51 pm
Tue August 12, 2003

Missouri Approves Quarry Permit for Cement Company

St. Louis – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has approved a plan to allow Swiss cement giant Holcim to mine limestone in Ste. Genevieve County for 100 years.

Holcim spokeswoman Nancy Tully says the company must restore the 1,300 hundred acres of land it wants to quarry.

"We will actually be mining no more than 200 acres at any one time," Tully said. "We have an ongoing as-you-go restoration process, and then our reclamation efforts will begin eight to ten years after that mining starts."

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