St. Louis Public Radio News
12:04 pm
Mon November 24, 2003

Monday Classes Canceled in Two Metro-East Districts

St. Louis, MO – There were no classes for students in two Metro-East school districts today (Monday, Nov. 24).

About 500 students at the Columbia, Ill. Middle School started Thanksgiving break early and be off at least all week because a fire on Saturday damaged the old gymnasium. That gym doubled as the school's cafeteria.

No one was hurt, but school leaders are looking for a place for students to finish the school year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:18 am
Mon November 24, 2003

SLU Nursing Students Learn Terrorism Preparedness

Student Erhi Ikanone dons a protective 'moon suit.' (KWMU photo)

St. Louis – Saint Louis University's nursing school has become one of the first in the nation to prepare its students to deal with terrorist attacks.

The new lessons come a year after SLU faculty traveled to Israel to learn disaster recovery techniques from medical personnel there.

During a public health nursing class Monday, student Erhi Ikanone tried on a moon suit designed to protect her from nuclear, chemical and biological material.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:04 am
Mon November 24, 2003

New CD in Bosnian Offers Help Getting Health Care

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis' growing Bosnian population has a new tool for those who find the U.S. health care system confusing. A new language-specific Audio Guide CD helps explain health insurance, what to expect at a doctor's office and other health issues.

Mercy Health Plans' Samantha Fenner says there are about 40,000 Bosnians in St. Louis and her company will offer the CD at a health fair Monday morning.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:10 pm
Fri November 21, 2003

Seniors Protest Medicare Plan

Former AARP members protest the Medicare drug plan Friday morning on Watson Rd.
(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – At a South St. Louis County shopping center today, about a dozen seniors burned their AARP cards in protest of Medicare legislation that's now in Congress.

Electrician Tom Brewer, 57, said the proposal amounts to Medicare privatization, and AARP should not support it.

"I don't trust corporate America," Brewer said. "I've seen over the last several years that they're not trustworthy, and they're trying to put our prescriptions and health services into private corporations."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:54 pm
Fri November 21, 2003

Ethics Package Headed to Blagojevich

(KWMU photo)

Springfield, Ill. –

For years, members of the Illinois General Assembly discussed ethics. Occasionally, they passed small changes to improve laws that encourage honest government.

Late Thursday night, though, the Illinois Senate joined the Illinois House in passing a measure that supporters are calling the toughest package of good-government laws in the state's history.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:48 pm
Fri November 21, 2003

School Board Revokes School Sale

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis School Board Thursday revoked the sale of a historic school building, saying it didn't realize the significance of the structure.

The board this week sold Theresa School, near SLU Hospital, to a developer who wanted to raze the building and build a shopping center.


Prominent architect William Ittner built the school 98 years ago, but board members told the Post-Dispatch this week that they didn't get all the proposals to review, and they were told it was not an Ittner building.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:38 pm
Fri November 21, 2003

Missouri Bar Says Legislature Needs More Lawyers

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Bar is working to recruit
lawyers to run for the Legislature.

Group president Bill Corrigan says there's a misconception that the Legislature is controlled by lawyers.

One-third of legislators were lawyers in 1900, but barely 13 percent are today. In fact, the Legislature has fewer lawyers than it has in decades.

Corrigan says five of 34 senators and 21 of 163 representatives have law degrees.

About 20,000 attorneys live in Missouri.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:56 pm
Fri November 21, 2003

East West Gateway Has New Chairman

Joe Ortwerth, St. Charles Co. Executive (photo from St. Charles County)

St. Louis, Mo. – St. Charles County Executive Joe Ortwerth has been named chair of the East West Gateway Coordinating Council. That's the group that decides which local transportation projects to fund with state and federal money. Ortwerth will succeed John Barisevic, the Chair of the St. Claire County Board, on January First.

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11:07 am
Fri November 21, 2003

St. Louis Launches New Lead Eradication Plan

St. Louis, MO – At the core of the city's renewed strategy is a stepped up lead removal initiative that first targets homes of at-risk children and pregnant women.

Consultant Ruth Ann Norton says the city is expanding its pre-rental inspection program to cover properties that had never before been checked for lead:

"What was happening in some neighborhoods often was not happening in the neighborhoods that needed it most," Norton said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:27 pm
Thu November 20, 2003

National City Will Buy St. Louis-based Allegiant Bank

(KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – Allegiant Bancorp will no longer be a St. Louis-based banking company. That's because Cleveland-based National City will announced on Thursday that it's buying Allegiant for $475 million dollars. Allegiant is currently the biggest publicly held banking company based in St. Louis.

National City is one of the nation's ten largest bank holding companies. It has more than 1,000 bank branches and loan and investment offices throughout the country.

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