St. Louis Public Radio News
12:11 pm
Mon February 3, 2003

Akin on Committee Looking into Shuttle Loss

Washington, D.C. – Missouri Congressman Todd Akin says it is important to continue to fund NASA's space exploration program despite the failure of the shuttle Columbia.
The St. Louis County Republican sits on the House Science Committee, which will hold hearings into the cause the disaster. Akin says he wants to learn why the Shuttle broke apart upon re-entry before discussing the NASA budget.

Akin says his committee's hearings could begin as early as this week.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:09 pm
Mon February 3, 2003

An Interview With Cornel West

African-American Scholar, Cornel West

St. Louis, Mo. –

African-American scholar Cornel West came onto the national stage a decade ago with his groundbreaking book Race Matters.

He's known for his controversial views on race relations, but made headlines recently over a very public dispute with Harvard University's president. West left Harvard for Princeton last year after Harvard raised questions about his outside activities.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:07 am
Mon February 3, 2003

St. Louis Students Videoconference with Israeli Student

St. Louis, MO – About 40 high school students in St. Louis area and Jerusalem took part in a live videoconference Monday to discuss life in the US and Israel, terrorism and the threat of war.

Students in each country exchanged questions about their sense of freedom and security, and how those ideals apply in their daily lives. The videoconference was sponsored by the St. Louis chapter of the American Jewish Committee.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:43 pm
Fri January 31, 2003

Crime hits 29-year low in St. Louis County

Clayton, MO – Despite an increase in the number of murders in 2002, new figures show that crime in St. Louis County is at its lowest rate in 29 years.

There were 15 homicides in the county last year, compared to 8 in 2001. But the number of cases of rapes, robbery, aggravated assault, arson, burglary, car theft and larceny all decreased in 2002.

Overall, St. Louis County's crime rate dropped six percent from '01 to '02, and more than 16-percent over the past five years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:08 pm
Fri January 31, 2003

FEC clears Talent of accusations

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Election Commission today cleared Senator Jim Talent of Democratic claims that his earnings as a lobbyist amounted to improper contributions.

The panel said the Missouri Republican was within the law.

At issue was Talent's $368,000 dollars of income as a lobbyist and part-time college teacher before he announced he would run for the US Senate. Talent lost a race for governor in November of 2000 and ended his fourth term in the US House at the start of
last year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:58 pm
Fri January 31, 2003

Low River Worries Barge Operators

St. Louis, Mo. – KWMU's Tom Weber reports on how the low levels of the Mississippi River are affecting the commerce that depends on the nation's waterways to ship cargo. This piece aired on NPR; to access the story, click here.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:42 pm
Fri January 31, 2003

Settlement Nets State Medicaid Money

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's Medicaid program has received
more than $566,000 dollars as a result of a national settlement state attorneys general reached with drug manufacturer Pfizer.

Attorney General Jay Nixon says Missouri is part of a 47-state settlement related to rebates offered to Medicaid programs for the anti-cholesterol medication Lipitor.

The $49 million settlement announced in October was split between the states and the federal government.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:32 pm
Fri January 31, 2003

Ill. National Guard Will Watch Scott AFB

St. Louis, Mo. – For the first time in the history of the U.S. Air Force, the Illinois National Guard will offer security assistance at Scott Air Force Base.

Beginning February 10th, about 80 soldiers will help with entry control, anti-terrorism measures and base security patrols at Scott.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:03 am
Fri January 31, 2003

Police: Man Hit Woman Because She's Black

University City, Mo. – Police say a man who hit a woman with his car did it because the woman is black.

Steve Johnson is being held on assault charges. Police say he drove his car onto a sidewalk in University City on Tuesday and hit a 56-year old woman. She's expected to recover.

University City Police Captain Ernest Green says Johnson, who is white, told investigators he struck the woman because she was black, but says the man used a derogatory term.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:52 am
Fri January 31, 2003

General Relief Cuts Take Effect Saturday

St. Louis, MO –

About 9,600 Missourians who receive General Relief are close to being cut off. The $80 check they receive each month will be reduced - starting February 1 - to $9 a month. And Governor Holden wants to eliminate the payments altogether in July.

Social service agencies say General Relief prevents homelessness. But can $80 really keep a person off the streets?

KWMU's Hillary Wicai prepared this report.

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