Bill Raack

News Director

Raack has been in radio for over 20 years. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Kansas in 1983, he worked at commercial radio stations in Kansas and then Illinois. He moved to public radio in 1990, joining the staff of WILL-AM/FM in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, as a host/reporter and then as news director in 1993. He returned to his hometown of St. Louis in 1995 as the local host of St. Louis Public Radio's Morning Edition program and also served as a reporter/producer until 1998, when he was named news director. Bill and his wife Kim are proud parents of two public-radio-listening children.

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Morning round-up
9:29 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, July 18, 2011

The National Weather Service says an excessive heat advisory remains in effect until 7 p.m. on Friday. Heat index values will be between 105 and 110 degrees.
(Flickr/jetsandzeppelins)

Another excessive heat advisory in place

An excessive heat warning remains in effect until 7 p.m Friday.

The National Weather Service says a dangerous combination of heat and humidity will lead to afternoon and early evening heat index values between 105 and 115 degrees through Friday.

Aldermen working on St. Louis copper theft proposal this summer

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Lambert Airport renovation
5:16 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

More renovation at Lambert Airport

Passengers line up to move through security in Lambert's Terminal 1.
St. Louis Public Radio photo

Travelers using Lambert Airport will see some new renovation disruptions beginning next week.

Airport officials say a major phase of its renovation plan will impact Concourse B and Concourse D checkpoint areas, meaning detours for arriving and departing passengers. Construction walls will be erected around the checkpoint throughout the final two weeks of July, as well as in the atrium above in the ticketing area.

You can see the latest updates to the airport's renovation plan here.

 

City of St. Louis Sustainability
5:14 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

City of St. Louis looks to improve its sustainability efforts

Mayor Francis Slay and Paul Dickinson, the Executive Chairman of the Carbon Disclosure Project, appear at a press conference in St. Louis Monday.
(photo by Bill Raack, St. Louis Public Radio)

The city of St. Louis says Lambert Airport and the municipal water division are the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases.

The city's so-called greenhouse gas emissions inventory looks at 2005 data and will serve as the benchmark for improvements that are being made in the city of St. Louis. Catherine Werner, the city’s sustainability director, says this is the first time that they’ll measure the effects of their reduction efforts.

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St. Louis releases IBM study findings
5:23 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

New IBM study looks at making St. Louis safer

(via Flickr/Patrick H~)

A new study has found that the city of St. Louis’ various agencies and officials need to work together more closely in order to cut down on crime and make the city a safer place to live.

A team of IBM consultants spent three weeks in St. Louis this spring studying the use of data and technology in the city’s various law enforcement agencies. St. Louis was awarded a grant by IBM as part of the technology firm's "Smarter Cities" program.

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Nixon seeks to ensure sand for flood fighting
2:48 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Nixon orders more sand for flood-fighting in Missouri

Levee breach in Atchison County, Missouri, on June 13, 2011.
(Photo courtesy Atchison County Emergency Management)

The state of Missouri is poised to help some of the towns along the Missouri River who may be running out of sand for sandbags.

Governor Jay Nixon is ordering the State Emergency Management Agency to help those fighting flooding along the Missouri River to obtain more sand.  At Nixon's direction, SEMA has identified additional suppliers that could provide sand if local supplies are exhausted or running low.

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Pujols out with broken arm
1:14 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Pujols out 4-6 weeks with broken forearm

Albert Pujolsmakes an unassisted play at first base against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 19, 2011. Pujols was injured in the sixth inning making a play at first base.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis Cardinals fans got some bad news today. Star first baseman Albert Pujols will be out for 4-6 weeks with a fractured left forearm.

The team announced the results of an MRI and CT scan today, one day after Pujols was injured in a game against Kansas City at Busch Stadium. Pujols was hurt on a play at first base in the sixth inning. He was fielding a throw that was off-target and Kansas City's Wilson Betemit collided with his glove hand as Pujols was pulled toward home. The Cards' three-time MVP went down to the ground in pain.

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Cool Down St. Louis Gets Financial Help
4:53 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Cool Down St. Louis nets financial assistance

Cool Down St. Louis board chairwoman Melanie DiLeo and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley watch a Vatterott instructor work on an air conditioner unit today.
(photo by Bill Raack, St. Louis Public Radio)

The organization that provides air conditioners to seniors and the disabled in St. Louis during summer months says it’s getting some financial help.

Cool Down St. Louis accepted $12,500 today from Hardee’s, Vatterott Educational Centers and the financial services company, Citi. Cool Down board chairwoman Melanie DiLeo says with another hot summer expected, they’ll need more help to prevent heat-related deaths in the region.

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Morning News Round-up
9:48 am
Wed June 8, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Busch Stadium, the home playing field of the St. Louis Cardinals.The Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals will team up for an interleague series to help raise money for tornado recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

Cardinals, Royals to team up for series to benefit Joplin recovery

The St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals will be teaming up to help raise money for tornado recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo. Missouri's two Major League Baseball teams are to meet for an interleague series June 17-19 in St. Louis.

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MSD
4:14 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

MSD hearings to begin on rate increase

Brett Berthold, the manager of the MSD Bissell Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in north St. Louis, gives reporters a tour of the facility Friday.
(Bill Raack, St. Louis Public Radio)

Hearings will begin in about a week on a $276 million rate increase request for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District. MSD says the rate hike is needed to comply with stricter regulatory requirements and to reduce wastewater overflows into area creeks and streams.

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Lambert tornado repairs
5:07 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Lambert could take up to a year to finish tornado repairs

Workers survey damaged windows at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on April 23, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Lambert Airport officials say it could take up to a year to repair all of the damage inflicted by the Good Friday tornado. The twister blew out windows and tore part of the roof off of the C Concourse. The concourse has been closed off since the night of the tornado, with gates and waiting areas moved to the D Concourse, which had been closed previously.

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