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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U.S. Census Data
11:08 am
Thu February 24, 2011

New 2010 U.S. Census data released for Missouri

Click Read More or scroll down once within the story, to explore the interactive data map from the U.S. Census Bureau.
(U.S. Census Bureau)

The U.S. Census Bureau has released new data for Missouri. Click "Read More" for an interactive map through which you can investigate the data, county-by-county.

We've also got our listening area counties and congressional districts broken down, and news stories to put it all in context.

How has your area changed in 10 years?

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University of Missouri
5:47 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

After recent racist grafitti incident, Mizzou holds panel discussion

Memorial Union at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. (via Flickr/Adam Procter)

The University of Missouri continues to grapple with the implications of the most recent incident of racism on its Columbia campus.

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Albert Pujols
3:22 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

No deal for Pujols today. Now what?

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols. (via Wikimedia Commons/ Rafael Amado)

First basemen Albert Pujols is entering his eleventh season as a St. Louis Cardinal, and now, it's looking like it might be his last.

Albert Pujols' spring training deadline for a new contract with the St. Louis Cardinals came and went today without a deal.

The Cardinals say they tried to reach agreement with Pujols for several months and they are "greatly disappointed" they were unsuccessful. General Manager John Mozeliak says at Pujols' request, no more talks will be held until the end of the season.

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American Airlines
5:09 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

American Airlines recalling 365 former TWA flight attendants

(via Flickr/boeingdreamscape)

American Airlines is recalling more former TWA flight attendants. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says American will rehire 365 of the furloughed employees.

The TWA flight attendants were put at the bottom of the seniority list when the airline was bought out by American. In 2001, American laid off 2,500 flight attendants, many of whom used to work for TWA.

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Arts & Culture
4:10 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

New magazine debuts in St. Louis

(via Flickr/bravenewtraveler)

There's a new kid on the block when it comes to local magazines in St. Louis.

“Town and Style” will launch Wednesday with its first issue. The magazine says it will cover the lives and activities of residents in the region’s central corridor communities.

Many of the new publication’s employees formerly worked for “Ladue News” but “Town and Style” editor-in-chief Dorothy Weiner  -- herself the former editor-in chief of "Ladue News" -- says it will be much different from the society magazine.

 “We will be focusing of course on people and on the central corridor, and we want to have a rather extended reach. We’re hoping to go from Central West End all the way out to Wildwood and focus on the community with lots of people pictures and all the things that are going on here, Weiner said.”

 “Town and Style” will be free and distributed at area restaurants, grocery stores and other outlets. The initial circulation goal is 37,500.

Cochran VAMC
4:12 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Congressional reaction to new problems at John Cochran VA Medical Center

The director of John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis says surgeries could resume next week at the facility. The center stopped performing surgeries because of concerns over contamination on some operating-room equipment. 

Meanwhile, congressional reaction to the new problems has been harsh.

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Spring Flooding
12:25 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Weather Service: Spring flooding likely along upper Mississippi River

The St. Louis office of the National Weather Service has released its Spring Flood Outlook. Hydrologist Mark Fuchs says the potential for spring flooding is much higher than usual, especially along the Mississippi River, but Fuchs says the data doesn't predict significant flooding in the St. Louis area.

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Democratic National Convention
5:20 pm
Wed February 2, 2011

McCaskill disputes reports she worked against St. Louis DNC bid

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill on Jan. 18, 2011. (St. Louis Public Radio/Rachel Lippmann)

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri is coming under fire after a report in the New York Times accuses her of working against bringing the Democratic National Convention to the state.

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Storm in St. Louis
12:01 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

Winter storm information and resources

Trucks are once again rolling westbound on Highway 70 in Foristell, Mo. on Feb. 2, 2011. Highway 70 was closed due to heavy snow from Wentzville to Kansas City, Mo. on Feb. 1. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Dealing with the aftermath of this winter storm? We have information and resources to help.

Also, if you have some photos of your winter storm experience to share, post them here.

Follow other news and weather-related updates with us on Twitter: @stlpublicradio

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Daniel Boone Bridge
4:27 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Boone bridge westbound lanes closed this weekend

The Daniel Boone Bridge as seen on Google Maps' streetview (St. Louis Public Radio via Google Maps)

More headaches for those driving west on I-64 into St. Charles County. The westbound lanes of the Daniel Boone Bridge will be closed again this weekend, from 8 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. Monday.

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