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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Roy Blunt on Nuclear Power
4:47 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

Blunt says plans for new nuclear power facilities should continue in U.S.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt in 2010.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Despite the ongoing danger of nuclear reactor meltdowns in Japan, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri says plans for new facilities should continue in this country.

Workers in Japan are trying to cool overheating reactors damaged by last week's earthquake and tsunami. Blunt says earthquakes would likely not cause similar problems at any nuclear facility in the U.S., including Missouri's lone reactor in Callaway County.

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Right-to-Work
4:56 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

Ridgeway, Finklestein on right-to-work debate

Missouri State Sen. Luann Ridgeway (R-Smithville).
(Missouri Senate Website)

Missouri lawmakers are expected to debate controversial right-to-work legislation this week.

One bill would prohibit closed-union shops, in which all employees must pay fees for union representation. The Senate sponsor is Republican Luann Ridgeway of Smithville.

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Federal Budget / Roy Blunt
4:58 pm
Thu March 10, 2011

Blunt blames fed. budget deadlock on last Congress

Then-U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt in 2010. Now-U.S. Sen. Blunt says the new Congress did not create the current environment regarding federal budget negotiations; the previous one, controlled by Democrats, did.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri is blaming the current federal budget deadlock on the last Congress.

The Senate on Wednesday rejected a budget proposal approved by the Republican-controlled House, as well as an alternative favored by Democrats. Blunt, a Republican from Springfield, says the new Congress did not create this environment; the previous one, controlled by Democrats, did.

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Advisory Speed Limits
5:13 pm
Wed March 9, 2011

Variable speed limits changing to "advisory" on I-270, I-255

(via Flickr/ohhhbetty)

Transportation officials are making changes to Interstate 270 and Interstate 255’s controversial variable speed limits.

MoDOT says a new study finds that they have helped traffic flow slightly since they were instituted in 2008, and accidents are down on the busy highway. So MoDOT engineer Tom Blair says they’ll make the variable speed limits simply "advisory" by this summer.

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Soulard Mardi Gras
5:49 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Mardi Gras Preview 2011

The Soulard Mardi Gras flag.
(via Mardi Gras, Inc.)

Large crowds are expected to converge on the Soulard neighborhood tomorrow for Mardi Gras festivities.

The party – which some say is among the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the country – gets underway with River City Casino Grand Parade at 11 a.m. tomorrow. St. Louis Police Captain Sam Dotson says the department will have two shifts of about 200 officers working Mardi Gras.

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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.

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