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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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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U.S. Census Data
9:23 am
Mon December 20, 2010

New Census numbers could mean bad news for Missouri, Illinois

A 2010 Census outreach event in July of 2010. New Census data will be released tomorrow which could result in fewer legislative seats for Missouri and Illinois. (Flickr Creative Commons User jennaddenda)

New 2010 U.S. Census figures will be released tomorrow.  And that could be bad news for the St. Louis region.

Some experts say the state is just shy of the population it would need to retain all nine of its seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Washington University political science professor Steven Smith says it would be "a substantial loss" for Missouri's influence on Capitol Hill.

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Brussel's Ferry closed
12:49 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

Brussels Ferry closed due to ice on the Illinois River

The Brussels Ferry isn't operating right now due to ice on the Illinois River.
(Photo couresy of the Alton Regional Convention and Visitor's Bureau)

It happens at this time of year -- rivers freeze. Well, ice on the Illinois River has again shut down the Brussels Ferry.


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Top Movies of 2010
2:28 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

St. Louis film critics reveal their top picks of 2010

Natalie Portman, a "Best Actress" nominee in the "Best Picture"-nominated film, "Black Swan."
(Flickr Creative Commons User John Steven Fernandez)

Film critics in St. Louis are getting a jump on the foreign journalists that decide the Golden Globe award winners. While the nominees for 2010 Globes will be announced tomorrow, the St. Louis Film Critics have announced their list today.

The St. Louis nominees for Best Picture are:

  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • The Social Network

Best Actor nominees are:

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Forest Park
8:39 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Forest Park hearing on new path amenities

A section of the path in Forest Park in St. Louis.
(Forest Park Forever)

Always looking for a place to relieve yourself on that afternoon run in Forest Park? Look no further.

As workers put the final touches on side-by-side hard and soft exercise paths ringing Forest Park, another hearing will be held tonight on the amenities that will be added along the paths.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Mon November 29, 2010

Wagner wants top Republican post

Ann Wagner, a familiar face to Missouri Republicans, (and the people of Luxembourg) announced her intentions for a bigger post today; Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

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