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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McCaskill Pay Cut
5:02 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Sen. McCaskill Promises To Take Pay Cut

Credit (Senator McCaskill's Flickr Account)

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says she will take a cut in pay as a show of solidarity with those federal workers who face furloughs due to the sequester.

McCaskill and Senator Bill Nelson of Florida have proposed a bill that would reduce congressional salaries once the furloughs begin. McCaskill says she wants to hold lawmakers accountable for not coming up with an alternative to the sequester as a means of cutting federal spending.

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2011 Mississippi River Flood
2:33 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Report: 2011 Flood "Exposed Vulnerabilities" On Mississippi River

The confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the near-historic Mississippi River flood of 2011 caused $2.8 billion in damage and tested the system of levees, reservoirs and floodways like no other flood before it.

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Winter Storm
5:04 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

St. Louis Area Wrestles Winter Storm Aftermath

A motorist is helped after encountering a snow drift on Highway 64 in Ladue, Mo. on February 21, 2013.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Last updated at 11:57 a.m. 2/22. Will be updated as more information becomes available.

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State of the State Address
11:39 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Gov. Nixon Delivers 2013 'State Of The State' Address

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon smiles as he prepares to deliver the State of the State address in the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. on Jan. 28, 2013.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

 

Updated at 5:45 a.m. to include feature story on the Governor's State of the State Address by Marshall Griffin.

Governor Jay Nixon (D) pitched a $25.7 billion budget to the state of Missouri during Monday’s State of the State Address.  It includes spending increases for K-12 schools, Higher Education, and the proposed Medicaid expansion he’s been calling for since late November.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at the Governor’s speech and his proposed spending plan for next year:

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Rams Future in St. Louis
2:50 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Rams, CVC Begin Arbitration

A look at the Rams proposal for the Edward Jones Dome.
Credit (Released by Mo. Atty. Gen. Chris Koster)

A panel of arbitrators in St. Louis is now weighing the future of the St. Louis Rams and the Edward Jones Dome.


The team and the owners of the dome, the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, agreed to arbitration over plans to renovate the dome. The lease agreement requires the dome to be among the top quarter of all NFL stadiums by 2015 or the Rams can break the lease, raising concern they could leave St. Louis.

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Crime and Punishment
11:24 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Centreville Asst. Police Chief Indicted

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

Corey Allen, the assistant police chief in the small Metro East community of Centreville, has been indicted by a grand jury for making false statements to federal agents.

U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton says a federal grand jury found that Allen, 31, lied when he told investigators that he had not sold a gun to a convicted felon. The indictment alleges that Allen sold the felon, who has not been named, the gun in May, 2012.

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Nulcear Power Project
4:44 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Ameren, Westinghouse Plan For Modular Reactors Passed Over For Funding

Ameren Missouri's Callaway County plant near Fulton.

A collaboration between St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse Electric Corporation to develop small modular nuclear reactors was passed over Tuesday for initial


funding by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Politics
1:45 am
Wed November 7, 2012

McCaskill Re-Elected, Beats Akin In Senate Race

Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill defeated GOP challenger Todd Akin Tuesday to hold on to a Missouri Senate seat that Republicans once considered vulnerable.

McCaskill won with about 54-percent of the vote in the election. She told supporters in St. Louis' Central West End Tuesday night that the victory means more to her because many pundits had predicted she would lose her seat.

"They all said 'it's over, it's done, it's too red, it's just too red, there is no way that Claire McCaskill can survive.' Well, you know what happened? You proved 'em wrong," McCaskill said.

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Blanchette Bridge project preparation
4:42 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

St. Charles Prepares For Blanchette Bridge Congestion

A MoDOT diagram of the highway configuration during the Blanchette Bridge project.
(St. Louis Public Radio photo)

St. Charles city officials are hoping the year-long Blanchette Bridge roadwork that starts this weekend won’t have too much of a negative impact on its stores, casino and restaurants . 

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Hurricane Sandy
10:00 am
Sat October 27, 2012

Ameren Workers To Help With Hurricane Sandy Recovery

National Weather Service forecasters predict Hurricane Sandy will make landfall early next week.
(National Weather Service)

Updated at 7:50 am Sunday with information about Red Cross volunteers.

Ameren says it is sending more than 100 employees Saturday to New England to help with any problems caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Sandy is expected to be a monstrous storm that poses a serious threat for the entire Eastern Seaboard. Forecasters say Sandy is a massive cyclone, with hurricane-force winds recorded as far as 100 miles away from the eye of the storm.

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