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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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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Illinois Highway Work
4:43 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Another Section Of Illinois 255 Opens To Motorists

A map of the 255 project.
Illinois Department of Transportation

A new section of Illinois Route 255 near Godfrey is now open to motorists.

The freeway has been extended from Seminary Road to Humbert Road. Work on that section of Route 255 had been delayed because of problems with an embankment that caused the pavement to crack.

The last part of Route 255, from Humbert to Illinois Route 111, is expected to be completed in November. When it’s finished, Route 255 will run from I-270 at Edwardsville to U-S Route 67 in Godfrey.

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Former Daniele Hotel to Re-open as Hampton Inn
4:26 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Former Daniele Hotel In Clayton To Get New Life

An artist's rendering of the new Hampton Inn & Suites to be built at site of the former Daniele Hotel in Clayton.
(Equis Hospitality Management)

The former Daniele Hotel in Clayton will reopen soon as a Hampton Inn and Suites.


The Daniele has been shuttered since 2007. But Equis Hospitality Management in St. Louis says it will spend about $16 million to renovate the hotel on North Meramec Ave. The new hotel will have 106 rooms, including 25 suites, and underground parking.


Equis co-owner Greg Mullenix says they will add a fifth floor to the hotel and they’ll feature a restaurant and bar at street level.

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Clay says federal help on the way
3:17 pm
Sat September 29, 2012

Clay: Federal Help To Fight Crime On The Way

Congressman Lacy Clay (D-Mo) greets participants at a race and violence event in St. Louis on Saturday.
(Photo by Bill Raack/St. Louis Public Radio)

Congressman Lacy Clay of St. Louis says the federal government may soon be able to help local police as they try to combat crime in some parts of the city.


The St. Louis Police Department has recently reassigned some officers to so-called “hot spots” where violent crime continues to be a problem. Clay says there should be announcements in the next few months about combined federal-and-local crime-fighting efforts.

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Traffic troubles in downtown St. Louis
3:12 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Traffic troubles in downtown St. Louis this weekend

The Poplar Street Bridge near downtown St. Louis
(Creative Commons photo)

People trying to get into downtown St. Louis this weekend will again have some traffic issues to deal with. 


For the second straight week, the Missouri Department of Transportation will shut down all westbound lanes of Interstate 64 from the Poplar Street Bridge to 21stStreet. In addition, the Broadway, 10thStreet and 14thStreet entrance ramps will also be shut down. MoDOT crews are still replacing the driving surface on the double-deck, elevated highway.

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I-70 roadwork prepares for Blanchette project
5:05 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

I-70 roadwork a preview for Blanchette shutdown


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Motorists on Interstate 70 will get a little taste - starting this weekend - of what life will be like when the westbound lanes of the busy Blanchette Bridge are closed in November.

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