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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Morning headlines
9:07 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Morning Headlines: Thursday, August 16, 2012

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Candidates debate in Illinois' 12 Congressional District

After nearly twenty years representing Illinois’s 12th Congressional District, Jerry Costello is retiring at the end of his term.  The three candidates looking to fill the open seat debated in Carbondale last night. 

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Morning round-up
9:50 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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Clay beats Carnahan

In a battle of political dynasties, Congressman William Lacy Clay emerged victorious over fellow incumbent Russ Carnahan Tuesday.

Clay won the Democratic primary to represent the party in the new 1st Congressional District. In a campaign that was often bitter, Clay repeatedly accused Carnahan of going negative with a string of attack ads, but says the strategy didn't work.

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Glendale Shooting
5:04 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Police: Glendale mom killed herself, her two children

Glendale Police stand outside the house where police say a mother killed her two children then herself in Glendale, Mo. on July 29, 2012.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 5:36 p.m. with additional details from press conference.

Investigators say they've determined that a suburban St. Louis woman killed her two young children and herself in the family's Glendale home.

Friday's announcement followed autopsies and several days of investigation by the St. Louis Area Major Case Squad.

Lt. Tim Fagan said at a news conference that 42-year-old Catherine Murch had a history of mental health issues.

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Clay-Carnahan debate
10:35 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Clay, Carnahan pledge to work together after bruising primary

Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay have vowed to work together for the good of the Democratic Party in Missouri even after a bruising primary fight.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The two Democrats battling for the U.S. House seat in the city of St. Louis say they'll put their differences behind them for the good of the party following the primary election next week.

Congressmen Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay appeared together on Newsradio 1120 KMOX on Monday for their only debate of the primary season.

The debate covered very little new ground, with Carnahan continuing his claims that Clay actively worked against him to eliminate the 3rd District, the seat Carnahan currently holds.

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Grand Bridge Closure
3:51 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Grand Blvd. Bridge to reopen to traffic Friday

The Feb. 15, 2012 photo shows the progress then of construction on the new Grand Blvd. viaduct in Midtown. The bridge opens to traffic July 13.
(via Twitter/St. Louis Board of Public Service)

Updated 1:30 p.m. (Friday) with details of Metrolink station reopening.

After being closed for more than a year, the Grand Boulevard Bridge will reopen to traffic tomorrow.

Grand is one of the city of St. Louis’ busiest north-south streets, but much-needed work on the aging viaduct required a closure of the street between Chouteau and Interstate 64/40 in March of 2011.

Tomorrow at 3 p.m., the bridge will reopen. Two lanes will flow northbound during morning rush hour and the two lanes will switch to southbound traffic for the evening rush.

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Morning round-up
9:21 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Morning headlines - Friday, June 15, 2012

Rams and CVC enter arbitration

The St. Louis Rams are heading to arbitration over what to do about the Edward Jones Dome. The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, which runs the facility and leases it to the Rams, voted Thursday to begin the arbitration process. The two sides remain far apart on plans to upgrade the dome. The 30-year lease signed when the Rams moved to St. Louis from Los Angeles prior to the 1995 season requires the dome to be among the top quarter of NFL stadiums in 15 separate categories. If it isn't, the team can break the lease after the 2014 season. Negotiations began in February with the CVC proposing $124 million in improvements. The Rams countered with a much broader plan that city officials said could cost $700 million.

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Police crack down on distracted drivers
6:30 am
Mon May 28, 2012

State police out in force on Memorial Day

Lori Popejoy became emotional when describing her son Adam, who was killed in 2002 when he failed to pay attention behind the wheel.
(Bill Raack/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Highway Patrol and the Illinois State Police are urging drivers to slow down, buckle up and eliminate possible distractions in their cars as they return home from the Memorial Day weekend.

"Inattentive driving is a big problem. We see not only texting on cell phones; we also see reading books and newspapers, putting on makeup, eating full meals in cars," said Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

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Sports
2:51 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Bellerive officials study this week's Senior PGA Championship

The General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis is in Benton Harbor, Michigan, this week asking a lot of questions. 

Bellerive is the host golf course next year at this time for the Senior PGA Championship, which is now underway at the Harbor Shores golf course. Jeffery Kreafle is entering his fourth year as the GM and COO at Bellerive. It’s the first time he’s been involved with a golf course that’s slated to be the site of a major.  He’s trying to keep from being overwhelmed.

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Catholic Institutions /Birth Control
1:33 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

St. Louis Catholic institutions file birth control suits

St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson speaks at a press conference on May 21, 2012.
(Bill Raack/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 5:10 p.m.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis are among dozens of Roman Catholic institutions suing the Obama administration over a mandate that most employers provide birth control coverage.

The archdiocese and Catholic Charities filed suit Monday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. The other suits from around the country were also filed Monday.

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Quincy Public Radio
3:55 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Introducing Quincy Public Radio: part of the St. Louis Public Radio network

The coverage area map of WQUB in Quincy, Ill., which will become Quincy Public Radio, part of the St. Louis Public Radio Network.
(Courtesy WQUB)

We have some news of our own to share with you today.

St. Louis Public Radio announced today that it is in the process of buying the public radio station in Quincy, Ill.

WQUB 90.3 FM is currently owned by Quincy University, but St. Louis Public Radio General Manager Tim Eby says the school indicated last year that it could no longer handle the operations of the station, and wanted to focus, instead, on educational priorities.

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