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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:37 am
Fri August 8, 2003

Gateway Blood Employees See Paychecks Disappear

St. Louis, MO – About 50 employees of the Gateway Blood Association whose paychecks were directly deposited into bank accounts have since seen the money disappear.

The blood bank closed last week because of financial problems. Employees say they never realized the money could be directly withdrawn once it was deposited.

There is no law in Missouri against banks taking money out of accounts within five business days.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:45 pm
Thu August 7, 2003

Granite City Residents Demand Toxic Waste Cleanup

A water treatment facility operates near contaminated soil at the Jennison-Wright site.
(KWMU staff)

Granite City, Ill – Metro-East environmental and religious activists say the federal government is neglecting a Superfund toxic waste site in Granite City.

The Jennison-Wright Corporation left behind creosote-contaminated soil when it closed a wood treatment plant in 1990. The plant was used to coat railroad ties with creosote.

The Rev. Sharon Smith of United Congregations of Metro-East says the U.S. EPA should make the site a priority.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:17 pm
Thu August 7, 2003

Environmental Groups Sue Over Holcim Permit

St. Louis, MO – Four environmental groups are suing the Army Corps of Engineers and Holcim, Inc., the company that wants to build the nation's largest cement plant on the Mississippi River.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:06 pm
Thu August 7, 2003

Nevada Priest will NOT Serve His Probation Here

Recent SNAP protest
(file photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – A Roman Catholic priest from Nevada who was convicted of sexual abuse will not serve his probation near St. Louis.

The Missouri Department of Corrections has denied the transfer of Father Mark Roberts to Recon-a treatment facility in Jefferson County.

Corrections department spokesman Tim Kniest says Recon is not the best place for Roberts, because one of his victims lives in nearby St. Louis County.

Kniest also says recent attention about the case would make it difficult to treat the priest.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:20 pm
Thu August 7, 2003

Census: More People Moving To Missouri

Washington, DC – New census numbers show more people moved to Missouri in the last half of the 1990's than move out.

That bucks one trend; most Midwest states saw more people leaving. Missouri welcomed 473,000 new residents from other states from 1995 to 2000. Another 427,000 left.

The state's net gain of 46-thousand residents, while appearing modest, was by far the largest of any Midwestern state. Thirty states nationwide, including eight other Midwest states, posted losses.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:23 pm
Thu August 7, 2003

Charges Dropped Against Former Nurse

Columbia, MO – A prosecutor in Columbia has dropped murder charges against a St. Charles man who was accused of using a drug to kill ten patients.

Richard Williams was once a nurse at the Truman VA hospital. Authorities now say tests that led to the charges are flawed.

The 37-year-old Williams had been jailed since his arrest in July, 2002. Wednesday he was reunited with his wife and three-year-old son.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:05 pm
Thu August 7, 2003

25 Years Since the Meramec Dam Vote

The Meramec River near St. Louis.
(courtesy Open Space Council)

St. Louis, MO –

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:29 am
Thu August 7, 2003

MODOT Proposes Third Boone Bridge Span

MODOT wants to add a third span to the crossing, as seen in this computer rendering.Click here to enlarge the image.

St. Louis – The Missouri Department of Transportation says the Boone Bridge across the Missouri River needs an addition to meet future traffic needs.

The crossing uses two spans--one for each direction. MODOT's plan would add a third bridge that would hold four eastbound lanes.

Planning engineer Steve Coates says drivers are using the bridge differently today.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:37 am
Thu August 7, 2003

School Board Approves Budget

Interim Superintendent Bill Roberti (KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis School Board approved a sweeping budget package that eliminates more than 1,400 jobs. The 5-1 vote in favor was preceded by an evening of impassioned appeals from parents and school employees who called on the board not to adopt the budget.

Voting for the budget were Darnetta Clinkscale, Vince Schoemehl, Bob Archibald, Ronald Jackson, and Amy Hilgemann. Rochelle Moore voted 'no.' Bill Haas was not there.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:57 pm
Wed August 6, 2003

Three Domestic Violence Measures Become Law in Illinois

Springfield, ILL. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Tuesday signed three measures into law withthe aim of helping domestic violence victims.

One new law gives people who are beaten or raped because of their gender more time to come forward and sue their attackers in civil court. It extends the statute of limitations from two years to seven.

Supporters says victims need longer to take court action because they often need years of therapy to understand and come to terms with what happened to them.

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