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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:34 am
Wed July 30, 2003

MO. Supreme Court Says Caskets Are Taxable

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court Tuesday decided whether death and taxes are always a sure thing.

Justices ruled burial caskets are subject to sales tax, but the containers into which caskets are lowered - known as vaults - are not taxable.

Buchholz Mortuaries, of St. Louis, had argued that customers don't own a casket until it's buried in the ground with the body and therefore should not be considered personal property subject to sales tax.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:53 pm
Tue July 29, 2003

Belleville Diocese Issues New Child Protection Policy

Bishop Wilton Gregory

Belleville, Illinois – The Belleville Diocese has expanded its child protection policy.

Bishop Wilton D. Gregory says all clergy, employees and volunteers who work with children must look for signs of sexual or physical abuse and neglect.

Vicar General, Monsignor James Margason says the policy goes beyond what the nation's bishops adopted at their 2002 Dallas meeting.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:58 pm
Tue July 29, 2003

Ameren UE Wants Foam Banned in Lake of the Ozarks

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis-based Ameren UE wants to reduce foam material that's polluting the Lake of the Ozarks.

Ameren owns the lake and says during a recent clean up, 90% of the 170 tons of trash collected was foam used to float boat docks.

The company wants to allow only foam that is encapsulated, or enclosed in a shell. But a group of dock owners says encapsulated foam is three times more expensive.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:21 pm
Tue July 29, 2003

Archaeologists Explore North St. Louis History

Archaeologists search for artifacts at 11th and Chambers Streets in North St. Louis.
(KWMU staff)

St. Louis –

Archaeologists most often study the pre-historic past--digging into ancient Native American settlements, Egyptian tombs and other places where historic records are scant. A class from the University of Missouri-St. Louis is examining a more recent era.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:20 pm
Tue July 29, 2003

Vietnam Veterans Meet in St. Louis

St. Louis, Mo. – Some 600 delegates are in St. Louis this week to attend the national convention of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Members will vote on a number of resolutions affecting veterans' issues, and will establish the organization's legislative priorities for the next two years.

One of those items is health care. VVA president Tom Corey says its unfortunate that Congress has not come forward with adequate funding.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:13 pm
Tue July 29, 2003

Conference Tackles Lead Paint Problem

William Lacy Clay

St. Louis, Mo. – The problem of lead poisoning among St. Louis children is getting renewed attention from area legislators.

At a conference sponsored by a housing advocacy group Tuesday, US Congressman William Lacy Clay of St. Louis said cleanup funds can work, but only with the proper coordination.

He referred to a pledge earlier this month from US Senator Kit Bond to provide $5 million a year of federal funding for lead paint cleanup.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:10 pm
Tue July 29, 2003

Five More Suits Filed Against McGrath

St. Louis, Mo. – Five more young men are joining a civil
lawsuit against a former St. Louis area priest, bringing to 12 the number of plaintiffs claiming they were sexually abused.

Attorney Patrick Noaker says he worries about children living near former Roman Catholic priest Michael McGrath. As a warning to parents, members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by
Priests today distributed leaflets in McGrath's neighborhood in Richmond Heights.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:59 am
Tue July 29, 2003

Archaeologists Explore North St. Louis History

Archaeologists search for artifacts at 11th and Chambers Streets in North St. Louis.
(KWMU staff)

St. Louis –

Archaeologists most often study the pre-historic past--digging into ancient Native American settlements, Egyptian tombs and other places where historic records are scant. A class from the University of Missouri-St. Louis is examining a more recent era.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:15 am
Tue July 29, 2003

'No' Now Means 'No' in Illinois

Springfield, ILL – "No" now means "no" in Illinois. Gov. Rod Blagojevich last week signed into law legislation that clarifies consensual sex. He made the signing known Monday.

The new law makes it clear that people can change their mind, even while having sex. If someone says no, the other person must stop or it becomes rape.

Blagojevich spokeswoman Angelynne Amores says other states have similar laws, but those have been forced into the books by court order.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:53 am
Tue July 29, 2003

Some Pharmacists Stop Accepting New Medicaid Customers

Springfield, ILL. – A lobby group for pharmacists in Illinois says many independent pharmacies have stopped accepting new Medicaid customers because the state of Illinois isn't paying its bills fast enough.

The state reimburses pharmacies when Medicaid patients buy prescriptions, but shortfalls have delayed those payments.

The Illinois Pharmacists Association says the average amount owed to pharmacies is $181,000.

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