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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:30 pm
Tue July 8, 2003

Miquelon Quits as Southern Illinois' Federal Prosecutor

Fairview Heights, Ill. – The top federal prosecutor in southern Illinois is stepping down. U.S. Attorney Miriam Miquelon says she's resigning because she can no longer afford to raise two children on a government salary. Her resignation takes effect in two months.

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois prosecutes federal crimes in the state's southernmost 38 counties. The position pays more than $120,000 dollars a year.

Miquelon is a native of Elmhurst, Ill. and a DePaul University Law School graduate.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:16 pm
Tue July 8, 2003

Four More Abuse Suits Filed Against Archdiocese

St. Louis – Four more people have sued the St. Louis Catholic Archdiocese, alleging they were abused as children by Father Michael McGrath.

Three men and one woman, now all in their 30s, say the abuse took place in McGrath's van in the 1970s and '80s.

Attorney Patrick Noaker is bringing the suit.

"Our law firm has handled close to 1000 cases involving sexual abuse by clergy, and we have never had seven lawsuits filed in the same month against the same perpetrator," Noaker said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:50 pm
Tue July 8, 2003

Environmentalists May Sue EPA over Clean Water

(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – An environmental group says it intends to sue the Environmental Protection Agency, saying the agency hasn't done enough to improve water quality in Missouri.

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment is giving the EPA 60 days to implement water quality standards required by the Clean Water Act.

The coalition's Ted Heisel says the Clean Water Act requires all state waters to be safe for swimming, but 90-percent of the state's lakes and rivers are currently unsafe.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:29 pm
Tue July 8, 2003

Four More Abuse Suits Filed Against Archdiocese

(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – Four more people have sued the St. Louis Catholic Archdiocese, alleging they were abused as children by Father Michael McGrath.

Three men and one woman, now all in their 30s, say the abuse took place in McGrath's van in the 1970s and '80s.

Attorney Patrick Noaker is bringing the suit.

"Our law firm has handled close to 1000 cases involving sexual abuse by clergy, and we have never had seven lawsuits filed in the same month against the same perpetrator," Noaker said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:31 pm
Tue July 8, 2003

Four More Abuse Suits Filed Against Archdiocese

St. Louis – Four more people have sued the St. Louis Catholic Archdiocese, alleging they were abused as children by Father Michael McGrath.

Three men and one woman, now all in their 30s, say the abuse took place in McGrath's van in the 1970s and '80s.

Attorney Patrick Noaker is bringing the suit.

"Our law firm has handled close to 1000 cases involving sexual abuse by clergy, and we have never had seven lawsuits filed in the same month against the same perpetrator," Noaker said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:22 pm
Tue July 8, 2003

Blagojevich Signs Hollywood Tax Breaks Into Law

Part of this summer's 'Legally Blonde 2' was filmed in Springfield, Ill.
(Reuters Photo)

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Monday signed legislation into law that will give movie makers tax credits to make their films in Illinois.

The credit would give producers a 25% tax break for hiring Illinoisans to work on the shoots.

Supporters say it should help Illinois recapture productions that are now heading to Canada and other places with large tax breaks and cheaper costs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:22 pm
Tue July 8, 2003

Four More Abuse Suits Filed Against Archdiocese

St. Louis – Four more people have sued the St. Louis Catholic Archdiocese, alleging they were abused as children by Father Michael McGrath.

Three men and one woman, now all in their 30s, say the abuse took place in McGrath's van in the 1970s and '80s.

Attorney Patrick Noaker is bringing the suit.

"Our law firm has handled close to 1000 cases involving sexual abuse by clergy, and we have never had seven lawsuits filed in the same month against the same perpetrator," Noaker said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:09 pm
Mon July 7, 2003

Bond Pledges $15 Million to Remove Lead Paint

U.S. Senator Kit Bond, R-Mo.

St. Louis – U.S. Senator Kit Bond said Monday he wants to direct $15 million of federal money to a lead paint cleanup program in St. Louis.

Grace Hill Neighborhood Health Centers and a community advisory board are developing a plan to remove lead paint from city homes. Most of St. Louis' housing stock was built prior to 1978, when indoor lead paint was banned.

Bond said children in the city are more susceptible to lead poisoning than those elsewhere.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:18 pm
Mon July 7, 2003

St. Louis Schools May Dump Greenhouse

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis School District may soon sell its greenhouse and nursery, which grows plants for use on school grounds for landscaping.

The private company currently running the district is asking why the district needs a greenhouse. It may be one of the first things to go as the district looks for ways to craft a budget.

The 12-acre garden complex was acquired in 1924; it's home to thousands of ferns, cactus, palms and flowers for school grounds and landscaping.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:35 pm
Mon July 7, 2003

Ricky Clemons Hospitalized After ATV Accident

Ricky Clemons (AP File Photo)

Columiba, MO – Suspended University of Missouri basketball player Ricky Clemons is hospitalized in fair condition in Columbia after an ATV accident on Friday.

Clemons was at a Fourth of July party at the home of University of Missouri President Elson Floyd; he was driving Floyd's ATV when he lost control on a gravel driveway leading to Floyd's home, university police said.

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