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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:55 am
Wed July 16, 2003

Corps Will Ignore Judge, Keep Missouri River Levels

The Missouri River (Corps of Engineers photo)

Washington, DC – The U.S. Corps of Engineers Tuesday night said it will ignore a federal judge's ruling and not reduce water levels on the Missouri River.

On Saturday, Judge Gladys Kessler ordered flows cut to protect endangered birds and fish.

But the Corps says that ruling conflicts with another recent ruling that was made in St. Louis that ordered higher water levels for barges.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:54 am
Wed July 16, 2003

Critics say Rigali's Actions Don't Match Words

Archbishop Justin Rigali
(UPI)

St. Louis, Mo. – After returning from Philadelphia, where the announcement was made, Rigali told a St. Louis audience of Archdiocesan workers and the press that he hopes the church can prevent more of what he called "this great tragedy" of clergy abuse.

These people have to be assisted, they have to be helped, but also something that is so important in the life of any victim is reconciliation and also forgiveness, Rigali said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:48 am
Wed July 16, 2003

Shock Sentences in Missouri

Kansas City, MO – Matt Hackworth of member station KCUR (in Kansas City) reports for NPR on Missouri's use of so-called 'shock sentences' for drug offenders convicted of non-violent crimes.

Instead of doing hard prison time, they are placed in a 120-day rehabilitation program, where they're given drug treatment and strict probation.

If they violate that probation, they're subject to longer prison sentences.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:47 am
Wed July 16, 2003

Holden Leads Pack in Campaign Money, Bond Breaks Record

Missouri Governor Bob Holden (KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden has about $2 million ($2.01 million) in his campaign coffers. Finance reports were due Tuesday.

One possible Democratic opponent to Holden in next year's race for Governor is State Auditor Claire McCaskill, who reported just more than $1 million ($1.04 million).

The likely GOP nominee, Secretary of State Matt Blunt, also had about a million dollars on hand.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:44 pm
Tue July 15, 2003

Blagojevich Staff Got Pay Raises This Year

Springfield, Ill. – Six of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's 91 staffers got pay raises on July First.

That was the same week during which the governor signed a budget into law that made deep cuts to several other state agencies.

Secretary of State Jesse White and Republican Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka say the cuts may force them to lay off employees. Topinka says the pay raises make "absolutely no sense."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:59 pm
Tue July 15, 2003

HMO Fined More Than $100,000

Jefferson City, MO – A suburban St. Louis health plan has been
fined for failing to process claims from doctors and patients quickly enough.

The state Insurance Department says Mercy Health Plans of Chesterfied recently paid the state slightly more than $100,000. The fine was imposed after the state found that the HMO failed to meet time limits for handling claims filed by doctors and
patients.

The fine was the first levied under the so-called prompt-pay measure passed by lawmakers in 2001 and enacted in January 2002.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:12 pm
Tue July 15, 2003

Rigali Leaving St. Louis for Philadelphia Archdiocese

Archbishop Justin Rigali (UPI Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Pope John Paul II has named St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali the new archbishop of Philadelphia.

Rigali will leave the St. Louis archdiocese in October; he's taking over for the retiring Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, who just turned 80.

St. Louis Archdiocese spokesman Tony Huenneke says Rigali's new assignment in Philadelphia is a move up; he'll be leading a million more Catholics than he currently does.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:02 pm
Tue July 15, 2003

Rigali Leaving St. Louis for Philadelphia Archdiocese

St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali
(File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Pope John Paul II has named St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali the new archbishop of Philadelphia. Rigali will leave the St. Louis archdiocese in October; he's taking over for the retiring Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, who just turned 80.

St. Louis Archdiocese spokesman Tony Huenneke says Rigali's new assignment in Philadelphia is a move up; he'll be leading a million more Catholics than he currently does.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:27 pm
Tue July 15, 2003

Gephardt, Clay Ask Bush to Nominate White Again

Mo. Chief Justice Ronnie White (state of Missouri photo)
File photo

Washington, DC – St. Louis Congressmen Dick Gephardt and William Lacy Clay are once again asking President Bush to re-nominate Missouri's Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronnie White to the federal bench.

On Monday, they sent their second letter this year in support of White, who was nominated twice by former President Clinton. Former Senator John Ashcroft, who is now the U.S. Attorney General, led a Senate fight that defeated the nomination.


Congressman John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan also signed the letter.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:19 pm
Tue July 15, 2003

Judge Denies Request to Suspend River Ruling

St. Louis – A federal judge in Washington Tuesday denied a request from the U.S. Justice Department to delay a ruling ordering the Army Corps of Engineers to lower Missouri River water levels.

On Saturday, Judge Gladys Kessler ruled the Corps must reduce flows at a South Dakota dam to protect endangered fish. Corps spokesman Paul Johnston says Kessler's order conflicts with a ruling from another federal judge in St. Louis to keep water high for barges.

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