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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:37 pm
Wed July 9, 2003

MO Dept. of Agriculture Director Steps Down

Lowell Mohler (State of Missouri photo)

Jefferson City, MO – The director of Missouri's Department of Agriculture, Lowell Mohler, is stepping down to take a job with the state's Conservation Commission.

Mohler was named Ag director in January 2001. Peter Hoffher, the deputy director, will head the department in the interim. Mohler's appointment to the Conservation Commission needs state Senate approval.

Mohler was nominated Tuesday by Governor Bob Holden for the commission job; he replaces Howard Wood of Bonne Terre.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:13 pm
Wed July 9, 2003

Fitzgerald Surprised by Miquelon's Resignation

Illinois Senator Peter Fitzgerald

Fairview Heights, Ill. – Illinois Senator Peter Fitzgerald's office says they are as surprised as anyone that Miriam Miquelon quit as southern Illinois' top federal prosecutor. Fitzgerald has not said when he'll nominate someone to replace her.

Miquelon announced her resignation as southern Illinois' U.S. attorney Tuesday, less than a year into her term. She said she wanted to earn more money than her current $120,000 salary.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:51 am
Wed July 9, 2003

School Board Offers Reoganization Plan

St. Louis, MO – An often boisterous meeting of the St. Louis school board Tuesday night gave the public a chance to hear about the reorganization plan offered by the interim management team now running the district.

The team says it has streamlined operations by reducing the number of people who report directly to the superintendent.

In terms of instructional improvements, educational adviser Rudolph Crew says the district's ability to deliver books by the first day of school will be a critical benchmark of success.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:37 am
Wed July 9, 2003

Replacement Named for Miquelon

St. Louis – A replacement has been named for Miriam Miquelon, who resigned Monday from her post as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Attorney General John Ashcroft has authorized deputy U.S. Attorney Richard Byrne to be a temporary replacement for Miquelon, who quit after fewer than 11 months on the job.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:31 am
Wed July 9, 2003

Holden Must Act on 99 Bills by Monday

Missouri Gov. Bob Holden
(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's state Constitution gives Governor Bob Holden until Monday (July 14)to either sign or veto 99 remaining measures from this year's spring session of the General Assembly. The governor's staff says he expects to complete the job by Friday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:28 am
Wed July 9, 2003

SLPS Holds Meeting On Possible School Closures

St. Louis, MO – The first of three meetings on the fate of St. Louis public schools will be held tonight at the Gateway Institute of Technology. Faced with what it claims is a $90 million budget deficit, the district is considering closing some buildings to divert cost savings into instructional programs.

At the meeting, parents will see large poster boards outlining the district's criteria for school closures, and which schools meet those specifications. Sharon Murphy is with the district interim management team:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:26 am
Wed July 9, 2003

Salmonella Victim Sues Children's Hospital

St. Louis Children's Hospital
(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – A man who was sickened by salmonella poisoning at St. Louis Children's Hospital last month is suing the facility.

Addam Jones of St. Louis was among 101 people who contracted the disease that was traced to the hospital's cafeteria. Jones was visiting the hospital while his son was being treated in the pediatric intensive care unit.

The lawsuit alleges that Jones experienced intense abdominal cramping, diarrhea and nausea, as well as fever and joint pain. No specific damages are requested in the suit.

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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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