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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:11 pm
Fri June 20, 2003

Missouri Governor Defends his Agenda Change

St. Louis, Mo. – Missouri Governor Bob Holden is defending the action he took earlier this week in altering the direction of the special legislative session that began June 2.

Holden had initially called the session in hopes of reversing deep budget cuts the Republican-controlled legislature passed in May. But on Wednesday, the governor deleted his original budget requests and asked lawmakers to pass a three-month emergency appropriation for education.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:13 am
Fri June 20, 2003

Former Priest Convicted of Exposing Himself to Boys

St. Louis, MO – A jury Thursday convicted a defrocked Catholic priest of exposing himself to three boys while working as a counselor at a St. Louis school.

James Beine, who is also known as Mar James, will be sentenced in August. He's already been sentenced to four years, nine months in prison for possessing child pornography.

The jury deliberated three hours before finding Beine guilty of all four felony counts of sexual misconduct involving a child. Jurors then recommended four years in prison on each count.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:09 am
Fri June 20, 2003

SNAP Praises One Bishop's Leadership

SNAP begins its First Annual Assembly.
(KWMU staff photo)

St. Louis, MO – SNAP board member Mark Serrano calls Bishop Paul Bootkoski of the Metuchen, New Jersey diocese a "model" bishop. Serrano says Bootkoski has fully cooperated in criminal proceedings against an abusive priest, and was the first bishop to invite a member of SNAP to sit on his diocesan review board. Serrano says all bishops must follow Bootkoski's example:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:59 am
Fri June 20, 2003

Venice, Ill. School Dist. Asks for Financial Oversight

Venice, Ill. – The Venice School Board in the Metro-East has asked the state of Illinois for financial oversight.

The state will now appoint a three-member panel to approve a financial plan, balance the budget, and approve contracts.

The district serves about 270 students in grades K-12. The school board voted to file a petition for the panel after it was unable to determine how it spent more than $3 million dollars in state funds.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:48 pm
Thu June 19, 2003

Harvard Study Shows Poor Left Out of Transportation

St. Louis, Mo. – Community activists in St. Louis presented a copy of a new Harvard study to Metro officials Thursday.

The report says transportation policies favor building roads instead of public transportation which keeps poorer people from better job opportunities. That's because poorer people can't afford cars.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:20 pm
Thu June 19, 2003

U.S. Bishops Gather in St. Louis

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opened its annual meeting Thursday.
(KWMU Staff Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Bishops gave reports on various policy matters but formal presentations did not address the sexual abuse scandal the church has been dealing with for more than a year. Starting next week, every Catholic diocese in the country will be audited for their compliance to the church's national charter on sexual abuse prevention. Kathleen McChesney leads that office:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:10 pm
Thu June 19, 2003

Missouri Supreme Court Denies Request to Free Amrine

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected a
request to immediately release former death row inmate Joseph Amrine.

In April the court overturned the Kansas City man's conviction and death sentence in the 1985 stabbing death of another prisoner.

Cole County prosecutor Bill Tackett filed an amended murder charge against Amrine. It resulted in his transfer from a state
prison to the county jail in Jefferson City.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:29 pm
Thu June 19, 2003

Tests Confirm Monkeypox Case

St. Louis, MO – Cardinal Glennon children's Hospital in St. Louis says a teenager from Illinois who had symptoms last week of monkeypox did, in fact, have the disease.

The 14-year old boy is now isolated at home; it's believe he caught monkeypox while playing with his uncle's prairie dog.

The boy was treated June tenth; government tests confirm the hospital's initial suspicions that the boy did have the milder relative of smallpox.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:29 pm
Thu June 19, 2003

Air Force Will Not Court-Martial Illinois Pilots

Majors Harry Schimdt (left) and William Umbach (right)
(File Photo)

Washington, D.C. – The Air Force won't court-martial two Illinois pilots who mistakenly bombed Canadian troops last year, killing four in Afghanistan. That's according to a senior defense official who spoke only on the condition of anonymity.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:45 pm
Wed June 18, 2003

SNAP Wants Bishops to Appoint a Prosecutor

St. Louis, Mo. – SNAP's National Director David Clohessy, of St. Louis, says lawmakers, police, and lay Catholics are doing more to protect children than the bishops are.

Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating resigned this week from the national lay oversight board. Clohessy says SNAP wants the bishops to appoint a prosecutor to head the board.

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