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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:48 pm
Wed June 18, 2003

Y Chromosome Uses Trick to Repair its Own Genes

The Genome Sequencing Center at Washington University
(KWMU File Photo)

St. Louis, Mo. – New findings out of Washington University in St. Louis could lead to better information about the causes of male infertility.

Working with scientists in Massachusetts, the St. Louis team discovered that the male Y chromosome contains many duplicate genes that control sperm production.

Dr. Rick Wilson directs Washington University's Genome Sequencing Center. He says the findings disprove a theory that suggested the Y chromosome is slowly degrading, leading to the eventual extinction of human males.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:14 pm
Wed June 18, 2003

Family of MO Trooper Sues Ford

Independence, MO – The family of a Highway Patrol trooper who died in a rear-end collision in western Missouri is suing Ford Motor Company. They allege the location of the patrol car's fuel tank played a part in the car catching fire.

Michael Newton's family filed the lawsuit Tuesday, as did Michael Nolte of Leawood, Kansas. Nolte was in the car with Newton and survived the crash.

Theirs are the latest in a series of claims against Ford for its design of the Crown Victoria, which is commonly used by police.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:53 pm
Wed June 18, 2003

Holden Signs Ford Hazelwood Retention Bill

Hazelwood, Mo. – Wednesday Missouri Governor Bob Holden signed a bill he hopes will keep the Hazelwood Ford Plant open.

The bipartisan legislation offers job training and other incentives aimed at keeping 2,600 Ford jobs at the St. Louis County plant.

Holden says Ford has built vehicles in Missouri for most of its 100-year history, and should continue that tradition.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:37 pm
Wed June 18, 2003

Lawmakers Add Money to Abortion-Prevention Program

Jefferson City, MO – Part of the newest version of the state budget now on Governor Holden's desk puts money back into a program that provides aid to pregnant woman as a way to discourage abortions.

The last budget cut all funding but when Holden vetoed the health department budget last month, anti-abortion lawmakers moved to restore some of the money.

It would get $560,000 under a revised budget worked out by House and Senate negotiators.

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