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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:55 am
Wed June 18, 2003

Holden Will Veto Education Budgets Again

Missouri Governor Bob Holden
(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden says he will once again veto the state's education budget.

Holden, a Democrat, is asking lawmakers a second time to consider raising new revenues for public schools and state colleges. He has suggested new taxes on casinos and cigarettes, as well as closing some tax loopholes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:00 am
Wed June 18, 2003

State Receives Money for Election System

St. Louis, Mo. – Missouri's effort to improve its elections process is getting a financial boost from the federal government.

The state will use its first payment of $17.3 million to upgrade its centralized voter registration database and replace punch card ballots with electronic equipment.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:15 am
Wed June 18, 2003

I-70 Will Close at Hwy. A in Wentzville

Wentzville, MO – Interstate 70 at Wentzville will close two times between late Thursday night and early Saturday morning.

Crews will install steel girders needed to widen the Highway A overpass.

Weather permitting, the first section to close will be eastbound I-70 Thursday night at 11:00. That stretch will stay closed until 5:00 Friday morning.

The westbound side will be closed from 11:00 Friday night to 5:00 Saturday morning.

Traffic will be rerouted at the exit and entrance ramps at Highway A.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:33 pm
Tue June 17, 2003

Blagojevich Signs Prescription Drug Bill

Springfield, IL – Supporters of the legislation say it will force drug companies to offer lower prices to club members, who would have more clout as a
group. The state will negotiate for bulk discounts on behalf of the club. Blagojevich says seniors make up 13 percent of the state's
population but account for 42 percent of the prescriptions dispensed. Seniors citizens and the disabled will pay 25 dollars a year to
join in return for anticipated discounts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:09 pm
Tue June 17, 2003

Supreme Court Limits Forced Medication

Washington, DC – The decision came Monday in the case of a suburban St. Louis dentist. Prosecutors wanted to give drugs to Dr. Charles Sell to
make him well enough to stand trial on health fraud charges.

The 6-3 ruling means that the government will have to meet certain conditions before putting defendants on anti-psychotic
drugs before their trials. Justices said a lower court should reconsider whether the
government could medicate the 53-year-old Sell. He's been diagnosed with a delusional disorder.

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