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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:26 pm
Tue June 10, 2003

Family Sues St. Louis Archdiocese Over Son's Suicide

(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – A family has filed a wrongful death suit against the St. Louis Archdiocese, saying the church is responsible for their son's suicide.

30-year-old Christopher Klump died of an intentional cocaine overdose in March.

His brother Jason Klump says Christopher grew despondent after learning it was too late to bring charges against Father Michael McGrath, a priest who allegedly abused him in the 1980s.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:39 am
Tue June 10, 2003

Missouri Senate Panel Revises Budget, Again

Jefferson City, MO – A Missouri Senate committee today chose
cuts to programs over personnel, as the panel endorsed a revised budget plan for education and human services.

The Senate Appropriations Committee scrapped a House-passed budget proposal. It would have cut 538 state employee positions, to avoid cuts to the health and social programs they oversee.

Instead of laying off the employees, the Senate endorsed a budget plan that cuts funding for some mental health and social
services.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:27 am
Tue June 10, 2003

MO Senate Gets Revised Budget

(KWMU File Photo)

Jeffesron City, MO – The Missouri Senate's Budget Committee plans to make its first edits Tuesday to the revised state budget that passed the House last week.

On Monday, Senators got their first look at the plan; some questioned proposed job cuts as dangerous to the delivery of important services. Lawmakers are in their second week of a special session called by Governor Holden.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:27 am
Tue June 10, 2003

More Cases of Salmonella Linked to Children's Hospital

St. Louis, Mo. – Ten more cases of the Salmonella illness have been linked to St. Louis Children's Hospital.

That brings to 37 the total number of people treated for the food-borne illness since last Friday. 29 of the cases are health care workers, three are non-health care employees and five are patients.

Hospital officials are still trying to determine the source of the salmonella. The hospital cafeteria remains closed while the investigation continues.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:42 pm
Mon June 9, 2003

Federer To Sue Gephardt

Dick Gephardt is now running for President.
(File Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Congressman Dick Gephardt is calling a lawsuit filed against him by a former opponent a desperate publicity stunt.

Republican Bill Federer filed the lawsuit today over an incident that occurred in 2000. Gephardt had sued Federer, saying the Republican accosted one of Gephardt's campaign workers who was vidoetaping a parade. Federer was found innocent of the charges and now wants Gephardt to pay him the money it cost to defend himself.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:51 pm
Mon June 9, 2003

Officials Investigate Second Elks Lodge Fire in a Year

Cedar Hill, MO – Officials are investigating a second fire at a Jefferson County Elks Lodge in a year. The building in Cedar Hills caught fire Saturday night; it had just reopened following a fire last July.

No one was injured in this weekend's fire, which needed 75 firefighters from ten fire departments to put out.

State fire investigators, along with the Jefferson County authorities, were scheduled to be at the scene of the blaze in Cedar Hill Monday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:17 pm
Mon June 9, 2003

Alton Firefighters Protest Proposed Cuts

Alton, Ill. – Some Alton firefighters are protesting a proposal that it says would eliminate its EMS services and cut the department strength by half.

The Alton Fire Fighters Local 1255 says firefighters could generate as much as $500,000 a year for the city by expanding their duties to include transporting emergency patients.

But Alton Mayor Donald Sandidge says that's not a viable option.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:08 pm
Mon June 9, 2003

Children's Hospital Will Screen Workers for Salmonella

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Children's Hospital is trying to find the source of a salmonella outbreak; part of that effort will include screening the 2,500 workers there.

At least six workers and five patients there have tested positive for the bacteria. They're recovering, but more than 100 others now have symptoms.

The hospital's cafeteria remains closed, even though health inspectors found no violations there.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:12 pm
Mon June 9, 2003

Salmonella Outbreak Infects 27 at Children's Hospital

St. Louis – An outbreak of Salmonella has infected 22 workers and five patients at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

The bacteria is usually transmitted via food, and symptoms of infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

Hospital officials have not yet found the source of the outbreak, but have shut down the cafeteria and asked the St. Louis Health Department to help investigate.

Dr. Alexis Elward heads infection control at Children's Hospital.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:37 am
Mon June 9, 2003

Prosecutor Wants DNA Tests on Death Row Inmate

Jefferson City, MO – The attorney for an inmate who's about to go free says he's not happy about a move that could complicate his client's release.

Cole County Prosecutor Bill Tackett wants DNA tests that he says could determine whether he'll retry Joseph Amrine. The Missouri Supreme Court recently ordered Amrine free after overturning his conviction and death sentence.

The tests could take 90 days to collect, but Amrine is scheduled to be released in about a week.

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