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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:01 am
Wed March 12, 2003

Campaign To Save Medicaid in Missouri

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:47 pm
Tue March 11, 2003

St. Louis Priest Accused of Sex Abuse

St. Louis, MO – Two men are suing the Reverend Robert Yim, saying he sexually abused them as a childhood mentor and counselor.

One man accuses Yim of molesting him in the early 1970s at their suburban St. Louis parish in Ballwin, as well as during a trip to Kansas City. The other says Yim sexually abused him from 1989 to 1994 at the Catholic school he attended in Fenton.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis says Yim left the active ministry in 1995. Yim served as a St. Louis hospital's chaplain from 1990 until last year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:14 pm
Tue March 11, 2003

St. Louis Hosts Conference on Aging

St. Louis, MO – Developing support services to help St. Louis' elderly population stay in their own homes is the goal behind a conference held Tuesday at Washington University.

St. Louis is involved in a pilot program called Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities that provides for the needs of the elderly while helping them remain as independent as possible.

Organizers hope St. Louis' experience with the program will serve as a model for other communities across the country.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:05 pm
Tue March 11, 2003

Holden Critical of Family Planning Cut

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden criticizes a legislative move to eliminate funding for Missouri's family planning services.

The funding has been controversial in previous years. And the Legislature's anti-abortion majority has sought to prohibit part of the money from going to Planned Parenthood, which also offers abortions.

House Budget Chairman Carl Bearden has eliminated state family planning grants from the next year's proposed budget. He cites the state's continued budget troubles.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:08 pm
Tue March 11, 2003

Archbishop Rigali Has Prostate Cancer

St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali
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St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali informed area Catholic clergy Tuesday that he will undergo surgery next week for prostate cancer. After a routine physical exam showed the presence of cancerous cells, Rigali and his doctors decided he will have his prostate removed on March 19.

Vicar General Monsignor Richard Stika says Rigali is asking for prayers.

At this time tests give no indication that the cancer has spread.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:04 pm
Tue March 11, 2003

St. Louis Police Officer Dies From Broken Ankle

St. Louis, Mo. – A St. Louis police officer has died, a month after suffering a seemingly minor injury in the line of duty.

James Branson, 36, died Sunday from a blood clot that formed after breaking an ankle in a car accident.

"It looks like it might have been a blood clot from the ankle injury," police spokesman Richard Wilkes said. "It's just frightening."

Branson and partner Jermaine Jackson were chasing two carjacking suspects last month when their police cruiser hit another car. Jackson is still hospitalized.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:37 am
Tue March 11, 2003

Missouri Senate Sends Abortion Bill to House

Jefferson City, MO – By nearly a three-to-one margin, the
Missouri Senate today sent the House a bill to allow parents to sue anyone who enables a minor daughter to have an abortion without their consent.

For example, a boyfriend or school counselor could be liable for providing money or transportation for a girl to have an abortion.

The bill limits damages to $1,000.

In Illinois, under-age girls from neighboring Missouri can have legal abortions without parental consent.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:55 am
Tue March 11, 2003

Missouri House Endorses Bill to Ban Junk E-mail

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has given initial
approval to a bill that supporters say would cut down on junk e-mail, also known as spam.

People would be able to place their e-mail addresses on a state list. Businesses couldn't send e-mail to the addesses, or they would face a $5,000 fine.

The sponsor, House member David Pearce of Warrensburg, says the bill is modeled after the no-call tele-marketer list.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:34 am
Tue March 11, 2003

Lawmakers Agree to Restore Some General Relief

Jefferson City, MO. – State lawmakers Monday agreed to put some money back into General Relief.

Low-income Missourians were getting $80 dollars a month from the program. But budget cuts recently dropped that amount to just nine dollars. Monday's deal would bump the checks back up to $70.

The additional money still needs final approval in the House and Senate.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:08 pm
Mon March 10, 2003

Campaign Begins For Uninsured Missourians

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