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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:22 pm
Fri November 8, 2002

Webster Groves Man Sues St. Louis Ex-Priest

St. Louis, MO – A 41-year-old man is suing a former priest and the St. Louis Archdiocese over sexual abuse he says he endured for two years in the 1970s.

Matt Layton, of Webster Groves, says he was abused by Joseph Ross, but only recalled it in March. Layton says he was an altar boy in 1975 at St. Williams Church in suburban St. Louis when the abuse began.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:48 pm
Fri November 8, 2002

MODOT Touts its Accountability

St. Louis, MO – The Missouri Department of Transportation today delivered what it calls its most comprehensive annual report ever to state lawmakers.

MoDot has been a target for criticism in past years because of its failure to complete long-range projects, and a statewide tax hike for transportation funding failed this spring. Department spokesman Jeff Briggs says for these reasons, they wanted this year's report to be as inclusive as possible.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:08 am
Fri November 8, 2002

Men Face Federal Indictments in Killing Bank Guard

St. Louis, MO – A federal grand jury hands up indictments
against three St. Louis men in connection with the murder of a bank guard during a robbery last month.

Robert Bolden, Corteze Edwards and Dominick Price already face state charges of first-degree murder in the October seventh death of guard Nathan Ley. Ley was shot to death outside a Bank of America branch as he stepped in to stop an attempted robbery.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:04 am
Fri November 8, 2002

Missouri Tapped for New Military Bugle Debut

Some Military Funerals in Missouri will soon see this new bugle used to play Taps.

St. Louis, MO –

Starting today, Friday November 8th, there will be a new way of playing "Taps" at military funerals.

Missouri is the test state for a new bugle that plays the song without requiring musical ability.

As KWMU's Tom Weber reports, if the new bugles are a hit in Missouri, they could soon be used nationwide.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:25 am
Fri November 8, 2002

Cards and City Sign Agreement

St. Louis, MO – The city of St. Louis is a little bit closer to insuring the Cardinals stay downtown.

A copyrighted story in the St. Louis Business-Journal reports the city and team quietly signed a pair of agreements on Monday. That was one day before Proposition S passed to require voter approval of any public financing of stadiums.

Alderman Irving Clay says while the current deal doesn't need voter approval any changes would.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:47 am
Fri November 8, 2002

Group Wants Missouri-Mississippi Confluence Set Aside

St. Louis, MO – A conservation group wants to establish a 55,000 acre national wildlife refuge in eastern St. Charles County.

The St. Louis-based Great Rivers Habitat Alliance would preserve land stretching between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, and halt flood plain development in one of the fastest-growing regions of the state.

The proposal targets rich river bottomland in eastern St. Charles County that is home to ducks, bald eagles and generations of farmers. It has supporters.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:44 pm
Thu November 7, 2002

Rod Blagojevich Visits the Metro East

Cahokia, Illinois – Democrat Rod Blagojevich made his first trip to the Metro East since being elected Governor of Illinois Tuesday. Blagojevich spoke to a crowd of more than 100 supporters at Parks Airport in Cahokia, telling them that southwestern Illinois will be included in his plan in Springfield when he assumes office next year.

Congressman Jerry Costello of Belleville introduced Blagojevich saying he was pleased to present the first democratic governor elected in 30 years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:14 pm
Thu November 7, 2002

Shawn Hornbeck's Family Suspects Boy Was Hit By Car

Richwoods, MO – The family of a missing 11-year-old boy in Richwoods says a motorist might have struck Shawn Hornbeck, and then tried to destroy the evidence.

Family members say an area woman gave them that information and when searchers went to site she identified, they found what appears to be human remains and blades of grass sprinkled with blood.

The woman said someone had gone to a house to fill containers with water to rinse away the bloodstains. Shawn vanished a month ago.

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11:50 am
Thu November 7, 2002

General Mills Might Close Hazelwood Plant

Hazelwood, MO – General Mills says it's considering closing it's plant in Hazelwood.

The Minneapolis-based company is talking with two unions about the probable closure next fall. A final decision is expected in the coming weeks.

The plant employs 421 people, who make frozen bakery goods. General Mills bought the plant in October last year from Pillsbury, which had owned it since 1999.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:24 am
Thu November 7, 2002

St. Louis Officer Shot

St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis police officer is hospitalized
after being shot several times in a case reportedly involving a stolen car.

Officer Robert Miller is in serious-but-stable condition and Police Chief Joe Mokwa says says Miller was shot in the back above his bullet-proof vest, and in his left arm and right hand.

Mokwa says early today Miller drove toward an alley as his partner chased two suspects on foot. At least one suspect opened fire on Miller in his squad car.

Miller managed to drive himself to the hospital.

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