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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:12 am
Thu October 31, 2002

Man Sues Retired Priest, Belleville Diocese for Abuse

Belleville, Illinois – A Champaign man is suing the Belleville
Diocese and a retired Salem priest who he says sexually abused him 19 years ago.

A lawyer representing 41-year-old James Wisniewski says his client only recently recalled the sexual abuse he says he suffered from 1973 to 1978. Wisniewski's lawsuit accuses the Reverend Raymond Kownacki.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:45 pm
Wed October 30, 2002

Massive Lewis and Clark Exhibit Planned

The exhibit will include the telescope Meriwether Lewis used (front), and one of William Clark's journals of the expedition (back).

St. Louis, MO – The Missouri Historical Society has unveiled plans for a national exhibit to celebrate the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.

A letter written by Thomas Jefferson and Meriwether Lewis's telescope are among the more than 400 original artifacts that will make up what planners call the most comprehensive Lewis and Clark exhibit ever.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:39 pm
Wed October 30, 2002

Secretary of State Predicts High Voter Turnout

Jefferson City, MO – Secretary of State Matt Blunt predicts
that 45 percent of Missouri voters will go to the polls in next Tuesday's election.

If his estimate is correct, this Election Day totals will exceed the 43 percent turnout in 1998, the last non-presidential election year.

In the August primaries, slightly more than 25 percent of state voters went to the polls. Fewer people tend to vote in mid-term elections.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:54 pm
Wed October 30, 2002

Women's Vote Will Be Key to Carnahan - Talent Race

St. Louis, MO –

Democratic Senator Jean Carnahan and Republican challenger Jim Talent are both working overtime to earn and turn out every vote they can in the hotly contested Missouri Senate race. But as KWMU's Hillary Wicai reports both candidates' teams are particularly concentrating on the women's vote.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:50 pm
Wed October 30, 2002

Holden Wants Focus on Domestic Violence

St. Louis, MO – Half of Missouri's counties do not offer
services aimed at preventing domestic violence or helping victims of abuse.

Governor Holden is asking state agencies must do more to educate the public about domestic violence and improve services for
victims.

He announced findings of Missouri's Domestic Violence Task Force this afternoon in Creve Coeur, a St. Louis suburb.

Holden is also extending his executive order, keeping the task force working to combat domestic violence.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:51 am
Wed October 30, 2002

Power Plant Plans Nixed in Cape Girardeau

St. Louis, MO – A natural gas pipeline company has withdrawn plans for a power plant in Cape Girardeau.

Kinder Morgan Incorporated says it grew tired of delays in its permit application appeal.

Both supporters and opponents say the decision could foretell how Missouri handles environmental permits for other controversial developments, including a proposed cement plant in Ste. Genevieve County.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:43 am
Wed October 30, 2002

I-270 Reopened After Fiery Crash

Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO – Eastbound I-270 is open again at Rt. 367 this morning after a crash yesterday closed the road for hours.

A Fed-Ex truck carrying two trailers crashed into a highway sign and burst into flames. The driver says he was trying to avoid a car that had swerved into his path.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:38 am
Wed October 30, 2002

Doe Run Avoids Bankruptcy

St. Louis, MO – The Doe Run Company says it has avoided bankruptcy with a new agreement that will lower the company's debt by almost $120 million.

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10:34 am
Wed October 30, 2002

MO Senate Campaign Keeps Drawing Big Names

Democratic Senator Jean Carnahan (left) and Republican nominee Jim Talent (right)

St. Louis, MO – The race for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat continues its high profile.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani will be in St. Louis today, campaigning for Republican hopeful Jim Talent before heading to a book signing in Crestwood. Tomorrow Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne will join Talent at a rally in Cape Girardeau.

Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Jean Carnahan has a St. Louis appearance today with former New Jersey Senator and Presidential candidate Bill Bradley.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:44 pm
Tue October 29, 2002

City Investigates Whether Porn Star Stripped at Event

St. Louis, MO – The city of St. Louis is investigating whether federal money was used to hire a gay-porn actor to perform at a safe sex event.

Two former employees of Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS, or BABAA, say the actor, Edgar Gaines (aka Bobby Blake), stripped and engaged in sexual contact with guests, some as young as 13 years old.

A lawyer for the group says it paid $500 to the actor to speak to a gathering at its executive director's home, but that the actor did not strip or allow himself to be touched.

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