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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:29 am
Mon November 25, 2002

Belleville Task Force Makes Priest Recommendation

Belleville, IL – A task force in Belleville has come up with a plan to address an impending shortage of Catholic priests.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports the recommendation is for the city's eight churches to be grouped into three clusters, so priests could work more than one church. The ultimate goal is to reduce the number of priests serving Belleville from ten to six.

Bishop Wilton Gregory is expected to make a final decision in January.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:24 am
Mon November 25, 2002

Gas Prices Lower Heading into Travel Weekend

St. Louis, MO – Heading into the busy holiday traveling season, gas prices in the St. Louis area are lower than a month ago but higher than a year ago.

AAA Motor Club reports the average price for a gallon of gas in the St. Louis metro area is $1.29. That's $0.19 lower than the average price a month ago, but at this time last year gas prices averaged just $1.06.

Gas in the Metro-East costs slightly more, averaging $1.37.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:18 am
Mon November 25, 2002

New Madison County State's Attorney Takes Over Monday

Edwardsville, Illinois – The first order of business for the new
Madison County state's attorney will be making sure his old cases are handled by a special prosecutor.

William Mudge moved into the state's attorney's office in Edwardsville today, leaving his work as a defense lawyer. He
replaces William Haine who resigned to prepare for his first term as a state Senator.

Mudge will serve out the remainder of Haine's term. He says he plans to run for election in November 2004.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:12 am
Mon November 25, 2002

Laclede Gas Rates Going Up for Winter Heating Season

Jefferson City, MO – Approximately 635,450 Laclede Gas customers in the St. Louis area will pay higher gas bills to heat their homes this winter. The rates reviewed and accepted by the Missouri Public Service Commission go up as of Tuesday. A typical residential heating customer will likely pay about $21.63 more for heat from November to March.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:29 pm
Fri November 22, 2002

St. Louis Prosecutors Narrow Possible Clergy Abuse

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis prosecutors say they have five to seven "promising" cases of alleged sexual abuse of minors by clergymen.

The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office says those are the strongest of 35 to 40 active files on clergymen, though the cases may not lead to charges.

In March, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce asked people who were abused to call her office after disclosures of abuse allegations against St. Louis Archdiocese priests.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:59 pm
Fri November 22, 2002

A Profile of the Vienna Choir Boys

St. Louis, MO –

The Vienna Choir Boys is one of the oldest and most famous musical institutions in the world. Its roots go back to 1498, when it was founded by Emperor Maximilian I. On November 21, the choir gave a concert at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. KWMU's Kevin Lavery caught up with the choir halfway through its North American tour.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:47 pm
Fri November 22, 2002

Infant Mortality at All-Time Low in Illinois

Springfield, IL – Illinois' infant mortality rate is at a new low.

New figures show there were 7.5 deaths per every 1,000 births in 2001. That's a drop of nearly 10% from 2000.

Last year, a total of 1,379 babies died before age one; the lowest number on record. Since 1990 the infant mortality rate has dropped 30% in Illinois.

Missouri's rate is slightly higher, at eight deaths per 1,000 births.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:11 pm
Fri November 22, 2002

Missourians Pick Lewis and Clark Quarter

Missouri's New Quarter
Courtesy U.S. Mint

Jefferson City, MO – The results from Missouri's great quarter election are in.

The winning design features explorers from the Lewis and Clark expedition, paddling a boat under the St. Louis Gateway Arch.


First Lady Lori Hauser Holden announced the winning design today, following an Internet election that drew almost 218,000 votes.

She said the US Mint would be notified of the winning design, which is expected to be featured on quarters in August 2003.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:24 pm
Fri November 22, 2002

Kirkwood Officials Weigh Garbage Collection Options

Kirkwood, MO – Residents of suburban Kirkwood might soon have to pay more if they have more garbage.

The city has hired a Cincinnati company to study the possibility of a pay-as-you-throw policy, where householders would pay for trash based on what they throw out.

R.W. Beck Incorporated will study the best and most economical way for the city to reduce its solid-waste management costs. The city is paying Beck $40,000 and an additional $15,00 for each one-day meeting the city requests.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:51 am
Fri November 22, 2002

St. Louis Doesn't Compete Well for Residents

St. Louis, MO – A new report shows the St. Louis region fares poorly in many socioeconomic areas when compared with other metropolitan areas. The East-West Gateway Coordinating Council report finds the region's slow job and population growth lags behind many cities that compete with St. Louis for residents. The council's Blair Forlaw notes that disparity between blacks and whites in terms of housing opportunity and infant mortality continues to be a significant problem.

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