St. Louis Public Radio News
2:21 pm
Wed October 22, 2003

Jesuits Issue Apology and $185,000 to Settle Abuse Case

St. Louis, Mo. – A former St. Louis University High School student who says he was sexually abused by a priest who was a counselor at the school has settled the case for $185,000.

Kevin O'Connor says Father Jack Campbell abused him in 1969 while he was a sophomore at the school.

David Clohessy, director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests, says O'Connor is one of a number of boys who say Father Campbell victimized them.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:56 pm
Wed October 22, 2003

Judge Changes His Mind, Delays Cigarette Trial

Edwardsville, Ill. – A Madison County judge haschanged his mind and postponed a lawsuit against a cigarettecompany.

R.J. Reynolds was slated to go on trial next week in Edwardsville.

Plaintiffs who smoke the company's light cigarettes claim they are just as harmful as regular brands, and they say they were
misled.

Judge George Moran yesterday postponed the trial while the state Supreme Court decides an appeal of a similar case.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:59 pm
Wed October 22, 2003

New Venice, Ill. School Board Named

Venice, Ill. – A regional superintendent in the Metro-East has named seven new members to the Venice School Board. A state oversight panel dissolved the previous board last week; the first time that's ever happened.

The small school district of just 180 students has long had financial problems. New Board President Janet Wiley says she wants to restore confidence.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:33 am
Wed October 22, 2003

Pumpkin Virus in IL Doesn't Affect Supply

Springfield, ILL. – More Jack-O-Lanterns will be popping up as Halloween approaches. That's despite a virus that wiped out some of Illinois' pumpkin crop this year.

Some pumpkin growers in Illinois are harvesting what was a tough year. Illinois is the nation's pumpkin capital; more are produced in Illinois than any other state.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:12 am
Wed October 22, 2003

Filing Opens for MO Presidential Primary

Joe Lieberman, Dennis Kucinich, and Dick Gephardt will be the first three on the Democrats' MO ballot next Feb.

Jefferson City, MO – Tuesday was the first day Presidential candidates could file for next February's Missouri presidential primary. Three Democrats filed, as did Republican President George W. Bush.

Because there was more than one Democrat filing, those candidates' ballot placement was subject to a random drawing.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:53 am
Wed October 22, 2003

Grocery Workers Locked Out of Health Benefits

Grocery workers are entering their third week of a strike. (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – Schnuck's, Dierberg's and Shop 'n Save announced Tuesday they won't pay health insurance premiums for workers on strike or locked out.

That means hundreds of dollars in lost health care for thousands of area grocery workers. Those workers' union calls the move another intimidation tactic.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:02 am
Wed October 22, 2003

NRA Hoping to Sway Judge in Concealed Guns Case

The Civil Courts Building in downtown St. Louis, where the hearing will take place Thursday. (KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – The National Rifle Association is hoping to convince a St. Louis judge to allow the new concealed weapons law to take effect.

The group filed a brief in the case Monday. On Thursday, Judge Steven Ohmer will decide whether to make permanent an injunction that's keeping the law off the books.

Ohmer issued a temporary restraining order earlier this month. A lawsuit claims the state's Constitution prohibits concealed weapons. The NRA disagrees, saying the document leaves it to the Legislature to decide.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:24 pm
Tue October 21, 2003

PETA Joins Search for Cat Killers

St. Louis, MO – The animal-rights group PETA is joining St. Charles police in trying to find out who killed two cats by severing them in half and draining their blood.

Police have not made any arrests. The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is now offering $2,500 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The cats were found last month. PETA says it does not want any more animals - or humans - to be harmed by whoever killed the cats.

Anyone with information can call St. Charles police at 636-949-3300.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:46 pm
Tue October 21, 2003

Former NY Times Editor Now Lectures on Credibility

St. Louis, Mo. – Former New York Times managing editor Gerald Boyd was in St. Louis Tuesday to speak about challenges facing journalists.

Boyd, a St. Louis native, resigned from the Times in June after a scandal involving reporter Jayson Blair, who plagiarized or fabricated a string of news stories.

Boyd says the Times' readers often called the newspaper to report inaccuracies something that did not initially happen with Blair's reports.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:29 pm
Tue October 21, 2003

Some Grocery Workers Hoping for Unemployment Pay

(KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – It could be another week before some grocery workers find out if they can get unemployment pay.

The grocery strike is entering its third week in the St. Louis area. Striking workers generally can't get unemployment, but workers who were locked-out might qualify. The local grocers' union originally struck Shop & Save stores; workers at Schnuck's and Dierberg's were then locked out.

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