Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


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NATION WASHINGTON House Postpones Vote To Keep Streak Going

The House postponed votes Tuesday so its most faithful voter could receive hospital treatment without missing a vote.

House leaders decided to wait a day to consider an education bill - until Rep. William H. Natcher, D-Ky., is expected to leave Bethesda Naval Hospital. He had considered postponing treatment for an intestinal ailment so he would not miss a vote.

"This is a human institution that has to pay attention to human needs within the institution, and that's what we try to do today," said Majority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Mo. Minority Leader Robert Michel, R-Ill., supported the delay.

Natcher, 84, has not missed a vote since he was first elected to Congress in 1953. His record stands at 18,397.

***** ABORTION CLINIC Woman Says She Saw Man Fire Fatal Shots

A witness testified Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of killing an abortion doctor in Pensacola, Fla., that she saw the defendant fire the fatal shots.

"I heard three pops," Della Lindsey testified in the trial of Michael F. Griffin. "The first pop got my attention, and then I saw the man shooting."

She identified Griffin in court but said that at the time of the shooting last March 10, she was about 200 feet away and was unable to see who his target was. Griffin, 32, an anti-abortion activist, is accused of shooting Dr. David Gunn, 47, when he arrived for work at the Pensacola Women's Medical Services.

***** SENATE RACE Mrs. Clinton's Brother Explains Failure To Vote

Hugh Rodham, the younger brother of Hillary Rodham Clinton, began his campaign for the U.S. Senate Tuesday by explaining why he had voted only once in more than a decade.

Rodham has acknowledged he didn't register to vote until 1991 so that he could become a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, where Clinton was nominated. …

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