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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - March 29, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 nrviv Well done Two Alton men honored wilhKimmel award PageBl Hockey Blues lose in 31 Paged The outlook Mostly sunny and warmer high near low near 42 Downtown i Alton to jhave i banner lyear 73 50 cents March PageDl AIDS deaths on decline Official says numbers could be misleading By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE New drugs and contin ued prevention efforts contributed to a decrease last year in deaths among people with both locally and throughout the state of experts warn that the cases of HIV infections are not necessarily declining and an individuals key defense is Protease inhibitors that have been intro duced over the last two or three years are more effective in combating the virus for but they dont work for said Lynn outreach specialist for the Madison County AIDS Experts agree that the early use of the word cure after the invention of new combatants was The drugs are a form of treat and viruses can return immediately once use is they In Madison only four new cases of AIDS were diagnosed last That number was down from 12 new cases in those numbers could be misleading because 1998 reports are said Tom spokesman for the Illinois Department of Public In 577 new cases of AIDS were diag nosed in but Schaeffer said that number could increase by as much as 800 later this when all physicians have made their reports to the He said a more accurate reading is the diagnosed cases of AIDS in Illinois in a good sign was that the numbers had decreased from in in 1995 See Page A7 The SMITH Debra Tscheschlok is health services manager for the Madison County Public Health which has an AIDS program that works with HIVpositive One dead after car accident By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer MEADOWBROOK A Staunton man was killed early Sunday morning in a onecar accident east of Meadowbrook on Illinois Route Ronald was pro nounced dead at the scene by Madison County Coroner Dallas Burke at Illinois State Police responded to the scene following an anonymous 911 call to the Madison County Sheriffs depart ment at Gilleland was alone in his vehicle driving east on Illinois Route 140 when he lost control of his said Master Steven The car left the roadway and struck a tree on the dri vers side door then Burke said Gilleland died from mas sive head and chest Brazier said the Illinois State Police were investigating the cause of the accident and that there were no known The SMITH Wood River City Treasurer Nancy Schneider works on the city budget in her Communities coping with revenue losses Leaders looking for ways to cut back while providing vital services EDITORS NOTE This is part of a series about the eco nomic impact of industries particularly oil refineries on area ByDARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer Four communities in the Bend are trying to pro vide basic services to their residents in light of receiving less revenues from The oil refineries and the Olin continue to make up a large percentage of tax revenues to city and village East lloxana and Wood River leaders said theyre learning to keep a closer eye have to cut back on anything on spending you can while providing the Our city is doing a couple vital I think were of said Wood River doing a responsible job of Mayor Lon Were cuttig sales while UdCK OH i 4 CUttlHg baCK Oil Were trying to add more industries to our such as the environmen tal business Smith said that although the city feels the effects of the revenue the library dis tricts and school boards can teel thefman Wood River mayor cial The Wood River Public Lon Smith park anything we can do to Library is asking voters to build our property You support a tax increase in part to offset an anticipated loss in revenue from Amocos reduction in its tax assess A tax referendum has been placed on the April 13 ballot to approve a tax rate increase of 30 cents for each of assessed Residents currently pay 15 cents for each of assessed The library also is looking at other areas to offset losses from For the last three the library board has gone out to the public and business es to ask for donations to the said library director I See Page A7 Convicted rapists new trial facing state challenge By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Long forgotten details from a 21 yearold crime are being revisited in the states attempt to keep a con victed rapist from getting a new The Madison County States Attorneys Office has filed a legal brief with the Illinois 5th District Appellate Court in Mount challenging a local judges decision to give David Gray of Alton a new In the brief obtained by The Good Morning Bulletin Board B2 Obituaries Wise the state chal lenges Grays notion that he is entitled to a new trial because DNA testing excluded him from evidence obtained at the scene of a armed rob bery and attempted murder on Belle Street in Alton on March The more pertinent the state are that the victim and her neighbor placed Gray at the and that a fellow inmate testified that Gray admitted the crime to him while behind Gray was sentenced to 60 years in He served more than 20 years and faced another 10 years when Associate Judge Ann Callis of Madison County Circuit Court See Page A7 Kampsville museum to reopen soon YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer KAMPSVILLE Visitors to the Kampsville museum can look back years when Paleo Indians set tled in the bluff country Telegraph Towns Greene At the you can travel back thousands of when Paleo Indians lived here and hunted mastodons for food and cloth said Catherine outreach program assistant at the museum of the Center for American Archeology at See Page A7 tluntis 11 Adams Parkway IL 62002 4665301 ClOSEOUT SAW OF All ABOVE GROUND POOLS 1998 modeli in itock limited quantity M LAYAWAY NOW FOR SPRING 124 ROUND POOl PACKAGI SALE PRICED   

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