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August 6, 1996
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Clinton signs clean water bill

Pres. Clinton

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Clinton signed a bill into law Tuesday that tightens drinking water standards, hailing the measure as a means of ensuring every American receives clean water.
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The bill allows the federal government to lend states $1 billion a year to keep their tapwater clean. It also requires the public to be told what type of contaminants, if any, are present in their water.

Clinton also signed a bill for nutrition programs and agricultural research that also provides $12 million to combat a rash of fires at predominantly black churches.

1 soldier killed, 11 injured in grenade accident

Fort Campbell

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- One U.S. Army soldier was killed and 11 others were injured Tuesday morning when a hand grenade exploded at a Fort Campbell, Kentucky, training range.

Army spokeswoman Frances Bates at Fort Campbell said three of soldiers were transported to the Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, while the remaining eight were being treated at the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital on the base.

Soldiers involved in the accident were from the 187th Infantry Regiment, based at Fort Campbell. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

Low-income students face harder time in school

CINCINNATI (CNN) -- A new report links poverty with weak student performance in the nation's public schools, but also indicates that poor urban students face steeper challenges than do poor students from rural areas.

The report, released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education, shows that fewer poor urban students finish high school on time than their rural counterparts and have higher rates of unemployment and poverty later in life.

The report suggests that criteria other than poverty -- such as larger school enrollments, higher teacher absenteeism, and more safety and discipline problems -- may have a bearing on student success rates.

Court denies Branch Davidian appeals

A fire

NEW ORLEANS (CNN) -- A federal appeals court panel has upheld the convictions of six Branch Davidians who argued that federal agents used excessive force when they tried to arrest cult leader David Koresh in 1993. (318K QuickTIme movie)movie icon

The six were convicted of various charges stemming from a gun battle that killed four federal agents and six Branch Davidians at their compound near Waco, Texas. The gun battle was followed by a 51-day stalemate that ended when the FBI flooded the compound with tear gas. A fire broke out, and Koresh and 80 of his followers died of either gunshots or from the fire.

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Bagel chain recalls lox trim

Noah's Bagels

ALAMEDA, California (CNN) -- Bagel chain Noah's Bagels has voluntarily recalled lox trim sold by the pound after a bacteria called listeria monocytogenes were detected in the fish.

The 59-store company is recalling Noah's Lox Shmear and Noah's Light Lox Shmear, made from trim supplied by Acme Smoke Fish Corp. of New York City. No illnesses have been reported. Noah's customers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle are affected by the recall.

Customs Service employee plays expensive golf game with Clinton

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Paul Peck, who placed the winning bid for a round of golf with President Clinton, collected on his $76,000 golf game Monday.

Peck won the round of golf last May in a benefit for Sidwell Friends School, where 16-year-old Chelsea Clinton is a junior.

The president, Peck and his family played for seven hours on the course at the Army-Navy Country Club, where Clinton frequently plays.

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