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Millions for Minouche

After years of failed attempts, both houses of the legislature have approved an $8.5-million claims bill for Minouche Noel and her parents by a vote of 27-11. Noel, now a college student, was paralyzed from the waist down when she was 6 months old, the victim of a botched surgery.

"She is an  amazing young woman today," bill sponsor Sen. Nan Rich said. "We have just given her a brighter future."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:47pm]


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