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Friday, November 9, 2001

Governor approves the settlement of lawsuit involving President Bush

Associated Press

   AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry has approved a settlement in a lawsuit filed by a former Texas regulator who accused President Bush of hindering an investigation into a funeral services company when he was governor, the governor's office said Thursday.
   Former Texas Funeral Service Commission Director Eliza May alleged she was fired in 1999 because of her investigation into SCI, the world's largest funeral company.
   Perry approved the settlement about a week ago, spokeswoman Kathy Walt said.
   A source close to the case told The Associated Press the settlement was for $210,000. The funeral services company, Houston-based Service Corp. International, was to pay about $55,000 and the state was to pay the rest.
   Walt did not immediately know the terms of the agreement and May's attorney Derek Howard said any terms were to be confidential. He said he signed off on the deal about one month ago.
   "We're glad the lawsuit has been settled," he said, adding he could not elaborate under terms of the agreement in which the state did not admit any wrongdoing.

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