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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of October 22, 2001

 


. The deadline for the next no-call list is November 1. (10/26/01)
JEFFERSON CITY - To stop businesses from soliciting your home, residents must get on the Missouri No-Call list by November 1.

Missourians can do so by registering on the Attorney General's website at www.moago.org or by calling 1-866-Nocall1. Right now over two million Missourians are protected from unwanted telemarketing calls.

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    . Department of Public Safety's State Water Patrol criticized by State Auditor. (10/25/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The Department of Public Safety's State Water Patrol was faulted for poor accountability standards in a state audit released Thursday.

    The audit pointed to under-utilization of the patrol's land vehicles and boats, lack of accountability for violation tickets and for funds used in undercover drug buying operations, and worries that Col. Larry Whitten, the former water patrol commissioner, may have received excessive leave benefits.

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    . Govenor Holden files a motion to dismiss (10/25/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY -Govenor Holden filed a motion to dismiss Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder's petition which questions the legality of his executive order on collective bargaining.

    Holden's order lets unions seek fees from non-union state workers.

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    . State security price tag released Wednesday (10/24/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - State officials have reported the price tag for increased state security since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks -- $760,000.

    According to state budget director Brian Long, $600,000 of that total has been spent on medical detectors, the construction of barricades and turnstiles in certain state buildings, and security equipment.

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    . The state leads an investigation into buying clubs across the country. (10/24/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - More than five thousand Missourians were charged 96 dollars a year after signing up for free trial memberships with buying clubs. Now the state is leading a settlement against the buying clubs for nine million dollars.

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    . Money will be released to the Department of Health to deal with the threat of bioterrorism attacks (10/23/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Money that was originally cut from the state's health department budget has been released to help with the scare of anthrax. This money will be used to provide eight positions to investigate disease reports and analyzing data.

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    . Democrats criticize Senator Kinder for hiring a partisan policy director (10/23/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The Senate Democratic Caucus criticized Senate President Pro Tem, Peter Kinder, for hiring Rob Monsees as Kinder's policy director for staff.

    The Democratic Caucus says Monsees was hired October 4th at an annual salary of about $57,000. The Democratic Caucus says hiring new staff members during a difficult budget year sends the wrong message to taxpayers.

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    . State water wells contaminated with chemical linked to cancer (10/22/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - More than one year after a CBS national report revealed that a gasoline product used in Missouri could cause cancer, state regulations still allow use of the product in the St. Louis area.

    The state reports dozens of water wells across the state have become contaminated with the product, and the pollution could spread if measures are not taken soon.

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