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Governor Holden wants Missouri ready for terrorism

September 26, 2001
By: Sara Lane
State Capital Bureau

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This is Sara Lane in Jefferson City.

Governor Holden says Missouri could be the target of a terrorist attack.

In a Wednesday morning press conference, the Governor said Missouri is in an important national position.

Actuality: BOB04
RunTime: :24
OutCue: "...in our front yard."
Contents: Holden says we have major American transportation hubs and two major military bases.

To deal with the terrorist threat, Holden announced he has hired a retired army colonel to review the state's emergency response plans.

Holden said Missouri is the first state in the nation to take such a step.

Timothy Daniel will recieve a 100-thousand-dollar-a-year salary to be Missouri's terrorism czar.

Daniel says he will keep in close contact with the governor.

Actuality:TIM01
RunTime: :16
OutCue: "...I will."
Contents: Daniel says he will act as the Governor's eyes and ears and will spend 100 percent of his time on terrorism.

And one state agency plans to ramp up its efforts to prepare for terrorism.

Maureen Dempsey, the Director of the Department of Health, says her department will be ready to detect and respond to biological terrorism quickly.

Actuality:DEMP01
RunTime: :35
OutCue: "...secondary transmission."
Contents: Dempsey says the department will call 11-hundred sites around the state three times each week to provide early detection of biological agents.

Governor Holden says he is sure Missouri is ready for any terrorist activity.

Actuality:BOB03
RunTime: :09
OutCue: "...lives and property."
Contents: Holden says if another crisis hits, Missourians can be confident the state will be ready to protect their lives and property.

This is Sara Lane, for Missouri Capital Caucus.


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This is Sara Lane, reporting from Jefferson City.

Governor Holden says Missouri may be a target for terrorists.

He announced Wednesday morning that he has hired a retired army colonel to review the state's emergency procedures.

Timothy Daniel will be the state liaison for the new national Office of Homeland Security.

Daniel wants to make sure the state is ready for terrorist activity.

Actuality:TIM02
RunTime: :18
OutCue: "...meet those challenges."
Contents: Daniel says he can't tell the public what the state will do, but the state will assess if it is prepared for terrorist activity.

Daniel expects his assessment to take a year, and he will receive a 100-thousand dollar salary.

Sara Lane, Missouri Capital Caucus.

This is Sara Lane in Jefferson City.

Governor Bob Holden says terrorists might see Missouri as a target, and he wants to take steps to protect the state.

Actuality:BOB04
RunTime: :24
OutCue: "...our front yard."
Contents: Holden says the state must lead other states to protect itself because of it's strategic location with national transportation hubs and two military bases.

Holden has hired a former Army Colonel to examine the state's emergency response plans.

Sara Lane, Missouri Capital Caucus.

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Missouri's Department of Health is preparing for biological terrorist attacks.

The Department is launching a program to provide a quick response to the use of biological weapons.

Health Director Maureen Dempsey:

Actuality:DEMP01
RunTime: :35
OutCue: "...secondary transmission."
Contents: Dempsey says the department will call 11-hundred sites around the state three times each week to provide early detection of biological agents.

In addition to the Health Department's action, Governor Holden announced a retired Army colonel has been hired to assess state agency's preparations for a terrorist event.

Sara Lane, Missouri Capital Caucus.