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Missouri Government News for Week of August 30, 1999

Wife not allowed to see husband before execution

Missouri Corrections Officials are saying it was condemned mobster David Leisure's own fault that his wife was unable to witness his execution early Wednesday.

Jeri Renee Leisure tried to be with her husband during his final moments, but prison officials denied her entry.

Earlier it had been reporter that Jeri Leisure's arrest for a suspending driving license had blocked her from attending her husband's execution.

For more information, see our newspaper story and our radio story.

Carnahan Agrees to debate the Catholic Conference lobbyist.

Governor Mel Carnahan will discuss his Partial Birth Abortion veto with the Missouri Catholic Conference. The public debate will be held next Wednesday and marks an unprecedented move by the governor to discuss a measure which he has already vetoed.

Missouri law makers meet September 15 to decide whether to override the veto -- something only happening 6 times in state history.

Some Republicans say Carnahan/DeFeo Meeting a "Smoke screen."

Several GOP lawmakers charge Gov. Mel Carnahan is creating a "smoke screen" in agreement to debate the Missouri Catholic Conference lobbyist.

Republicans say the debate, scheduled for next Wednesday, demonstrates the govenror's desperation is trying to prevent an override of his veto of legislation to ban partial-birth abortions.

See our radio story for details.

State Democrats are Denouncing a Highway Proposal by Jim Talent

Missouri Democratic Chairman Joe Carmichael says that Republican Gubernatorial candidate Jim Talent is making promises that he can't keep. Carmichael says that Talent's Highway Improvement Proposal is full of accounting errors.

According to Carmichael the plan uses outdated numbers that fail to account for at least 10 billion dollars in costs.

See our radio story for details.

House Committee looks into Missouri immigration

The growing number of immigrants in Missouri has led to creation of a special legislative committee to review the issue.

Lawmakers say it is the new corporate agriculture operations that has created jobs attractive to foreign workers.

See our radio story and our newspaper story for details.

Criticisms of officials in Turkey could be leveled against Missouri lawmakers

Like Turkey where thousands of deaths are being blaimed for the absence of building codes, Missouri also no statewide building codes.

See our newspaper story and our radio story for details.

Missouri Democrats Dispute Talent's Highway Proposal

Missouri Democratic chairman Joe Carmichael says that Republican Gubernatorial candidate Jim Talent has a highway plan that is full of accounting errors.

Talent has proposed a $1 billion bond issue for highways. But he subsequently conceded his figures for the cost of the bond issue had been too low.

Citizens accuse Department of Corrections of bad medicine

Familes came forward Tuesday citing insufficient medical care for their relatives and friends in state prisons

Prison system denies inmates long-distance choice

The state prison system does not allow inmates to choose their long-distance carrier. They have to use MCI WorldCom, and can only call collect. State officials say it is economical.

Doctors call on lawmakers to override the governor's partial-birth abortion ban veto.

A group of physicans from across Missouri held a news conference in the statehouse Monday to support legislation to ban partial-birth abortions.

The physicans called on lawmakers to override the governor's veto of the abortion-restriction bill.

See our newspaper story for details

Family-farm legislation is blocked by a federal court.

A federal court has issued an order blocking implementation of a state law designed to protect livestock prices for small farmers.

The law, passed last spring, would have required that meat packers pay the same price for livestock regardless of the number of livestock being purchased.

The intent of the law was to prevent a company for paying lower prices for livestock purchased from smaller farm operations.