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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of August 28, 2000

 


. Religion to play major role in Senate race (09/01/00)
JEFFERSON CITY - The candidates in Missouri's Senate race haven't said much about it, but religion has assumed a major role in a contest between two devout men with dramatically different approaches to their faiths.

Gov. Mel Carnahan, a Southern Baptist deacon, seeks to unseat Republican Sen. John Ashcroft, a member of the Assemblies of God church and a former touring gospel singer.

Religion overtly popped up in the campaign only recently and both candidates have avoided talking directly about the topic. Under the surface, however, religion has been rising in importance for years.


. Fellow Democrats defend the anti-meth record of Missouri's governor. (08/31/00)
JEFFERSON CITY - A dozen Democratic law enforcement officials from across Missouri held a news conference to defend the record of Gov. Mel Carnahan on legislation against methamphetamine.

Drug laws have become one of the issues in Carnahan's campaign for the the U.S. Senate seat now held by John Ashcroft.

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    . Lawsuit filed to get a non-lawyer on the ballot for Attorney General. (08/30/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The Green Party candidate for Attorney General has filed suit against the Secretary of State's decision to deny her a place on Missouri's ballot.

    The Secretary of State had rejected her candidacy because she is not a lawyer, although neither Missouri law nor the constitution directly requires the Attorney General to be a lawyer.

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    . Republicans draw the right straws at state fair (08/31/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Republican candidates for president, governor and U.S. Senate scored major victories in a straw poll taken by the Missouri Farm Bureau during the state fair.

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    . Religion at Core of Cheney Talk (08/30/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The words are prominently displayed on the muted brick facade of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes headquarters in Kansas City, where former defense secretary and vice presidential nomineed Dick Cheney spoke Tuesday.

    "Thanks be to God who gives us victory through Our Lord Jesus Christ."

    It is victory the Bush/Cheney ticket is hoping for in November. they like their Democratic rivals, are increasingly leaning on religion as a central issue.


    . Experts say heat can affect mentally ill (08/29/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Mental health experts say the current heat spell in Missouri can cause problems for the mentally ill.

    Joseph Parks, Deputy Director for Psychiatry in Missouri's Mental Health Department, said some anti-psychotic drugs such as haldol and prolixn used to treat schizophrenia and depression with psychosis can hamper the body's ability to regulate temperature.

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    . Talent sends bond plan to independent consultant (08/29/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Talent has submitted his highway bonding proposal to an independent consultant to rerun the numbers after weeks of Democratic charges the plan was financially unsound.

    Talent campaign spokesperson Michelle Dimarob said the attacks were not the reason for hiring the independent consultant. She said the move was necessary to make sure the numbers, compiled in August 1999, were up to date.

    "We just want to make sure we have the most current information," she said.

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    . Doves will become shotgun targets in Missouri. (08/29/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Conservation Department has announced an expanded hunting season for the international symbol of peace -- the dove.

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    . New law restricts unsolicited commercial e-mail (08/28/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - A new law went into effect Monday, giving recipients of unsolicited commercial e-mail, or "spam", the right to sue spam-senders. If a sender does not indicate a return e-mail address or an 800-number which the recipient can call to be removed from the send-list, they can be held liable for $500 paid directly to the recipient.

    While this is good news for consumers, similar laws in other states have had implementation difficulties. These laws are vital for the development of federal regulations, currently pending in the US Senate.

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    . Carnahan said he has read "very little" Playboy (08/28/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Mel Carnahan, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and a Baptist deacon, said Monday he has read "very little" of Playboy magazine, but he declined to say if he looked at the pictures.

    The comment, in a light-hearted response to a reporter's question, comes just a few weeks after his foe, Sen. John Ashcroft, attacked the governor for accepting donations from top Playboy executive Christie Hefner.

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    . Libertarian Phil Horras, candidate for lieutenant governor, promises to abolish the office. (08/28/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The Libertarian Party candidate for lieutenant governor rolled his wheelchair down the Katy trail this weekend to promote his campaign and his campaign platform to abolish the office of lieutenant governor.

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