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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of September 18, 2000

 


. Carnahan unveils higher ed proposal (09/22/00)
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mel Carnahan, visiting the state's higher education center Thursday, announced a three-pronged initiative aimed at lowering the cost of college.

In a speech before Columbia's Rotary Club, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate proposed lowering the interest rates on student loans, expanding the Pell grant program and giving an estimated $3.5 billion in tax breaks for college expenses.

In addition to the higher education proposal, Carnahan touted his primary education plan -- originally introduced Monday in St. Louis -- as a compromise in the long raging, partisan debate in Congress over the federal government's role in education.


. State names new education commissioner (09/22/00)
JEFFERSON CITY - Kent King was named state education commissioner Friday, replacing Robert Bartman who retired this summer after nearly 13 years in the position.

A former superintendent of Rolla schools, King has been acting commissioner since Bartman stepped down. He said his first focus as commissioner will be to maintain high standards for Missouri students.

The state Board of Education chose King unanimously from a pool of about 20 candidates. King is a former lobbyist for the Missouri State Teachers Association, a union representing school administrators and teachers.


. Missouri Republicans accuse Democrats of intimidating Missouri State Troopers (09/21/00)
JEFFERSON CITY - The controversy is over a John Ashcroft TV ad showing a State Troopers Association letter thanking the Senator for a 1999 anti-meth bill.

House Majority Leader Delbert Scott says the lawmakers threatened the troopers with budget cuts if the troopers didn't petition Ashcroft to pull the ad.

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    . Record corn harvest (09/21/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - According to the Agriculture Department, the state of Missouri will have a record corn yield.

    But, the drought has damaged soybeans in the southwestern part of the state.

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    . Organizers to raise $2 million in Proposition B fight (09/21/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Organizers for both sides in Proposition B expect to raise more than $2 million before November's election.

    The ballot initiative would provide for voluntary, publicly financed statewide campaigns.

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    . Four third-party candidates compete in race for state treasurer (09/21/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Four third-party candidates are running for state treasurer--a position that has propelled several of the state's most influential politicians into the big leagues of state politics.

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    . Campaign managers in state treasurer race share idealism (09/21/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The campaign managers in the state treasurer's race both describe themselves as idealists who are fiercely passionate about their candidates.

    But despite their similarities, Jeff Roe and Judi Roman have different backgrounds and experiences, as well as opposite political identifications.

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    . Butterfly migration in full swing (09/21/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Monarch butterflies, some of whom migrate more than 2,000 miles to winter in Mexico, are moving through Missouri by the thousands this fall.

    Monarchs are unique among butterflies because of the long-distance migration.

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    . Path of Least Resistance (09/20/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Missourians have just one moe day to comment on a federal government plan that could end up sending tons of highly radioactive waste through the state.

    Sparks flew last spring when legislators in Iowa and Missouri debated whether nuclear waste should be shipped west through Interstate 70 in Missouri or less traveled Interstate 80 in Iowa during the summer. While Missouri won that battle due to safety concerns about I-70, the decision appears to be a minor victory.

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    . Democrats demand Ashcroft return money (09/20/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Democratic Party has called on Sen. John Ashcroft to return money Bob Jones University gave him after a speech at the campus last year.

    Missouri Democratic Party Executive Director Roy Temple said Monday the speech provided no benefit to Missourians and therefore should not qualify as an official trip. Ashcroft designated the trip as official business to avoid rules prohibiting senators from receiving gifts, Temple said.

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    . Department of Higher Education receives $7.5 million dollar grant (09/20/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The U.S. Education Department awarded $7.5 million dollars to Missouri Wednesday. The money will provide middle school students with supplemental educational resources and funding, provided they attend one of the schools participating in the program.

    Schools with lower than average numbers of students going on to college and located in poorer communities are targeted by Missouri's program. Currently, only 20 schools participate, but the Higher Education Department plans to increase this number, thanks to the new endowment.

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    . Cuban Ambassador to visit Missouri farms next week (09/20/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - With the future of U.S.-Cuba trade relations still pending in Congress, Missouri farmers are taking steps to establish their own relations with the sanctioned nation.

    The Missouri Farm Bureau will host Cuban Ambassador Fernando Remirez for two days of tours and talks in the Bootheel. It will be Remirez's first-ever visit to American farms.

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