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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of October 2, 2000

 


. State treasurer candidate issues "stalker alert" on campaign webpage (10/05/00)
JEFFERSON CITY - Democratic candidate for state treasurer posted a stalker alert on her campaign website, claiming that her opponent is sending workers to videotape her going to and from campaign events.

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    . Gubernatorial candidates' educational backgrounds reveal policies (10/05/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - With schools in St. Louis and Kansas City facing the loss of accreditation, education has assumed an especially major role in Missouri's governor's race. The two major party candidates offer dramatically different proposals to the crisis.

    Democrat Bob Holden projects an almost canine-like loyalty to public schools while the GOP's Jim Talent is looking at more novel approaches, even school vouchers.

    The candidates' backgrounds diverge as much as their policies. Holden is the product of small, rural schools, while Talent attended immense and wealthy Kirkwood High School in suburban St. Louis.

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    . State treasurer candidates investigate expanding MOST program (10/05/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's parents may have more options for paying for their childrens' education under plans proposed by the state treasurer and the candidates for the job.

    The plans hinge on the option of investing money in tax-deferred savings accounts.

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    . MoDOT recommends $3 billion I-70 widening plan (10/04/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Transportation Department recommended a plan to widen I-70 to a six-lane highway at a Highways and Transportation Commission meeting Wednesday.

    MoDOT officials, however, said they currently do not have a funding source for the $2.5 to $3 billion project.

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    . GOP spokesman resigns amid "cheap hooker" backlash (10/02/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The state Republican party's spokesman resigned Monday more than a week after he compared State Auditor Claire McCaskill to "a cheap hooker."

    The spokesman, Daryl Duwe, told the Associated Press he stepped down because he didn't want to take the spotlight away from the issues in the election.

    The "cheap hooker" characterization, originally posted on Duwe's missourigrapevine.com on Sept. 22, caused an uproar from Democratic leaders and politicians who called on their GOP counterparts to fire the spokesman.

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    . Confederate flag displayed on capitol grounds (10/02/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - A historical marker installed on the west side of Missouri's capitol building depicts a Confederate flag to identify a Civil War general as a confederate.

    The marker was put together by the state's historian and is one of several of its kind throughout Missouri.

    This comes just months after South Carolina stopped flying the Confederate flag atop its Capitol because of protests from the NAACP.

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    . The spector of Proposition A inspires a heated legal debate (10/02/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Proposition A on November's ballot will ask voters to decide the future of the billboard industry in Missouri. If the ballot initiative passes, Missouri law will be amended to prohibit the construction of any new billboards -- or so its supporters say.

    But the opponents, led by Missouri's Outdoor Advertising Association, argue that the proposition is worded in such a way that it would require the removal of almost 3,500 existing signs, at a great cost to taxpayers.

    In anticipation of the possible ban, some billboard companies have stepped up construction of new billboards along major highways such as I-70, drawing even more criticism from the conservationists.

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