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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of October 9, 2000

 


. Constitutional ammendment would ease restrictions on charitable bingo operators (10/12/00)
JEFFERSON CITY - A constitutional ammendment on the November ballot would ease restrictions on charitable bingo operations by reducing the amount of time members must belong to an organization before they can participate in running the game.


. State candidates outline priorities for tobacco money (10/12/00)
JEFFERSON CITY - Candidates for state offices don't discuss the tobacco settlement money much on the campaign trail, but when asked many have clear preferences for how the money should be spent.

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    . The campaign to restrict billboards launches a series of news conferences attacking their opponents' TV ads. (10/12/00)
    COLUMBIA - Supporters of Proposition A are on the offensive again - this time, going after their opponents' television and radio advertisments. In a series of news conferences held around the state this week, the Save Our Scenery Campaign called on the television and radio stations running the ads to remove them.

    Julius Zomper, campaign manager of Save Our Scenery, said the advertisements are patently false, and if television and radio stations know this, they are under an ethical, as well as a legal, obligation not to run them.

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    . Missouri college students above the nation's dead-beat average. (10/12/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The percentage of former Missouri college students failing to pay back their government loans beats the national average, according to the latest figures from the federal government.

    On the positive side, the percentage of both national and state dead-beat college students has declined.

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    . Granny D speaks out on Proposition B (10/12/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Calling on Missourians to pass Proposition B, Doris "Granny D" Haddock, spoke Wednesday on the steps of the state capitol.

    Proposition B would set up a government-funded system of campaign finance for statewide offices. It would be funded by an increase in the corporate franchise tax.

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    . Crime may be a hot senate race issue, but officers say Carnahan and Ashcroft can share the credit (10/11/00)
    JEFFERSON CITY - While Carnahan and Ashcroft each take credit for improving crime, state officers say it's a campaign issue that's just not political.

    Instead, law enforcement officials at the annual anti-meth conference say the state is making progress in battling the drug.

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    . Gubernatorial candidates stay on message and rehash old arguments (10/11/00)
    KANSAS CITY - Democratic candidate for governor Bob Holden went negative in the second gubernatorial debate Tuesday continuously linking opponent Jim Talent to Newt Gingrich.

    In a tactic similar to what Hillary Clinton is using in New York, Holden chided Talent for voting "lock-step" with the former House Speaker to shut down the federal government and abolish the federal Education Department.

    On the issues, the two candidates rehashed similar arguments from their first debate and rarely strayed from their campaign's top messages.

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