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Mo. public defender office turns away new
By CHRIS BLANK Associated Press Writer
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Criminal defendants in southwest Missouri will not be eligible for a state public
defender until next month because of high caseloads and overworked lawyers.
The state public defender system said Thursday that its Springfield office would not accept new cases until
August because the 20 lawyers there cannot handle any more defendants. The public defender system
anticipates that it will only be able to take new cases for the first several weeks of each month.
Cat Kelly, a state public defender deputy director, said the courts could delay criminal cases until an attorney can
be assigned, but that would make the problem progressively worse and force the office to stop taking new cases
earlier each month. She said the Springfield office was the first to close its doors to new cases because it
already had taken numerous steps to reduce caseload.
"We're all in uncharted water here," Kelly said. "We'll have to play it by ear."
She said it could mean people will spend more time in jail while waiting to be assigned a public defender, but it is
possible that the courts could use other methods to resolve the cases.
The Springfield office handles criminal cases in Greene, Christian and Taney counties. But the public defender
system has warned courts about high caseloads in offices for another roughly 40 counties, including St. Louis,
Clay, Platte, Jefferson, Boone and Cole counties.
Problems with Missouri's public defender system are not new. A special legislative committee studied the issue
in 2006, and lawmakers in 2009 approved a bill to let the Public Defender Commission set up maximum
caseload standards and establish waiting lists to be assigned a lawyer. The bill also would have allowed trials to
proceed for misdemeanor offenses without a public defender if prosecutors did not pursue any jail time.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the bill, saying it could have shifted more work to courts and prosecutors and
burdened defendants and crime victims.
A 2009 study by the Spangenberg Group and the Center for Justice, Law and Society at George Mason
University in Fairfax, Va., said Missouri's public defender system has "an overwhelming caseload crisis" that has
pushed the criminal justice system "to the brink of collapse."
The state Supreme Court last year also rejected rules developed by the Public Defender Commission to allow
overloaded offices to turn down some poor defendants.
The high court suggested that public defenders work with prosecutors and judges to develop informal methods
to relieve pressure on caseloads. Those methods could include limiting cases in which prosecutors will seek jail
time and determining types of cases for private attorneys to be appointed, the court said.
If those methods fail, the Supreme Court said local public defender offices could refuse to take any new clients.
Attorneys must be provided to Missourians who are accused of a crime that carries a possible jail or prison
sentence and who cannot afford to pay a private lawyer.
Kelly said that through June 2009, Missouri would have needed to more than double the number of defense
lawyers to keep the attorneys within maximum caseload standards set by the American Bar Association and the
U.S. Department of Justice.
By exceeding the caseload standards, clients cannot be adequately defended and public defenders risk
malpractice lawsuits and losing their law license.
"We have to make the decision that the Constitution is not a Hollywood script. It actually is a requirement that
counsel be appointed," she said.

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Springfield Public defenders: No new cases
until August
Amos Bridges • News-Leader • July 23, 2010

Criminal defendants in Springfield and surrounding counties who can't afford an attorney may not be assigned
public defenders until next month, potentially leading to longer jail stays and other problems.
Citing high caseloads and overworked lawyers, the state public defender system said Thursday its Springfield
office will not accept new cases until August because the 20 lawyers here cannot handle any more defendants.
The office will begin accepting new cases again Aug. 2, said Cat Kelly, a deputy director at the state public
defenders office. "Once we've reached the maximum we can take, we will (again) close the doors until the end of
the month."
It was not immediately clear what will happen to defendants charged during the closures.
"That's the $64 million question," she said. "We're in uncharted waters."
Defendants assigned bond by a judge after their arrest still could post bail. But without an attorney, court cases
that carry the risk of jail time would stall.
Kelly said it will be up to local judges to decide how to handle defendants the office refuses. "We will not be
going back to pick up those people ... unless the court decides to create some sort of a waiting list to do that."
But she said delaying criminal cases until an attorney can be assigned could lead to the Springfield office --
which handles criminal cases in Greene, Christian and Taney counties -- getting further behind and closing
sooner each month.
Other alternatives, Kelly said, would be to appoint private attorneys to work pro bono, dismiss cases or have
prosecutors agree not to seek jail time in certain cases, relieving the need for a public defender.
Problems with Missouri's public defender system are not new. Legislative efforts to limit caseloads have been
unsuccessful and the state Supreme Court in December rejected rules developed by the Public Defender
Commission to allow overloaded offices to selectively turn down some poor defendants charged with lower-
priority crimes.
The high court suggested public defenders work with prosecutors and judges to develop informal methods to
reduce caseloads. If that failed, the Supreme Court said local public defender offices could refuse to take any
new clients at all.
Greene County justice officials have taken steps in recent years to ease public defender caseloads, including
diverting those charged with misdemeanor offenses to DWI and Drug Court.
In 2009, volunteer attorneys with the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association took on about 100 probation
violation cases to help ease the burden.
Kelly said those earlier efforts were a reason the Springfield office was the first in the state to close its doors to
new cases.
"It's clear that we're not going to get down below the maximum with those initiatives," she said. The office was 34
percent over capacity in June. "Before those initiatives, they were running 70 and 80 percent above."
She said other public defender offices could follow suit in coming months. The state office has warned courts
about high caseloads in about 40 other counties, including St. Louis, Clay, Platte, Jefferson, Boone and Cole.

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"It's not a good situation," Kelly said. "It's not going to solve anything except our lawyers will not be putting their
licenses at risk or be subject to malpractice by taking on more cases than they can handle, which is the situation
they've been in."
Tom Mountjoy, the presiding judge in Greene County, did not return a call for comment Thursday.
Greene County Prosecutor Darrell Moore said he was disappointed by the announcement.
"We've tried very, very hard to make sure the public defenders are only involved in cases they need to be,"
Moore said. "To just have one party withdrawing from playing is not productive."
Moore said his understanding is that local judges do not intend to appoint private attorneys to cases against their
will and said they could continue to assign cases to the public defenders office despite the closures, possibly
forcing the issue to be re-evaluated by the state Supreme Court.
"We'll see if a judge will order them to a take a case ... and maybe get some clarification."
The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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MoDOT Auctions Old Equipment

KANSAS CITY - MoDOT made about two hundred thousand dollars Thursday selling 21 old vehicles. The
auction also included hundreds of other vehicles that could be bid on both in-person and online. The MoDOT
vehicles were part of the northeast Missouri District's fleet, all past their useful life.
Jason Shafer is an assistant district maintenance and traffic engineer in MoDOT's Northeast District, which is
headquartered in Hannibal. He dealt with the sale of the 21 vehicles that included 10 trucks, 7 motorgrades, one
service truck, one 15-passenager van, and two mini vans.
Shafer said that, while the vehicles can no longer be used by MoDOT, buyers should trust that the vehicles have
been inspected and taken care of by the agency. He also said when MoDOT sells vehicles, potential buyers are
welcome to come and look at the vehicles for themselves.
While each vehicle may not be worth as much as they would be brand new, selling them can still add up.
"Over the course of the past 3 years we've averaged four million dollars per year in surplus vehicle sales, surplus
equipment, and that money is all rolled right back on to the roadway," said Shafer.
Shafer also said MoDOT sells to a wide variety of people.
"We sold a tandem axle dump truck here recently to a gentleman that had family in South America and he drove
it down there for them," said Shafer. He continued that he understood the man wanted to use the truck to help
build a levee to protect against flooding.
As used car manager and buyer for Bob McCosh Chevrolet in Columbia, Jay Tennyson said he has plenty of
experience at auctions. While most of the auctions he attends are for dealers only, Tennyson advises everyone
that auctions are a "buyer beware" situations. He also advises not to expect to go to an auction before you do
your research.
"You have to know what you're looking for, you have to understand how the system works, and you have to think
very quickly because you have about one minute to decide what you're going to do," said Tennyson.
But both men agree on the impact on the internet on auctions.
"Well you have to understand the internet has changed the playing field completely," said Tennyson.
"I think it's helped a lot because it's really opened up the number of people that would be going and bidding on
our equipment because it's also the convenience factor," said Shafer, "If you can bid on something online you
never have to leave your house until it's time to go get the unit."
Shafer said if you want to know when a MoDOT District is selling equipment go to its website or call the district

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Candidates share views on health care

News-Leader: Did you support the president's health care reform? Why or why not?
Republican candidates
Jack Goodman: I do not support the President's health care bill, because it will not work. The biggest problems
with health care are all related to spiraling increases in cost. Inefficient federal programs and the lack of
competition are the main contributors to this inflation. We must pursue free market principles, giving patients
more information about the quality and cost of care and the freedom to choose their provider. Unobstructed
competition between providers will ultimately prove to be the only efficient strategy for controlling costs.
Steve Hunter: I think Obama Healthcare Reform is Fascist. The government has over 17 percent of our economy
and will deliver a terrible product.
Billy Long: I do not support the President's health care plan. I believe that the President's plan will increase the
cost of service and decrease the overall quality of health care. It also represents an unconscionable take over of
a huge slice of America's economy by government bureaucrats. We need real reform, not more government, to
solve the health care problem. We should allow for the sale of insurance plans across state borders, make
insurance portable from job to job, pass real tort reform, and require that insurance cover pre-existing conditions
once again.
Gary Nodler: I oppose Obama-care because I believe it will reduce patient choice, make it more difficult to find
providers and introduce an unconstitutional process to require contracts between private parties within individual
states far beyond the scope of federal authority. I also believe it will lead to higher, not lower costs.
Mike Moon: No. The Constitution does not allow the government to provide healthcare. The freedom to choose
healthcare should be left to individuals citizens.
Darrell Moore: No. The Democratic majority in Congress managed to pass health care legislation that
supposedly extends coverage to those currently not covered by health insurance but does little else. It is neither
true reform, nor does it improve the quality of health care for all Americans. This law adversely impacts those
who already have insurance by increasing premium costs, by creating an expanded entitlement program that will
drive the deficit up by billions over the long haul, and by increasing taxes in a weak economy.
Michael Wardell: No. There is no enumerated power in the Constitution that allows to Gov. to take any industry
over. Even to a casual examination of founding documents underscores our Framers' clear understanding that
"regulate" in 1787 meant "to make regular or normal" or "to remove impediments" to the free flow/transportation
of interstate commerce. It manifestly did not mean federal control or the federal imposition of regulations over the
intrastate production of goods and services. The Framers wanted limited government, not the creature from the
Black Lagoon version that we have today.
Jeff Wisdom: I vehemently oppose Obamacare. The bill is impractical and economically infeasible. The bill
places unconstitutional mandates on states and their residents. I support common sense health care reform, not
a public option or government takeover of the industry. I have called for a repeal of Obamacare, which can occur
after the 2012 presidential election. President Obama would veto any attempt to repeal the bill now. Republicans
will not have the votes in Congress to override his veto.
Democratic candidates
Scott Eckersley: I won't waste taxpayer time and money with "opt out" and "repeal" gimmickry designed to win
elections rather than address America's health care problems. I promise to be part of the solution. It's easy to cry

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"repeal." It's harder to be part of the fix that ensures health care costs don't bankrupt our country. Healthcare
must be addressed and safeguards put in place to control costs. More than anything, Americans need to
address the cost drivers of healthcare. By doing so, we will be healthier both economically and physically.
Tim Davis: Government plays a positive role in health care if it: (1) cuts the costs incurred by health care
providers; (2) boosts the capacity of the health care system; or (3) shifts bargaining power to consumers. Given
the complexity of the health care bill, it remains to be seen whether it accomplishes all - or any - of these goals.
In the meantime, opponents have challenged the constitutionality of forcing people to buy a product they don't
want. The U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately decide whether the fee for not having insurance is a tax (and
therefore authorized) or a penalty.
Where 7th District candidates stand on issues
The News-Leader sent each candidate a list of several questions, asking for written responses in 100 words or less. The
responses will appear from now through July 26.Abortion: Saturday Immigration: Monday Earmarks: Tuesday Iraq, foreign
policy: Wednesday Education: Thursday Healthcare: today Job creation: Saturday Repeal of the 17th Amendment: July 26

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Missouri Foundation for Health gets $2M to
fight obesity
St. Louis Business Journal - by Aly Van Dyke

The Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) is set to receive $2 million from the federal government to
combat obesity and tobacco use throughout the state.
The Social Innovation Fund grants are the first of their kind from the Corporation for National and Community
Service, a federal agency that finances nonprofits. The agency released $49 million to 11 organizations.
MFH will match the grant and donate the money to 10 to 20 nonprofits throughout the state. The nonprofits then
will use the money to leverage more local financing. All told, the $2 million grant should turn into about $8 million
throughout the state, according to a release.
MFH is one of 11 organizations nationwide to receive a Social Innovation Fund grant. Eight of the 11 are in New
York, Washington, D.C., or California.
“It’s a real testimony to the work that’s already being done in Missouri on obesity and tobacco prevention,” MFH
spokeswoman Bev Pfeifer-Harms said.
The grants included three categories: economic opportunities, to develop the work force; youth development and
support, to increase graduation rates; and healthy futures, to promote healthy lifestyles.
Pfeifer-Harms said Missouri applied under the third category because the state doesn’t have a good track record
with healthy lifestyles.
She cited the F for Fat report that was released last month, ranking Missouri the nation’s 12th-fattest state.
Missouri’s tobacco use isn’t much better. About 23 percent of Missouri adults are smokers, and the national
average is about 20 percent, according to a 2009 report from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

Aly Van Dyke writes for the Kansas City Business Journal, a sister paper.

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State legislators tried to buy Mariano
Favazza, says the St. Louis circuit clerk
File this in the "only in politics" folder.
St. Louis Circuit Clerk Mariano Favazza, who is up for election Aug. 3, said today that he is tired by the
campaign of his opponent, lawyer Jane Schweitzer, which he said is trying to make him seem inept.
So Favazza is going on the offensive, aiming to prove his fidelity to the elected office of the St. Louis circuit clerk.
Favazza told the Post-Dispatch this evening that, two legislative sessions ago, in 2009, some state senators
were working to squeeze in a last-minute amendment that would turn the circuit clerk into an appointed position.
Favazza hated the idea. He asked Senator Jim Lembke, a republican who represents sections of south St. Louis
city and county, for his help. Lembke said this evening he wouldn't like any bill that takes an elected office away
from the people of St. Louis, something Favazza professed, too.
Lembke wasn't going to let the bill get through the senate.
Then, a bit later, someone - Lembke said he couldn't remember who - came to him with a possible compromise.
What if the bill grandfathered Favazza into the position? Senators could write the bill so that Favazza kept his
position, and his $112,000 salary, for 10 years, guaranteed.
The circuit clerk wouldn't become appointed until then, when Favazza left.
"It's not a bribe, but they're buying him off," said Judy Zakibe, one of Favazza's employees privy to the
conversation at the time.
But Lembke remembered that Favazza immediately turned down the plan, Lembke said.
Now, Favazza sees that moment as a clear indicator of his character.
Schweitzer, an attorney with Lathrop & Gage in Clayton, could not immediately be reached for comment.
But I will be certain to ask her about the issue.

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St. Louis seeks volunteers for 2012
By JIM SALTER Associated Press Writer
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- With St. Louis as a strong contender for the 2012 Democratic National Convention,
organizers of the city's bid are wasting no time making a push to secure volunteers.
The St. Louis 2012 Convention Host Committee announced plans Thursday for a free downtown concert
headlined by native St. Louisan Chuck Berry. The goal of the concert on July 29 will be to attract volunteers who
would work at the convention.
Free tickets for the concert are available online at, though priority will be given to those who pledge
to volunteer if St. Louis is picked.
"This rally is a great way to build and show grass-roots support and energy for our bid," said Mayor Francis Slay,
a Democrat. "We will need a lot of volunteers willing to work."
St. Louis was chosen in June as one of four finalists, along with Charlotte, N.C., Cleveland and Minneapolis. The
fact that three of the four finalists are in the Midwest is no coincidence as the middle part of the country is seen
as pivotal to the outcome of the next presidential election.
President Barack Obama narrowly lost to Republican John McCain in 2008 in Missouri - the first time in more
than 100 years that Missouri failed to side with the election winner. Obama carried the other states with cities in
the running for the 2012 convention - Ohio, Minnesota and North Carolina.
Despite losing Missouri, Obama had wide support in heavily Democratic St. Louis. A rally just before the 2008
election drew an estimated 100,000 people to the grounds of the Gateway Arch - one of the largest events of his
Democrats will nominate their 2012 presidential candidate the week of Sept. 3. The Republicans gather the
previous week and have already chosen their site - Tampa, Fla.
Hotel rooms in St. Louis are filling up for the period around the convention. Democratic officials are expected to
visit St. Louis this summer, though the date of their visit has not been disclosed. Democrats have not said when
the winning city will be chosen.
Supporters say the convention would be a huge economic boost for St. Louis, noting that the 2008 Democratic
convention in Denver generated $266 million for its economy. That convention brought an estimated 50,000
people - delegates, media and others - to Denver.
St. Louis has hosted national political conventions before - but it has been a while. The city last hosted one when
the Democrats met here in 1916 to nominate Woodrow Wilson.
St. Louis also hosted Democratic conventions in 1876, 1888 and 1904, and the Republican convention in 1896.

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Robin Carnahan proposes three debates
before Nov. election
ST. LOUIS -- Democratic Senate hopeful Robin Carnahan is asking for a series of candidate debates before the
November election.
The Carnahan campaign, according to a news release issued today, sent letters to all of the Republicans
seeking the party's nomination for the Senate contest.
Barring an earthshaking upset, that nominee will be U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, who, earlier in the campaign,
criticized Carnahan for her perceived lack of visibility. (He still has a "Carnahan Counter" on his website,which
has reached 535 days.)
Blunt's campaign signaled it would welcome three debates -- and then some.
"We have been calling for debates and forums for over a yearm so we are pleased she has finally accepted Roy
Blunt's offer to debate," Blunt spokesman Rich Chrismer said. "Three debates is a good start, but it's not
Carnahan's release suggests she would be flexible about the format of the debates, which she says "would need
to be agreed upon by all four candidates after the primary."
That's right -- all four.
In addition to the Republicans and Democrats in the race, Carnahan sent debate invitations to the Constitution
and Libertarian candidates as well.
The Libertarian candidate in the last U.S. Senate contest in Missouri four years ago received 2.2 percent of the
vote; no one from the Constitution party was in that race, although the party's candidate for state treasurer in
2008 received 2.4 percent of the general election vote.
Including the lesser-known candidates in the debates may be in keeping with the spirit of democracy, but the end
result will likely be that voters will hear less from one of the two contenders who actually will be the next senator
-- never mind the potential for a fringe candidate to monopolize the forum altogether.
Does that benefit voters -- or the candidates themselves?

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In Missouri race for U.S. Senate, front-
runners already debating debates
The Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY | Missouri’s Democratic and Republican front-runners for the U.S. Senate already are talking
about debates — even before the primary elections.
Missouri’s primaries are Aug. 3.
Yet Democrat Robin Carnahan, Missouri’s secretary of state, on Thursday challenged the winners of the
Republican, Libertarian and Constitution party primaries to three general election debates.
The leading Republican candidate, U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, challenged Carnahan in February 2009 to three
televised forums. A Carnahan spokesman said at the time that Blunt should first worry about his own primary.
A spokesman for Blunt said Thursday that Blunt wants more than three debates against Carnahan.

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Carnahan on ethics: Get rid of leadership
funds, lawmakers who become lobbyists
Democratic Senate hopeful Robin Carnahan laid out an ethics plan this week aimed at putting her Republican
rival on the hot seat -- but she may also have tweaked a member of her own family as well.
In a three-city tour on Tuesday, Carnahan proposed reforms that, while sounded before, would he hard to pass
in the U.S. Senate, a body accustomed to its own quixotic code of transparency.
For instance: Senate candidates, unlike those running for seats in the lower chamber of Congress, do not have
to file their campaign reports electronically -- even though they are often far more voluminous than their House
counterparts. The result is that it's easier to search a Senate candidate's Twitter page than it is to look for who is
funding their campaign.
Carnahan says she would push for candidates to file campaign finance reports once a month, instead of
quarterly. She also wants to tighten disclosure requirements on campaign "bundlers," and close the Capitol Hill/K
Street revolving door by banning, for life, former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists.
Her plan would seek as well to abolish earmarks -- those clandestine tools for Congressional appropriations -- a
refrain often heard from Missouri's current Democratic senator, Claire McCaskill.
In addition, Carnahan says she would get rid of all leadership PACs, which candidates use to gain additional
coin beyond their campaign accounts, typically to help political allies.
Carnahan's likely November opponent, Republican Roy Blunt, has a leadership PAC, the Rely on Your Beliefs
Fund. (a.k.a. the "ROY B Fund")
But Blunt hardly has a trademark on leadership PACs, or, for that matter, clever names. U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay
lays claim to the Just Permanent Interests Political Action Committee, borrowing one of his father's favorite
The Arch Leadership PAC belongs to none other than Robin's brother, U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, a point that
Republican Ed Martin -- challenging Russ' bid for a fourth term -- was all too happy to point out.
"This harsh criticism," Martin's campaign said in a news release, "will undoubtedly lead to some awkward family
Maybe it already has.

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Roy Blunt: Campaigning in Missouri in
Rented Pickup Truck
RIVERFRONT TIMES By Chad Garrison, Thu., Jul. 22 2010 @ 2:27PM

Hey, it worked for Scott Brown in Massachusetts. Of course, the pickup truck Brown drove to his Senate victory -- his
2005 GMC with 200,000 miles on it -- was his own.
The pickup that Roy Blunt has been seen driving while campaigning in Missouri is reportedly a rental. His
Democratic challenger, Robin Carnahan, has been calling Blunt out on the campaign prop this month while also
questioning the plaid shirts he wears to look more everyday.
Recently Blunt fessed up to the rented truck but denied buying new duds for the campaign.
Per the Huffington Post:
"I've had pickups off and on throughout most of my life and in fact the only we car we had in my life when I was born
was a pickup, so I'm used to riding a pickup. But I haven't bought a new shirt in a while," Blunt said when questioned
about the pickup by a reporter in at the American Legion event in Jefferson City earlier this month.
"So you're not driving in a rented pickup?" the reporter asked.
"No we are, you usually don't campaign in your personal vehicle, so yes we've been using a pickup."
Daily RFT left a message today with Blunt's campaign for comment. We'll let you know when we hear back from them.

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Treasurer announces new jobs
By Staff reports
The Rolla Daily News
Posted Jul 23, 2010 @ 08:47 AM
Kansas City, Mo. — State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY-ful) was in Kansas City today to announce Upromise
Investments has located a second client service center in downtown Kansas City, bringing 35 jobs by the end of
the year. The center is estimated to employ up to 80 people by 2014. Upromise Investments is the program
manager for MOST – Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan. The client service center employees will service
MOST 529 and other 529 plans administered by Upromise Investments. The office is located at 2534 Madison
Treasurer Zweifel worked with Upromise Investments to locate the service center in Missouri. The center opened
July 12 and has already received 397 applications for employment.
“These are Fortune 500 jobs that will effect Main Street businesses throughout the region. There truly is a large
impact when you talk about potentially 80 jobs being brought by Upromise and Sallie Mae, whether that is
contractors, suppliers or retailers,” said Treasurer Zweifel, sponsor of MOST 529. “When I travel the state and
hear the call for jobs now and a continued economic recovery, this is what people are talking about - good
paying jobs that are here long term.”
Upromise Investments has over 200 employees nationwide and its parent company, Sallie Mae, employs
approximately 8,500 people nationwide.
Kansas City was chosen because of Upromise’s partnership with Treasurer Zweifel and MOST 529. Salaries of
employees at the service center will range from approximately $40,000 to $100,000. The service center is
expected to bring a payroll of more than $1.5 million annually to the Kansas City economy by year’s end.
Upromise Investments has entered into a five-year lease for this location.
“Upromise Investments is excited to join the Kansas City community,” said Jeff Howkins, President of Upromise
Investments. “Our partnership with Treasurer Zweifel and MOST 529, along with the outstanding workforce,
central location and transportation options were contributing factors in our decision to locate this office in
Upromise Investments is headquartered in Newton, Mass., and is the leading administrator of 529 college
savings plans. The company started in 2002 and has been the program manager of MOST 529 since 2006.
About MOST – Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan Treasurer Zweifel chairs the Missouri Higher Education
Savings Program Board which administers MOST 529, a tax-advantaged program that enables families to save
for a child’s higher education. MOST 529 is an affordable, low-cost, tax-deferred way to save for higher
education expenses. An account can be started for $25 at Investments in MOST 529
can be used towards many higher education expenses, including tuition, certain room and board expenses,
books, mandatory fees and even computers at most four-year colleges and universities, many two-year
institutions and vocational schools and some schools abroad. In addition, savings in MOST 529 can be used
towards associate's, bachelor's and advanced degrees. More than 120,000 people have invested more than
$1.3 billion in MOST 529, which is an all-time high.
About Upromise Investments
Upromise Investments is the leading administrator of 529 college savings plans, dedicated to meeting the needs
of its state clients, its plans and all families saving for college across the country. The company provides a range
of service models, from recordkeeping and administration to full-service program management. It currently

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provides program management and administration services across 20 direct-sold, advisor-sold and prepaid
plans in 11 states, with over $22.6 billion in assets as of June 30, 2010
Headquartered in Newton, Mass., Upromise Investments is a registered broker-dealer, a member of FINRA, and
is registered with the MSRB.
For more information about MOST--Missouri's 529 College Savings Plan, download a Program Description,
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Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information are included in this document;
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If you are not a Missouri taxpayer, consider before investing whether your or the designated beneficiary's home
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The Missouri Higher Education Savings Program (the "Program Trust") is a trust created by the State of
Missouri. When you invest in MOST--Missouri's 529 College Savings Plan (the "Plan"), you are purchasing
portfolio units issued by the Program Trust. Portfolio units are municipal securities. The Plan has been
implemented and is administered by the Missouri Higher Education Savings Program Board (the "Board").
Upromise Investments, Inc., and Upromise Investment Advisors, LLC, serve as the Program Manager and
Recordkeeping and Servicing Agent, respectively, with overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations,
including effecting transactions. The Vanguard Group, Inc., and American Century Investments serve as
Investment Managers for the Plan. Vanguard Marketing Corporation, an affiliate of The Vanguard Group, Inc.,
markets and distributes the Plan. The Plan's portfolios, although they invest in mutual funds, are not mutual
Investment returns are not guaranteed, and you could lose money by investing in the Plan. Participants assume
all investment risks, including the potential for loss of principal, as well as responsibility for any federal and state
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Tax credit backers slam new Mo.
By Tim Logan      POST-DISPATCH
Wednesday, Gov. Jay Nixon created a commission to study Missouri's mess of tax credit programs.
And Thursday, the group dedicated to saving the biggest of those tax credit programs slammed him over the
makeup of that commission, saying it appears to set up an "either-or" debate between big development interests
and public education.
The Coalition for Historic Preservation and Economic Development put out a news release Thursday evening
blasting Nixon for his choices on the 25-member commission, which is tasked with studying Missouri's 61 tax
credit programs and reporting back by year's end with ways to generate a greater return, which cost the state
more than $585 million last year.
While the commission does include several prominent tax credit advocates, among them development
consultant Steve Stogel, Zack Boyers, president of U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corp., and several
other St. Louis-area bankers and builders, it lacks any representatives from small town Main Street groups,
community development organizations or historic preservation groups, "all of whom have firsthand experience in
how well the program works for the average citizen," the Coalition's press release reads.
"Missouri leads the nation in economic development from the historic tax credit, and any commission that is
looking at this issue should include more members that are familiar with how it works."
The Commission also includes six representatives of statewide education groups, from the American Federation
of Teachers to the Coordinating Board from Higher Education. Nixon has pointed to education cuts as a reason
to rein in fast-growing tax credit programs, and the Historic coalition said it's worried this will be a repeat of that
"This is not an either-or situation," they wrote. "Economic development through historic preservation creates a
stronger tax base and is therefore a benefit to education."
Suspicion of the governor is running high in historic tax credit circles, especially as concern has spread in recent
weeks of a state slowdown of the lucrative program. Consider this news release the opening shot in what will
likely be a contentious debate over the next few months.
P.S. Are you on Twitter? We are. Keep up with the latest in St. Louis-area real estate and development news by
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Potential impact of health care measure
JEFFERSON CITY • Missouri voters have a chance on Aug. 3 to weigh in on the hottest political topic of the
year: the new federal health care law narrowly passed by Congress in March.
On paper, the vote seeks to change state law so that the federal government can't require an individual to buy
health insurance. In reality, experts say the end result will be mostly symbolic, as the U.S. Constitution gives
clear priority to federal laws over state laws.
But that doesn't mean that the vote isn't full of political meaning.
"I think it will be marketed as a referendum on President Obama," said George Connor, chairman of the political
science department at Missouri State University.
Missouri will be the first of several states — Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma are the others — to hold what
amounts to a voter litmus test on the president's health care plan, and that makes the vote an important part of
the midterm election strategy of the Republicans pushing it.
"What people will hear if Proposition C passes is that the people of Missouri voted against President Obama's
health care plan," said Patrick Tuohey, campaign manager for Missourians for Health Care Freedom, one of the
groups supporting the ballot initiative. "Come Aug. 4, that's how it's going to be presented."
There is little doubt in Missouri political circles that Proposition C is going to pass.
The initiative has no organized opposition. The largest turnout among the two major parties on primary day is
expected to be among Republicans, who have more hotly contested primaries, including the race for state
auditor and a crowded field in the 7th Congressional District race.
Democrats, who opposed the measure in legislative debates earlier this year and persuaded Republicans to
keep it off the November general election ballot, are largely steering clear of the matter on the campaign stump.
The Missouri Democratic Party did release a statement calling the initiative "a meaningless and unconstitutional
political ploy."
"Proposition C probably doesn't accomplish anything," said state Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City.
If it passes, legal experts and observers agree, the proposition will likely be challenged quickly, quite possibly by
the federal government, said Richard Reuben, a law professor at the University of Missouri School of Law.
The key issue for the courts, Reuben said, would be whether the state law was in direct conflict with federal law.
Supporters of the measure in the Missouri Legislature said they expected a legal battle when they passed the bill
placing Proposition C on the ballot.
"It's setting up a constitutional showdown," said state Rep. Tim Jones, R-Eureka.
Indeed, much like the lawsuits filed by several states against the new federal health care law, the ultimate goal is
twofold: first, to find a case that makes it to the U.S. Supreme Court to further define the relationship between
states' rights and federal power; and second, to foment political opposition to the health care law.
In Missouri, the narrative in favor of Proposition C fits hand in hand with the arguments made by Lt. Gov. Peter
Kinder in his lawsuit challenging some of the same aspects of the new federal law.

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The proposition already survived one legal challenge just to make the ballot. A Jefferson City lawyer argued that
the measure was unconstitutional in that it included two issues. Besides the health insurance mandate, voters
will be asked to change a law regarding the liquidation of insurance companies that go out of business. A judge
ruled that both issues are related to insurance, and therefore, the proposition is constitutional.
Proponents of the proposition argue that health care choices should be left to individuals.
But seeking that end through a statewide vote that contradicts federal law will ultimately not work, many legal
and political experts agree.
"Any attempt by a state to opt out will be in violation of the Supremacy Clause" of the Constitution, said Connor,
the political science professor.
Tuohey concedes the political repercussions of Proposition C are more significant than any legal ones. But, he
said, politics can be a powerful force that can lead to an effective repeal of the federal law.
He points to the Real ID bill passed in 2005 by Congress that created some national standards for drivers
licenses and other forms of state identification. There has been so much political opposition to the law that it has
yet to be implemented, and Congress is considering changes.
Randy Barnett, professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University Law School, said the national debate
over medical marijuana shows how state politics can affect federal policy.
Over the last decade, he said, several states have enacted laws allowing for the sales of medical marijuana,
even though such sales contradict federal law. The Obama administration has reacted to the strength of the
movement by deciding to allow the state laws to continue in force.
"It's a real-world example of how these state initiatives can change the politics and ultimately the enforcement,"
said Barnett, who took one of the landmark medical marijuana cases to the Supreme Court.
Some of the mandates in the federal health care law won't take effect for several years. So the political
opposition is unlikely to die down anytime soon.
Conservatives hope to create a national groundswell of opposition to Obama's health care overhaul, and
Missouri's vote — constitutional or not — is part of that strategy, Tuohey said.
"Ultimately," he said, "all of this is political."

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Democrats Make $28 Million TV Buy
The Democrats’ strategy to preserve their House majority became clearer Thursday as the party made a $28
million investment in television advertising for the final weeks of the fall campaign, a plan that is designed to
build a firewall to protect freshmen and longtime incumbents.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reserved television time in 40 districts across the country,
including those of Representatives John M. Spratt Jr. of South Carolina, chairman of the Budget Committee, and
Ike Skelton of Missouri, chairman of the Armed Services Committee. The committee also reserved time to help
Representative Chet Edwards of Texas, who is seeking his 11th term in November and is among the party’s
most vulnerable members.
The advertising decisions, which were confirmed by party strategists and local television stations, help define
more precisely the battlefield on which the two parties will vie for control of Congress over the next four months
as Republicans work to reclaim the majority. Democrats are playing defense in districts in every corner of the
country, hoping to use their fund-raising advantages to preserve control. The $28 million in advertising
commitments represents the bulk of the $34 million in cash that the Democratic campaign committee has on
“I feel very confident about the ability of my members, who are the greatest salespersons in America, to go into
their districts and make the case for what we did,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday, adding that the
party’s accomplishments in Congress would ultimately prove to be winning issues in November.
Many of the 40 districts are represented by Democrats who have long been viewed as ripe for a Republican
takeover, but others provide the first sign that the ranks of vulnerable Democrats may be deeper than previously
acknowledged. The collection of districts is hardly set in stone, with Democrats able to add or subtract as the
campaign goes along.
The Democratic House campaign committee has a $17 million advantage over its Republican counterpart, so
Democrats can afford to invest in far more districts. And the list that emerged on Thursday was being carefully
studied by Republicans for any head-fakes – districts where Democrats were trying to entice Republicans into
spending their limited resources.
The 40 districts that Democrats selected, based on polling, candidate fund-raising and the strength of
Republican opposition, include five seats in Ohio, four in Pennsylvania, three in Arizona and in Virginia, and two
each in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New York and Texas.
Several of the decisions signal new signs of worry from Democratic Party leaders, including Representatives
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin of South Dakota, Betty Sutton of Ohio, Allen Boyd of Florida, Joe Donnelly of
Indiana, Gerry E. Connolly of Virginia and Jerry McNerney of California.
“The D.C.C.C. is going to aggressively use every tool – media, voter contact programs, and research – to retain
the House,” said Jennifer Crider, a spokeswoman for the committee. “Voters will have a clear choice this
The television time was reserved by the independent expenditure arm of the Democratic committee. Their
Republican counterpart intends to make its first television advertising decisions in August.
“If you want to get an idea of what the Democrats’ strategy is this fall, just follow the money,” said Ken Spain, a
spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. “The political environment has become so
toxic that Democrats in Washington are gearing up to spend millions of dollars to defend what were once
perceived as some of the most entrenched incumbents in Congress.”

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Prop C sees little resistance
Friday, July 23, 2010 at 12:02 a.m.

Supporters of a ballot initiative to block a federal mandate requiring individuals to buy health insurance have
gotten a boost over the past week.
There are less than two weeks before the initiative, which would change state law to prevent its residents from
being punished for not purchasing health insurance, is put before voters on the Aug. 3 primary ballot. It will be
the first time voters will get a chance to weigh in on federal health care reform through the ballot box since the
legislation was passed in March.
Supporters of the initiative achieved a victory last week, as a Cole County judge shot down a lawsuit against the
initiative, which was filed by two Missouri residents. Their attorney said they would not file an appeal.
And money has been pouring in for a committee running a pro-Proposition C campaign, which has been active in
spreading their message.
Missourians for Health Care Freedom had reported to the Missouri Ethics Commission on July 15 that it had
received more than $23,000 in contributions during the last two weeks of June, mostly from the campaign
committees of Republicans in the Legislature.
A $5,000 donation from the campaign committee of State Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, was the largest
donation from a Missouri state legislator.
This week, the group received $25,000 in donations from four individuals, each giving $5,000 or $10,000.
Patrick Tuohey, treasurer for the group, said financially the group has been “just as active” in the two weeks
following the finance report deadline.
The group has been using its funds to produce yards signs, and hopes to get radio spots on the air in the coming
days. Mr. Tuohey said 5,000 yard signs have been distributed across the state, and the group plans to order a
second printing.
“I’m very excited Missouri is going to be the first state in the country to vote on a part of President Obama’s
health care plan,” Mr. Tuohey said.
Meanwhile, organized opposition to Proposition C has been virtually non-existent in the state. Democrats in
Jefferson City did not solidly back fellow Democrats in Washington when the decision to put the initiative on the
ballot was put before the Legislature.
When the measure was passed by the Legislature, it was approved by three Senate Democrats and 22 House
Democrats, including Rep. Pat Conway, D-St. Joseph.
The individual mandate portion of the federal health care law will take effect in 2014. There have been doubts
raised that Proposition C, if approved by voters, could trump federal law. But approval of the initiative could put
some steam behind Republicans running for re-election in November, as well those who have been calling for a
repeal of the health care law.

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Climate bill blame game begins
POLITICO     By Darren Samuelsohn | 7/22/10 @ 7:39 PM EST
Eighteen months ago, Barack Obama took office pledging to deal with a “planet in peril.”
His party held big majorities in Congress, and the House answered by passing a tough cap-and-trade bill. A
massive climate conference in Copenhagen, with Obama at the center of the action, focused the world on the
need to address global warming.
Then came the nation’s worst-ever environmental disaster, an oil spill in the Gulf that put momentum behind
environmentalists and scarred the image of big, polluting industries.
Add in a summer of record-high temperatures, and it would seem the stars had been aligned like never before
for climate legislation.
But by Thursday, the White House’s biggest energy and environmental initiative sat in tatters, relegated to an
unknown election-year abyss after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he didn’t yet have 60 votes and
would instead move to the lowest hanging energy fruit.
The blame game has already begun.
One exasperated administration official on Thursday lambasted the environmentalists – led by the Environmental
Defense Fund – for failing to effectively lobby GOP senators.
“They didn’t deliver a single Republican,” the official told POLITICO. “They spent like $100 million and they
weren’t able to get a single Republican convert on the bill.”
But many say it was Obama who didn’t do enough to make the climate bill a big enough priority, allowing other
monster big-ticket items like the economic stimulus, health care and Wall Street reform to suck up all the oxygen
and leaving environmentalists grasping for straws too late in the game – well past the expiration date for other
big accomplishments during the 111th Congress.
“The absence of direct, intense presidential leadership doomed this process,” said Eric Pooley, author of
“Climate War,” a just-published book that chronicles the past three years of debate on global warming. “We did
have a window there, and now the window is shut. It’s more about prying it back open than anything else.”
Going back to Day One, Obama never turned his campaign proposals into formal legislative text, leaving
lawmakers to shoulder the load. And when Obama spoke publicly about the issue, it was only with a vague call
for “comprehensive energy and climate” measures that did little to help win votes.
Obama’s hands-off approach didn’t matter as much in the House, where Energy and Commerce Committee
Chairman Henry Waxman and, later, Speaker Nancy Pelosi built their winning coalition region by region to scrap
out a 219-212 vote just before the July 4, 2009 recess. But it was another story with his former colleagues in the
Senate, where carbon caps had never topped 48 votes on the floor.
“Without his leadership, then everything he’s done so far will lead to nothing,” Fred Krupp, the president of the
Environmental Defense Fund, said in late June during a press conference aimed specifically at getting the White
House more engaged in the process.
Administration officials counter that they did everything they could. Carol Browner, the president’s top energy
and climate adviser, kept in regular touch with moderate Republicans like Sens. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and
Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). But West Wing officials concluded the poisonous partisan atmosphere in the upper
chamber made it necessary to outsource the lobbying effort to green groups.
Of course, part of the bill’s demise had nothing to do with Obama or the environmentalists.

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Primary politics sent several one-time Republican climate advocates running for cover. Back in 2003, after a
losing floor vote, Sen. John McCain pledged to keep on plugging away on the climate issue just like he did
campaign finance reform. But he avoided the new negotiations that included his best Senate friends, Joe
Lieberman and Graham. Instead, McCain attacked Obama for packaging pieces of his climate policy in a budget
request and then insisted on nuclear power provisions that he knew touched a raw nerve with Reid.
Another one-time ally, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) went after Obama’s ability to tackle climate through
Environmental Protection Agency regulations, a move that put environmental groups on the defensive during key
months of the debate. And Lugar, who voted for climate bills in 2003 and 2005 that had caps in them, said he
couldn’t support the concept anymore.
“My dilemma was that the whole process they were headed toward, the cap and trade and carbon pricing thing, I
appreciate it’s become an article of faith for many, that nothing short of that really is effective or worth paying
attention to,” Lugar told POLITICO on Wednesday. “I’m just taking a very different point of view, that we don’t’
start or end with that, but that we don’t have it at all.”
Several other swing vote Democrats never came close to playing ball. Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill avoided
climate bill advocates and journalists who cover the issue. And when she was cornered, she warned of the
political consequences to moderates — and the Democratic majority -- if they were pressed to vote for a carbon
cap. West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller argued the legislation had little resonance on Capitol Hill or back home.
“Most of the members of Congress don’t know how to explain it, much less the American people,” he said.
Several other Democrats, including Arkansas’ Blanche Lincoln and North Dakota’s Byron Dorgan, pleaded with
Reid to instead focus on energy legislation.
“They very much don’t want to put their necks on the chopping block for something they don’t think is going
anywhere anyway,” said Frank O’Donnell, director of the advocacy group Clean Air Watch.
Perhaps the biggest blow came this April when Graham bolted from nine months of closed-door climate
negotiations with Lieberman and Sen. John Kerry. It was a dramatic weekend less about climate change than
immigration politics, full of late-night phone calls and Lieberman opting to break Sabbath to host a meeting at his
Georgetown home.
Graham had been an effective spokesman for the climate bill, blasting moves to pass a “half-assed” package of
energy measures. But his departure left Kerry and Lieberman searching desperately for new GOP friends.
"Republicans pulled out of the talks, and it's just that simple,” said Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), who played a
pivotal role in getting the House bill across the finish line. “There's not another answer."
Advocates also hung on for too long to the idea of an economy-wide proposal that combined emission caps from
power plant, the manufacturing sector and transportation fuels. Kerry and Lieberman didn’t signal they were OK
with a scaled-back approach until the summer, long after the different sides of the debate had hardened their
“They went to the compromise too late to get it all sorted out,” said Pooley. “I’m not saying it would have been
easy to make it happen, but it might have been possible.”
Where climate legislation goes from here is a wide-open question.
Leading Senate authors say they aren’t done with negotiations this year, and advocates say they will keep
beating the drum through the summer.
“Ultimately—and sooner rather than later—these issues simply must be dealt with,” said former Vice President Al
Gore. “Our national security, our economic recovery and the future of the United States of America—and indeed

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the future of human civilization on this Earth—depends on our country taking leadership. And that, in turn,
depends on the United States Senate acting.”
But the inconvenient truth is that election-year politics are likely to keep the Senate from coming anywhere close
to debating a carbon cap in 2010.
“I think it’ll be very difficult to do anything in the fall because partisan fervor will only grow and make it very, very
difficult,” Jim Rogers, the CEO of Duke Energy Corp., perhaps the most outspoken of the electric utility
executives when it comes to advocacy for climate legislation.
For Obama, the goal is to tackle climate through a suite of Environmental Protection Agency regulations, starting
early next year with power plants. More than a dozen states have also started their own mandatory programs,
though those are under assault in the wake of economic recession and political transitions, including in the
California governor’s office.
On Capitol Hill, prospects for climate legislation beyond 2010 rest to some degree on Democrats holding onto
their majorities. GOP lawmakers who are poised to assume leadership positions if they win the House or Senate
this November include well-known skeptics on climate science, most notably Joe Barton on the House Energy
and Commerce Committee and Jim Inhofe in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
Waxman said Thursday he was disappointed in Reid’s decision. "If they can't do it, they can't do it,” he said. “But
that's a real shame."
Still, the California Democrat also said he would “refuse to accept" that there's no chance of a climate bill getting
across the finish line.
Coral Davenport, Jonathan Allen and Glenn Thrush contributed to this story.

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Mo. Sen. McCaskill says new federal law on
improper payments could save billions of
By Associated Press

4:02 AM CDT, July 23, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says a new law that she co-sponsored could
help recover billions of dollars of improper federal payments.
President Barack Obama signed legislation Thursday that requires more audits of federal programs in an effort
to identify money wrongly paid to people, contractors and organizations.
McCaskill was one of six Senate sponsors of the legislation.
It's estimated that federal agencies made around $100 billion of improper payments last year. Those payments
range from outright fraud to checks issued to the wrong person or for the wrong amount because of a typo.

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Mo. closes 2 more beaches for high
Associated Press | Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 8:41 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri parks officials are closing two more state beaches because of high E. coli
The beaches are located at Finger Lakes State Park near Columbia and the Lake Lincoln Beach on the Cuivre
River near Troy.
The Department of Natural Resources reported Thursday that water samples found high levels of E. coli at the
Those two beaches, and three others that were closed Wednesday, will remain off limits until the bacteria levels
E. coli is found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. Most strains of E. coli are harmless, but some can
cause illness.
The Department of Natural Resources has an online map showing the status of state beaches.

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Public Defenders office in Springfield closed to new clients
by Brent Martin on July 22, 2010
An admittedly drastic step has been taken by the State Public Defender’s office: closing its Springfield office to
new cases.
Public Defender Deputy Director Cat Kelly says Greene County courts have been taking a number to steps to
reduce the workload on the Public Defender office in Springfield to avoid closing the doors.
“There aren’t any other options,” Kelly tells the Missourinet.
Efforts to lessen the workload on the 20 public defenders in Springfield had some effect, but couldn’t keep the
number of cases from reaching the maximum.
“When all other options fail, the only remaining option is to close the doors,” according to Kelly.
Kelly says public defenders simply cannot take on more clients than they can effectively represent.
“Otherwise, they are putting their licenses to practice law on the line. They’re opening themselves to
malpractice,” Kelly says. “They are risking providing ineffective representation to clients which would result in
those cases having to be overturned.”
A State Supreme Court ruling rejected a proposal by the Public Defender system to turn down clients facing
lesser charges to concentrate on suspects charged with major felonies. It ruled it could only manage the
caseload of its lawyers by rejecting all cases once their workload reaches a maximum.
The Springfield office serves Greene, Christian and Taney Counties. The office expects to again take on new
clients the first of August. It will revert to the pattern of closing its doors once the maximum is reached again,
opening when the workload is reduced. This is the first time a Public Defender office has closed, because it
reached a caseload maximum.

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EDITORIALS … & Letters to the Editor
In our view: System still works
— Republicans and Democrats on the same stage answering questions without taking cheap shots.
An auditorium filled with party workers, candidate supporters, family and interested voters. And not a single
outburst. At least none loud enough to carry to the front of the room.
Public discourse that had people talking to each other long after the forum was over.
It was the stuff we had hoped for in the weeks it’s taken to make plans for Candidate Connection. The event on
Tuesday showcased 10 candidates vying for nomination in the party primary. We have lots of thank-you notes to
write to those who helped make the forum possible.
But, today we celebrate the fact that here in Joplin, Mo., we can still come together for a political forum on a hot
summer night, yet walk away with cool heads.
It is still possible in our current political climate to listen to thoughts and answers that may be different from our
own, to learn something new and to disagree, with at least some style.
Kudos to the candidates. Each one of them seized our extended opportunity to campaign here in Joplin. In doing
so, they provided our community with an up-close-and-personal look at those seeking to represent the district in
Washington, D.C.
Our appreciation to those who came to listen. It was heartening to see so many people who cared about the
issues. And, if you stayed home and watched the live broadcast on your television, we thank you, too.
Our system can still work.
Of course, the best way of proving that is to take what was learned Tuesday night and then to apply it Aug. 3 at
the voting booth.
Then, we all can declare a victory.

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OUR OPINION: Spinning our way into
solvency, tax savings
By The News Tribune
Published: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 4:55 AM CDT

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's office has invested in spin.
Spin is the term used when information is presented from a singular perspective to advance the position of a
politician, candidate, lobbyist, etc.
A news release issued by the governor's office Monday was headlined: "Gov. Nixon signs bill to ensure solvency
of pension system for state employees."
The release said the bill is "aimed at modernizing and ensuring the solvency of the pension system for Missouri
state employees" and "is projected to save Missouri taxpayers an estimated $662 million over the next 10 years."
Who could quarrel with legislation to ensure solvency for state workers while saving millions for taxpayers?
Conspicuously absent from the news release is any reference to how or why.
How will pension system solvency be ensured? By requiring new state employees to contribute 4 percent of their
earnings to plans previously funded entirely by the state. In addition, vesting and retirement provisions will
require greater service and/or age.
And why is the pension system being altered? To offset the costs of tax incentives for auto manufacturers,
specifically to lure Ford to retain and upgrade its Claycomo assembly plant, which employs about 3,700 workers.
The public and elected representatives knew all this during the regular session, when lawmakers failed to act,
and during the recent special session, when legislative leaders sidelined opponents to ramrod the measures to
But the words "Ford" or "employee contribution" never appear in the governor's news release, which does
include the phrases "common-sense reform" and "bipartisan leadership."
Such spin would make us all positively giddy, if we didn't know better.

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Child care another casualty of cutting

Missouri cut $230,128 in child care program funding at the University of Central Missouri, meaning layoffs are
likely and child care services will diminish across the region.
This is an all-too-familiar situation as Gov. Jay Nixon and lawmakers deal with state revenue that has fallen from
$7.45 billion in 2009 to $6.77 billion in 2010, a $680 million loss.
At UCM, the Workshop on Wheels child care program faces losses in four areas:
• "Inclusion services" that teach teachers how to work with special needs children;
• Giving technical aid in the accreditation process for teachers at preschools and child care centers;
• Staff development; and
• The referral program that gives parents information about quality child care providers.
The program will continue to exist, but just as a fabled character had to spin straw into gold, real people likewise
are left to do more with less.

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Funding limits off table?
Friday, July 23, 2010 at 12:01 a.m.

In only five states, other than Missouri, are citizens allowed to give unlimited contributions to political campaigns.
That nugget from the News-Press last week does not by itself mean the state’s legislators who support the
status quo are wrong about the merits of campaign funding limits. It does suggest, however, they must do more
to explain their position and to place it more in the mainstream of public opinion.
The Republican leadership in Missouri has argued limits actually distort campaign funding by compelling
contributors to try to circumvent the system and hide the true value of their donations. They contend
transparency is best served by simply holding everyone accountable for disclosing all gifts. Some Democrats
have gone along with that reasoning.
The problem is many people on both sides of the aisle are not buying that argument. A sizable number look at
money as a corrupting influence in politics. The Democrats, in particular, press this view.
It falls to the GOP to demonstrate its position is supported by facts and convincing examples of limits hurting the
process. Absent that, expect the Democrats to eventually turn the tide on this point.
Funding limits aside, the Missouri General Assembly found several areas of agreement in the recent update of
the state’s ethics law. As signed by Gov. Jay Nixon, the law now empowers the Missouri Ethics Commission to
launch its own investigations. It also requires that lawmakers and legislative candidates report, within 48 hours,
any donation of more than $500 received while the legislature is in session.
The law also creates new crimes for lobbyists who file incorrect reports, people who obstruct investigations and
elected officials who offer jobs to lawmakers in exchange for votes.
Democrats label the new ethics rules as a disappointment because no finance limits were imposed. But for now,
lawmakers of both parties should recognize they did make some headway.

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MONDAY, JULY 19 -- Kansas City — A section of a highway interchange could be closed for several weeks
while the state Department of Transportation tries to figure out why the area gave way over the weekend. The
section of interchange that links westbound Interstate 470 to westbound Interstate 435 in the Grandview area
was closed after a portion gave way, creating a hole.
TUESDAY, JULY 20 -- Jefferson City — Dozens of hunters could face criminal charges stemming from a sting
involving an undercover taxidermy shop. The Department of Conservation said it discovered 425 wildlife
violations committed by 68 people who brought animals into "Craig's Taxidermy" in Birch Tree. The agency said
it set up the undercover business after receiving complaints about illegal hunting in that region.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 21 -- Columbia — Stone Hill Winery has been named the state's top winemaker for the
second year in a row. The Hermann-based winery won top honors in seven of the 12 categories at a recent
statewide competition. That includes the 2010 Missouri Governor's Cup for its 2009 Vignoles, a sweet white
FRIDAY, JULY 23 -- Jefferson City — A veteran St. Louis police officer has been nominated by President
Obama to serve as U.S. marshal for eastern Missouri. The White House announced the nomination of Detective
William Sibert. The appointment requires confirmation by the Senate. On the force since 1987, Sibert serves in
the warrant-fugitive division.

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