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Several new state laws go into effect
Records in most existing divorce cases closed.
The Associated Press

Jefferson City -- Most laws passed during the state's 2009 legislative session go into effect today, including laws
that will close records in pending divorce cases, toughen funeral industry regulations and require anyone 17 and
older to submit a DNA sample when arrested on suspicion of a violent crime, burglary or a sex offense.
One new law that received no public attention during the legislative session will close most records in divorce
and other domestic cases filed before today. The law is intended to shield people's Social Security numbers from
disclosure. Records in domestic cases filed today or later will be open to the public but no longer include full
Social Security numbers on the paperwork.
St. Louis Circuit Clerk Marriano Favazza said clerks could face additional work because of the new law, but not
as much as if they were required to redact Social Security numbers from existing domestic case files.
"I don't object to the concept at all of trying to keep people's identity safer by restricting (access) to those people
who really have a need to know what my Social Security number is," Favazza said. "It makes sense, but it is
going to be burdensome."
Police also will have more work to do when booking people into jail. A DNA sample will be added to the standard
photos and fingerprints for many felony arrests as a way to help catch culprits in unsolved crimes. If charges are
dropped or never filed -- or the person is acquitted at trial -- the state crime lab will have to discard the person's
DNA sample and profile within 30 days.
Sex offenders will face several other new restrictions. They cannot be within 500 feet of a park that has
playground equipment or a swimming pool, or of a child care facility when children are present. They also can't
coach or be a trainer of a sports team that has a member who is younger than 17.
Another new law will require regular and random state audits of prepaid funeral sellers and increase the amount
of money they must keep in trust to pay for funerals. It's a reaction to last year's financial collapse of St. Louis -
based National Prearranged Services Inc.
Earlier this month, an executive of the defunct company was indicted on federal fraud charges in an alleged
scheme to loot hundreds of millions of dollars from customers' prepaid funeral accounts. A separate civil lawsuit
alleges racketeering, fraud and fiduciary negligence by 45 defendants connected to National Prearranged

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Law shuts files in old divorce cases
By Virginia Young

JEFFERSON CITY — In a move that took public records advocates by surprise, a state law that goes into effect
today closes most documents in divorces currently on file in Missouri courts.
Future divorce cases will be public. But court clerks will be required to shield information in those files on the
parties' Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and bank accounts.
Legislators said the changes were needed to reduce identity theft. The provisions were part of a thick judiciary
bill that cleared the House in the final hours of the legislative session in May.
Rep. Bryan Stevenson, who shepherded the bill, said that under federal law, child-support orders must include
the full Social Security numbers of parents and any minor children. Those documents made inviting targets for
identity thieves, he said.
Clerks will be required to black out all but the last four digits of the numbers in future cases. But Stevenson, R-
Webb City, said it would have been "physically impossible for them to go through every file over the last 100
years," so those files were closed.
Catherine Zacharias, legal counsel to the state court administrator's office, called the bill "a reasonable
alternative" that protected Social Security numbers without imposing an onerous burden on clerks.
The Missouri Press Association, which was alerted to the change just this week, notified newspapers that they
should check key files Thursday before they were sealed. Jean Maneke, a lawyer for the association, said she
understood the need to protect Social Security numbers but was disappointed that files were closed.
"The public needs to have access to court information to understand the court process, which is very confusing
to the average citizen, and also because it allows them to understand that people are being treated fairly,"
Maneke said.
Stevenson said divorce dockets will still be available on the database known as Casenet. Also, temporary orders
and final judgments will remain public, so long as Social Security numbers are blacked out.
Stevenson predicted that reporters could gain access to public officials' full divorce files or other newsworthy
cases by filing a motion, which the judge could grant "for good cause shown."
St. Louis Circuit Clerk Mariano Favazza said a request from the public to see a final judgment will be delayed
one day so a supervisor can review the file before it's handed out.
Other new laws taking effect today include a ban on texting while driving that only applies to people age 21 and
younger. The fine will be $200.
Another new law requires anyone 17 and older to submit a DNA sample when arrested on suspicion of a violent
crime, burglary or a sex offense. If charges are dropped or never filed — or the person is acquitted at trial — the
state crime lab will have to discard the person's DNA sample and profile within 30 days.
Another new law will require regular audits of prepaid funeral sellers and increase the amount of money they
must keep in trust to pay for funerals. It's a reaction to last year's collapse of St. Louis-based National
Prearranged Services Inc.
The Associated Press and Heather Ratlcliffe of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.

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New texting-while-driving law goes into
August 28, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
JEFFERSON CITY — A law banning texting for Missouri drivers age 21 and under took effect *Friday as some
law enforcement and state government officials questioned the enforceability of the restriction.
The law, passed by the Missouri legislature earlier this year as part of an omnibus crime bill, will enable law
enforcement officials to stop young drivers suspected of texting at the wheel.
Rep. Scott Lipke, R-Jackson, is the sponsor of the House bill that included the provision to ban texting by young
drivers, but he said he is worried the new law will be difficult to enforce.
"If you're a law enforcement officer sitting on the side of the road and you see somebody come by and they've
got their hands on their phone, how does that officer know whether or not you're dialing a phone number or
texting?" Lipke said.
Being able to spot texting from afar is not the only challenge facing law enforcement officials. Patrol officers will
also need to identify drivers who may be texting as 21 or under.
Lt. John Hotz of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said the decision to pull over a driver for texting will be one
based largely on appearances.
"If we see someone who appears to be texting on their device and they appear to be under the age of 21, then
they can be stopped," Hotz said.
The MU Police Department doesn't have any specific plans to enforce the law, but Capt. Scott Richardson said
those who violate the law will be charged.
"We're not going out to find people," Richardson said. He said he hopes this law will bring attention to the safety
hazard of texting while driving.
The Columbia Police Department did not return calls seeking comment.
As the law is written, texting while driving will be classified as a primary offense, meaning drivers can be stopped
by law enforcement officers under suspicion of texting alone. But Hotz said only those motorists driving
dangerously would likely be pulled over and that safer drivers, even those engaged in text messaging, may be
overlooked by law enforcement.
Under the new law, a ticket will cost up to $200 for those drivers who are caught texting. Hotz believes making
texting illegal for drivers will prevent accidents, but Maj. Tom Reddin of the Boone County Sheriff's Department
remains unconvinced the law will be an effective deterrent.
"Honestly, I think this law is going to get violated right and left," said Reddin.
The new law will apply only to those drivers between 16 and 21. In 2007, that age group experienced more
crashes than any other, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.
Reddin and Lipke suggest expanding the illegality of texting to include drivers of all ages, not just those within
the highest-risk age group.
"Anyone that texts and drives is putting themselves and others at risk," Lipke said.
Originally, a universal ban on texting while driving was proposed by state Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Jefferson
County, who could not be reached for comment. Lipke expects such a provision could be proposed once the
next legislative session begins and the new law has been in place for a few months.
— Missourian reporter Haleigh Castino contributed to this article

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Fourth and long: Replacing Smith could
prove tricky
By Jake Wagman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Fourth District contenders: Nasheed, Keaveny and El-Amin
ST. LOUIS — Former State Sen. Jeff Smith has left a political mess in his wake.
In addition to the fallout his resignation and criminal conviction will generate for the Missouri Democratic Party —
covered in today’s ink edition by Tony Messenger — there is the more immediate task of combing through the
wreckage for a replacement.
The new state senator from Missouri’s Fourth District will, for the most part, not be chosen by the people. While
Gov. Jay Nixon has set a special election for Nov. 3, each party’s nominee for that race will be chosen by ward
leaders, not the usual primary contest.
A Republican victory in the staunchly Democratic district would be difficult to imagine, to say the least.
The Fourth District spans about half of the city, covering diverse territory from the Central West End to the Ville
to Carondelet. Ward leaders in each of those areas will have a say in who replaces Smith.
In other words, it looks to be a case of classic St. Louis political horse trading. In order to build a consensus,
deals will have to be brokered, and egos will have to be appeased.
For the moment, there are three leading candidates: State Rep. T.D. El-Amin, State Rep. Jamilah Nasheed,
and 28th Ward Committeeman Joe Keaveny.
Nasheed, while affable, is potentially polarizing. She’s proved a quick study in Jefferson City, but has also been
very critical of the city’s most prominent Democrat, Mayor Francis Slay.
If a Nasheed nomination looks unlikely, she may throw her support behind El-Amin, who has the potential to
bring with him the backing of school-choice advocates, including lucrative donors like retired financier Rex
Slay may support Keaveny, a risk manager at U.S. Bank who has limited political experience. Besides
committeeman, Keaveny ran an unsuccessful School Board campaign — also backed by the mayor — a few
years ago.
State Rep. Rachel Storch — who, with the departure of Smith, may be the Democrat’s new shiny young star —
has also been mentioned as a possibility. However, ward leaders would likely want someone who would seek to
run again in 2010, a possibility that could handcuff Storch’s future ambiitions.

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No Senator? No problem: “Vacant”
Capitol office open for business
By Jake Wagman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
ST. LOUIS — Convicted former State Sen. Jeff Smith might be out of politics, but that doesn’t mean the lights
are out at his former office.
The Missouri Senate announced today that Smith’s Capitol office would continue to function sans captain until a
replacement is chosen Nov. 3. According to a release from the Senate Communications division, Smith’s
erstwhile “remains staffed to provide constituent assistance.”
The office can be reached by calling 573-751-3599 or e-mailing
No word if the constituents of the 73rd House District — vacated this week by Smith co-defendant Steve Brown
— will also have a functioning office available.

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State scraps rules for faith-based day
By Nancy Cambr ia

Missouri's rules governing safety in church-based day cares have long been criticized as too lenient by many in
the child-care field.
Those regulations were weakened further Thursday, after the state Board of Health voted to delete hundreds of
lines of rules for 590 registered faith-based centers in the state, saying they are not legally enforceable.
The deleted rules covered everything from education levels for caregivers to toilet training and nutrition
standards. At one point, the board reluctantly deleted a provision restricting drug and alcohol abuse. Another did
away with restricting animals in food preparation areas.
"I feel there's something inherently wrong with deleting the line that caregivers and other personnel shall not be
under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs on the premises," said board member Joseph Forand of St. Louis
before voting to strike it. "I understand your legal point. But, ouch."
State regulators said they had no choice.
During the teleconference meeting, administrators and a lawyer with the Department of Health and Senior
Services told the state health board that erasing the 14-year-old rules was necessary because the department
lacks the statutory authority to enforce them.
Faith-based centers, which are classified by the state as "license-exempt," are currently required to register with
the state but are not legally subject to mandatory licensing, inspection by state regulators or the more stringent
rules covering 4,324 licensed facilities in Missouri. Nonetheless, Missouri has had rules — not laws —on the
books for years attempting to provide at least basic standards for faith-based child-care centers. Thursday's
votes eliminated those rules.
The department needed to clean up the books before pressing legislators to pass laws next session that would
give the state the authority to better regulate faith-based child-care settings, said Kathy Quick, section
administrator for Child Care Regulation, a division of the Department of Health and Senior Services.
Quick told the board that it had already drafted legislation to be sent to Jefferson City this next session to create
that authority. After the meeting, Quick said the bills, still under review by the governor's office, did not yet have
sponsors. The move was met with immediate condemnation from several licensed child-care providers.
Karen Werner, executive director of the Missouri Association of Child Care Providers, said she doesn't
understand why the state would erase the rules without first ensuring that legislators would replace them.
Werner said she is skeptical the Legislature would take such a step. In recent years, even influential Senate
President Pro-Tem Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph, has been unable to pass significant child-care legislation.
"They are using the health and safety of these children for the next six months to four years as a bargaining chip
to get statutory rules into effect," Werner said.
Kerry Messer, a conservative lobbyist and president of Missouri Family Network, called Thursday's move
"political gamesmanship" designed to ultimately rid the state's existing license exemption for faith-based child-
care centers.

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"I think the Legislature will see through this like plastic wrap," he said. "The Legislature is more conservative on
this than they ever have been."
Messer and others argue that even minimal government regulation has no place in faith-based facilities and
could unfairly drive the curriculum in religious schools and programs. He said most churches offer quality
schools and child-care programs with rules and standards equivalent or better than those required by regulators.
Board members who voted in favor of deleting the rules did so with reservations. Some said taking the rules off
of paper, even if they were moot, would do away with a needed standard. Others shared Werner's concerns.
"We're all so very aware of how slow our Legislature can respond," said Anne Peterson of Jefferson City.
Nathalie Tungesvik of Jefferson City cast the only opposing votes.
"I'm just worried about leaving it with no rules for a period of time," she said after the vote. "There might be a
different way to go about it."
The state is currently reviewing and updating regulations for all of the state's child-care facilities, including
licensed centers, in-home facilities and license-exempt centers. Last year, the state held statewide meetings to
gain public input and developed a full draft of revisions that are now under review by the state. But the
department held no such meetings for the faith-based centers before the vote Thursday.
Carol Scott, executive director of the Missouri Child Care Resource and Referral Network, said the move
Thursday was "a risk" and that she hopes it fosters stronger legislation to protect children in the long run. Her
group has argued that faith-based centers should be subject to the same licensing and inspection standards as
any other child-care center.
"We cannot afford in this state to reduce the protections of the health and safety of these children," she said.
According to the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, Missouri ranks in the bottom
tenth of states nationally for child care oversight and regulation because of its weak rules and loopholes.
Scott said the Board of Health's move will likely cause that ranking to sink further because it loosens the
standards for a large swath of child care in the state.

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State could repeal child care rules
License-exempt facilities can't be regulated by state.
David A. Lieb   The Associated Press

Jefferson City -- A Missouri board reluctantly voted Thursday to rescind health and safety rules for hundreds of
child care centers run by religious organizations because state law prohibits state regulation of such facilities.
Regulations that prohibit caregivers from being drunk or on drugs or posing a threat to children are among those
that could be rescinded after the change is published in the Missouri Register and opened to a public comment
The State Board of Health's vote to repeal the rules that have been in effect since July 30, 1995, c ame after
health department officials said they determined the rules ran contrary to state law. But that didn't make it any
"There's something inherently wrong with deleting caregivers and other personnel" from prohibitions against
being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, said Joseph Forand, a physician and board member from St.
Louis. "I understand your legal point ... but ouch!"
Missouri has 4,324 child care facilities and nurseries, according to the Department of Health and Senior
Services. The regulation repeal would apply to 590 license-exempt facilities, 90 percent of which are run by
religious organizations.
A 1993 Missouri law prohibits the state from interfering with programming and instruction or hiring, supervision
and terms for employees of religious-based child care facilities.
Health department staff attorneys determined earlier this year that the law ran contrary to the department's
existing regulations while they researched legislation to strengthen Missouri's child care laws, said Kathy Quick,
the department's administrator for child care regulations.
"This is not a decision we reached easily, but to move forward we had to correct this," Quick said.
Other regulations that would be repealed include requiring caregivers to remain in the room with children even
while the youngsters are napping or using the bathroom and capping the number of infants and toddlers in a
single room at 24.
Health department officials said they hope to persuade legislators next year to toughen child care laws, which
would allow some of the regulations targeted for repeal to eventually be reinstated.
"I'm just worried there might be three or four years in between when our children might be in danger," said
Nathalie Tungesvik, a health board member and Jefferson City dentist.
Karen Werner, executive director of the Missouri Association of Child Care Providers, said the department
should have left the regulations on the book while it lobbied to make the state law match.
"The department is putting millions of children at risk and using them as a bargaining chip for legislators, and by
doing so I think it's appalling," said Werner, who runs several child care centers in Jefferson City.

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Ag interests challenge EPA on global
biofuels damage
By Bill Lambrecht
Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — Midwest farmers argue that the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t know beans
about farming.
That’s essentially what the St. Louis-based American Soybean Association contends in an offensive opened
this week aimed at persuading the EPA to back off proposed new rules that could hamstring production of soy-
made biodiesel as part of the nation’s drive to curb climate change.
The St. Louis trade group issued a “national call-to-action for grassroots activism” asking farmers and their allies
to weigh in before an EPA public comment period expires next month.
The issue is complex: The EPA has proposed new rules that factor in damage that American biofuels production
inflicts in faraway lands like Brazil and Malaysia, where carbon-filled forests are going up in smoke.
The ―indirect land use‖ provisions are part of new rules to develop next-generation biofuels, including ethanol
made from something other than corn
The EPA is relying on studies showing that cultivation of new croplands to fill gaps in the commodities market
when people farm for fuel rather than food has destructive effects around the world.
The issue is more than academic: The Renewable Fuel Standard requires that alternative fuels like ethanol and
biodiesel reduce pollution of heat-trapping gasses over the long-term in order to qualify for guaranteed m arkets
granted by Congress.
Corn-growers breathed easier when the EPA granted corn-made ethanol exemptions from the new rules over
the next several years. But the soybean growers and the Jefferson City-based National Biodiesel Board
weren’t so fortunate.
“The government is supposed to be promoting the use of renewable fuels, not making it more difficult for
renewable fuels to get a start,” soybean industry spokesman Bob Callanan told us when we phoned him.
In their new grassroots campaign, the ag interests want the EPA to rewrite the proposed rules — and
give biodiesel a break.

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Boeing and Bond share the spotlight at 70th
anniversary ceremony
By Jo Mannies, Beacon Political Reporter
Posted 6:45 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 27: Boeing's C-17 cargo plane and its F-15 and F/A-18 fighter planes shared
some of the spotlight Thursday with U.S. Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond during the aircraft company's celebration
of the 70th anniversary of its manufacturing in St. Louis.
(The bulk of those years were spent as McDonnell-Douglas, until its merger with Boeing in 1997.)
 Bond joined fellow Sen. Claire McCaskill, U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, and Boeing president Jim Albaugh on
stage before several hundred Boeing employees and other regional officials in a hangar set up to highlight the
St. Louis site's defense production of numerous aircraft and weapons.
All three area members of Congress lauded the workers and their products, and pledged to do what they could
to persuade the U.S. military to continue purchasing the C-17 and the fighter planes.
Bond led the praise by declaring that the aircrafts' records for quality and service were unmatched. Large video
screens noted Boeing's production of 1,600 F-15 Eagles, 400th F/A-18 Super Hornets, 200 C-17s and 221 T-45
 But McCaskill, D-Mo., shifted the focus from planes to people when she began her remarks by calling for the
crowd to recognize the state's senior Republican in Congress as Boeing's longstanding chief defender on Capitol
"He has been a tremendous champion for this company,'' McCaskill said, as Bond sat behind her in stunned
silence. She noted that Bond wasn't seeking re-election in 2010, and added, "this company and this country and
will miss his presence."
 McCaskill then sought to bolster her own standing with the company and its employees (and dispel any lingering
concerns), by noting that she sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee. "You have had the back of the
American military for years and years and years,'' she said.
Now, McCaskill continued, "I will have your back."
Soon after, St. Louis Labor Council president Bob Soutiere praised all three area members of Congress, but
like McCaskill, singled out Bond for special mention.

"Senator, thank you so much for what you've done for Boeing,'' the labor leader said.
Afterwards, Boeing executives offered their accolades. "He's a legend. He's going to be missed,'' said George
Roman, Boeing's vice president of government operations.
Added John Van Gels, Boeing's vice president of operations: "There's only one of him."
Bond seemed a bit taken aback by all the kind words. "I was very gratified,'' he said. "Most grateful and humbled
by it."
Aside from tons of footage of Boeing aircraft roaring through the air, videos shown at Thursday's celebration also
touched on history -- offering vintage images of the early years of McDonnell Douglas, and vivid color accounts
of three presidential visits: John F. Kennedy in the early 1960s, George H. W. Bush in 1992 and George W.
Bush in 2003.

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Democrats postpone reform meeting
 The Democratic Party panel examining ways to reform the presidential nominating process has cancelled its
planned Saturday meeting in St. Louis.
 That's the day of services for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.
  The group -- co-chaired by Sen. Claire McCaskill -- is trying to untangle the party's
primary/caucus/superdelegate/delegate mess.
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Feds look into Missouri's use of stimulus
By Elisa Crouch

The Federal Highway Administration has opened an inquiry into whether the Missouri Department of
Transportation is doing enough to involve minority-owned businesses in projects that use federal stimulus
The Missouri State Conference NAACP contacted Vice President Joe Biden and requested an investigation,
according to Mary Ratliff, the group's president.
"It is important that the African-American community is involved in the monies that come into our cities," she said
Thursday. "We're a part of society, the economic growth of our communities."
The NAACP accuses MoDOT of not following federal guidelines that require the recipients of stimulus funds to
"make vigorous efforts" to maximize the involvement of minority and women-owned businesses. So far, the
department has contracted $297.8 million of the $525 million in stimulus funds it received for transportation
Of the contracts awarded, 1 percent have gone to minority contractors, and 8 percent to businesses owned by
women, according to the NAACP. Of the subcontracts MoDOT has approved, 16 out of 183 have gone to
minority-owned businesses.
"That was a red flag to us that something was wrong," Ratliff said.
Lester Woods, external civil rights administrator for MoDOT, said the percentages reported by the NAACP are
probably "an accurate reflection of the tracking up to that point."
He said the department welcomes the scrutiny of the federal inquiry and will be cooperating. He added that
MoDOT has been posting information about contracting and subcontracting opportunities on its website so that
any business owner can learn about them. He also said that most of the stimulus projects contracted so far have
been in rural areas, where there are fewer minority contractors.
"MoDOT is doing what it can to expend the stimulus funds and have diversity within our work force," Woods said.
Last week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood praised the department for its quick spending of stimulus
funds and getting projects under way. Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay visited the Highway 40
(Interstate 64) construction site and complimented the department for exceeding its minority contracting and
work force goals on the project.
When it comes to stimulus work, however, Ratliff says the department could do better.
"Nobody has reached out to any of us," she said.

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Local stimulus projects lagging
By Elisa Crouch

In the past seven months, dozens of road and bridge projects across Missouri have put construction crews back
to work — from repaving Interstate 70 west of Columbia to repairing pavement on Interstate 55 in southern
Missouri — all using federal stimulus funds.
But in the St. Louis area, barely any of the work has started.
Two projects overseen by the Missouri Department of Transportation have begun: the resurfacing of Memorial
Drive in downtown St. Louis and of Interstate 44 in west St. Louis County. Meanwhile, ground has yet to be
broken on a single project overseen by a city or county on the Missouri side of the eight-county region.
The same is true in Kansas City and other urban areas across the state, where local officials are struggling to
keep up with federal forms and the rigorous requirements that come with getting money from Uncle Sam. As
soon as local officials submit one form, it seems like another appears, they say, adding delays to hiring
contractors and getting work started.
"Because it's taken so long, the benefit of the stimulus is being pushed further and further away," said Harold
Selby, a city administrator in Pacific, where stimulus funds will pay for sidewalks along Osage Street, the main
commercial strip. The project has inundated him with paperwork.
"The guy we really need to get out there is the guy who runs the bulldozer. … It's given me a lot of work, but I
already had a job." Construction on the sidewalks is scheduled to start early next year.
In Illinois, where the state ranks third in spending of stimulus funds, cities and counties are also lagging in getting
their projects off the ground, potentially shortchanging the purpose of the stimulus work.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was intended to give the economy a boost by injecting billions of
dollars into the nation's infrastructure. To qualify for funding, projects needed to be "shovel ready."
In February, Missouri officials wanted to show the country that their projects were ready to go by becoming the
first state to start work. Moments after President Barack Obama signed the stimulus bill, work began on
rehabbing a 1,000-foot-long bridge in Tuscumbia, about 30 miles south of Jefferson City.
Since then, MoDOT has contracted more than half of its $525 million in stimulus funds. It has finished 26
stimulus projects and has an additional 37 under way, according to the most recent reports on its website. Illinois
has 200 projects under construction, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Cities and counties
in Illinois are moving faster than in Missouri, with 10 local projects under way, but they aren't moving as quickly
as the state.
"The locals needed more planning and design time to get their projects ready to go, but we are happy to see the
projects get up and running, ultimately creating jobs and contributing to reviving our state's economy," said Paris
Ervin, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Transportation.
In a recent visit to St. Louis, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood complimented Missouri officials for getting
stimulus money out the door — and quickly. At this point, no state is in danger of losing stimulus funds due to
delays, his staff said.
Fortunately for cities and counties, their projects have later deadlines.
"Every state is doing it by the book," LaHood said. "There are no earmarks, no boondoggles, no sweetheart
deals. It's all being done correctly. All over America what you see are orange cones and people working."

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But the slow progress of cities and counties does leave some worried.
"We do have some concerns, there's no doubt," said Ed Hassinger, district engineer for the Missouri Department
of Transportation, who meets every two weeks with local officials about their stimulus projects .
Statewide, just one local project has been given the green light to move into the construction phase — a
$109,000 sidewalk project along Highway Z in Greene County.
By March, local projects must have authorization from the state to award construction contracts.
"We are watching those real close," Hassinger said. "That's our concern; we need to make sure we start getting
those obligated."
The Washington Special Road District in Franklin County, which employs a director and a secretary, is struggling
to keep up with the paperwork. The district plans to use $192,368 in stimulus funds to put a smooth surface on
Bieker Road. Last week, there was another federal form to fill out and just days to get it done.
"We're having a devil of a time," said Bernie Westhoelter, road district commissioner. Commissioners hope to
hire a contractor later this fall. "It's really a simple thing, and it's amazing we can't get started," he added.
In February, the East-West Gateway Council of Governments approved dozens of transportation projects in the
eight-county region that would use $290.4 million in stimulus funds. Of that amount, $82.4 million is dedicated for
work sponsored by cities, counties and road districts. The work ranges from improving lighting along Manchester
Road in St. Louis to extending the Maryland Heights Expressway in west St. Louis County to improving traffic
signal timing on Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters and Cottleville. Similar projects are planned for Illinois.
Like state projects, the local work was to be "shovel ready" so that money would be injected into the economy
However, most of the stimulus funds for area transportation projects won't be injected into the local economy
until later this year or 2010.
"'Shovel ready' in highway terms is six months, not tomorrow," said Jim Wild of East-West Gateway Council of

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$7 million cut to Tourism seen as
crippling blow
Thursday, August 27, 2009, 10:00 PM

A $7 million cut in the state tourism budget is seen as a crippling blow to tourism efforts and counter-productive
to those in the industry.
Governor Nixon, faced with slumping state revenues, ordered belt tightening throughout the state. He ordered
$430 million to be withheld. The money will be released only if the economy turns around and state revenue
The Department of Economic Development chose to cut $7 million from the Division of Tourism. The cut to
Tourism and the Missouri Arts Council spared the department's economic development programs from deeper
The past president of the Missouri Travel Council, Gary Sands, says the move discloses a misunderstanding of
the impact of tourism.
"Tourism employs somewhere in the neighborhood 290,000 people in Missouri," Sands says. "Those aren't jobs
that pay $20 to $30 an hour, but they're good jobs, they're safe jobs and they're jobs that are not going to be
shipped overseas."
A spokesman for the Economic Development Department says the decision to cut $7 million from Tourism was
based, in part, because Tourism has a $4 ½ million budget balance. Sands counters that that's a false balance,
reflecting money allocated and spent in the last fiscal year. The bills just haven't come due yet.
"Make no mistake about it, it's a $7 million cut," Sands says. "They're just looking at numbers there that, for one
reason or another, they just don't understand how the advertising purchases are made."
The Missouri Travel Council calls the cut to Tourism inequitable. It contends the cut to Tourism represents nearly
64% of the $11.3 million in withholding requested of the Department of Economic Development. The cut will
cause Tourism to drastically reduce advertising as well as hurt efforts to promote the state to group tour
operators and other niche markets Missouri attractions rely on.
Sands says the cut to Tourism ultimately is counter-productive. He points to studies that indicate every dollar
spent on tourism returns nearly $50 in visitor expenditures. The Division of Tourism claims it generates $2.46 in
state tax revenue for every dollar spent. Tourism ranks second behind agriculture as the top industries in
Missouri. The Missouri Travel Council predicts the cut will have dire consequences both in the near and distant

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Tourism feels unfairly targeted by state
budget cuts

SPRINGFIELD -- Tourism officials say Gov. Jay Nixon's administration's $7 million cut to their budget is
disproportionate and shows a lack of respect for an industry that's key to the state's economy.
Because of the ongoing recession, last week, Nixon announced how he'd slice an additional $60 million from the
budget. Tourism is one of the largest targets on his list.
The head of the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau says the cut means people outside the state will see
fewer ads promoting Springfield, Branson and other Missouri cities.
"Obviously, we're going to have considerably less advertising. That will equate to less visitors to the state," said
Tracy Kimberlin, director of the Visitors Bureau.
Fewer tourists mean less of their money for businesses and, in turn, fewer sales taxes to prop up local
The cut that tourism received is much larger than cuts to other economic development programs. Of the $11
million that the Department of Economic Development was forced to cut, $7 million came from tourism. That's
64 percent of the department's total decrease.
"While it may have to forgo cuts like everyone else, I don't think disproportionate cuts to the tourism budget are
wise," said Senate Appropriations Chair Gary Nodler, R-Joplin. "In times of economic difficulty, it appears to be
an easy target," Nodler said.
"It's very disproportionate. It's gutting the Division of Tourism's ad budget and that will eventually come back to
haunt the state," said Kimberlin.
Nixon's office disputes tourism's numbers. Spokesman Jack Cardetti points to a $4.5 million balance that the
division had left over at the end of the last fiscal year on June 30. Cardetti said that money could be carried
"Because of the state's tight fiscal situation, our budget office has asked them to spend that balance this year.
The net result is that tourism will experience a $2.5 million cut, which is in line with the belt-tightening that is
happening throughout the state," Cardetti said.
"That's pretty creative accounting, in my book," said Kimberlin.
He said that $4.5 million balance was already spent last spring, and compared it to charging something on a
credit card and not yet getting the bill.
"It's not like that money was just sitting there waiting for a use. It was already spent," Kimberlin said.
A spokeswoman for the Division of Tourism concurred.
"We didn't end with that amount. That $4.5 million was already designated for purchases made. We just hadn't
received the billing," said tourism spokeswoman Sarah Luebbert.
"Four-point million dollars of bills not paid? C'mon," said Cardetti. "They're going to have $2.5 million less, which
is about 10 percent."
With hotel occupancy in Springfield down 5 percent this year to date, Kimberlin worries that a lack of support
from the state will make things even worse.
"I think a lot of people tend not to give tourism its due respect from the standpoint of economic development,"
said Kimberlin.

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Collective bargaining verdict could set
tone for state
Bargaining case likely to be appealed, regardless of result.
Gregory Trotter News-Leader

A decision on the collective bargaining lawsuit against the Springfield school district could have a ripple effect on
educators throughout Missouri.
"Everyone's watching and waiting to see what happens here," said Springfield Superintendent Norm Ridder.
In 2007, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that teachers could collectively bargain "through representatives of
their own choosing."
But the court left open the question about how districts should set policies on teachers selecting their labor
representative at the bargaining table. Lawmakers were asked to provide guidance, but little progress has been
made in the past two legislative sessions.
Fast-forward to Thursday's trial -- the Springfield National Education Association against the Springfield school
"They have had two bites at the apple -- they have done nothing," said district attorney Ransom Ellis III, referring
to state legislators in his closing argument.
In lieu of legislative guidance, districts have scrambled to implement their own policies.
The disputed policy HH -- the district's recently adopted policy that allows for multiple representation -- closely
mirrors a policy written by the Missouri School Board Association.
MSBA also authored another policy HH more to SNEA's liking, providing only one election for exclusive
School board president Gerry Lee, called to the stand by Ellis, bemoaned the lack of a legislative framework.
"Certainly, there was a concern that whatever we came up with could be totally different than a framework
decided by the legislative process and we would have to go back and redo it," Lee said.
Kent Brown, attorney for the Missouri State Teachers Association, said it's not for the legislature to define
collective bargaining.
"If there is a constitutional right in question, it would be unconstitutional for the General Assembly to step in and
try to clarify," said Brown. MSTA intervened in the case on the district's side.
Both Brown and SNEA President Ray Smith said the case would likely be appealed, no matter the outcome, and
could possibly end up in the Supreme Court. Ridder declined to say whether the district would appeal if it loses.
SNEA has yet to say if it will participate in the very election process it is fighting in court.
The union has until Sept. 14 to decide if it will join MSTA on the ballot for teacher representation or hold out for
the courts to define collective bargaining.
SNEA's decision hinges on the outcome of the trial, Smith said.

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Perryville's Naeger appointed by
governor to healthcare trustees board
SEMISSOURIAN Thursday, August 27 , 2009
Patrick A. Naeger, 44, of Perryville, Mo. was re-appointed to the Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan Board
of Trustees, according to a media release from the governor's office.
The board is responsible for of the administration and operation of the plan which covers medical expenses of
state employees, retirees, their families and survivors, the release said.
The board is also responsible for the financial viability of the trust and the eligibility requirements for the plan.
Naeger is the vice president of Healthcare Pharmacy in Perryville. He served as a state representative from
1995 to 2002 and a county commissioner for Perry County from 2005 to 2008. Naeger's term for the board of
trustees ends Dec. 31, 2013.

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Nixon appoints Halsey to university
board of curators
Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed former Jefferson City councilman Randy Halsey to fill an unexpired term with the
Lincoln University Board of Curators.
Now 76, Halsey is a retired assistant professor at Lincoln.
He has also served in a number of other government management positions.
Halsey replaces Gurnie Gunter of Kansas City, who passed away earlier this year.
The term will expire Jan. 1.

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Education head praises new approaches
in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan joined the president of the American Federation of
Teachers on Thursday for the first stop of an eight-city union tour focused on innovative education practices.
Randi Weingarten, head of the teachers' union that has 1.4 million members, visited schools in St. Louis to get
details about the district's approaches to alternative education, school-based community services and teacher
Duncan, who joined Weingarten for an afternoon news conference, acknowledged St. Louis public schools have
struggled for years. But he pointed to the programs aimed at turning around the public schools.
"Please stay the course," he said. "This city can do something very, very special here."
St. Louis has revamped several schools this year to serve as community hubs, which provide help with h ousing,
health care, tutoring and more. Duncan said more national attention is being paid to creating such schools,
which often are open for longer than the typical school day and which help students and others meet basic
needs that may stand in the way of learning.
Educators who are busy helping children fulfill their talents don't always stop to see what has been successful
elsewhere, Weingarten noted.
"This tour is about shining a light at the beginning of the school year, shining a light on good things going on in
schools and what we need to do," she said.
The St. Louis schools, like many other urban districts, have long faced academic struggles, declining enrollment
and financial problems, such as its more than $50 million deficit for fiscal year 2009-10.
The school district's leadership also has had its troubles. While several educators have praised the efforts of
schools' superintendent Kelvin Adams since he was hired last year, he is the district's eighth superintendent
since 2003. The failing district needed state intervention in 2007, and a special three-member school board was
appointed. An elected school board remains vocal, but isn't able to make decisions for the district.
Weingarten said she believes the district is beginning "a renaissance."
This year, the district launched 13 "full-service" community schools. The idea is that students, their families and
the public can get support inside a school building on issues like child rearing, employment and housing.
In some cases, medical and mental health services are being provided by outside agencies and universities and
businesses are helping with tutoring and job training.
The American Federation of Teachers Local 420 also asked the district to support a new program where some
experienced teachers are freed up from classroom responsibilities to mentor teachers just starting out. The
district has agreed to a three-year commitment, where each experienced teacher helps out about eight new
Local 420 President Mary Armstrong said the new program is based on a long-running Toledo, Ohio, mentoring
program. It's just one way good programs are being shared between cities, and she said the belief is it should
help the district retain its talented, new teachers.
The union said the tour gives cities a chance to share ideas. The union is trying to "stop the blame game" and
encourage cities, schools and their communities to share responsibilities for education, Weingarten said.
Other cities on the tour are Houston, Baltimore, Portland, Ore., San Francisco, the Buffalo, N.Y. suburb of
Kenmore, Boston and Philadelphia.
The AFT has 1.4 million members, fewer than the National Education Association, which has 3.2 million

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Drivers not getting the slow-down
Michael Calhoun Reporting

ST. LOUIS (KMOX News) -- With radar guns locked-and-loaded, a dozen state troopers and five county cops
set up shop along I-44 at Lewis Road on Thursday.
They caught about 150 drivers speeding through the notorious work-zone.
"We had the same operation there last month, and we wrote 142 tickets," Sergreant Al Nothum told KMOX. "So,
it's real close."
Nothum, though, notes that it's easy for one driver to make a difference. They just might have to put up with
some glares and, maybe, people trying to run them over.
"When people drive the speed limit -- if you have two or three people driving the speed limit, it's going to slow
everybody down," he said. "It's kind of hard to do; people give you weird looks like 'why are you driving 45 miles
per hour when you should be doing 70,' well, you shouldn't. The speed limit is 45."
Nothum also reminds drivers about the automatic $250 bonus fine tacked onto speeding violations issued along
road construction zones.

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EDITORIALS … & Letters to the Editor
The venality in Jeff Smith’s fall
POST-DISPATCH By Editorial Board
Those who have sought a deeper meaning in the disgrace of former Missouri state Sen. Jeff Smith have fallen
back on the ancient Greek notion of hubris: excessive pride and arrogance, the greatest sin in all Greek tragedy,
cause of the downfall of heroes.
That seems a bit much for this sordid episode, regardless of Smith’s own outsized sense of self-regard. Yes, in
campaigning for the Democratic nomination for Dick Gephardt’s vacated U.S. House seat in 2004, he presented
himself as something special — a vibrant young urban Democrat who could energize young people around his
liberal idealism, a white Ph.D. who played street hoops in the inner city, the guy who cared about All the Right
Why, there was even a movie about Smith’s righteousness, a documentary pegged to another Jeff Smith, the
good-hearted bumpkin portrayed by the young James Stewart in Frank Capra’s 1939 movie “Mr. Smith Goes to
But our Jeff Smith was no bumpkin. He and a couple of cronies — more about them in a moment — signed off
on a deal right out of Donald Segretti’s Watergate bag of dirty tricks. When Smith got caught, he lied about it to
the Federal Elections Commission. Then he engineered a cover-up to try to fool a federal grand jury. He pleaded
guilty Tuesday to two federal counts of obstucting justice.
Hubris? Not so much. Heroes don’t buy disposable cell phones. The most telling part of the indictments against
Smith — who once crusaded against Wal-Mart — is that when crunch time came, he sent an aide to Wal-Mart to
buy use-and-lose phones.
Nor is it exactly “stupidity,” as suggested by John Gillies, special agent in charge of the St. Louis FBI office. Jeff
Smith is not stupid.
One word that comes to mind is venality: Willingness to be bribed or bought off, or to prostitute one’s talents for
mercenary considerations.
Too often the noble cause of public service turns into an extended exercise in self-interest. People either forget
why they got involved in the first place, or they get involved for the wrong reasons, conflating their own interests
with those of the public they serve.
For many politicians, the job is the best one they’ve ever had, with better pay and perks than most of them ever
could expect in the private sector. Politics can be a stepping stone to great wealth. But you’ve got to get there
The revolving door between Congress and the lobbying industry is well-documented. Even a job in the
legislature can lead to a nice lobbying gig or a six-figure job elsewhere in state government.
Nor does one have to run for office to get in on the rewards program. In Washington, top staffers move easily to
and from lobbying and law firms. In Springfield, you can serve in the legislature and hold other jobs in Illinois
government. In Jefferson City, you can serve on the legislative staff — or even be speaker of the House — and
run a political consulting firm out of your back pocket.

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The money involved in politics is obscene. So, in addition to attracting idealists, politics also attracts
“consultants” and “operatives,” some of whom are craven opportunists.
Enter Milton Harold “Skip” Ohlsen III, the mystery figure in the Jeff Smith case. He flitted across the Missouri
Democratic political landscape from 2004 to 2006, a consultant with a shady background who was unwittingly
accepted into the party’s councils and paid thousands of dollars for his work, whatever it was.
Apparently it was Ohlsen who, during the 2004 primary, sold Smith’s campaign on the idea of paying him to print
and distribute flyers attacking Russ Carnahan, the leading candidate — and eventual winner — in the race to
succeed Mr. Gephardt. Smith and two of his top advisers — Steve Brown and Nick Adams — signed off on the
Brown, a former assistant to state Attorney General (now Governor) Jay Nixon, and Adams, who was Smith’s
campaign treasurer, each pleaded guilty Tuesday to one federal count of obstruction of justice. Brown resigned
the Missouri House seat from Clayton to which he was elected last year. Like Smith, both face federal prison
time when they’re sentenced in November.
This is not a Democratic or Republican thing, but a sleaze thing, and sleaze is an equal opportunity employer.
The temptations could be reduced by taking money out of politics by publicly financing campaigns, but the
people who would have to do that are the very people who benefit from the current system.
And even then, there’s the problem of human nature. Venality is a character flaw, not a political flaw. Sadly, it
only seems that way.

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Mo. would benefit from full texting ban
There is no magical age limit on texting and driving.

THE MANEA TE R Published Aug. 28, 2009

This week, Missouri furthered its efforts to make our roadways safer. As of Friday, texting while driving is illegal.
Anyone who gets caught texting while behind the wheel can be fined up to $200. Anyone under the age of 21,
that is.
If a person aged 21 or more causes an accident because he or she was texting, it will be noted in the police
report, but there are no actual consequences enforced.
Texting while driving is dangerous — no matter a person's age. Although it is true the majority of people texting
while driving are teenagers, there is no denying that many adults partake in this dangerous activity as well.
Seventeen states and Washington have banned texting while driving no matter the age of the driver. This is the
path Missouri should have taken. A 30-year-old person texting while driving will be just as dangerous as the 18-
year-old person doing this in the lane next to him or her.
The bill originally would have banned texting across the board, but it lost momentum in the Missouri House of
Representatives and was changed. If our state representatives are serious about making our roadways safer,
the soccer mom transporting her kids to practice should not be allowed to text either. Many of our parents might
text while driving.
University of Texas football player Sergio Kindle suffered a concussion after running his car into an apartment
complex. He was texting at the time of the accident. He was 21 years old when it happened. Had this occurred in
Missouri under this new law, there would be no additional consequences imposed on him as a result using his
cell phone while driving.
This just goes to show a person does not magically get better at texting while driving — or stop doing it
altogether — because he or she has reached the magical age of 21.
There is also the fact that many adults do not text as often as younger teenagers do. Although this might seem
trivial, it also means adults could be focusing more attention on texting rather than driving. It is certainly
dangerous for a college student to text and drive; He or she might be able to focus at least a small amount of
attention on the road. Adults trying to find the keys and spell things out accurately would be an even greater
danger to the other drivers on the road.
We fully support this ban, but beg lawmakers to go all the way with it. Make it illegal for everyone, regardless of
age, to text while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. If the bill has been passed in other states, there is
absolutely no reason the same law should not be in effect in Missouri.

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meth meets its match?
ST. JOSEPH NEWS- PRESS    Friday, August 28, 2009

In the war against methamphetamine abuse, nothing works quite so well as cutting off the supply. The problem
is that is easier said than done.
That’s why we are so hopeful about a new proposal from the pharmaceutical industry’s Consumer Healthcare
Products Association. If this works as planned, law enforcement officers and pharmacists in Missouri and
Kansas will share a valuable new tool for keeping critical ingredients out of the hands of meth “cooks.”
The industry group proposes to create and maintain — at no cost — linked databases for pharmacists in
participating states. The goal is to prevent multiple and excessive purchases of over-the-counter cold medicines,
which contain key meth ingredients pseudoephedrine and ephedrine. Current restrictions are easily overcome by
“smurfers” who go from store to store.
The Kansas City Star noted the system would require purchasers to swipe their driver’s license at checkout,
triggering a nationwide scan of the databases. The system would determine whether the person had purchased
more than the legal limit — equivalent to about 10 pills a day, or 300 pills a month — or possibly whether the
license was stolen.
The pharmacist would not be told by the system why the sale was refused. The purchaser would be directed to
call a central number for that information. Meanwhile, law enforcement would be put in the loop as soon as
anything suspicious turned up.
Whether or not you like the idea of having to jump through hoops to buy cold medicine, this is the best approach
we have heard. At least one state has moved to making cold medicine by-prescription-only — a costly
inconvenience for law-abiding citizens.
Missouri and Kansas recently passed laws specifying the creation of linked databases. But neither state has
come up with the money to implement them. Now, they won’t have to.
To be sure, this proposal by the pharmaceutical industry is a case of enlightened self-interest. The makers of
cold medicines do not want to see legitimate sales of their products limited, nor do they want their products
associated with an illegal activity.
But this also is a critical step in reining in the dangerous abuse of meth and the cottage meth lab industry in
Missouri: In the first six months of the year, our state continued to lead the nation in the number of meth labs
busted up. The figure was 842 labs — more than 20 percent of the U.S. total.

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Children's hospitals claim Medicaid kids left out of health care reform
Thursday, August 27, 2009, 3:15 PM
By Ste ve Walsh

The National Association of Children's Hospitals is weighing in on the health care reform debate, claiming
children covered by Medicaid are often being denied the critical care they need.
Doctor F. Sessions Cole, Chief Medical Officer at St. Louis Children's Hospital, says discussion of pediatric
children's services seems to have been forgotten.
"There is a shortage of pediatric specialty providers - physicians and pediatric sub-specialist surgeons - in the
United States, said Doctor Cole in an interview with the Missourinet. "And there's really no discussion, right now,
about how to improve access of children, both in cities and in rural areas, to required pediatric specialty
Medicaid, MOHealthNet as it is known in Missouri, provides medical services to children in low-income families.
But physicians providing services are not adequately compensated by the government.
"Medicaid reimbursement for physicians of pediatric services - pediatric doctors - is inadequate," said Doctor
Cole. "The easiest way to understand how inadequate it is is to understand that a physician who is taking care of
exclusively Medicaid patients will not be able to cover her or his operating costs."
The Association would like to see the reimbursement rates increased.
"I would propose that physicians who care for children - pediatric specialists - receive reimbursement for their
services that is equivalent to the reimbursement that is given to doctors who provide medical services for adults,"
said the doctor. "Right now, Missouri Medicaid pays less than two-thirds - for pediatric services - of what it would
pay to an adult doctor to give a comparable service."
Since the reimbursements paid by Medicaid do not cover the cost of providing care, many community providers
either limit the number of or do not serve Medicaid patients.

WIC pushes breastfeeding, better nutrition
Thursday, August 27, 2009, 10:01 PM
By Bob Priddy

A program that provides food and nutrition services to almost 150-thousand Missouri women, infants and
children is using food to promote breastfeeding.
The people who run the WIC program--women, infants, and children program---say they're making the biggest
changes in the program in thirty years. The program is increasing fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods-
-among other things--and reducing fattier foods such as whole milk, eggs, juice and cheese in its menu.
Nutrition Coordinator Phyllis Fuller says breastfeeding women will get additional food.
She says breastfeeding mothers are eligible for additional food through the WIC program. She says that's being
done to make sure the mother stays as healthy as possible so she can give as much nutritional benefit to her
baby as possible.
Fuller says the focus is on giving people just getting started in life the best nutrition possible.

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Additional information at:

Thousands of clunkers removed from Missouri roads
Thursday, August 27, 2009, 2:34 PM
By Bob Priddy

Cash for Clunkers appears to have removed about 13-thousand-600 to 17-thousand-500 gas guzzlers from
Missouri's roads.
The Obama administration says Missouri car dealers have submitted almost 61.3-million dollars in vouchers for
reimbursement of the inventive given customers who traded in their clunkers for vehicles that get better fuel
economy. The incentives were $3500 and $4500 dollars.
The White House media office says Ford SUVs,Pickup /trucks and minivans were five of the top ten vehicles
traded in, nationally. Two Jeeps, two Chevrolets, and a Dodge minivan also make the top ten trade-ins.
They have been replaced by more than 400-thousand passenger cars and about 280-thousand trucks. The new
vehicles get an average of nine miles per gallon more than the vehicles traded in.
Numbers from the White House Media Office as of yesterday:
Dealer Transactions
Number Submitted: 690,114
Dollar Value: $2,877.9M
Top 10 New Vehicles Purchased
1. Toyota Corolla
2. Honda Civic
3. Toyota Camry
4. Ford Focus FWD
5. Hyundai Elantra
6. Nissan Versa
7. Toyota Prius
8. Honda Accord
9. Honda Fit
10. Ford Escape FWD

New Vehicles Manufacturers
Toyota 19.4%
General Motors 17.6%
Ford 14.4%
Honda 13.0%
Nissan 8.7%
Hyundai 7.2%
Chrysler 6.6%
Kia 4.3%
Subaru 2.5%
Ma zda 2.4%
Volkswagen 2.0%
Suzuki 0.6%
Mitsubishi 0.5%
MINI 0.4%
Smart 0.2%
Volvo 0.1%
All Other <0.1%

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Top 10 Trade-in Vehicles
1. Ford Explorer 4WD
2. Ford F150 Pickup 2WD
3. Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD
4. Ford Explorer 2WD
5. Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan 2WD
6. Jeep Cherokee 4WD
7. Chevrolet Blazer 4WD
8. Chevrolet C1500 Pickup 2WD
9. Ford F150 Pickup 4WD
10. Ford Windstar FWD Van

Vehicles Purchased by Category
Passenger Cars: 404,046
Category 1 Truck: 231,651
Category 2 Truck: 46,836
Category 3 Truck: 2,408

Vehicle Trade-in by Category
Passenger Cars: 109,380
Category 1 Truck: 450,778
Category 2 Truck: 116,909
Category 3 Truck: 8,134

84% of trade-ins under the program are trucks, and 59% of new vehicles purchased are cars. The program worked far better than anyone
anticipated at moving consumers out of old, dirty trucks and SUVs and into new more fuel -efficient cars.

Average Fuel Economy
New vehicles Mileage: 24.9 MPG
Trade-in Mileage: 15.8 MPG
Overall increase: 9.2 MPG, or a 58% improvement

Cars purchased under the program are, on average, 19% above the average fuel economy of all new cars currently available, and 59%
above the average fuel economy of cars that were traded in. This means the program raised the average fuel economy of the fleet, while
getting the dirtiest and most polluting vehicles off the road.

Requested Voucher Dollar Amount by State:
AL ABAMA $31,251,500
AL ASKA $4,868,500
ARIZONA $39,542,500
ARKANSAS $23,402,500
CALIFORNIA $326,822,000
COLORADO $37,676,500
CONNECTICUT $40,114,000
DELAWARE $11,235,000
FLORIDA $146,565,000
GEORGIA $70,496,000
GUAM $675,000
HAWAII $7,333,500
IDAHO $11,655,000
ILLINOIS $143,613,000
INDIAN A $65,797,000
IOWA $37,728,000
KANSAS $31,496,500
KENTUCKY $40,246,500
LOUISIAN A $33,376,500
MAINE $16,579,500
MAR YLAND $74,903,000

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MICHIGAN $132,407,500
MINNESOTA $73,160,500
MISSISSIPPI $12,463,500
MISSOURI $61,271,500
MONTAN A $6,461,000
NEBRASKA $21,784,500
NEVADA $14,582,000
NEW HAMPSHIRE $23,045,500
NEW JERSEY $103,375,500
NEW MEXICO $13,941,500
NEW YORK $156,292,000
NORTH CAROLINA $78,601,500
NORTH DAKOTA $8,938,000
OHIO $136,267,000
OKLAHOMA $37,422,000
OREGON $37,531,500
PENNSYLVANIA $138,651,500
PUERTO RICO $2,252,000
RHODE ISLAND $10,690,500
SOUTH CAROLIN A $37,207,500
SOUTH DAKOTA $10,367,500
TENNESSEE $50,949,000
TEXAS $183,776,500
UTAH $24,102,500
VER MONT $9,879,000
VIRGIN ISL ANDS $1,553,000
VIRGINIA $98,523,500
WASHINGTON $55,927,500
WEST VIRGINIA $13,477,000
WISCONSIN $70,165,000
WYOMING $2,513,000

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Latest day (August 24): 524,794
Cumulative (June 22-August 24): 16,558,873

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MONDAY, AUGUST 24 -- Jefferson City — A law that takes effect this week could make criminals out of those
who bring Tupperware onto many of Missouri's rivers. Lawmakers intended to reduce floating debris and
pollution from abandoned foam coolers, but they confused their plastics, and instead of banning Styrofoam, they
criminalized the plastic containers found in many kitchens.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25 -- St. Louis — An obese eighth-grader's death during a football conditioning lap has
revived the debate over testing of children's hearts before they engage in sports or strenuous activity. Anthony
Troupe, 13, collapsed last week on a suburban St. Louis field. The 6-foot-2-inch, 383-pound boy was
pronounced dead at a hospital.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26 – Jefferson City — The Department of Transportation said the 2010 edition of the
free highway maps are available at highway rest areas, visitor centers and state offices. The maps show 33,685
miles of highways, rivers, lakes, forests, state parks and historic sites. Five million copies of the map have been

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27 – St. Louis — Police are searching for who fired a gunshot that caused a gas
explosion. The shooting happened around 6 p.m. Tuesday at an apartment complex. A teenager was shot in the
leg and smelled gas. Police evacuated the complex and moments later, the gas line exploded. One bullet had hit
the line, causing gas to leak.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 -- Campbell — Two men have been accused of using a stun gun on children. Dunklin
County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jonce Chidister said Clarence Riddell was charged with two counts of
child abuse for allegedly using a stun gun on his children. His son James was charged with second-degree
domestic assault for allegedly using a stun gun on a minor sibling.

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