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State housing panel adopts new ethics standards
COLUMBIA DAILY TRIBUNE              By Terry Ganey
Saturday, August 1, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Housing Development Commission adopted a tougher ethics policy
yesterday that would punish developers who go into business with commissioners.
The standards of conduct, which have been in the works for more than two years, are designed to prevent
conflicts of interest between members of the commission and developers who apply for lucrative tax subsidies
for housing projects. Under the new policy, commissioners and agency employees are prohibited from engaging
in business with developers or others who do business with the commission.
The new rules require commissioners and staff to disclose potential conflicts of interest, and applicants for
MHDC projects must disclose principal owners, consultants, attorneys and accountants.
Commissioners who have conflicts must recuse from voting, and individuals or companies that violate the
conflict-of-interest provision would be barred from doing business with the commission for two years.
―Before we had policies, and, in essence, they had no teeth,‖ said state Treasurer Clint Zweifel, MHDC
chairman. ―For the first time in history here, developers will face penalties of two years‘ debarment from doing
business with MHDC if they don‘t live up to ethical standards.‖
The commission began discussing revised ethics rules after the Tribune reported in May 2007 that then-
commission member Bill Luetkenhaus was paid $1.7 million by Columbia developer Jeff Smith for property
Luetkenhaus bought two months earlier for $932,000. Luetkenhaus then continued to vote on other projects
involving Smith‘s companies.
State Auditor Susan Montee called attention to the conflict-of-interest problem earlier this year, and a group of
new commissioners began developing rules to deal with it.
With the November election, there has been substantial turnover in the MHDC membership. A new governor,
treasurer and attorney general brought new faces to the panel, and Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed new members
as well. Luetkenhaus resigned earlier this year.
The commission issues millions of dollars in tax credits each year to developers who build housing for poor
people and senior citizens. MHDC Executive Director Pete Ramsel has disclosed that FBI agents interviewed
him as part of an investigation into the agency. Ramsel said yesterday that he and the agency‘s staff have been
operating aboveboard and that he did not know the status of the investigation.
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said he had not had time to study the new rules, and he sought to delay yesterday‘s vote
until the commission meeting in August. ―I don‘t see what problem is created by another 30 days,‖ he said.
But Zweifel said it was time to act. ―I don‘t think this commission should wait another 30 days after talking about
it for two years,‖ he said. ―It‘s critical if we are going to build public trust and set a high standard for a state
agency that we should pass standards of conduct we have worked through diligently and we‘ve had a chance to
talk about it.‖
Claudia Onate Greim, MHDC vice chairwoman and a member of the committee that drafted the standards, said
―it would be nice to have some finality to this process.‖
After Kinder‘s motion to delay the vote lost 4-3, the motion to approve the new standards was approved 6-0, with
Kinder abstaining.

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Mo. receives $1M grant for library
Monday, August 03, 2009
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) The Missouri State Library has received a $1 million grant to improve computers in
the state's public libraries.
The grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is to be used for 590 public-use computers in 120
Missouri libraries.
The grant also includes money to buy printers, repair equipment and receive training on using the computers
and software.
Libraries receiving the funds will provide matches totaling 25 percent of their grant money in the first year and 50
percent in the second year.

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State plans to clean up abandoned coal
mine lands
Sedalia Democrat Staff
2009-08-02 22:44:54
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources plans to clean up more than 63 acres of abandoned coal mine
lands near Montrose in Henry County by March 11.
The DNR and the Missouri Land Reclamation Commission recently awarded a $735,615 construction contract to
Hale Fencing and Bobcat Services LLC, of Henley, to perform the land reclamation.
The West Montrose Reclamation Project aims to eliminate public safety issues posed by the abandoned mine
and improve water quality in the region, the DNR reported. The proposed project calls for backfilling a dangerous
highwall located adjacent to County Road SW 700. State crews will grade and re-vegetate nearly 63 acres of
embankments and spoil piles to prevent acid-forming materials from entering nearby streams.
The reclamation site, which is located on private property about one mile northwest of Montrose, poses a safety
hazard to the landowner and area residents that frequently travel on the route.
According to a memo from environmental specialist Larry Teson, the project is part of the DNR‘s ongoing efforts
to preserve the region where Peabody Coal Company strip-mined more than 2,400 acres between the mid-
1950s and the late 1980s. In 1987, nearly 700 acres of abandoned mine lands were partially graded, limed and
revegetated in the first phase of the project.
Funding for the project comes from a surcharge on each ton of coal mined in the United States, as authorized by
the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. The U.S. Department of Interior‘s Office of Surface
Mining collects and distributes the funds to state and tribal abandoned mine land programs.

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Area car sales up under 'clunkers' program, but dealers say rules can be
Sunday, August 2, 2009
By Brian Blackwell ~ Southeast Missourian

Dealers are reporting increased sales but also confusion about the rules nearly a week after the "cash for clunkers"
program went into effect.

"We're seeing an increase in activity and transactions, which is good for us," said Nick Underwood, general manager of
Lutesville Motor Co. in Marble Hill, Mo. "Our floor traffic and phone calls have more than doubled since Monday.
Everyone is wanting to know about the program.

"But there are a whole lot of people who don't understand this program," Underwood said Friday. "It's even confusing
to me, and I sell the vehicles."

Congress approved the "cash for clunkers" program, formally known as the Car Allowance Rebate System, in June to
boost automobile sales and help retire less efficient vehicles. Dealerships throughout the country ran ads encouraging
customers to trade in their qualifying cars and trucks for a more fuel-efficient vehicle using a rebate between $3,500
and $4,500.

"The logistics of working with the government on this is maddening," said Bob Neff, owner of Ford Groves in Cape
Girardeau and Jackson. He cited regulations placed on the customer, such as their trade-ins' mileage not exceeding 18
mpg, a government website used to process the rebates that did not work properly and a 136-page rule book sent to
dealers only days before the program began.

Sam Barbee, president and CEO of the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association, called the entire program
frustrating. He said the program has been great for the consumer but poorly designed for the dealerships.

"The government is trying to make sure the program is run the way it's supposed to be done," Barbee said. "But it's
incredibly burdensome to make sure it's carried out the right way. I'd suggest that customers call the dealership ahead
of time to make sure their vehicle is qualified and that the dealers are still participating in the program."

Still, "cash for clunkers" has been a productive stimulus program, said Tim Coad, who owns Brennecke Chevrolet in
Jackson, Coad Chevrolet in Cape Girardeau and Coad Chevrolet Pontiac Buick Cadillac in Anna, Ill. The program has
increased business at his dealerships by 15 percent, he said.

"What the government is trying to do is stimulate the economy, and this is a good way to do it," Coad said. "These are
tax dollars that are being used by U.S. citizens. People are actually seeing their money being spent on something that
helps them out."

From the program's onset July 26, far more drivers responded than the government had estimated by the end of the
work week, exhausting the $1 billion set aside for the program.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved more money for the program Friday. The measure still awaits Senate
approval, and the White House has promised that all transactions made through the weekend would count.

The program is "clearly working to boost auto sales at a critical time for our automakers, dealers, parts manufacturers
and Americans employed at those businesses," Rep. Jo Ann Emerson said in a written statement. She was among
those who voted 316-109 for the legislation, shifting $2 billion from a renewable energy loan program. "I hope

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constituents in our district are able to take advantage of this program, which is actually working, unlike so many so-
called stimulus programs still on the shelf."

Neff questioned whether the government will make good on its promise to reimburse the dealerships for the rebates.

"We are gratefully making deals with customers who really are taking advantage of a great opportunity," he said. "I
just hope when the dust settles everything ends up like it's supposed to."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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'Cash for clunkers' increases Columbia car
August 2, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia residents are flocking to area car dealerships to take advantage of the highly popular
―cash for clunkers‖ program, even amid worries that funding for the program is almost depleted.
Under the CARS program, officially known as Car Allowance Rebate System, the federal government gives car
buyers $3,500 to $4,500 toward the purchase of a new, more fuel-efficient vehicle in exchange for their old one.
By law, the old vehicles must be sold to salvage yards and scrapped.
Stuart Head, owner of Head Motor Co. in Columbia, said he has seen a huge increase in sales since the
program was announced in July.
―We‘ve probably had one of our best Julys ever because of this,‖ Head said.
Head said he had sold four vehicles through the program before midday on Saturday, and business has been at
a steady pace since the program started.
To qualify for the program, buyers must trade in a car that is less than 25 years old and gets 18 miles per gallon
or less, and the new car they purchase must get at least 10 miles per gallon more than their old one.
Bob McCosh, of Bob McCosh Chevrolet, said the program has not only stimulated business but is helping create
a safer driving environment for motorists.
―It‘s taking older vehicles that aren‘t necessarily safe off the road, and putting safer, more fuel-efficient vehicles
on the road,‖ McCosh said. ―It‘s a good deal on both sides.‖
Head said the program has helped drive business in other ways, too. Since the program was instated,
dealerships have experienced an increase in traffic, and even customers whose clunkers do not qualify for the
rebate have been buying cars anyway, he said.
―If it wasn‘t for ‗cash for clunkers,‘ I probably wouldn‘t have come to buy a car,‖ said Jimmy Heiner, whose ‗93
Subaru legacy didn‘t qualify for a rebate but who ended up buying a 2006 Chevy Silverado.
Heiner and his wife, Amanda, said they were interested in buying a new American car, but because the gas
mileage on their old car was too high to qualify, they had to settle for a used one.
Due to the popularity of the program, there were concerns that its initial $1 billion allocation was close to running
out after only the first week. The Associated Press reported that U.S. Department of Transportation officials were
considering suspending the program as early as Friday. In response to these concerns, the House rushed an
additional $2 billion dollars to fund the program on Friday, but it has yet to be approved by the Senate.
Head said he wasn‘t surprised that the money ran out so fast, as consumers have shown great interest in the
program since it was announced.
―I did the math and it comes out to about 13 cars per dealer that can be funded, and we sold that the first day,‖
he said.
McCosh said his dealership has about 50 "cash for clunkers" deals on the table, some that have been closed
and some that have not. He said he has not yet received any money from the federal government honoring
those rebates, but said he is confident that the government will hold up its end of the bargain.

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Louis Janssen, a Columbia resident, said the news that funding for the program was dwindling spurred him to
buy a new car more quickly than he would have, in order to take advantage of the deal before the money ran
out. He also said he was not considering buying a new car before the program was announced.
Although the program has been driving sales throughout Columbia, not all dealers are thrilled with the way it has
been administered.
Chris Ehase, general sales manager for Joe Machens Ford, Lincoln and Mercury, said the ―cash for clunkers‖
Web site, set up by the government, is not reliable and the program has been ―a hassle‖ for him since it started.
―It‘s too complicated, takes too much time, and there‘s too much paperwork,‖ Ehase said.
Ehase also said he thinks the program should have been planned better and there should have been more
communication between government officials and car dealers.
Despite Ehase‘s complaints, he said that this month his dealership has sold about 40 more cars than it normally
Tim Popejoy, another ―cash for clunkers‖ consumer and Columbia resident, said his only complaint about the
program is that dealers are less likely to bargain with car buyers since there is already a $3,500 to $4,500
Mark Kitch, a salesman at Bob McCosh Chevrolet, said that though the program has generated mixed emotions,
it has been good for the industry and he hopes it continues.
―There are a lot of people on the fence, and hopefully this will help them get back into buying mode,‖ he said.

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Bond vows to raise questions on cap-
and-trade bill in Senate
Cory de Vera News-Leader

Congressman Roy Blunt doubts that other representatives were fully informed of what they were voting on when
the House passed the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill, he told a group of farmers and ranchers who
gathered at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center Saturday.
"I think there were lots of specifics in the House bill, just no one knew what they were," he told the group. "This is
a bill that wasn't available until 3 a.m. the day we voted on it. ... It wasn't available."
There were hearings on a cap-and-trade bill, but the one that was voted on had a 1,000-page substitution,
which, for instance, had a provision that by 2020 would impose a tariff on about every product coming into the
U.S., Blunt said.
"I don't think anybody knew that was in the bill until it had been voted on."
Blunt appeared at Saturday's meeting with Sen. Kit Bond, who vowed to raise a lot of questions when the bill
gets to the Senate. He said most sources are telling him it would make energy bills double.
"That's just a guess," said Bond. "It may only go up 50 percent, it may go up 200 percent rather than 100
percent. Nobody really knows how much it will cost other than it will cost."
Farmers, he said, would see many production costs rise because so much of what they do is tied to energy
Bond said a report released last week from the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University
of Missouri found that a representative row crop farmer in Lafayette County working 1,900 acres of corn and
soybeans would see energy costs go up $30,000 a year. Bond said he asked the center to compute the likely
cost increases for a livestock farmer, a report that he expects to receive in a month or two.
Blunt said he had tried to offer an amendment to the legislation that would negate cap-and-trade provisions if
energy prices went up 10 percent over 2009 rates plus the rate of inflation, but the amendment was rejected.
Even an amendment that would have negated the provisions if prices went up 100 percent was rejected. he said.
Bond said that with China and India refusing to adopt cap-and-trade provisions, getting the United States to
abide by them won't make a huge impact on climate change.
That was a point that hit home with Christian County resident Bob Rubino.
He equated the fight against climate change to fighting Japanese beetles.
"Unless your neighbor and all the neighbors around you are putting in the same effort, it's a waste of your time,"
he said.

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Cap and Trade: How Missouri's delegates stand
The U.S. House passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act, known as the "cap-and-trade bill," on
June 26 by a vote of 219-212. The vote fell mostly along party lines with only eight Republicans voting for the
"I support the ultimate goal of protecting our environment, but we must look at the real ramifications this bill will
have on our already struggling economy. Protecting our environment and jump-starting our economy are not
mutually exclusive. We can create better paying jobs at home by developing more American energy, relying on
clean fuel alternatives and promoting conservation."
-- Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Springfield, in a statement after the bill passed. He voted against the bill.
"This bill lays an energy tax at the feet of every man, woman and child who flips on a light switch. I get as angry
as anyone when gas prices go up, because we don't have a strong enough infrastructure of renewable and
domestic fuels. But this bill would intentionally increase the price of energy in American households by 40 to 80
percent. It's an affront to American families and a threat to American jobs."
-- Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, in a statement after the bill passed. She voted against the bill.
"(The bill) is not perfect, but it is a step in the right direction. I think it is important that we move this bill forward.
... the House bill would exempt livestock and farms from greenhouse gas regulation. And, it would provide
farmers an opportunity to potentially profit from their carbon-friendly farm practices by participating in the carbon
-- Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Lexington, in remarks on the House floor before the bill passed. He voted for the bill.
The bill has not come up for a vote in the Senate. It's pending in the Environment and Public Works Committee,
where Republican Sen. Kit Bond is a member.
"Instead of passing the costly Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill that will hit states like Missouri the hardest, cut
family budgets, hurt farmers, kill jobs and have no effect on world temperatures, we should be investing in clean
energy alternatives."
-- Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., in a statement Tuesday. Bond was in Springfield on Saturday to talk about the issue.
"Sen. McCaskill recognizes that climate change is a serious problem that must be addressed, but she won't
support a bill that unfairly passes the costs of fixing it to Missourians and their businesses. People in Missouri
have no choice but to be dependent on coal-based utility companies. She will be paying close attention to how
families and small businesses will be impacted."
-- Maria Speiser, spokeswoman for Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

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Cap and Trade's effect on farmers brings

Springfield, Mo. -- The controversial energy bill now in Congress is getting plenty of discussion here in the
Ozarks. It has passed the House and is on its way to the Senate. It's known as Cap and Trade. Some say it will
seriously hurt our economy, but others disagree.
Saturday, Senator Kit Bond and Congressman Roy Blunt held a forum to talk about Cap and Trade legislation.
They don't like the proposed bill because they believe it would be far too costly. But others say the benefits
would outweigh the costs.
Both sides agree, we need more cleaner, renewable energy. Congressman Roy Blunt say, " We're not opposed
here at all to alternative energy. We want more of everything; more wind, more solar, more conservation."
" We need to do something," says Ozarks New Energy, Inc. President and MSU Biology Professor Alexander
The proposed Cap and Trade legislation would set a maximum amount of carbon emissions, and those that go
over would face a fine. Those that release less than the permitted cap can trade or sell their credit to those that
go over.
"I'm not supposed to call it a tax, because they really call it cap and trade, but when you scratch the surface, it's
a huge, huge tax," says Senator Kit Bond.
Senator Bond and Congressman Blunt say cap and trade would increase costs for everything, especially for
farmers, like those who attended the forum at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center.
"Their electricity they use would go up. The diesel fuel they use would go up. The nitrogen fertilizer they use
would go up, and probably everything they buy would go up, because our manufacturing costs would increase,"
Blunt says.
But some think farmers would actually benefit. "The farmers are going to be able to see increases in revenue
through their new crops, waste products- turning them into bio-fuels and they're going to be able to sell offsets,"
says Wait.
"They have manure methane capture, and you can get benefits for installing a $3 million methane digestor,"
Bond says.
Rogersville Dairy Farmer Randy Mooney says, "It's been proven that you have to have at least 5,000 cows to
make that work."
But supporters say cutting carbon can't wait. "I think we need to look at it as an opportunity, since we are more
based on coal, than say, California, that we actually have the opportunity to incorporate more renewables," says
The goal of Cap and Trade is to cut carbon emissions by 17 percent by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050. Experts
say it would reduce global temperatures by about one-tenth of one degree Celsius.
Critics worry it would send jobs overseas, with countries like China and India, so far refusing to take similar
environmental steps. Supporters say the U.S. needs to take the lead.

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New law targets ticket-heavy cities

Foristell officials say a recent amendment that decreases the amount of revenue a city can collect from speeding
tickets won't change how they enforce traffic laws or greatly affect their budget.
On July 1, Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill that limits revenue from moving violation tickets to 35 percent of each
city's total budget, down from 45 percent. It also included court costs in the percentage, which had previously
been exempt. It went into effect immediately.
The amendment originally targeted small towns like Foristell, which has long been criticized for heavy traffic
enforcement along Interstate 70 and receives a sizable portion of its city budget from fines and court costs, said
state Sen. John Griesheimer, R-26th District.
Griesheimer, of Washington, did not introduce the amendment but said he supports it. He said the new law will
keep cities from relying too heavily on money from speeding tickets and other moving violations. He has been
one of the most outspoken critics of the small town since one of his relatives received a ticket from the Foristell
Foristell Police Chief Doug Johnson said the amendment will not affect how many tickets his department issues.
"Whatever the law is that the state lawmakers make, we're going to be in compliance," he said.
In 2008, Foristell police made 3,116 stops for moving violations, which includes speeding, driving while
intoxicated and driving without a license. That's 10 percent fewer than in 2007, but it's a 14 percent increase
over 2006, according to the Missouri Attorney General's annual reports on Missouri vehicle stops.
"That's almost like we're not a speed trap," Johnson said about the 10 percent decrease, adding that his officers
do not have quotas and are just doing their jobs.
Foristell Administrator Sandy Stokes said the city has never collected more than the 45 percent the law allowed,
and she doesn't expect the city to exceed the new 35 percent cap.
"I would never allow that, and neither would our police chief," she said.
Foristell collects more than 45 percent of its operating budget from fines and court costs, but that revenue
includes fines and court costs from ordinance infractions and non-moving violations. In 2008, Foristell collected
$669,000 in fines and $45,000 in total court costs, accounting for 50 percent of its regular operating budget.
Since 2006, the percentage of Foristell's budget that comes from fines and court costs has increased 27 percent.
Johnson has said officers patrol the 1.5-mile stretch of interstate that crosses the town - which has about 344
residents of driving age - because of safety concerns. He said the interstate is where high-speed crashes and
fatalities are most likely to occur.
"I wish the state lawmakers would have spent just as much energy passing the primary seat belt law, which will
save lives," he said. "Legislation like this won't save one life."
According to Johnson, officers issued 1,930 speeding tickets in 2008. Officers issued five tickets to motorists for
traveling between 6 and 9 mph over the posted speed limit; 1,242 tickets for traveling 10-15 mph over; 512 for
traveling 16-20 mph over; 131 for 21-25 over; and 40 tickets for traveling 26 or more mph over the limit.
"The speed limit is the speed limit. It doesn't say X mph plus grace," Johnson said.
Johnson estimated officers gave out 80 to 85 percent of their speeding tickets on I-70.

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Farther west, Warrenton - which has about 5,184 residents of driving age - conducted zero traffic stops on I-70 in
Warrenton Mayor Greg Costello said the city has a long-standing policy to not run radar on the interstate
because it sends a message to residents that police don't have enough to do in town.
"Our primary function is to make sure the city streets inside our city limits is a safe environment," he said.
In 2008, Warrenton issued a total of 2,209 citations. Of the 3,046 total stops reported, 2,424 were for moving
violations, according to the 2008 vehicle stop report. Compared to 2007, the number of stops Warrenton police
made increased by 32 percent, but the number of tickets issued decreased by 24 percent.
Warrenton officials do not expect the amendment to affect their budget.
In the 2008-09 fiscal year, Warrenton collected roughly $240,000 in traffic fines and no court costs, accounting
for nearly 4.5 percent of their general operating funds, said Terri Thorn, director of operations. She expects the
numbers to be the same for this fiscal year.
"We're not even close to what those number are," she said of the cap imposed by the new and old provisions of
the law.
In Wentzville, where the speed limit changes from 65 mph to 70 mph on I-70, police made 976 interstate stops
out of 5,113 total stops in 2008.
Wentzville officials said they do not expect the amendment to affect their enforcement polices or their budget.
Police Chief Rob Noonan said the amendment won't affect Wentzville because the city's budget is so large. But
he thinks the amendment imposes unfair restrictions on cities like Foristell that are legally enforcing traffic
violations and then using the resulting revenue to provide services to their residents.
"Not only Foristell, but all cities who have that problem. We have a lot of cities in this state who look to those
revenues to provide services,' he said.
Griesheimer believes that by sitting on the interstate, smaller towns detract from the services they provide.
"Cities are not there to generate large amounts off of people making mistakes," he said. "They're there to service
the public."

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Akin to hold "Freedom Conference'' to decry
Obama's actions on healthcare, cap and trade
By Jo Mannies, Beacon Political Reporter
Posted 12:15 p.m. Fri., July 31: U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Town and Country, is beginning the Senate's month-
long recess by holding a "Freedom Conference" next Tuesday at Maryville University.
Akin says that a panel of experts will join him in taking "an indepth look at President Barack Obama‘s socialized
medicine proposal'' and the cap-and-trade energy legislation, while also highlighting "the negative impacts of
both proposals on our economy and our nation‘s tradition of freedom."
The 90-minute conference will be held from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. next Tuesday in the auditorium at Maryville
University, 650 Maryville University Drive.
With the event, Akin will be joining other prominent area conservatives who have been blasting the Obama
administration's proposals, especially when it comes to energy and health care
The speakers joining Akin share his point of view. They are:
Cap & Trade –
Chris Horner, senior fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Garrett Hawkins, national legislative programs director, Missouri Farm Bureau

Health Care –
Julie Eckstein, project director, Center for Health Transformation (Founded and run by former U.S. House
Speaker Newt Gingrich, who was in St. Louis earlier this week.)

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Jefferson City will not be one of the cities to receive federal funding under the COPS Hiring Program.
At Friday afternoon's Public Safety Committee Meeting, Jefferson City Police Chief Roger Schroeder updated
members about the city's status.
―It is very disappointing,‖ Schroeder said. ―We would have liked five additional officers but we struck out.
―I thought we would receive one or two (officers) at the minimum, but we have to accept it and move on.‖
The program offers direct funding to law enforcement agencies that have primary law enforcement and the
authority to create and preserve jobs. The grant would provide 100 percent funding for entry-level salaries and
The only Missouri cities to receive part of the $1 billion in federal funds were St. Louis and Kansas City. Each of
the cities and their surrounding suburban areas received close to $120 million and 118 officer positions.
On a separate topic, Schroeder told members the department will likely lose half a dozen officers due to military

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Senate panel's inquiry into E. coli data begins
Published July 30, 2009 at 3:56 p.m.
Updated July 31, 2009 at 1:18 p.m.

A state Senate committee has assigned two staff members to collect information about the Missouri Department
of Natural Resources‘ failure to release test results showing dangerous levels of E. coli bacteria at Lake of the
 ―This will not become a political witch hunt,‖ said Sen. Brad Lager, chairman of the Senate Commerce,
Consumer Protection, Energy and Environment Committee. ―But it will ensure that we have the highest level of
trust in the Department of Natural Resources.‖
The committee met by way of a telephone conference call yesterday. Lager said the goal of the inquiry was to
conduct a thorough review to ensure that human health and safety are protected. Depending on the information
assembled, Lager said the committee might decide to proceed by calling witnesses.
Lager said the committee could find that state laws or rules need to be changed. On the other hand, he said, if
existing laws were not followed, the findings could be turned over to the office of Attorney General Chris Koster.
Lager said he had been assured of cooperation in the inquiry by John Watson, chief of staff of Gov. Jay Nixon,
and Mark Templeton, DNR director.
―I am not envisioning any problems getting information,‖ Lager said.
Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia and co-chairman of the committee, said an agreement with AmerenUE after a
fish kill had provided for monthly tests of water at the lake for the presence of E. coli. Schaefer is a former DNR
general counsel.
―That data is usually released right when the results come out,‖ Schaefer said. ―It‘s an anomaly that it didn‘t
happen in this case.‖
Water was tested May 26, but the findings weren‘t released until June 26, when lower E. coli levels from later
testing also were reported.

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Questions dogging Nixon administration
share common theme

JEFFERSON CITY — Any good political whodunnit begins with two simple questions.
What did he know? When did he know it?
And so began "E. coli-gate."
Earlier this month, the Kansas City Star reported that this summer the Department of Natural Resources kept
from the public a report that showed very high levels of the dangerous E. coli bacteria in the Lake of the Ozarks
during a late May test.
The report was withheld, at least in part, to keep tourism dollars flowing to the state during a high traffic season
at a premier destination. The decision was made, it seems, by a high level appointee of Gov. Jay Nixon.
So the questions came.
What did Nixon know? When did he know it?
When asked about the report, Nixon said it was a bad decision to withhold it and that his office had nothing to do
with it.
But the questions kept coming. A Senate committee and Attorney General Chris Koster, a Democrat like Nixon,
said they would investigate. Another reporter discovered e-mails that showed the Nixon appointee, Joe
Bindbeutel, had requested the report shortly before a meeting in the governor's office.
Bindbeutel, like many top Nixon aides, had been a Nixon foot soldier for years, toiling under the former attorney
general before following him to the governor's office. Nixon keeps a very loyal crew close to him, and Bindbeutel
has been part of the team for a long time. So it's not a stretch to believe that somebody in Nixon's office also
knew about the damaging report.
"It does appear there was some communication with the governor's office," offers Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-
Columbia, who used to be the top lawyer at DNR. "It's disturbing."
It's coincidence, said Nixon spokesman Jack Cardetti. Yes, Bindbeutel had a meeting with the governor's office
in early June. E. coli didn't come up, he said.
Bindbeutel isn't talking. And he's no longer with DNR, having been appointed by Nixon to a position as an
administrative law judge.
And in that sense, E. coli-gate bears a remarkable similarity to another recent "gate" in the governor's office.
That "gate" — call it Eckersley-gate or Sunshine Law-gate — came to a close in the last week.
Two years ago about this time, after the press and a fired attorney named Scott Eckersley raised questions
about whether the office of Gov. Matt Blunt was shielding open records from the public, the governor's top
attorney, Henry Herschel, wouldn't talk about the controversy. Shortly thereafter he was appointed as an
administrative law judge.
Around that time, Nixon appointed a special investigative team to look into the matter. Nixon said he would keep
his hands off the matter to avoid conflict because he was running for governor and Blunt was a political rival.

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But in December — after he had won election as governor, and while the special investigation was continuing —
Nixon sent two close aides, Paul Wilson and Rex Burlison, to Springfield to meet with Eckersley and his
Eckersley, who had sued the state, was seeking a letter clearing his name, and Nixon, then the governor-elect,
would soon be in a position to write such a letter.
But, like E. coli-gate, none of this was known until much later.
When the Eckersley lawsuit was settled, there was no mention of such a letter. And Cardetti twice said the
governor's office had nothing to do with such a settlement.
But e-mails obtained in a Sunshine Law request filed by the Post-Dispatch indicate that to some extent, two of
Nixon's top loyalists were involved as far back as December in talking about some form of settlement.
"One of the elements of the settlement in the Eckersley case was a letter from the Governor clearing Scott of the
knowingly false things that had been said against him," Eckersley attorney Jeff Bauer wrote to Nixon general
counsel Ted Ardini on June 24. "A copy of the letter has been provided to you many months ago, as we gave it
to Paul Wilson and Rex when they came to our offices in December. When Judge (Joe) Dandurand was
negotiating the settlement, he confirmed that letter with the changes to confirm it was coming from Governor
The letter never came, and that's why for many months Eckersley didn't cash the checks he got in a settlement
agreement that mentions no letter.
Asked about Nixon's involvement in the settlement, Cardetti says that Wilson and Burlison visited with
Eckersley's attorneys while they still worked for the attorney general's office but never discussed any settlement
once they moved with Nixon to the governor's office.
Apparently, Eckersley's attorney never got that message. He left phone messages for Wilson on June 1, June 3
and June 10 while Eckersley was trying to get the letter.
"We've got to know what they knew and when they knew it," Sen. Luann Ridgeway said Thursday, during a
Senate committee meeting mapping out a planned review of what went wrong with the E. coli report.
Whether it's E. coli-gate or Sunshine Law-gate, it appears the questions remain the same.

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Senate commits staff time to look into
E. coli-gate
By Tony Messenger
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

JEFFERSON CITY — Sen. Luann Ridgeway, R-Smithville, said it all today during a Senate committee meeting
discussing a planned ―review‖ of the withholding of a document showing elevated E. coli levels at the Lake of the
―We‘ve got to know what they knew and when they knew it,‖ Ridgeway said.
Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, was a little less dramatic as his committee discussed how it will proceed in trying
to determine why the Department of Natural Resources chose to withhold a report that the folks who monitor the
safety of water at the lake wanted to see.
Lager said his committee is not ―investigative‖ in nature, but that Senate staff members will gather information
about the report and why it was withheld, and that he expects his committee will hold hearings to evaluate that
information and see if changes need to be made to state statute so that it doesn‘t happen again.
Lager said he spoke with John Watson, chief of staff for Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, and that Watson said the
governor‘s office would cooperate with the review.
―This will not become a political witch hunt,‖ Lager said. ―Our overall goal is to make sure we protect the human
health and public safety.‖

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State might cut budget for career ladder
July 31, 2009 | 4:41 p.m. CDT
COLUMBIA — Junior high choral director James Melton has come to rely on the paychecks he receives through
Career Ladder.
So he was "extremely disappointed" to hear state funding for the program might be cut.
―The really disappointing part for me is that I jumped levels this year, and now I‘ll basically be getting the same I
was getting before" if funding is cut, said Melton, who teaches at West Junior High School.
Career Ladder is a program which awards teachers for their achievements and the extra time they spend outside
of their contract hours
Assistant Majority Floor Leader Sen. Gary Nodler and Rep. Allen Icet, R-Wildwood, wrote a letter to the Missouri
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on June 15 saying the General Assembly cannot promise
state funding for the program. Local school administrators were notified of the letter this past week.
The letter said:
"It is the intent of the General Assembly that the FY (fiscal year) 2010 appropriation for Career Ladder will be the
last appropriation made in arrears for this program.
"The General Assembly cannot assure that participants in the Career Ladder Program for the 2009-2010 school
year and beyond will be supported by state appropriation, and these potential participants should be notified of
these changes."
Last year, 348 school districts and nearly 18,000 teachers participated in the program, said Jim Morris, director
of public information for the Education Department. The state provided about $37 million to support the program.
There is a possibility Career Ladder funding could become available in future years, if state revenue allows. This
funding would be distributed before the school year instead of the current system of distributing funds after the
school year, the letter said.
Nodler, R-Joplin, said Friday there is no opposition to the program. It's just a matter of being able to pay back the
district since state revenue is down.
―If you are going to do this, do this in a way that you won't make promises to teachers that you can't keep,‖ said
Nodler, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Columbia's Career Ladder program is funded by both the state and School District. The district pays 60 percent
and the state pays 40 percent of the program's funding, said Linda Quinley, director of business services for
Columbia Public Schools.
The School District pays the Career Ladder checks in May, and the state pays the school back in July, Quinley
said. This past year, the School District paid participants and received about 35 or 36 percent back from the
state. Quinley said the state used stimulus funding to make the payment, so she doesn‘t think the district will get
its full 40 percent. Now, the district will have to make up that difference in its budget.

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Quinley said the program's state funding was also included in the budget for the 2009-2010 school year. The
administration and the School Board will have to meet and decide what will happen with the program, Quinley
said. The district was expecting about $1.4 million from the state for next year.
Quinley predicted three options, but said administrators might discuss others as well.
The first option would pay teachers the 60 percent that the budget already allotted and require only 60 percent of
the extra work. Or, the district could go about business as usual and hope it receives the money next July. The
district could also decide to postpone the program until the state has made its decision.
Participants were notified and will be the first to know when the district knows more, Quinley said.
Lee Expressive Arts Elementary second-grade teacher Marilyn Andre realizes the economic situation across the
country, but hopes the state will come through and fund its 40 percent.
Andre said she doesn‘t know any teachers who don‘t support a classroom without spending some their own
money, which is why she liked the extra money from the Career Ladder program.
Andre, who has taught in the district for 37 years, is on level three of the program and often exceeds the extra
120 hours outside the classroom required. Like Melton, Andre plans to continue her extra work, like her after-
school poetry writing class, even without funding.
―I would hope that the program would continue to be funded by the School District even if the state doesn‘t give
their 40 percent,‖ she said.
There are three levels in the Career Ladder program. Each has different requirements, and participants at level
one, two and three receive $1,500, $3,000 and $5,000 respectively.
Teachers are eligible for the program if they meet certain requirements like hours beyond their bachelor‘s degree
and filling out a responsibility plan. The district started Career Ladder in 1987, and the program has grown every
year. There were 687 participants in the 2007-08 school year.

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Mountain high: Storch, Koster get Aspen
Institute fellowship
By Jake Wagman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Two Missouri Democrats have been selected for a fellowship program by the Aspen Institute, which offers
leadership training to emerging political officials from both sides of the aisle.
State Attorney General Chris Koster and State Rep. Rachel Storch have been tapped to join 22 other state
and local officeholders around the U.S. for the two year program, which includes seminars at the institute‘s cozy
mountain retreat in Aspen, Colo.
Others in this year‘s class include the attorney general of Wisconsin; the city council president in Baltimore; and
the speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives.
Storch, 36, was an aide to former U.S. Sen. Jean Carnahan in Washington before being elected to represent
the State House district that includes the Dogtown section of St. Louis.
Koster, 44, a former state senator, was elected attorney general last year after defecting from the GOP.
Other local alumni from the Aspen program include St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed and
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, who is now running for U.S. Senate.

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Nixon announces Wi-Fi loan
By Vincent Brennan/Daily Express
Fri Jul 31, 2009, 01:00 PM CDT
KIRKSVILLE — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was on hand at Wi-Fi Sensors‘ new location in Kirksville Thursday to
announce a $1 million Community Development Block Grant to the business which recently relocated from
Wi-Fi officials said the loan will guarantee the creation of 40 new jobs and new investment of $4.07 million, with
more room to expand the operation in the future.
Nixon took a tour of the facility that produces wireless sensors that can transmit a signal over a highly secured
―Wi-Fi Sensors is creating exciting, state-of-the-art technology right here in the ‗Show-Me‘ state,‖ he said. ―The
units that we saw here today will be literally spread throughout the United States to help make sure efficient and
secure connections happen.‖
Nixon spoke of the transition Wi-Fi needed to bring its business to northeast Missouri. CEO Peter Fuhr and,
brother, COO Peter Fuhr purchased the existing Hollister building in May to house their new operation. Hollister
still occupies a section of the building, but the company leases it from Wi-Fi.
Even during the time of a national recession, Nixon said Wi-Fi was able to persevere through the troubled state
of the economy.
―In these challenging economic times, funding an expansion isn‘t always easy. There‘s always more equipment
to buy along with salaries and bills to cover,‖ he stated. ―For many businesses in Missouri, it‘s a daily fight just to
keep the doors open.
―But that‘s why I am pleased to announce this agreement between the state of Missouri and Wi-Fi Sensors to
make this process a little bit easier.‖
The jobs created by the loan will average an hourly wage of $20.30, which is nearly $10 higher than the Adair
County average.
According to Nixon‘s office, block grants can be used to fund for-profit companies that need funds for a start-up
or expansion. Potential businesses must be located in a city with a population of less than 50,000 or a county
with population less than 200,000.
Nixon noted the record number of unemployed Missourians and the positive impact a project such as Wi-Fi
Sensors can have on a region.
―More than 270,000 Missourians are out of work, and [today‘s announcement] is exactly the type of thing to get
our economy moving forward,‖ he said. ―Transforming our economy to a high-tech future, making sure the
products we develop and the people that help build them are trained, prepared to bring ethics and the hard-
working nature of Missourians to the front.‖
With similar projects happening around the state, and the increase in homebuilding during the last quarter, Nixon
is optimist the recession has bottomed out in Missouri. Now, he is looking forward to accelerating out of the
national decline.
―What we‘re doing right now is looking for projects just like this around the state...so when we come out of this
recession, Missouri is coming out with expanding companies with expanding markets and expanding
opportunities,‖ Nixon said. ―I‘m actually bullish on Missouri‘s economy. I think we are going to come out of this
and I am very, very hopeful that things are going to move relatively quickly.‖

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EPA cracks down on Doe Run cleanup
St. Louis Business Journal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has imposed tougher requirements on Doe Run Resources
Corp.‘s cleanup of a mine waste site in Leadwood, Mo., where residents complained of animal bones and slow
The new terms, contained in an administrative order issued Friday in Kansas City, Kan., are meant to address
public concerns including the proper use of treated sewage sludge to remediate the site, the EPA said.
The EPA ordered Doe Run to stop applying sludge, or biosolids, and imposed specific deadlines for the
company to control runoff to nearby houses (September 2009), remove earth (September 2010) and complete
rock and soil cover, vegetative seeding, fertilization and treatment ponds (May 2011).
The EPA said that when Doe Run is again given the go-ahead to apply the sludge, the company must give the
EPA and Leadwood‘s mayor a five-day notice and apply the material only during the day.
―Doe Run has been working under a plan developed by Doe Run engineers and approved by the Environmental
Protection Agency to help improve and remediate the nearly 100-year-old Leadwood mine tailing site,‖ John
Carter, Doe Run's manager of mining properties, said in a statement Friday. ―Yesterday, we talked with the EPA
to collaborate and identify several solutions to address the concerns of the local community. Today, the EPA is
formalizing our agreement so that we can move forward. These are additions to what we‘re already successfully
doing at the Leadwood site ... We‘re committed to continuous improvement, and helping the community."
Residents had contacted environmental investigator Erin Brockovich about the site, according to media reports.
EPA Region 7 has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the terms of its order. The meeting is scheduled for
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the West County High School Cafeteria, 768 Highway M, in Park Hills, Mo.
Led by President and Chief Executive A. Bruce Neil, Doe Run is a privately held natural resources company and
the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Doe Run has operations in Missouri,
Washington and Arizona.
The Leadwood Mine Tailings Superfund Site is one of six major mine waste areas located in a region of Missouri
known as the Old Lead Belt. Historical mining activities were conducted in the region for the greater part of 70
years, leaving behind elevated levels of lead and zinc that pose threats to human health and the environment,
the EPA said.

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EDITORIALS … & Letters to the Editor
Our opinion: Casinos must stay vigilant
ST. JOSEPH NEWS-PRESS    Monday, August 3, 2009

Gambling and some people don‘t mix.
The Associated Press cites studies that show problem and pathological gambling affect from 2 percent to 4
percent of the adult population. Symptoms include a preoccupation with gambling, lying to conceal gambling
from family members, and gambling to escape from problems.
That reality is why Missouri, in 1996, started a program that allows self-identified problem gamblers to put
themselves on a list that allows for them to be arrested for trespassing if caught on casino property.
Just in case anyone doubts the breadth of the problem, consider this: 14,000 Missourians already have placed
their names on the list. And more than 3 percent of them — 480 people — still couldn‘t resist the urge in just the
first six months of 2009 and were arrested at casinos.
This is a remarkable compulsion, a pursuit that the vast majority of adults handle without problem, but one that
can take over the lives of people from all walks of life.
The casino industry knows this, and it also knows that the quickest way to lose favor with the public is for it to
appear uncaring or insensitive to problem gambling. Rather than risk that, the industry wisely sets aside a week
each year to drive home its message.
At Terrible‘s St. Jo Frontier Casino, employees this week will be sporting ribbons and buttons emphasizing their
commitment to responsible gaming; managers and supervisors will discuss the issue at their daily pre-shift
meetings and review their Code of Conduct and other materials designed to keep their focus on identifying
problem gamblers; and educational materials will be provided to casino patrons.
Missouri‘s recent repeal of loss limits caused discomfort enough for those concerned about the potential for
financial ruin for the most vulnerable gamblers. Now come reports that since loss limits no longer are enforced,
casinos are less prone to check IDs — and thus less likely to catch problem gamblers who can‘t stay away.
We strongly urge Missouri‘s 12 casinos to stay focused on keeping gambling addicts off their gaming floors. If
this means reinstituting a mandatory check of IDs, then so be it.

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Sales tax holiday next weekend
Sunday, August 2, 2009, 10:01 PM
By Bob Priddy

The start of school is just days away in much of Missouri. Even closer is the annual Back to School Sales Tax
Holiday. But next weekend's merchandising promotion is misnamed.
Starting at midnight Friday and continuing through Saturday and Sunday, a lot of items can be bought in
thousands of stores without paying the state sales tax. In most Missouri counties and in hundreds of
communities the local sales taxes will be lifted, too.
Don't rush out to buy a new bowling ball...or sewing machine...or big-screen TV....or a new car. Those things are
not considered "school supplies" and it school supplies that are exempt from the sales taxes.
The good thing,says Department of Revenue spokesman Ted Farnen, is that you do not have to prove the things
you buy actually are for school. "Anyone is eligible to save on the items," he says.
As much as 100-dollars in clothes can be bought--but purses, watches and other accessories don't count.
School supplies are included---and that can mean computers costing as much as 35-hundred dollars.
You can find a lot of information with this story at Missourinet.com
For information about products that qualify for the exemption and for a list of cities and counties that are NOT
taking part in next weekend's holiday, go to these links:
What you can buy:
Cities that will continue to charge their local sales tax:
Counties that will continue to charge their county sales taxes
Districts that will continue to charge their special taxes:
Questions? Try here:

Health Department uses social network sites to spread message
about STDs
Monday, August 3, 2009, 9:56 AM
By Jessica Machetta

The Department of Health is using social networking to curb social diseases. Jessica Machetta explains.

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"Take Control -- Take the Test" is the name of the department's new Facebook and MySpace pages. Provider
Health Educator Ken Palermo says you don't have to be a "fan" or a "friend" to find information about sexually
transmitted diseases on the sites.
Users can link their personal pages to the sites, and are encouraged to do so to help spread the message, but
can just visit the pages if they're worried about the stigma attached to having an STD site on their home pages.
Palermo says the idea behind creating the sites was to reach their target demographic, those ages 13 to 24, but
that Facebook and MySpace are used by all ages. He thinks anyone of any age can benefit from accessing good
information about STDs.
Palermo says visitors to the sites are picking up, especially as materials get "out on the streets."
The department is distributing promotional material for the sites at school nurse offices and clinics to reach the
state's youth. And he says the number of visitors to the sites is steadily growing.
We can use this to "reach younger and older populations; people can find accurate information, exchange ideas
and determine the difference between fact versus myth," he said.
To get to the sites, visit http://takethetest.info.

Branson's Rock U Mentally educates kids while entertaining them
Sunday, August 2, 2009, 12:52 PM
By Steve Walsh

It's billed, by quite a few folks in Branson, as the city's first entertainment show aimed directly at kids. Rock U
Mentally focuses heavily on environmental matters, but puts a lot of attention on social issues, as well.
Rock U Mentally is enjoying a limited run at Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater on Branson's Highway 76.
It's staged a dozen shows so far with six more planned for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of both this week and
Bucky Heard is one of the creators and stars of the Rock U Mentally show, which he sees as both an
entertaining and learning tool.
"Rock U Mentally is a hip, educational, musical production company that focuses on teaching kids about
environmental and social responsibility," said Heard. "We kind of lean towards the 70s 'Schoolhouse Rock,'
'Conjunction Junction,' 'I'm Just a Bill,' and 'I Grew Up With That.'"
Heard sees the mix of entertainment and social thought as an opportunity to teach kids and to instill values.
"When you've got a kid's attention, at that young age, and they're absorbing everything," said Heard. "That's the
time that you have to teach them something. so, why not, while you have their attention, teach them something
of value?"
Why is it important to educate through entertainment?
"What we found is that when the kids listen to our music they begin to ask questions," said Heard. "And they go
to their parents and begin to ask questions about the concepts that are taught in the songs."
The show is intended to entertain not only the young people, but their parents, too.
"It's like 'Schoolhouse Rock' meets Chicago," said Heard. "We have a four-piece horn section. Everything's got
horns in it. All the music is really hip, up to date, and fun because we want the parents to have as much fun as
the kids."
For information on tickets and show times call Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater at 417-339-3003.

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EPA orders Doe Run to increase cleanup efforts
Saturday, August 1, 2009, 10:23 AM
By Bob Priddy

The Environmental Protection Agency has told Doe Run Lead Company to increase its cleanup efforts in the
southeast Missouri town of Leadwood.
The EPA says Doe Run needs to do a better, faster, job cleaning up a pile of mine tailings, to write a new plan
for use of treated sewage sludge at the site, and to step up security at the site.
The agency says the new order stems from a variety of public concerns about the progress Doe Run is making
and the way it's carrying out the earlier orders.
The Leadwood site is one of six mine waste sites in Missouri's Old Lead Belt region, all of which are Doe Run
sites. The EPA issued a unilateral order three years ago for Doe Run to clean up the sites. The new order adds
new things for the company to do and sets specific deadlines for completion of those projects.
The EPA will hold a public meeting in Park Hills to discuss the order on August 13.

Slowdown expected in "Cash for Clunkers"
Friday, July 31, 2009, 3:47 PM
By Bob Priddy

The "Cash for Clunkers" program at Missouri car dealers is grinding to a halt only a few days after it started. The
billion dollars intended to underwrite the program for three months has just about run out in the first week.
The United States House has voted another two-billion dollars for the program. Missouri Auto Dealers
Association President Sam Barbee says it's good news---although he has some misgivings.
"I think it's good news but I think from the citizens-taxpayer-human front, these things have got to end," he says.
He expects the Senate to "beat things up pretty good" next week. Barbee says Missouri dealers are likely to
delay making any more deals under the program until the money is guaranteed.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 3 -- Farmington — Five people died in a head-on crash around 11:40 p.m. Saturday in St.
Francois County. The victims in one car were Bessie Barker, 59, of Farmington; Walter Barker, 57, of
Farmington; and Norma Holloway, 60, of Arnold. The occupants who died in the other vehicle were Yvonne
Fulton, 46, and Gregory Fulton, 48, both from Farmington.

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