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Midwifery bill awaiting action in the
Missouri Senate
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (2008-03-31) The Missouri Senate this week may take up legislation that would legalize
midwifery. Senate Bill 870 would authorize the creation of a state licensing board to monitor midwives.
Last year's midwifery legislation became law after its language was inserted into a health insurance bill.
The move cost State Senator John Loudon (R, Chesterfield) a committee chairmanship, but he regained it after
promising to repeal the language. He says this year's midwifery bill removes that language, but also allows
midwives to practice legally.
Certainly it has popular support and it's just a question of whether there's a strong enough minority among the
medical community to block it once again, or get their agents in the Senate to block it for them, Loudon said.
The Missouri State Medical Association opposes the bill. Jeff Howell, Director of Legal Affairs, says it would
allow people who haven't been to medical school to perform a medical procedure: Delivering babies.
Childbirth deaths have fallen dramatically in the last 50 years, and that's clearly the result of the advancement of
modern, obstetrical medicine and what this basically does is put us back into the 19th Century, Howell said.
The 2007 midwifery language was struck down by Cole County Judge Patricia Joyce. The Missouri Supreme
Court has not yet ruled on the appeal, which was argued earlier this month.

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Flooding revives debate over levees
By Ken Leiser

Pacific Mayor Herbert Adams knows the roiling floodwaters of the Meramec River will return. It's just a matter of
The murky brown water can rise just as quickly as it retreated last week, and there's nothing to keep it from
swamping the low-lying, southern part of his city.
"That is why I keep saying that we are acting like a big bird with our head in the sand. It is predictable," Adams
said. "My prediction is that every day that we get up without some kind of protection, we're one day closer to the
next flood."
So when the Meramec broke free of its banks this last time — damaging 180 homes and 30 businesses in his
town alone — Adams implored state and federal leaders to provide a levee or some other form of flood
protection to shield Pacific from another watery mess in the future.
The latest wave of river flooding has rekindled debate over levee building on eastern Missouri and Southern
Illinois waterways. Throughout the St. Louis region, 89 federally recognized levees and flood protection systems
have been erected along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and their major tributaries.
Collectively, they're counted on to protect vast tracts that include residential neighborhoods, factories and
interstate highways. But critics say levees are an expensive fix that have spawned widespread development on
historically flood-prone land and have lulled people into a false sense of security.
Conservationists and some local university professors say levees alter the natural flows of rivers, making
flooding worse for some unprotected tracts.
"If you have to build a levee, at what expense do you pay later when the flood heights are continually being
increased?" said Dan Burkemper, executive director of the Great Rivers Habitat Alliance, a group that promotes
preservation of flood plains. "At what point do you win? The water always flows to the next person without a
Even the success of the $49 million Valley Park levee — which held its ground against the Meramec in its first
major test — was countered by hotly disputed claims that it displaced water and caused some damage
"Thanks for the water, Valley Park," read a handmade sign on a red-tagged Pacific home.
Despite recent controversies swirling around levee development — including the four-mile, $22.5 million levee
guarding the Premier 370 Business Park in St. Peters — there are no long lines of landowners or communities
wanting to build more, said Joe Kellett, the senior civilian engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers' St. Louis
"Not in this day and age, it is actually very uncommon," he said. "If you think about it, the vast majority of our
work recently is to ensure what is there is stable."
Posing a major challenge are five existing levees along the Mississippi between Alton and Columbia, which will
require as much as $180 million in repairs. The aging Metro East levees are tall enough to withstand major
flooding, but they need new pumps, pipes and gates.
New relief wells will have to be built to prevent river water from seeping underneath them.

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"If you look at the risk for the Metro East levees, certainly, logically you would put a lot of funds in those levees
because the risk there is tremendous," Kellett said.
Southern Illinois leaders are scrambling for the money to repair the levee systems.
Meantime, before the corps gets involved in the study, design and construction of a new levee, it needs
authorization and funding from Congress. Cities or property owners seeking a levee have to share in half the
cost to study the idea and 35 percent of the cost to design and build it.
A proposed levee must compete for funds against other new start and repair projects across the country, Kellett
Protecting Pacific against flooding is not a new idea.
In 1987, the Army Corps of Engineers studied flood prevention in Pacific and other communities along the lower
Meramec River. While it concluded that frequent, costly flooding in Valley Park warranted a levee, the cost-to-
benefit ratio didn't support building a $2.3 million to $3.4 million levee in Pacific.
Today, a levee must have cost-to-benefit ratio of 1 or greater — meaning that for every dollar spent, it must
return a dollar or more in protection, Kellett said.
The study suggested that other communities along the lower Meramec rely on home buyouts and a warning
At the urging of Pacific officials, U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Columbia, last year sought a study focusing on
flooding in and around the town, citing its growth.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved the special resolution, but Congress didn't
fund the $100,000 cost of the study. Hulshof is still trying to get the funding, a spokesman said.
Adams, the Pacific mayor, backed away slightly from his original demand for a levee late last week. Instead,
Adams said, he wants to find a solution that will benefit not just his town but others along the Meramec River.
"I am talking about a much larger plan than just a levee for Pacific," Adams said.
Steve Nagle, director of community planning with the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, said a
summit meeting on Meramec flooding is in the works.
"Flood protection is more than just building levees, although levees are an extremely important part of protecting
property and public safety," Nagle said. "But there's another part of the flood protection formula which includes
wise use of flood plains."
River experts say those calling for levees along the Meramec are ignoring such options as buyouts. Several
communities that line the river — including Fenton, Eureka and Arnold — began federally supported buyouts
after floods in the 1980s and '90s.
Adams said there has been no serious discussion about buyouts in flood-prone areas of Pacific.
Robert Criss, a Washington University geologist, said flooding is not the river's fault. The same places that were
swamped by this month's flooding were the same places that were flooded in 1982 and 1994, he said.
"When we build in flood plains, we then put infrastructure in harm's way," he said. "We are just asking for

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House expects clash with Senate on
state budget
Sunday, March 30, 2008, 10:00 PM
MISSOURINET - By Brent Martin

The House has approved its version of the state budget for the coming fiscal year; a $22.4 billion dollar spending
blueprint. Budget work now shifts to the Senate. House leaders expect a few battles with the Senate over
spending priorities.
House Budget Committee Chairman Allen Icet (R-Wildwood) expects the usual give-and-take once the Senate
completes its revisions of the House budget plan.
"In some cases the Senate may not have any heartburn about our positions and go with us," Icet told reporters
after the House approved the budget, "In others, there may be major pushback."
Icet says he will fight for the House positions, even positions he doesn't favor, such as a shift of two million
dollars from hospitals to pay for physician-ordered therapies in the Medicaid budget. Democrats convinced
enough Republicans to join them to amend the House Budget Committee recommendations during House floor
House Speaker Rod Jetton (R-Marble Hill) says the Republican majority has a near obligation to fight to keep the
amendment in the budget bills. Jetton says he feels like it was a team effort, both from Republicans and
Democrats, to put the budget together.
"We owe it to them (Democrats) to go in there and fight from a House perspective as a House team," Jetton said
during the post-budget news conference.
Both Jetton and Icet expect a battle over Access Missouri, the college student scholarship program. The Senate
has viewed scholarships in the same light as the House. Jetton says the House will fight hard to hold the line on
a $100 million allocation to Access Missouri.
The main features of the budget approved by the House are a $120 million increase in the funding of public
schools, $300 million more for Medicaid (now known as MO HealthNet) and the increase $100 million for Access

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Mo. House leaders could benefit from
contribution limit repeal
Monday, March 31, 2008
The Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Ethics Commission has given a financial incentive to some top House
members to repeal the state's campaign contribution limits.
House Speaker-designee Ron Richard has nearly $83,000 in campaign money on the line. House Budget
Committee chairman Allen Icet has more than $34,000 hanging in the balance.
Both say they support the repeal of Missouri's contribution limits, which already passed the Senate and is
expected to come before the House by the May 16 end of the legislative session.
But neither Richard nor Icet says there is any connection between support for the legislation and a recent Ethics
Commission's decision allowing them to keep tens of thousands of dollars that they must refund if limits remain
in place.
Changing the law
Icet and Richard both voted to repeal contributions limits once before, in 2006.
As a result of that largely party-line vote in the Republican-led House, Missouri politicians could accept unlimited
amounts of money from individuals, businesses and interest groups beginning Jan. 1, 2007.
But the Missouri Supreme Court reinstated the limits July 19, 2007, striking down the repeal because of what
amounted to a procedural technicality.
The Supreme Court generally suggested the donation limits should be reinstated retroactively but left it to the
Ethics Commission to determine on a case-by-case basis. The court specifically allowed an exception, if
candidates could prove they relied on the law in place at the time and that refunding the money now would pose
a hardship.
Most candidates said last fall that they would voluntarily refund any contributions larger than the retroactively
reimposed limits.
But some, including Richard and Icet, asked the Ethics Commission for hardship exemptions. They argued they
already had spent many of those large contributions while campaigning against each other for a Republican
caucus election Sept. 19 to nominate the next House speaker.
Several others who ran for different House Republican leadership positions made similar hardship arguments
and were granted refund exemptions by the Ethics Commission earlier this month.
Complicated decisions
But the panel's decisions for Richard and Icet were more complex.
Had the commission strictly applied the law, it could have forced Richard to refund $146,743 in contributions
received during the first half of 2007 that were above the retroactively reimposed limit of $325 per donation for
House candidates.
But the commission let Richard keep $1,275 from each contributor — an amount equal to the cap for a statewide
candidate. The commission noted that House speaker candidates used to be able to raise money as if they were
running for statewide office, before that law also was repealed in 2006.

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After applying a similar rational to Icet, the Ethics Commission knocked down the potential refund amounts to
$82,981 for Richard and $34,050 for Icet.
Then the commission added an escape clause: If the legislature once again repeals contribution limits during its
2008 session, Richard and Icet won't have to refund anything.
Richard, R-Joplin, said he supports repealing the limits again. But when asked whether he had an extra incentive
to back the legislation this year, Richard replied that he might abstain from the vote.
"I don't want to have any innuendo that I'm doing it for monetary reasons," Richard said.
Icet, R-Wildwood, was less concerned about that.
"Whether I have to give the money back or not, I'm going to vote for the bill," Icet said.
Like other backers of the repeal, Icet and Richard both said that unlimited contributions could bring more
transparency to campaigns. Without limits, wealthier donors would not need to channel money in small chunks
through numerous committees to get a bundle of cash to their favorite candidates (though they still could choose
to do so to obscure the source of the money).
"The best way to fix any sort of issues with graft and corruption is to be completely transparent," Icet said. "So if
someone writes me a $100,000 check, I have to defend it."
House Speaker Rod Jetton on Thursday referred the Senate bill repealing the contribution limits to the House
Elections Committee — a first step in getting it to the House floor.
Jetton, R-Marble Hill, supports the repeal but has no similar financial stake in the vote and is barred from
seeking re-election by term limits. He said Richard and Icet should be cut some slack for supporting the
"If they had never voted or taken a position on it before, you could maybe argue that" they were in a politically
awkward position by supporting it, Jetton said. But "they have consistently been for getting rid of the limits."
This time, it just has a more direct effect.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Capitol Correspondent David A. Lieb covers Missouri government and politics for The
Associated Press.

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Property Tax Bill Close To Passage In Jeff. City

     “All taxing jurisdictions ... must roll back their tax rate to counter reassessment increases. What goes up
                                                             should come down.” - Sen. Mike Gibbons of Kirkwood

March 28, 2008

Bills to address what unhappy homeowners refer to as "tax hikes by reassessment" are
edging closer to approval in the statehouse. Critics of reassessment argue these bills
are just "first steps" in a protracted battle against property taxes.
A bill proposed by state Sen. Mike Gibbons, R-Kirkwood, passed the Senate in
February. According to Gibbons, his bill will end back door tax increases, will close tax
increase loopholes, will make sure taxpayers are informed about the tax impact of
updated reassessments and will expand tax relief for low-income seniors and the disabled.
"The main provision of the bill mandates all taxing jurisdictions, regardless of whether they are operating at or
below their tax rate ceiling, must roll back their tax rate to counter reassessment increases," said Gibbons. "What
goes up should come down.
"Currently, only those taxing jurisdictions operating at their tax rate ceiling are required by Missouri's Constitution
to roll back to protect taxpayers, leaving tax jurisdictions operating below their ceiling to approve back door tax
increases with no legal recourse," added Gibbons. "This also closes a loophole that allows taxing districts to take
a tax increase approved by the voters, for example in 2006, and then apply that new tax rate to the higher
reassessed value in 2007."
A measure in committee in the House, introduced by state Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, is similar to the bill
authored by Gibbons. Stream is optimistic that it will pass and that the final legislation to be put on the governor's
desk will incorporate the best of both proposals.
Stream's legislation seeks to offer more timely information to Missouri homeowners. It will require the City of St.
Louis and all counties to notify taxpayers by May 31 of real property assessment hikes and provide an estimated
tax liability for the property. Stream said changing the timeline for appeals of property taxes would make the
process easier for homeowners.
"These particular provisions and the bill as a whole strive to make our system more accountable to our
taxpayers," Rep. Stream said. "The bottom line is our system needs sweeping changes and we can't continue to
let taxpayers bear the costs of the broken system."
Home assessments increased by an average of 22 percent in the school districts of Kirkwood, Lindbergh,
Webster Groves and Affton in the most recent round of reassessment. The 2007 hikes translated into dramatic
increases in property taxes and a resident outcry.
Too Little, Too Late
A South County property tax foe who said he's unimpressed by action in the legislature is Ronald Levy, who
advocates a state ballot measure similar to one passed in California known as Proposition 13. Levy wants a 2
percent annual cap on property reassessments, or even less if the rate of inflation is under 2 percent.
Levy said he is unimpressed by most of the 20 measures that have been introduced in the statehouse in the
2008 session of the legislature. According to Levy, politicians are inclined to introduce new anti-tax legislation in
election years without following through on implementation.

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Harry Chambers of West County, an activist with Citizens for Tax Relief Now, said he's pleased that Gibbons' bill
and the corresponding Stream measure are likely to pass. However, he said something more comprehensive
has to be done.
"As a member on the Missouri House of Representatives Property Taskforce, appointed by Speaker Rod Jetton,
I traveled around the state listening to witnesses give testimony on how the horrendous tax increases in
residential and commercial properties were forcing owners out their homes and businesses," Chambers noted.
"It became readily apparent that our system of reassessment and tax rates was broken and corrective action is
essential to keep folks from being forced out of their homes and businesses," Chambers added.
Chambers said he came to the conclusion that Missouri needs to eliminate property taxes and impose a
statewide sales tax – estimated at 3 percent – for education funding.
"If we cannot get a sales tax, then we need a system like Proposition 13 in California," Chambers stressed "Why
should people be required to pay rent on the homes they own in the form of taxes? And when the rent cannot be
paid – they are forced to sell or be evicted," he added.
School Election Issue
The tax rollback issue and hikes in reassessment have become a big issue in some local school board elections,
including Kirkwood's. Sarah Haenni, a spokesperson for Tax Relief Now and a Kirkwood resident, said those
favoring property tax reform should not be looked upon as against public schools.
Haenni, whose husband Tom is running for Kirkwood School Board, said if residents are upset about rollbacks
being forced on schools and other taxing entities, then they need to really examine and understand the bills by
Gibbons and Stream.
"Some people want to give taxing bodies a blank check, and that's just not realistic, particularly in times when a
recession seems to be upon us," said Haenni. "We have to find a happy medium, and some balance,
whereby seniors who live on fixed incomes can stay in the homes and communities they helped build.
"We also need to fund a great education for kids coming up today and in the future," said Haenni. "We need
young families who will be able to afford to move into our community, something that doesn't seem very easy for
young people I know today."
Haenni said she is glad state lawmakers are finally taking a hard look at reassessment and property taxes. She
said members of Tax Relief Now feel "we're getting half the loaf, but better than nothing."
Haenni said Missouri lawmakers ultimately should place percentage caps on reassessment hikes and tax
increases. She also said legislators must look at the inequities in how assessments are made around the state,
which are unfair and leave St. Louis County taxpayers bearing the heaviest burdens for school funding.

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Sex offender proposals criticized for
The Star‘s Jefferson City correspondent
JEFFERSON CITY | Ted Mason says he is a family man, a churchgoer and a businessman. He‘s also a
registered sex offender.
The Kansas City man recounted his story before a committee of the Missouri General Assembly last week to
illustrate the potential negative consequences of laws meant to keep sex offenders away from children.
At issue are proposals that would require offenders to stay at least 500 feet from parks, swimming pools and
day-care facilities.
At least 21 states — including Missouri — already have laws that ban registered sex offenders from living within
a specified distance of such places. The proposed laws would go beyond that, keeping offenders from ever
going near them.
Critics have insisted that the residency laws are flawed and only give parents and communities a false sense of
security. They say buffer zones only prohibit where offenders sleep at night, not where they spend their time.
For people like Mason, who argues that he has completed treatment and has been rehabilitated, the existing and
proposed laws represent ―invisible walls of incarceration.‖
―I get crushed over and over by laws with good intentions,‖ he said. ―My family has suffered.‖
Mason, 50, exposed himself to three girls in 2001 and was convicted of sexual misconduct involving a child. He
was put on probation for five years, during which time he participated in a community-based treatment program
similar to Alcoholics Anonymous.
The program was immensely successful for him, he said, and has helped him assimilate back into society. The
state Department of Corrections reported no violations during his probation and has had no problems with him
Mason is married, has two teenage children and works from home in the mortgage and construction business.
He leads a support group for men at his church.
But as a registered sex offender, he‘s also included on state and county registries and is subject to laws
restricting his legal residence.
The residency laws, combined with an error by the state‘s Division of Probation and Parole, are what have
complicated his life and driven him to speak out.
Mason bought a home in Blue Springs early last year. He did so only after consulting with the Division of
Probation and Parole, which surveyed the area and found that it met the distance requirements for schools and
day-care facilities.
After moving in, however, Mason discovered that a home-based child-care facility, Mary‘s Little Lambs Daycare,
was in fact just behind his property.
A Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman acknowledged the division‘s error in allowing Mason to move
into the house. The day care had no exterior signs to tip officials off, Brian Hauswirth said.
―They did not know it was there,‖ Hauswirth said. ―Our people are very careful, and we‘re constantly trying to
upgrade how we do things by using mapping tools and other methods, especially for sex offenders.‖

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To comply with current laws, Mason cannot sleep in his home because it‘s within 1,000 feet of Mary‘s Little
Lambs. Instead, he sleeps in an empty house in Kansas City owned by family members and returns to his home
during the day to work and see his family.
One of the proposals presented this week would prohibit registered sex offenders from being physically present
within 500 feet of a day-care center while children are present, effectively banning Mason from his home for
most of the day.
―If a child is in that day care after hours — 7, 8, 9 at night — how am I to know?‖ Mason said. ―This empowers
neighbors and the day-care owners to basically alter my life.‖
The bill‘s sponsor, Rep. Gary Dusenberg, a Blue Springs Republican, said the issue is a difficult one, but one
that requires lawmakers to err on the side of protecting children.
―At the present time, I think we need to have laws in effect that keep these folks away from our children,‖ said
Dusenberg, whose district includes Mason‘s home and the day care.
The owner of Little Lambs initially contacted Dusenberg about the issue and supports the current bill.
Because the current law only regulates where an offender sleeps at night, Mason or another sex offender could
pose a risk to children during the day, said Mary Katherine Douglas, the owner of the day care.
―His backyard bumps right up next to mine,‖ Douglas said. ―If he wanted to expose himself in front of these
children, he could. I‘m not saying he would, but a sex offender (in a similar situation) can.‖
Charles Onley, research associate with the Center for Sex Offender Management out of Maryland, said he has
heard of cities going a step further by controlling where offenders can go.
Earlier this year, the city of Florissant, Mo., banned offenders from being within 500 feet of any city park,
community center or pool.
―I don‘t know that I‘ve seen states make that move,‖ Onley said.
Mason argues that rather than passing laws affecting all sex offenders without regard for the severity of their
crimes or the progress of their rehabilitation, the state instead should develop a rating system for offenders and
determine restrictions accordingly.
―Right now, they equate me and any other offender on the list with John Couey,‖ Mason said, referring to the
Florida man who raped and killed a 9-year-old girl in 2005. ―… That‘s the way the laws are designed right now, to
capture everybody, one-size-fits-all.‖
Dusenberg said he has had conversations with Mason and is open to future legislation creating a rating system.
―In the next year or two, I would certainly be agreeable to looking into that,‖ he said.

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No treats on Halloween for sex
ST. JOSEPH NEWS-PRESS - by Alyson E. Raletz
Monday, March 31, 2008
Halloween could bring less fright — and candy — for children if the state steps in and bans certain criminals from
the outdoors for the night.
Sex offenders would turn into shut-ins if legislation an area senator successfully changed becomes law.
The Missouri Senate on Thursday approved a bill that makes sex offenders provide more information to law
enforcement for the state registry and ups the charge class for certain crimes against children.
Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, successfully amended the bill, adding restrictions to sex offenders‘ whereabouts
every Halloween. His amendment requires any sex offender on Oct. 31 to:
avoid all Halloween-related contact with children;
remain inside his or her residence between the hours of 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. unless required to be elsewhere
for just cause, including but not limited to employment or medical emergencies;
post a sign at his or her residence stating, ―No candy at this residence‖; and
leave all outside residential lighting off during the evening hours after 5 p.m.
Any sex offenders who don‘t follow the Halloween rules would be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
Asked why Mr. Lager singled out sex offenders and not other criminals, he told the News-Press, ―If they‘re a
murderer and they‘re out, hey, maybe we should put a sign on them, too.‖
Mr. Lager said he hoped to eliminate any opportunities of temptation for sex offenders and to protect children
going door to door on the holiday.
The bill needs passage in the House of Representatives before Gov. Matt Blunt can sign it into law. Sen. John
Loudon, R-Chesterfield, sponsored SB 714.
In before the Gunn
A controversial appointment steered clear of affecting the chances of two regional men‘s spots on state boards.
Senate President Pro Tem Mike Gibbons withdrew the appointment of Democrat Kevin Gunn to the Missouri
Public Service Commission after opposition from members of his own party. In pre-filibuster form, Democrats
said they were prepared to talk on the matter for hours.
Senators approved local appointments before stalling debate, however.
Senators confirmed the nomination of North Central Missouri College President Neil Nuttall to the Missouri
Workforce Investment Board. Mr. Nuttall, 57, of Trenton, has served as college president for three years. His
term will end on March 3, 2012.
Also, they confirmed John Evans, 59, of Lathrop, to the Amusement Ride Safety Board. Mr. Evans has worked
for his family‘s carnival business since he was a child and took over Midland Empire Shows in 1991. His term
ends April 17, 2009.
Mo‘ services in HealthNet
Legislation from a St. Joseph Republican that would make MO HealthNet cover more services saw success in
committee last week. Rep. Dr. Rob Schaaf‘s HB 1933 would add medically necessary home telemonitoring
services to MO HealthNet, which replaced Medicaid in 2007. Dr. Schaaf‘s own health care transformation
committee voted up the bill.

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Officials press for tougher anti-meth
Champion wants to cap pseudoephedrine amounts, link sellers.
Chad Livengood-News-Leader
Three years ago, Missouri took a big step toward cracking down on methamphetamine producers by requiring
buyers of over-the-counter cold medicine to show identification and sign a form.
But it became quickly apparent to many pharmacists that meth users were just bouncing from pharmacy to
pharmacy, signing their names on a state tracking form and continuing to buy mass quantities of cold medicine,
which contains pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient for the addictive drug.
"If you can go from pharmacy to pharmacy to 50 different places in town, what good is it?" said Jeff Goetzinger,
a pharmacist at Orchard Hills Pharmacy, 3816 W. Chestnut Expressway. "The current system doesn't really
have a lot of teeth to it."
With the support of nearly 600 independent pharmacists in Missouri, state Sen. Norma Champion wants to
further regulate the sale of pseudoephedrine by creating an electronic tracking system and limiting people to
buying 9 grams of cold medicine a month.
Law enforcement officials use the paper forms to track people suspected of buying pseudoephedrine for meth
"It takes a while to figure out who is abusing the system," said Champion, R-Springfield.
On Tuesday, the Senate's Seniors, Families and Public Health Committee, which Champion chairs, will hold a
hearing on a House bill and seek to reconcile it with Champion's original legislation, Senate Bill 732.
Champion introduced the bill last year; it passed the Senate, but the House ran out of time and never voted on it.
This year, the House and Senate versions of the bill are largely similar. A House amendment to add RU-486, the
so-called "morning after" abortion pill, to a list of controlled substances will not be included in the compromise
legislation, according to Champion's office.
Champion said a "real-time monitoring" system will "keep people from producing meth."
Oklahoma is the only state with an electronic system, Champion said. Since that state put in its system a year
ago, pharmacies in neighboring towns in southwest Missouri have reported an increase of pseudoephedrine
sales to Oklahoma residents, Champion said.
Some national pharmacy chains already have their own internal electronic tracking systems in place to track
interstate sales.
CVS Pharmacy, which has a store on South Glenstone Avenue, connects its 6,300 pharmacies nationwide on a
system called Meth Check, which restricts a customer to buying 3.6 grams of pseudophedrine per day at CVS
stores, according to corporate spokesman Mike DeAngelis.
Champion's legislation also would create a statewide database of doctor-prescribed controlled substances, such
as painkillers. Pharmacies would be required to report once a month to the Department of Health and Senior
Services data on who purchased the prescriptions.
Police investigating people who go from doctor to doctor seeking prescriptions could have access to the
database to track illegal mass purchasing, Champion said.

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The Missouri Pharmacy Association, a group representing nearly 600 independent pharmacies, supports both
aspects of the legislation.
"There really is no mechanism for pharmacists to work with the system to make sure people aren't abusing
controlled substances," said Ron Fitzwater, chief executive officer of Missouri Pharmacy Association.
Fitzwater said patients' data will be protected under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability
Act and law enforcement officials could only access the database for an ongoing investigation.
"The data will be protected," Fitzwater said. "It's not as if law enforcement can go in there for a fishing
Champion said 36 states already have similar monitoring systems in place for controlled substances.
"We're really behind the curve of getting that done," she said.

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Local legislator wants to fix village law
By Dave Abner
(Editor’s Note: This story is the first of two parts.)
Dennis Wood is on a mission to right a wrong.
Wood, 62nd District Representative in the Missouri House of Representatives, hopes to repeal a law passed last
year that provides landowners a loophole to circumvent county authority.
The 2007 law, passed with little fanfare, provoked considerable controversy after the fact when a Lebanon
tycoon tried to incorporate about 400 private acres in Stone County as a village. Pending legislation before the
Missouri General Assembly would repeal an amendment in last session‘s Senate Bill 22 – commonly called the
village law – that allows landowners to incorporate a village that would not be required to abide by some county
The new amendment sets no minimum population for an area to become a village and requires no streets,
businesses, schools, parks, churches or other entities that might normally be in a town.
The amendment would also seemingly render a village exempt from county planning and zoning requirements.
The law took effect Aug. 28. The same day, five residents living on the Route DD peninsula north of Kimberling
City petitioned the Stone County Commission to incorporate a 400-acre tract along DD, a part of the Evergreen
Corporation, as a village.
Lebanon developer Robert Plaster owns the tract and is Evergreen‘s president and chairman. The five
petitioners are Plaster employees.
Plaster‘s name did not appear on the petition. In November, Stone County commissioners denied the petition by
unanimous vote.
The commission‘s denial prompted a lawsuit from petition supporters.
If the SB 22 amendment is such a bad law, how did it become law in the first place?
The answer depends on who gives it.
The amendment was tacked on as an 11th-hour substitution in the waning days of last year‘s legislative session,
Wood said.
And nobody caught it.
Wood (R-Kimberling City) said, under normal conditions, somebody should have noticed the last-minute
―I‘ve never missed a vote in six years (in office),‖ Wood said. ―I am sincere about my job.
―Things don‘t slip by me.‖
But he admits this one thing did. Slipped by everybody, in fact.
Wood said, ―A hundred and sixty-three House members didn‘t catch it. Thirty-four senators didn‘t catch it.‖
After the measure was approved by the General Assembly and before the governor signed it, officials from the
Missouri Association of Counties noted the oversight.

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Wood said, ―MAC caught it and brought it to my attention.‖
So, who made the 11th-hour change?
According to Wood, Missouri Speaker of the House Rod Jetton (R-Marble Hill).
The amendment was part of a much larger bill – about 200 pages.
The original bill had been debated on the House floor. After the debate, Wood said, Jetton ordered the change
and legislators voted on the amendment without ever debating last-minute additions.
Wood was told by the House research director that Jetton dropped off a change in the bill to the research
director‘s department, asked staffers to draft the change in legal language and returned later to pick up the
The revised version was the bill approved in last year‘s session.
Wood had to initially do some detective work to even unearth the fact that Jetton was behind the change. Once
Wood and others discovered the 11th-hour revision, Jetton was largely silent about his reasons for the new
He still has little to say about what happened last session.
Contacted recently by telephone, Jetton‘s communications director, Barry Bennett, said, ―Chances are about one
in a thousand he‘ll talk to you about it.
―It‘s the last thing he wants to talk about.‖
Several pointed questions were required before Bennett would even say that the revision was Jetton‘s creation.
Bennett ultimately said, ―He (Jetton) sponsored that amendment.‖
(Coming in Part Two: Why did Rod Jetton make the change? What‘s wrong with the village law? What are the
chances for repairing last year‘s mistake?)

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express support for 'home rule'
Charter commission getting close to 'high level decisions'

Saturday, March 29, 2008 5:55 AM CDT
The Jefferson County Charter Commission received some words of encouragement from state legislators at a
meeting March 20.
State representatives Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart, Ron Casey, D-Crystal City, and Sam Komo, D-House Springs, all
appeared at the commission gathering to offer their views on charter government.
The session took place at Antonia Fire Protection District House No. 2, where the commission is scheduled to
meet again at 6 p.m. Thursday.Derrick Good, the commission co-chair, said the representatives indicated they
would be glad to see Jefferson County officials given the power to create their own legislation.
Under the present system administered by the Jefferson County Commission, commissioners cannot make new
regulations without going through the state Legislature. That power could be written into a charter.
"They said it's not always easy to get (Jefferson County) legislation through," Good said.
Roorda said his presentation to the charter commission was meant to convey his support for "home rule," though
he will not make a decision as to whether he will support the charter until he can read it.
"I support the idea of home rule," Roorda said. "But, to say whether or not I support the charter, I have to wait
and see how it comes out.
"The process of having to go to Jefferson City and ask us to get a bill passed every time the county feels it needs
a new power is a process that can be very cumbersome."
The charter commission has invited county office holders, employees, a variety of elected officials and other
interested parties to attend the meetings to get their views on what should be written into a charter.
Formation of the charter commission came after the successful completion of a petition drive by Citizens for
Charter Government. In December, judges from Jefferson County's 23rd Circuit Court chose seven Democrats
and seven Republicans to serve on the commission and write a county charter within a year.
If the charter gains a simple majority, a new form of government based on the charter would replace the existing
three-member Jefferson County Commission. Details as to the form and size of the new government body are
under study by the charter commission at this time.
Good said the commission is nearing the point where its members will be making significant decisions as to what
will be included in the charter.
"We've talked about some general concepts," he said. "(At Thursday's meeting), we'll start making some high
level decisions."
He added that does not mean the commission is finished gathering input from people concerning the charter.
"We still want to hear from people, but we want to start making some decisions so we can start compiling talking
points to bring to the public," Good said.
The fact that Franklin County has a charter government issue on the April 8 ballot is probably something positive
for the Jefferson County effort, Good said.

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"I think the effect is this," he said. "It brings more attention to charter, which is good.
The Franklin County charter movement is attempting to obtain a charter government in a different way than
what's been going on in Jefferson County, Good said.
"We did it by petition," he explained. "They're trying to form a commission by vote."
Tomorrow's meeting is scheduled to focus on discussions with city administrators and mayors. Also at the
meeting, the commission members are to decide whether to keep meeting at the Antonia Fire Protection District
building, return the meetings to the Jefferson County Administration Building in Hillsboro or consider other
Antonia Fire Protection District's House No. 2 is located at 6633 Moss Hollow Road, Barnhart.
Roorda's entire presentation to the commission, as well as other Jefferson County Charter Commission
information, can be found at the commission's Web site at jeffcocharter.org.

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'800 Bridges' design work up for grabs
Missouri engineering firms share fears with MoDOT they'll be cut out of $800M statewide project
By Matt Wagner - 3/24/2008 -Springfield Business Journal Staff

In-state engineering firms banking on work from Missouri‘s five-year bridge rehabilitation project might want to
have a solid backup plan.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is in the final stages of negotiating a gargantuan government
contract with a group of companies collectively known as Missouri Bridge Partners to finance, design, rebuild
and maintain 802 of the state‘s worst bridges. But the team‘s lead engineering firm – Pasadena, Calif.-based
Parsons Transportation Group – hasn‘t indicated it will subcontract with its Missouri counterparts for much of the
bridge work, and MoDOT officials are likewise mum on details.
MoDOT Outreach Coordinator Bob Brendel said the department‘s Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program –
dubbed 800 Bridges – is expected to cost between $600 million and $800 million, up about $200 million from
initial estimates.
―The total cost will be more than that by the time you figure in the financing,‖ Brendel said.
Construction work handled by Clarkson Construction in Kansas City and Fred Weber Inc. in Maryland Heights
will account for the biggest piece of the contractual casserole being cooked up in Jefferson City, but the
engineering component also represents a healthy serving of business for hungry in-state firms.
Bruce Wylie, executive director of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers, said the trade group
wholeheartedly supports the effort to make Missouri‘s bridges safer; it‘s MoDOT‘s shift away from traditional
competitive bidding that worries him and others within his organization.
―That‘s been our concern all along – design-build reduces the number of entities that can compete,‖ he said,
suggesting that some MSPE members have hung their hats on the project‘s magnitude. ―In reality, I think a lot of
subcontracting will go on, and I think a lot of Missouri firms will get some of this work, simply because of
Bridge the gap?
In December, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission selected Missouri Bridge Partners as the
―best value‖ team to lead the project, which includes at least one bridge in each of the state‘s 114 counties.
Missouri Bridge Partners is led by San Antonio-based Zachry American Infrastructure, which essentially
functions as the project developer, MoDOT‘s Brendel said. UBS Investment Bank and Hastings Funds
Management – international investment banking firms with offices in New York City – are responsible for
financing the complex project. Kansas City engineering firm HNTB is in charge of quality control and inspection,
and Infrastructure Corporation of America is a Nashville-based company that will oversee 25 years of bridge
MoDOT officials referred questions about the team‘s strategy for bridge engineering work to Dwight Munk, senior
project manager with Zachry American Infrastructure.
Munk did not respond to several phone messages seeking comment, and Parsons Transportation Group officials
also could not be reached.
As word has spread that California-based Parsons might farm out the bulk of the work, Brendel said MoDOT has
received calls from in-state firms wondering if the door to the bridge business has been shut. His response: ―I
don‘t know.‖
―We‘ve assumed all along there would be plenty of opportunities for subcontract work, but I‘m not aware of any
particulars on the engineering side,‖ he added. ―We‘ve referred any inquiries we‘ve had to the lead for the

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MSPE members said the door still appears cracked open, but they acknowledged that Missouri Bridge Partners
is under no obligation to contract with in-state firms. MoDOT spokesman Jeff Briggs declined to comment when
asked if the department will require the team to contract with Missouri engineers for a certain percentage of the
project work.
Neil Fossnight, vice president of Springfield-based Scott Consulting Engineers, said plenty of Missouri
engineering firms are qualified to do the required bridge design and consulting work.
―The bridges … would be something that would be very easily parceled out to a number of smaller consultants,‖
he said. ―It would seem like there would maybe be a way … where they could make some provisions for giving
(Missouri Bridge Partners) credit for using people in the state. I think that would be good.‖
No guarantees
One person who considers himself an advocate of both Missouri‘s bridge project and the state‘s engineering
firms is Jim Anderson.
Anderson is vice president of the Highways and Transportation Commission – the panel that will review and vote
on the contract with Missouri Bridge Partners. He‘s also president of the Springfield Area Chamber of
Commerce, which counts more than a dozen engineering firms among its members.
―I can‘t help but believe the vendor will look at using Missouri firms because they‘re right here – they‘re on the
ground, so to speak,‖ Anderson said. ―Is there a guarantee? No. … But I‘m optimistic that the concerns and fears
that people have hopefully will not come to pass.‖
Commissioners won‘t learn details of the contract until the confidential negotiating phase is complete. That
process already has taken three months, which concerns Anderson.
―Time is an issue, and I think we have to get something done quickly to get anything done this construction
season,‖ he said. ―We are going to take the time necessary to make the right decision, and frankly, we are not
unwilling to walk away if it doesn‘t make sense. This thing has to make sense.‖
Anderson said he‘s hopeful the commission will consider a final version of the contract at its April 9 meeting in
Jefferson City.
SBJ.net Poll
Should Missouri Bridge Partners – the team negotiating a contract with MoDOT to rehabilitate and maintain 800
of the state‘s worst bridges – be required to use in-state engineering firms? Why or why not?
Vote at sbj.net/poll.
Finding the ‘Best Value’
Missouri Department of Transportation selected Missouri Bridge Partners for the Safe & Sound Bridge
Improvement Program – dubbed 800 bridges – after using a point system to evaluate the multidisciplinary team‘s
proposal for tackling the $600 million-plus project, which seeks to rehabilitate 802 of the state‘s worst bridges.
MoDOT‘s evaluation process included pass/fail items as well as scored items. Here are the two scoring
categories and point totals assigned to each component:
Technical elements
Technical strategies – 15 points
Traffic maintenance – 10 points
Public information – 5 points
Cost elements
Net present worth – 40 points
Minimal cash outlay for first 5 years – 20 points
Uniform annual payments – 10 points

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Officials adjust to new law for drunk prisoners
Statute allows authorities to require
medical clearance for some prisoners
March 29, 2008 - 10:09PM
Sarah Nail
The Sedalia Democrat
Some drunk prisoners who refuse to participate in                   "Just because a person refuses to blow is not an
medical tests to meet the Pettis County Jail's fit-for-             indicator that they automatically need to seek
confinement policy are not booked into the jail.                    treatment," Bond said. "It is that totality of
                                                                    circumstances when looking at that."
Instead, those arrested by Sedalia police officers are
either released to sober adults, or watched for hours               Jailers take into account the person's level of
by an officer. County deputies take prisoners to the                consciousness, behavior, speech and whether he is
hospital to be examined, even if they refuse.                       able to walk without assistance. The arresting officer
                                                                    is obligated to have the prisoner checked, at the
Sheriff Kevin Bond and Police Chief John DeGonia
                                                                    prisoner's expense, to meet the confinement
say they are working together to solve problems that
                                                                    standards, according to the state law.
have risen from the jail's fit-for-confinement policy.
                                                                    Sedalia Police Cmdr. David Woolery said, "The
A state law, which went into effect last year, allows
                                                                    problem for us is a lot of people we arrest are
jails to require medical clearance from "a physician
                                                                    intoxicated, and many over .25 (percent blood
or competent medical personnel" if prisoners are
                                                                    alcohol content)."
unconscious, seriously ill or injured or "seriously
impaired" by alcohol or drugs.                                      Woolery said if the prisoner is unconscious, injured
                                                                    or ill "it's our responsibility to take them to the
"As administrators ... we have an obligation to
                                                                    hospital because they're not fit." He said he
ensure that the citizens are protected, whether that's
                                                                    understands the sheriff's need to protect the jail from
the individual citizens that are coming through our
                                                                    liability, but the policy is impractical when it comes to
facility or society at-large, by protecting the county
                                                                    walking, talking drunks.
(from liability)," Bond said.
                                                                    Sedalia attorney Robert W. Russell said the policy
How it works
                                                                    "puts the arresting officer into a heck of a box."
Here's how it works at the Pettis County Jail: A
                                                                    A person who is unconscious is unable to give
person who appears to be drunk is asked to take a
                                                                    consent and therefore, officers can seek medical
portable Breathalyzer test when he or she is brought
                                                                    treatment on behalf of the prisoner.
into the jail. The jail requires medical clearance if the
person has a blood alcohol content higher than .25                  "You get into a completely different discussion when
percent. Bond said he set the threshold based on                    that person is conscious," Russell said. "Everything
medical documentation from the jail's physician and                 is dependent on the circumstances, on what
correctional medical providers.                                     condition the person is in when they're brought to
                                                                    the jail."
The judgment of jail staff and the arresting officer
help decide whether a person needs clearance from                   Officers take conscious, drunk prisoners to the
medical personnel to meet confinement standard, if                  hospital when asked by jailers and the prisoners
that person refuses a Breathalyzer or is below .25                  agree to treatment, Woolery said. But, officers have
percent.                                                            few choices when a prisoner can walk and talk and
                                                                    refuses a medical exam, he said.

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"We either keep them under observation, or get a                   Bond said prisoners can be forced to go to the
competent adult to come and get them, which isn't a                hospital.
situation we're comfortable with, either, but we don't
                                                                   "We approach it from the standpoint, state law
have any other options," Woolery said.
                                                                   allows us, that if a person appears they don't fit
Those outcomes are undesirable because many of                     medical confinement standards, it becomes the
those who fail to meet the jail's requirements are                 arresting agency's responsibility to get that fitness
violent, Woolery said. Officers arrested the prisoners             for confinement standards," he said.
for a reason, be it domestic violence, fighting or
                                                                   A prisoner's rights
driving while intoxicated, he said.
                                                                   However, Russell said the state law can't trump
"If they get back into that, or create another
                                                                   Fourth Amendment rights against unlawful searches
situation, it's just not a good idea," Woolery said.
                                                                   and seizures or Fifth Amendment protections
A danger to their health                                           against self incrimination.
Sam Hargrave, the jail administrator, said                         State law "doesn't necessarily give the sheriff the
intoxicated prisoners are among the most                           right to force someone to be seen by a physician,"
dangerous of health risks because of alcohol                       Russell said.
poisoning and the difficulty in detecting it.
                                                                   Hargrave said jailers are not concerned about the
Other county jails in Missouri have similar policies to            prisoner's desires to keep parents from knowing of
those here. Some jails have a full-time medical staff.             their arrest or fears that going to the hospital may
At others, jailers isolate drunks and monitor them                 jeopardize their criminal case.
carefully to catch medical problems.
                                                                   "There is a great liability accepting someone into the
Bond and Hargrave take the position that a drunk                   jail who is not medically fit for confinement," he said.
person is unable to exercise sound judgment in                     "I hope the citizens of Pettis County are concerned
whether he needs medical treatment. Hargrave says                  about that too. We'd really be doing somebody
prisoners have the "right" to refuse a Breathalyzer                wrong if we didn't see that they were OK."
and to say what they want.
                                                                   Bothwell Regional Health Center chief nursing
That doesn't necessarily mean we will follow what                  officer Debra Howser said any patient who refuses
they want, if there's concern for the health and                   treatment at the hospital is read a form and told of
safety of that inmate, that's going to win over on                 the health risks associated with leaving. A patient is
that," he said.                                                    allowed to leave after signing a "refusal for treatment
Hargrave said "a person who is highly intoxicated is
a danger to himself and to others and he needs to                  Howser said the hospital treats patients brought by
be seen." Those who are drunk and drive are                        officers to the emergency department the same as
making irrational decisions and are unable to make                 any other patient.
rational judgments about their health too, he said.
                                                                   "We don't do exams just to say someone is" fit for
"I'd say the arresting officer, if he's concerned about            confinement, she said.
the well-being of the individual, he will take them to
                                                                   Officers are at risk of civil liability if they force a
the hospital to be seen, even if they don't want to
                                                                   prisoner to be examined, in some cases, Russell
go," Hargrave said.
                                                                   said. Nurses and doctors are at the same risk if they
Bond and Hargrave liken it to when a person is                     force an examination or possibly if they make the
suicidal.                                                          wrong call that the prisoner is suitable for jail.
"That person has no right to refuse because we're                  "That's why you see a lot of hospitals refusing to do
concerned about (that person's) welfare," Hargrave                 these things," Russell said.

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Howser said the hospital assumes the same liability                "That arresting officer did his job," Hargrave said.
it would for any patient treated in the emergency                  "He had concern for her, as well as the correctional
department who later has a bad outcome.                            officers, that she was OK. Nobody was let out of jail;
                                                                   we don't want anybody let out of jail. ... If they break
Last year, two drunk inmates on separate occasions
                                                                   the law, they should be in jail, but that doesn't mean
were taken to the hospital to get medical clearance.
                                                                   we're not concerned about their safety and welfare
Each had been in a vehicle accident, but neither
                                                                   and want them checked out."
complained of pain at the jail. Bond said both had
lacerated livers that required treatment.                          In contrast, Sedalia officers detailed these events in
                                                                   a report from an incident March 1.
"Had those people been in our facility and waited
until they started complaining ... we don't know what              A woman was arrested on charges of obstruction
the outcome would have been on that, but certainly,                and failure to obey officers. She appeared to be
the quicker they can get to medical treatment the                  drunk. Once at the jail, the woman "functioned very
better off it is," Bond said.                                      well physically but was uncooperative by way of her
                                                                   attitude." Officers described her as "mobile, agile
An isolated problem
                                                                   and articulate with no slurring the entire time,
Bond contends that problems meeting the                            although she remained loud and hostile."
confinement standards are isolated to a few
                                                                   Officers began paperwork to book the woman into
                                                                   the jail and the woman continued to yell and
"We're not having every inmate come through like                   threaten officers. The woman refused the portable
that. ... Most of the inmates we have come through,                breath test and the jailers told officers they would
it's not an issue," he said. "The person is able to                have to take the woman to the hospital to be
walk in on their own, they're able to talk, they know              examined.
(the day of the week)."
                                                                   She refused to be examined, and jailers told city
Woolery said from Feb. 28 to March 19, four                        officers she could be cleared if a doctor looked at
prisoners failed to meet the jail's fit for confinement            her and said she was OK. An officer called the
standards and refused the examination at the                       hospital, where an emergency room doctor said he
hospital. He began requesting documentation of                     wouldn't make a medical diagnosis without
such instances March 2.                                            physically checking the woman.
Woolery said he is unaware of any prisoner arrested                Two Sedalia officers were in the sally port of the jail
by Sedalia officers being admitted to the hospital                 discussing what to do with the woman who was not
after a medical exam.                                              allowed in the jail without the medical exam, which
Tale of two arrests                                                she refused. A jailer escorted the woman into the
                                                                   sally port and released her there with the officers.
Hargrave described a recent situation following the                She began yelling, pointing and getting so close to
arrest by a Pettis County deputy that shows how the                the officers they had to push her away. A deputy
policy is supposed to work.                                        helped the officers by handcuffing the woman to a
A woman was arrested with a blood alcohol content                  wall in the sally port. The woman was released to a
of .27 percent. The deputy told the woman he was                   relative.
going to take her to the hospital to be checked as a               Bond said jailers in this situation suspected the
matter of policy and procedure, and "she didn't want               woman was also on drugs and exhibiting "bizarre"
to go," Hargrave said. The deputy took the woman                   behavior. He later talked to a family member who
despite her wishes, a doctor said she was medically                said the woman had also taken medication that
fit to be in jail and she was brought back to the jail.            shouldn't be mixed with alcohol.

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Proposal would give bonuses to
Sunday, March 30, 2008
By Lindy Bavolek
Southeast Missourian
Teachers who work at small schools, and stay there, would receive bonuses under a plan proposed by a Kansas
City representative.
House Bill 2430, sponsored by Democrat Jason Holsman, would pay teachers a recruitment bonus of $5,000 to
work in a small district. Math and science teachers would get $7,500.
After five, 10 and 20 years in the district, the teacher would receive a retention bonus of $2,500, $5,000 and
$10,000 respectively.
"We all agree that being 44th in the nation for teacher pay is unacceptable. The question becomes what's the
best way to fix it," Holsman said.
House Speaker Rod Jetton, R-Marble Hill, proposed raising the minimum teacher salary from $23,000 to
$31,000, with pay increasing with experience. A public hearing was held March 12, but the bill, No. 2040, is not
currently on the House calendar.
Critics opposed the cost of Jetton's bill, estimated at $87 million, and others said suburban schools, many
already paying the proposed new minimum, would not benefit.
"We want to do something for all our districts. The whole point is to recruit and retain," Holsman said.
His plan would also offer stipends to recruit teachers to work in unaccredited schools and stipends for teachers
who work in a district that moves from unaccredited to accredited. Another main component of the bill is an
award that would be given to teachers and administrators based on performance. School participation in the
program would be voluntary.
"Keeping teachers in the five- to 10-year range would be beneficial," said Adrian Eftink, the principal of Oak
Ridge Elementary. He said general classroom teachers tend to stick around, especially at the elementary level,
but said "speech, art and PE teachers seem to move around. Special ed is extremely transient in small districts,"
he said.
The Missouri State Teachers Association started a campaign in the fall in support of teacher pay increases, and
strongly backs Jetton's bill. Mike Wood, a lobbyist for the association, said that while Holsman's bill will put
money in teacher's pockets, he's "not sure it is the right way ... A teacher in Woodland making $27,000 would be
a whole lot better making $31,000." He questioned whether a $2,500 stipend would keep someone in the district
for five years. However, the organization has officially stated it will support legislators who intend to raise teacher
Holsman's bill was referred to committee March 19, and a hearing has not been scheduled. The House approved
a budget this week. If either Holsman or Jetton's bill passes, an appropriation could be added in the Senate, or
the House could write a supplemental appropriations bill.
Holsman recognizes legislators have "a budget problem right now that may be difficult to overcome." However,
he said, "there is no question there is a broad consensus that 44th is unacceptable and it is going to cost money
to fix it." He estimates the bill would cost $70 million the first year.
The bill is bipartisan, Holsman said, noting that Jetton also worked on it. He also noted that the stipend-for-
performance aspect of the bill would be building-wide, so teachers would not be competing against each other.

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Teachers would vote whether they wanted to participate, and the school board would develop an evaluation
plan, based on test scores or teacher performance.
Dr. Ron Anderson, superintendent of the Jackson School District, said that historically performance pay is not
well-supported by teachers. He said, however, that many states are implementing programs by choice, and that
"I think down the road we will see new things come along. We'll have to look at them closely to see how they
would fit before we decide whether to support or not support."

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Mo. lawmakers try to keep power plant
Sunday, March 30, 2008
The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A group of Missouri lawmakers are proposing legislation that would keep Aquila Inc. from
having to tear down a Cass County power plant.
The House members filed a bill this week that would expand the powers of the Missouri Public Service
Commission, allowing the regulatory body to approve the construction of utility improvements, even after they're
already built.
If passed, the legislation would effectively overturn an appellate court's decision earlier this month that the
commission overstepped its authority by giving its blessing in 2006 to the already constructed $140 million plant.
Rep. Ed Emery, a bill sponsor and chairman of a special utilities committee, said he got involved because
tearing down "a necessary power plant that costs that much, just to teach somebody a lesson and making
customers pay for it, would be just silly."
Opponents of the plant say the bill would allow Aquila to ignore the law and shows how close the utility is to state
"They [Aquila] will do just about anything to get their way," said Gary Mallory, presiding commissioner for Cass
County. "They don't like the law, so they're going to change the law."
An Aquila vice president said the company began talking with lawmakers shortly after the court decision and
Emery, R-Lamar, said he had lunch with Aquila officials Monday.
"But since I chair the utilities committee, those are the people I'm supposed to be talking to," he said.
Aquila built the plant in June 2005 without seeking county zoning permits, saying it believed its state-issued
certificate didn't require local approval.
The county sued, with Cass County Circuit Judge Joseph P. Dandurand and an appeals court agreeing that the
state-issued certificate didn't specifically cover the plant.
The appeals court did say Aquila could try to get the permits after the fact from county officials — who said they
would never approve them — or go back to the PSC.
The commission voted in May 2006 to approve the plant. The regulatory agency said it was in the public's
interest and should be allowed.
But the appeals court on March 4 sided with the county again, saying state law requires the commission to
authorize power plants before construction begins and even the commission can't change that.
Rep. Trent Skaggs, R-North Kansas City, said he agreed that Aquila had made mistakes and should be
punished but didn't believe the government should shut the plant down.
"I don't see how we as a legislature can sit back and let that happen," he said. "This case is bigger than Cass
County. It's time for the state to step in."
Debra Moore, Cass County counselor, said the state shouldn't be able to pass retroactive legislation, especially
as the courts have twice ruled against Aquila.
Moore said it would cost the company $20 million to dismantle and move the plant and that it wouldn't
significantly affect customers in the area.

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Rep. Brian Baker, R-Belton, argued that communities rely on master plans for development and zoning laws and
the bill would allow the commission to ignore those.
"I told (Emery) I was going to fight it, and he told me that at some point you had to be forgiving," Baker said. "I
don't think he would feel that way if somebody built a strip club next to his church."
Aquila has also asked the Missouri Supreme Court to review the appellate court's decision but said it would have
to begin tearing down the South Harper plant as early as this summer if the court declines to take the case.
Ivan Vancas, operating vice president of Aquila's Missouri utilities, said the figure for dismantling the plant was
actually closer to $100 million and its removal would require the company to buy expensive power from other
utilities during period of high energy use.
"We are working hard to keep this plant operating," Vancas said.
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Democrats settle on list of delegates
By JASON ROSENBAUM of the Tribune’s staff
Published Friday, March 28, 2008

Betty Wilson said she is excited to be a "teeny" part of what could a momentous occasion in the country‘s
political history as a national delegate for Sen. Hillary Clinton.
"It‘s awesome because I‘m of a generation where I‘ve seen the tremendous struggles of women to gain equality
and be recognized for their individual talents, not just borrowed from their spouses," Wilson said. "And I would
think our daughters, our granddaughters, our grandsons and our spouses would share in this very exciting
moment of history, whatever the outcome is."
Supporters of Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama convened yesterday in Mexico, Mo., to select three Clinton
delegates and an alternate, as well as two Obama delegates to represent the Ninth Congressional District in
August at the Democratic Party‘s national convention Aug. 25 in Denver. That allocation is based on how the two
candidates did in the 25-county district in the Feb. 5 primary.
Wilson, Denise Gilmore of Columbia and Samuel Hodge of Kirksville were picked as Clinton delegates, and
James McConnell of Shelbina was tapped as an alternate. Robin LaBrunerie of Columbia and Bill Monroe of
Fulton were chosen to go to the convention as Obama delegates.
Wilson, an attorney from Columbia, said she has been organizing for Clinton since "Day One," work that
including helping put together events and increasing visibility for Clinton‘s campaign.
LaBrunerie, a social worker, has been canvassing and making phone calls on behalf of Obama. She said she
angled for the spot in Denver by talking with Obama supporters and showcasing her "passion" for his candidacy.
"I am extremely grateful to the people who supported me," LaBruinerie said. "I‘m incredibly excited and
energized by all the other people who are working on the Obama campaign."
Those selected last night were "pledged delegates" determined by the result of the Feb. 5 primary. But there are
still six so-called "super delegates," who can consist of party leaders, elected officials and Democratic National
Committee members and are free to choose the candidate they want to support. It is widely agreed that Obama
and Clinton cannot win the nomination without super delegate support.
Clinton super delegates include former Rep. Richard Gephardt, D-Mo.; U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Kansas
City; Democratic National Committee member Sandra Querry; and Democratic National Committee member
Doug Brooks. The Obama super delegates are U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-
St. Louis; U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis; and DNC member Mark Bryant.
That leaves six undeclared Missouri super delegates: Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, Missouri Democratic
Party Chairman John Temporiti, MDP Vice Chairwoman Yolanda Wheat, U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Lexington,
Leila Medley of the Missouri National Education Association and state Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University

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Blunt's in China, but his quotes are still
right here in Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY | Even on the other side of the world, Gov. Matt Blunt had an official response and ready
remark for just about everything that happened in Missouri this week.
The Senate passed a biodiesel bill?
―Adopting a B5 standard makes sense for Missouri consumers, farmers and our environment,‖ Gov. Blunt said.
Missouri students were selected for an agribusiness academy?
―It is important to encourage young Missourians to pursue one of the many rewarding careers in agriculture and
to stay engaged in our state's farming tradition,‖ Blunt said.
Tax returns and refunds are on record pace?
―We want Missourians to receive the tax refunds they are owed as quickly as possible,‖ Blunt said.
The looming digital-TV conversion?
―Now is the time for all Missourians to get up to speed on digital TV," Blunt said.
The governor‘s office has sent out no fewer than 17 press releases in the last five days, all of which have been
datelined Jefferson City and featured direct quotes attributed to Blunt.
That‘s pretty typical for Blunt, except that this week he‘s been in Beijing, China, on a trade mission.
Has he been flying back each day to review Missouri events and deliver press release-ready quotes about
That‘s quite a schedule to keep.
And between all that apparent travel, he‘s also found time to make news in China — two press releases from this
week carry a Beijing dateline and report progress made in securing a new trade link between China and St.
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Missouri House passes budget amid debate over
college funding, Medicaid, stem cell research
  JEFFERSON CITY – After three days of debate, the Missouri House on Thursday approved a $22.5 billion
operating budget that provides more money for public schools, higher education, prisons and social services.
 The House version of the budget boosts overall spending by $965 million even after cutting nearly $500 million
out of the increases recommended by Gov. Matt Blunt.
  Budget Chairman Allen Icet, a St. Louis County Republican, touted the budget for exceeding $3 billion in
general tax revenue for public schools for the first time. He noted the budget increases funding for public schools
and higher education by $225 million.
 ―We are keeping our commitment to the children of the state,‖ Icet said.
  But education spending provided spirited debate over the last three days. Democrats complained that the
budget reflects a shift in priorities from well-funded colleges that keep tuition low to underfunded colleges with
high tuition that is partly offset by wider availability of state scholarships.
  Rep. Margaret Donnelly, a St. Louis County Democrat, pointed out that state support for public colleges and
universities would rise only $40 million next year. Funding for college scholarships, which can be used at public
or private universities in Missouri, will increase $28 million.
  ―When you add it all up, it will be more expensive to attend college,‖ Donnelly said. ―The proper use of tax
dollars is to ensure we have outstanding public higher education institutions. This bill continues us in the wrong
  Earlier in the week, Democrats criticized the expansion eligibility for state scholarships to include an estimated
9,900 students from families with average income of $125,000 a year and in some cases as high as $225,000 a
  Rep. Sara Lampe, a Springfield Democrat, tried unsuccessfully to trim $13.6 million from the budget, which
would limit the scholarships to an estimated 43,000 students with family incomes as high as $72,000 a year. The
scholarships range from $1,000 at community colleges to $2,150 at four-year public universities to $4,600 for
use at private universities.
  By handing out scholarships with no income limitation while squeezing the state‘s universities and colleges,
Lampe said, the state was moving toward vouchers to pay for higher education.
  The House turned back an effort to delete $25.2 million in grants for life science research. Supporters of the
proposal, spurred on by criticism from the Missouri Catholic Conference, argued that such grants should not be
funded because they might go to researchers studying early stem cells.
 Rep. Mike Talboy, a Kansas City Democrat, said he was weary of proposals to block research and
embarrassed by the need to defend science on the floor of the House.
  ―Whether you look at the health benefits or the economic ones, we shouldn‘t be here debating whether
research is good,‖ Talboy said. ―The outcomes of (that research) make all our lives better…Please, I ask today,
let‘s stop the war on science.‖
   Talboy got support earlier in the week from Rep. Jim Lembke, a St. Louis County Republican who has been a
fierce opponent of research on early stem cells and laboratory techniques for cloning human cells. But Lembke
supported the life sciences funding, saying he was confident that the state would make grants only for research
that did not involve early human stem cells.

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  Democrats were also critical of the budget‘s failure to expand Medicaid coverage for families living below the
poverty level. Under the current program, adults lose coverage if their income exceeds 23 percent of the poverty
level, or about $350 a month for a family of three.
  But Icet defended the budget, saying it includes $6.7 billion for Medicaid programs, including an increase this
year of more than $300 million in state and federal funding.
  The budget now goes to the Senate.
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State Senate passes biodiesel mandate
By JASON ROSENBAUM of the Tribune’s staff
Published Friday, March 28, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate approved legislation yesterday that requires all diesel fuel sold in
Missouri to contain 5 percent biodiesel, similar to the 10 percent ethanol mandate on gasoline that went into
effect several months ago.
Under the bill sponsored by Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, the mandate would go into effect four months after the
average price of biodiesel has been equal to or less than the price of traditional diesel for a full year. However, it
would not take effect sooner than June 1, 2010.
Biodiesel, which is made from soybeans, is seen as a boon for Missouri farmers who raise the crop. Backers say
higher demand for the fuel helps the rural economy and reduces dependency on foreign oil.
The plan has the backing of Gov. Matt Blunt, who also supported the ethanol mandate that went into effect Jan.
"Adopting a B5 standard makes sense for Missouri consumers, farmers and our environment," Blunt said in a
statement. "Using biodiesel will support Missouri‘s farm families, improve our air quality and reduce our nation‘s
dangerous dependence on foreign oil."
But the legislation was the subject of furious criticism before it was sent to the Missouri House.
Opponents, for example, have noted that a higher demand for corn and soybeans has caused food prices to
rise. Sen. Luann Ridgeway, R-Smithville, said that could have hurt low-income families. She also noted that
increased prices for commodities such as corn bolster the price for feed, which she said hurts livestock farmers.
Ridgeway and several other lawmakers opposed the idea of state government tampering with the free-market
economic system.
"Yes, I‘m a conservative legislator, and I‘m proud to be it," Ridgeway said. "But I tell you what, we could, heaven
forbid, let the free-market system work on this."
Ridgeway echoed the view of Sen. Chuck Purgason, who got into a fiery exchange with Sen. Wes Shoemyer, D-
The Republican senator from Caulfield chastised Shoemyer and other legislators for supporting ethanol and
biodiesel standards as a way of "sidling up to the trough" of government.
"You sit there and wrap yourself in the flag and say, ‗I‘m free! I can do whatever I want - as long as I get my
government subsidy,‘ " Purgason said in his exchange with Shoemyer, "as long as someone else who is out
there competing on the private market that you‘re screwing up pays taxes to help support your subsidy at the
feed trough of government."
Shoemyer said he abstained from the vote on the ethanol mandate because he was an investor in an ethanol
plant at the time. He abstained from yesterday‘s vote as well.
Although he didn‘t vote for the legislation, Shoemyer defended the mandate on the Senate floor. "We have an oil
industry" that‘s "holding our country hostage," Shoemyer said. "We have an opportunity to change things."
The legislation was sent to the House on on a 20-11 vote. Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, voted for the bill.

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House bill introduced that would benefit
Aquila power plant
The Kansas City Star
Aquila can‘t seem to win in court to save its $140 million South Harper power plant in Cass County.
Turns out, it might not have to.
A group of Missouri House members stepped into the long-running fight this week, introducing a bill that would
likely make moot a court order for the Kansas City utility to dismantle the plant it built without zoning approval.
Rep. Ed Emery, a Lamar Republican who leads a special utilities committee, said Friday that he had intervened
because tearing down ―a necessary power plant that cost that much, just to teach somebody a lesson and
making customers pay for it, would be just silly.‖
Cass County officials and other opponents said the bill would simply allow Aquila to circumvent the law. They
also said it showed how cozy Aquila was with politicians and state officials.
An Aquila vice president said company representatives had begun talking with legislators earlier this month after
an appeals court decision went against the utility. Emery said he had lunch with company officials on Monday.
―But since I chair the utilities committee, those are the people I‘m supposed to be talking to,‖ Emery said.
The proposed bill would expand the power of the Missouri Public Service Commission by granting the agency
new authority to approve a power plant even after construction.
The commission did just that last year with Aquila‘s South Harper plant. But on March 4, the Missouri Court of
Appeals ruled that the commission ―exceeded its authority‖ by approving a power plant that had already been
Rep. Trent Skaggs, a North Kansas City Democrat and the only sponsor from the Kansas City area, said the bill
was filed specifically to help Aquila.
―Aquila made mistakes and should be penalized,‖ Skaggs said. ―But in no way should government step in and
shut this power plant down. I don‘t see how we as a legislature can sit back and let that happen.
―This case is bigger than Cass County. It‘s time for the state to step in.‖
Rep. Shane Schoeller, the Springfield-area Republican who introduced the bill, could not be reached for
Debra Moore, the attorney for Cass County, questioned whether a bill could be made retroactive, especially in
this case, after two court decisions have already gone against Aquila. Legislative opponents are expected to
fight the bill by making similar arguments.
Moore also said that the cost of dismantling and moving the plant was only about $20 million and that it was
ridiculous to think that losing the plant would mean people‘s lights would go out.
Rep. Brian Baker, a Belton Republican, said he told Emery that the bill was flawed because it would allow the
public service commission to approve utility stations and power plants with no regard for community master
plans or local zoning laws, such as what happened with South Harper.
―I told him I was going to fight it, and he told me that at some point you had to be forgiving,‖ Baker said. ―I don‘t
think he would feel that way if somebody built a strip club next to his church.‖
Gary Mallory, presiding commissioner of Cass County, said he was not surprised by the bill.

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―They (Aquila) will do just about anything to get their way,‖ Mallory said. ―They don‘t like the law, so they‘re going
to change the law.‖
On March 18, Aquila filed an appeal to have the case heard in the state Supreme Court.
On Friday, Ivan Vancas, operating vice president of Aquila‘s Missouri utilities, said the company was facing the
possibility of having to begin dismantling the South Harper plant as early as this summer if the high court
declined to hear the case.
He said the proposed legislation needed to be passed before the General Assembly adjourned to ensure that the
plant would not have to be taken down.
He said it was in the public interest not to dismantle the power plant because it would cost $100 million to
dismantle and move the plant — a fivefold figure over that cited by Moore. Aquila would also be faced with
buying expensive wholesale power this summer to replace losses from the South Harper plant.
―We are working hard to keep this plant operating,‖ Vancas said.
Della January, one of a group of homeowners who have been fighting the plant from the beginning, said she
knew Aquila would ―pull something else.‖
―But, you know, this has been going for a long time, and we‘re just average people raising families,‖ January
said. ―We‘re not a big corporation with a lot of attorneys on staff.‖

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Woman’s date-rape trauma sets stage for change in law
The Kansas City Star
Christy Forrester‘s comfortable life faded into blackness on Aug. 27, 2006.
A few hours later, she emerged from a fog and into a nightmare — a nightmare she is now fighting to prevent
other women from having to endure.
She awoke in a Kansas City house to the face of a man she did not know. He was red, sweating profusely and
lying naked on top of her.
―I couldn‘t move,‖ Forrester said. She felt paralyzed and could speak only very slowly.
She asked the man what he was doing and told him to stop. He seemed angry as he left.
Although she had been drinking the night before, her lethargy and confusion that morning were like nothing she
had ever experienced.
Forrester began to suspect she had been drugged.
The hospital conducted the standard testing for evidence of rape, including taking a urine sample, but the
sample was never tested for date-rape drugs. When she later raised the possibility that she might have been
drugged, she learned that the urine sample was no longer available.
Without that evidence, prosecutors told her, the case would be difficult to prove.
The man was originally charged with sexual assault and deviate sexual assault, but prosecutors agreed to let
him plead guilty to a lesser charge of felonious restraint. He was placed on probation, and although he was
ordered to undergo sex offender counseling, he will not have to register as a sex offender.
The outcome left Forrester angry and frustrated. She had pushed for the case to be taken to trial.
―I feel very silenced,‖ said Forrester, who is from the Kansas City area and now lives in Washington state.
Although The Star does not usually use the names of sex-crime victims, Forrester agreed to have her name in
this article. She wants to use her experience to help other women.
She has teamed with Missouri state Rep. Beth Low, who has proposed a measure called Christy‘s Law that
would help ensure that evidence in possible date-rape drug cases is collected and properly stored.
―It‘s a common-sense way of helping survivors facilitate prosecution,‖ said Low, a Kansas City Democrat.
Christy‘s Law would require health-care workers to inform victims that they have the right to request testing for
date-rape drugs. The test results would be included with other evidence in the case.
The issue can be complicated for medical personnel. The drugs may impede the patient‘s ability to give knowing
consent to be tested. And if the patient had voluntarily ingested drugs or alcohol before the assault, defense
attorneys could use that information to discredit her testimony.
National standards established by the Justice Department advise health-care workers to explain all the possible
ramifications to victims before requesting their consent to be tested.
For police and prosecutors, suspecting that a victim may have been drugged and being able to prove it beyond a
reasonable doubt is often a difficult leap.
―It‘s the insidious nature of the drugs,‖ said Ted Hunt, chief trial assistant in the Jackson County prosecutor‘s

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Unless a sample is obtained soon after the incident and stored properly, date-rape drugs are difficult to detect in
the victim‘s system. But because they cause the victim to be disoriented and suffer amnesia, victims often are
not even sure anything happened and may delay calling police and being tested.
And because the drugs are often put into an alcoholic drink without the victim‘s knowledge, the woman may be
unsure whether the physical symptoms are from the alcohol or something else.
Even if tests show that the drugs are in a victim‘s system, it is often difficult to link them to an individual, Hunt
Although cases of suspected date-rape drugs are rare, Kansas City police Capt. Mark Folsom said police are
seeing an increasing number.
―I think victims are more aware that those kinds of things are out there,‖ he said.
While sexual assault is generally underreported, cases involving possible date-rape drugs are particularly so,
said Alison Jones-Lockwood of the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault.
Victims are often reluctant to make a report because they are not sure exactly what happened, she said.
In her case, Forrester initially told a police detective she did not think she was drugged, but thought she was
About a week later, she called the detective back to say she was beginning to recall details that made her think
she might have been drugged.
―She said she recalled her vision getting darker‖ and the suspect making her lie on a couch, according to police
―She said that after she woke up, she couldn‘t move and was very confused and ‖ the detective noted. ‗out of it,‘
The detective also reported that Forrester threw up several times during the interview.
Trinka Porrata, a retired Los Angeles police officer and national expert on drug-facilitated sexual assault, said
Forrester‘s description sounded like a potential drug case.
Although Forrester‘s case appears to have been handled correctly by police and the health-care workers initially,
Porrata said victims too often meet skepticism or outright disbelief.
She said law enforcement and health-care workers need better training in what to look for and how to collect
evidence in a timely way.
―There is a huge problem nationally in these cases not being taken seriously,‖ she said.
―There‘s a huge gap in understanding and the belief that it really happens.‖
Forrester said she hoped efforts such as Christy‘s Law would help change the image of rapists as attackers who
hide in bushes and physically overpower their victims.
―The drug takes the place of the beating,‖ she said. ―The drug is the source of domination.‖

Date-rape drugs
•Common date-rape drugs include GHB (gamma hydroxyl butyrate), Rohypnol, Ketamine and Ecstasy.
•Giving the drugs to someone without their consent to facilitate sexual assault is considered forcible rape under
Missouri law. Kansas has a similar law.

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Dougherty's wife files to run against him as Silvey
notches pair of budget victories
      Here is the Missouri Capitol Notebook column scheduled to appear this weekend in The Kansas City Star.
The Star’s Jefferson City correspondent
  JEFFERSON CITY | Among the 487 candidates who filed to run for state offices over the last four weeks,
perhaps the oddest pairing is in House District 53 in Independence.
 Three-term Rep. Curt Dougherty is facing three opponents in the Democratic primary – including his wife,
Susan. She entered the race Tuesday, less than four hours before filing closed.
  ―Yeah, it‘s all over the Capitol,‖ Dougherty said with a shrug. ―Somebody said, ‗Boy, looks like Dougherty had a
rough Easter.‘ ‖
  It‘s actually not as weird as it appears. Curt and Susan are not estranged. And the situation makes sense if
things work out the way the Doughertys hope.
  Dougherty said he is under consideration for an appointment by Gov. Matt Blunt. While Dougherty declined to
identify the appointment, the word around the Capitol is that Blunt is considering him for a spot on the Probation
and Parole Board.
  If the appointment comes through, Dougherty said, he would drop out of the race. If it does not, his wife will
bow out, he said.
  Dougherty said his wife is an excellent fit for the district: She has often expressed interest in running for the
seat in 2010 when he reaches the limit of four terms. She is familiar with the process from frequent visits to
Jefferson City. And she knows the district‘s issues, having fielded calls from her husband‘s constituents for the
more than five years.
  ―If the possibility for me to serve the state in another manner is extended and I feel I can do a good job, then I
would withdraw from the race,‖ Dougherty said. ―But I would feel bad if my district wasn‘t treated right. Susan
knows the district and cares passionately about it. And she would have no learning curve.‖
  The other candidates in the Democratic primary are Gary Thompson of Sibley and John Mayfield of
 Rep. Ryan Silvey, a Republican from Kansas City, North, has been making noise on the House Budget
Committee in small, but significant ways.
  Silvey attached an amendment to the state budget that expanded the types of research that can be funded
with $25.2 million in grants from the Life Sciences Research Board. And he inserted $3.3 million into the
budget to give more uninsured children temporary access to government-paid health care.
  Last year‘s research grants were restricted to research involving plants and animals. In the wake of
Amendment 2, which gave legal protection to all stem cell research allowed by federal law, opponents feared
that any grant to study human disease could lead to research they consider unethical.
 But Silvey argued that Missouri law makes human health the primary purpose of the Life Sciences Research
Board. Scientists should not be hampered from searching for new treatments, he said.

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  ―It is time to move past the knee-jerk reactions to any human biomedical research and realize that a lot of good
projects in this state are worthy of consideration,‖ Silvey said. ―This returns these grants to their original
 Silvey successfully defended the expanded grants last week on the House floor. An effort to delete the grants
was crushed, 109-39.
  Silvey‘s health care change allows about 450 clinics to presume that uninsured Missouri children qualify for the
Children‘s Health Insurance Program. If they are not eligible, the children will be removed from coverage within
30 days.
  ―With 127,000 uninsured children in Missouri, any strategy we can employ that increases the number of
children receiving health care is cruicial,‖ Silvey said.
 Missouri CHIP covers children from families with income up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level.
Families in the top half of those income levels must make co-payments and pay insurance premiums.

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   Editorials. . .
Drunk Driving: A glitch and an
POST-DISPATCH - 03/31/2008

The Missouri Supreme Court earlier this month may have handed get-out-of-jail cards to a lot of habitual drunken
drivers. The Legislature should fix the clumsily crafted, contradictory law that led to the ruling.
On March 4, the state Supreme Court ruled that suspended sentences given by municipal courts don't count
toward the three-strikes rule that makes a defendant eligible for a felony conviction and prison. The court said a
state law contradicted itself on the issue. The ruling could release many of the 1,100 Missouri inmates serving
time in prison for drunken driving, and it could shorten the sentences of others.
While they're fixing the flaw, legislators should take the opportunity to improve the way the state deals with
drunken drivers. A sensible policy wouldn't add more inmates but would aim to change people's dangerous
behavior long before they land in prison.
Along those lines, Rep. Neal St. Onge, R-Ellisville, wants to make ignition-interlock devices mandatory for a first-
offense conviction of drunken driving. The machines are used on a second conviction now. Drivers must blow
into the device before starting the car. If it detects alcohol, the driver goes nowhere.

"It's a 24-hour probation officer," says Mike Boland, spokesman for the Missouri chapter of Mothers Against
Drunk Driving.
Drivers would have to keep the devices for six months under Mr. St. Onge's bill. Unfortunately, the idea of
ignition interlocks for first offenders isn't winning over the Legislature.
First offenders include people with serious alcohol problems, along with many social drinkers who have had one
too many. But second offenders overwhelmingly are alcoholics, says Dan Duncan, director of community
services for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in St. Louis.
Such people need treatment for alcoholism, but good treatment is hard to find, Mr. Duncan said. "It's been
severely hampered over the past 20 years by managed care," he said, noting that insurance companies limit
treatment, and many in-patient programs for alcoholics have closed.
State legislatures can order some types of insurance plans to cover alcohol treatment as they would any other
disease. But most health plans offered by large companies are immune from state control.
Drunken drivers generally are sent to state-mandated counseling. Those programs have three levels, depending
on the severity of the problem. The highest level involves six weeks of out-patient treatment and monitoring.
Bill Sunderman, an alcohol counselor here for 22 years, thinks the program needs a higher level — a four- to six-
month program for serious alcoholics.
Because plea bargaining is rampant, some motorists are arrested multiple times for driving drunk, but plead
guilty to lesser charges. In Missouri, a third drunken-driving conviction is a felony punishable by prison time. But

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by the time the steel door slams shut, a typical prisoner has been caught driving drunk four to seven times, says
Mr. Sunderman. The Legislature needs to close that loophole.
One possibility involves drunken-driving courts, such as those in St. Charles County. Judges typically dangle a
prison sentence over a defendant's head as he goes through a long program of alcohol counseling and
monitoring. Drunken-driving courts are patterned after drug courts, which have enjoyed some success in
reforming drug addicts.
A prison sentence keeps a dangerous driver off the road for a while, and that's good. But the offender will get out
again. "I've seen a lot of people go to prison and come out, and the first thing they do is get a drink," says Mr.
Sunderman, the counselor.
A far better, cheaper and potentially more effective answer is to treat the alcoholism.

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BJC spends hundreds of millions on community
benefits but legislatures need to address the plight of
the uninsured
POST-DISPATCH OP-ED By Steven Lipstein
Monday, Mar. 31 2008
A recent Post-Dispatch editorial suggested that BJC HealthCare does not do enough to meet the health care
needs of the region's poor and uninsured. BJC provides the most charity care of any health care organization in
Missouri. But there is a deeper issue at stake: how society should provide for the health care of all of its citizens.
— Should BJC provide more charity and unreimbursed care than we already do?
In 2007, BJC spent 1.7 percent of revenue on charity care. BJC provided an additional 4.3 percent of revenue in
unreimbursed care; that is, we did not know at the time care was delivered whether the patient could pay or
whether he would be eligible for charity care. We take care of the patient first, no matter what. Only afterward do
we attempt to collect from insurers, the government or the patient. Taken together, the value of BJC's charity
care, unreimbursed care and underpayments from Medicare and Medicaid (payments that do not cover costs)
amounted to more than $400 million in 2007, a staggering sum that is growing larger each year.
— What does BJC do with our savings?
BJC holds cash reserves to maintain a solid financial position that will sustain our hospitals and our missions for
the long term. Sustainability cannot be taken for granted, as evidenced by the financial difficulties some other
hospitals in the region have experienced in recent months.
BJC maintains a reasonable amount of savings, given our annual payroll obligation of $1.4 billion and the capital
intensity of our industry. From 2000 through 2009, BJC will spend $2.5 billion on facilities, equipment, technology
and instrumentation.
BJC uses the income generated by cash reserves to further our missions of learning and innovation. Some
examples: a $30 million pledge to the BJC Institute of Health at Washington University, $33 million to build the
new Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College and a $17.5 million commitment to health literacy and
health promotion that includes free health screenings in the poorest neighborhoods of St. Louis. We do not
distribute earnings for the benefit of owners or investors or shareholders. We retain and reinvest those earnings
for the benefit of our community.
How much should be spent on charity care?
The Post-Dispatch editorial cited different approaches to charity care being tried in Texas and Illinois. But
readers should know that 24 percent of Texans are without health insurance — 10 percent more than in
Missouri. And Illinois still is struggling to approve a Medicaid budget; the state comptroller recently disclosed that
Illinois owes $3.4 billion in unpaid Medicaid bills.
— All of these issues beg the question: Whose responsibility is it to pay for the health care that hospitals provide
to the uninsured?
Although discounts on charges to the uninsured will benefit some of the patients we treat, these discounts do not
address the real challenge in our community, which is to provide health insurance for all, paid for by all. Using
hospitals as a funding mechanism obscures the truth: Hospitals do not create currency. They use the money
collected from those who do pay to care for those who don't pay. There is no private insurer that will assume the
risk of covering the poor, absent sponsorship by government.

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The legislatures in Missouri and Illinois represent the people and, appropriately, should address the plight of the
uninsured. Until they do, hospitals will continue to serve the growing uninsured population. Within the BJC
system, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Christian Hospital will do so disproportionately because of their proximity to
the most vulnerable in our community.
At BJC, learning and innovation come together for better health and better health care. All of us who work here
take great pride in the enormous benefit we bring to our community. Our seven St. Louis-area hospitals are
anchors of our entire health care system and, importantly, of our regional safety net.
Readers are entitled to more information than the editorial shared with them and to judge for themselves whether
BJC is meeting our obligations and commitments to our community.
Steven Lipstein is the president and chief executive of BJC HealthCare.

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Jetton ruled right
LAKE SUN LEADER - Published: Saturday, March 29, 2008 12:10 AM CDT

We think Missouri Speaker of the House Rod Jetton did the right thing when he ruled against a legislative
investigation into a judge's ruling in a court case that strangely reached all across the Show-Me State.
We applaud Jetton for making the right decision and we salute Laclede County state Rep. Darrell Pollock for
having the fortitude to stand up for Associate Circuit Judge Christine Hutson.
The daughter of a Camden County family who lives in the Kansas City area filed for a divorce here.
Hutson ruled on the divorce case when it was sent to Laclede County after Camden County judges recused
themselves, as they should have. The family has long been active in local and state politics.
Sometime after the ruling, state Rep. Jim Lembke of the St. Louis area jumped on the Camden County family's
bandwagon and carried with him his own personal axe to grind against Missouri's judicial system.
Lembke apparently favors more legislative control over judges, which to us sounds like a return to political
Missouri lawmakers need to reject these thinly veiled maneuvers aimed at usurping control.
Well done, Mr. Jetton.

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UM’s Forsee leads, but will others
ST. JOSEPH NEWS-PRESS - Sunday, March 30, 2008
There‘s a lot to like about Gary Forsee, who took over last month as the 22nd president of the University of
By all accounts he is intelligent, personable and accomplished. His resume dispels any doubt that this former
chairman and CEO of Sprint Nextel is a Missouri native with a special interest in seeing the state and its citizens
prosper. He is convincing in declaring, ―I have a passion for education.‖
In a guest column at right, Mr. Forsee offers his vision. Now comes the hard work of winning over his
It‘s a mixture of academics, donors, athletics boosters, alums, parents and students. It‘s a cross-section of
Missouri, including wage earners, farmers and white-collar professionals. Relatively few owe their jobs or
livelihoods to the new man in charge.
This is new territory for Mr. Forsee, who earned his stripes as a business executive during years with the
nation‘s top telecommunications firms. He might not have a problem relating to people from different walks of life
or on different rungs of the earnings ladder, but you have to wonder whether that goes both ways.
The former CEO resigned from Sprint Nextel under pressure, four years into a tenure that had high points and
several low ones. The stock in the company has dropped nearly 65 percent since his departure in October.
And yet, in part because he was skilled in negotiating his employment, Mr. Forsee received compensation in
2007 totaling a projected $40 million, The Kansas City Star reported last week. He also will receive pension
payments of about $1 million annually for as long as he lives, The Star said.
Don Walsworth of Marceline, chairman of UM‘s Board of Curators, presumably is unfazed. He said last fall,
―Gary‘s background in one of the fastest-evolving fields – telecommunications – reflects an appreciation for
nimble thinking and a high regard for thinkers who make a critical difference … We are thrilled to introduce him
as the next leader of our University.‖
And that frames the debate, after all: Can this high-profile business executive, with deep Missouri roots and a
passion for education, indeed lead the four-campus university system to a new level of excellence?
Can he build support in and outside the Legislature to address perennial money woes, can he smooth over
cross-campus jealousies and can he raise performance markedly in comparison to other regional universities?
Given the stakes, we all should wish Mr. Forsee great success – something more on the lines of his personal
financial success rather than the fate of his former employer.

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A great investment
SEMISSOURIAN - Sunday, March 30, 2008
By Gary Forsee

I recently completed a 35-year career in telecommunications that took me from the main streets of many
Missouri communities to the canyons of Wall Street in search of good investment opportunities. Since I assumed
the presidency of the University of Missouri, I have discovered a particular investment opportunity that is unique
in its breadth and potential for large returns. It is an opportunity that promises to make every citizen a winner.
Consider an investment that enables:
* Researchers to improve crop output and limit the impact of disease and drought,
* Researchers to find new sources of energy to make us less dependent on foreign oil and higher gasoline
* Young people to become entrepreneurs, scientists, doctors, lawyers, authors, engineers and even astronauts,
* Parents to see their children pursue careers and good job opportunities that were not available to them when
they were preparing to enter the workforce,
* New jobs to be created as ideas become successful products and services that did not exist just a short time
* Critical service needs and job shortages to be met by working together to prepare more nurses, pharmacists,
dentists, physicians, math and science teachers, engineers, software technicians and large animal veterinarians
in rural areas,
* Infusion into the Missouri economy of $572 million from outside sources including federal grants, private
donations, and out-of-state tuition, creating $1.1 billion in economic activity and more than 13,000 jobs,
* Outreach and service programs to operate directly in 111 of our 115 counties; health care to serve more than
80,000 patients, including $49 million in uncompensated care; and $616 million for student financial aid in 2007.
The investment opportunities I have described refer, of course, to the investment "opportunity" found in
education generally and higher education and the University of Missouri specifically.
In my view, we have unlimited opportunities to shape the future. The foundation for that future has to be public
support for education at all levels — whether it is in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade or our public colleges
and universities. Our future success as a state and a society will be determined by how well we understand this
In the business world, I often saw an important initiative or key program reduced to a mere line item in the
budget, the impact not readily understood or appreciated. As our state and communities grapple with the impact
of a changing economy on budgets, I urge all of us to not let our investment in education be reduced to just
another "line item." There is too much at stake, and the return on this investment is too compelling.
Gary Forsee, formerly of Cape Girardeau, is the president of the University of Missouri.

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In our view: Scarlet letter looms over

Let‘s say a husband and wife co-own an automobile. One of them gets stopped for suspicion of driving under the
influence of alcohol, and ultimately gets his or her license suspended for more than 60 days.
Under a bill that received first-round approval this week in the Senate, that couple would have to get a special
license plate with a special series of numbers or letters. It would allow law enforcement to stop the driver of the
vehicle at any time to make sure the suspended driver wasn‘t behind the wheel.
Wait a minute. What happened to the constitutional rights of the innocent person who co-owns the title. That
person has done nothing wrong, yet if such a bill passes, he or she wears the same scarlet letter as the guilty
We understand the bill targets those who lose their licenses for drunken driving but continue to drive. The
legislation is part of a larger transportation bill that also creates a defense for people who run red lights when the
traffic signal isn‘t working and prohibits inserting advertisements into mailings about renewing license plates. We
have no problem with those provisions.
But the special plate crosses the line. We support the efforts of Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, who is trying to
remove the provision from the transportation bill because she feels it steps on the rights of individuals.
She‘s absolutely on target.
This scarlet-letter legislation should make the public see red.

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Gary Forsee’s lavish exit package from Sprint
Talk about eye-popping. Gary Forsee‘s compensation from Sprint Nextel last year came to a cool $40 million.
And under his severance deal, the former chairman and CEO will receive $84,325 a month for life. That‘s about
$1 million a year.
What‘s wrong with this picture? Forsee was forced out last October amid mounting displeasure from
shareholders and board members. Sprint‘s merger with Nextel has failed to deliver many of the hoped-for
synergies. The company is hemorrhaging customers and its stock price has plummeted by nearly 65 percent
since last fall.
As Charles Elson of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance told The Star, ―If you succeed, you should
walk away with a lot. If you fail, you shouldn‘t.‖
As part of his contract, Forsee received severance payments that came to $13.5 million for ―termination without
cause‖ — in addition to the million-dollar-a-year-for-life payments.
Such excesses lay the groundwork for a backlash, which could take the form of an ill-considered move by
Congress to directly regulate executive pay.
A better approach would be to give more power over executive pay to shareholders. If Sprint shareholders had
had a greater voice in this, no doubt they would have a different idea about what the top person should receive
on his way out.

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Protecting homeowners
SEMISSOURIAN - Saturday, March 29, 2008

By KIT Bond

Homeownership, the linchpin of the American dream, is turning into a nightmare for many families who can no
longer afford their mortgages.
According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, mortgage delinquencies are at their highest rate in 23 years.
More than 57,000 homeowners in Missouri are delinquent on their mortgages, including a full 20 percent of
subprime borrowers. In some other states, the problem is even worse.
When people lose their homes, it has a devastating effect on the family, the neighborhood, the community and,
multiplied many times over, on the economy. We are already seeing a weaker economy led by the housing
crisis, and the projections are for the situation to get worse before it gets better.
The best way to get out of the housing crisis is to avoid the foreclosures that throw families out of their homes.
We already have a problem with enough affordable housing in many areas. For those already in homes, doesn't
it make more sense to try to keep them where they are?
That is why I have joined with several colleagues to introduce the Security Against Foreclosure and Education
Act of 2008. Our SAFE Act authorizes state housing finance agencies to issue $10 billion in tax-exempt bonds
and use the proceeds to help refinance subprime mortgages.
The new loans would have a much lower interest rate than the high, adjustable subprime rate now trapping so
many families. Lower payments will be affordable and struggling families will be able to keep their homes.
Our legislation also expedites delivery of $180 million already approved by Congress in December for counseling
help to families in distress. Through this counseling, we hope to reach families with financial solutions before
they fall too far behind in their payments.
Foreclosure not only hurts families, it hurts communities. Other homeowners in the surrounding area see the
value of their homes plunge. Vacant homes invite vandalism. Nearby schools and businesses suffer from fewer
students and customers. Local governments lose tax revenue.
Our bill supports these struggling neighborhoods by providing $15,000 in tax credits for purchasing a home in or
approaching foreclosure. This provision would help neighbors take down foreclosure signs and stop the slide in
property values.
Many troubled homeowners complain that they feel victimized by mortgage brokers who promised lower
payments without describing what would happen when the interest rates adjusted. Homebuyers are hit with
dozens of pages of legalese when they reach the settlement table. What they need to see on the first page in
large type is information about their loan in plain English. That's why our proposal includes new loan disclosure
requirements for a prominent and plain-English explanation of key loan conditions.
Congress must act now to support homeowners. This legislation is an important step in stopping the bleeding for
many families and communities. But Congress must also do more to curb predatory lending practices to ensure
that this does not happen again.

Kit Bond represents Missouri in the U.S. Senate.

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Missouri bill would create system to
grade child care
Missouri lawmakers are considering important legislation to address the inconsistency of quality in child care
Senate Bill 726 would establish a voluntary quality rating system. The bill is drawing growing support from
parents and early childhood program teachers and directors.
A star rating system, similar to those for restaurants, would provide a tool for parents to make informed choices
about child care based on independent assessments rather than their subjective impressions, or the program‘s
self-identified marketing.
The proposed legislation also provides grants, so that programs can improve their star-rating over time. In the
future, a tiered subsidy reimbursement system based on rating scores from one to five would provide support to
sustain quality and an incentive for programs to improve, especially those that serve families with low-incomes.
Programs that provide child care for families that qualify for the maximum reimbursement would have the most to
gain from a tiered system. It is designed to narrow the disparity in program quality between economically
depressed communities and those of affluence.
The Association for the Education of Young Children of Missouri, the state‘s largest professional association for
early childhood teachers and directors, has endorsed a Quality Rating System, a Program Improvement Grant
Fund, and a system of tiered reimbursments based on quality rating scores.
This voluntary system is consistent with the association‘s commitment to ensuring that young children are
nurtured in environments that support their learning and prepare them to succeed in school. It would benefit
providers by helping them identify areas for improvement and providing grant funding for increasing quality.
The cost of child care represents a major portion of many families‘ disposable income. While we are careful to
ensure that there is full and informed disclosure when buying a home or car and that our food is carefully labeled
with its ingredients, we do not provide similar information for consumers of child care services.
We do a disservice to working parents by not providing them with information regarding this important decision.
Likewise, early childhood professionals who provide quality child care services should be recognized and
compensated for their excellence.
Systemic change for improving the quality of Missouri‘s child care programs is not easily accomplished. For
decades we have worked to overcome barriers to high quality early childhood environments. Now is the time to
establish a statewide quality rating system.

Mike Abel is President of the Association for the Education of Young Children of Missouri. He lives in Kansas

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Public Defender system in crisis
Saturday, March 29, 2008, 10:01 PM
By Bob Priddy

 You have the right to remain silent and if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. But the
one appointed for you might be too busy to take your case. Then what? The state senate is trying to answer that
A few years ago when the legislature was cutting budgets it offered the public defender system a choice--
computerize or keep the secretarial staff. The result is that lawyers with excessive case loads already are
spending a lot of time doing office tasks instead of legal work.
Senator Jack Goodman of Nevada says the workload of Missouri Public Defenders is exceeding every standard
for lawyers, public or private.
Now there is a court ruling hanging over them that says they can be held personally liable if they don't provide
adequate defenses for their clients despite the state's refusal to increase their numbers or provide help.
Goodman says the wheels of justice will come to a screeching halt if the problems are not addressed. In fact, he
says, they've already started slowing down.
He says cases are being slowed down to the point that "the guilty are not being incarcerated in a timely manner;
the innocent are not being exonerated in a timely manner and the victims of crimes are having to continue to
endure the trauma of that crime sometimes for more than a year, sometimes longer."
The Senate has sent the House a bill letting Public Defenders refuse to take cases if their workload is so heavy
that it violates professional standards and allowing the courts to appoint private lawyers to fill the gaps. The bill,
however, does not guarantee that the state will provide funding for that relief.

Sex offender from Georgia wants anonymity in Missouri
Monday, March 31, 2008, 9:56 AM
By Bob Priddy

A registered sex offender who served time in prison in Georgia does not want to sign up in Missouri. The
individual, who now lives in southwest Missouir, has filed a lawsuit in southwest Missouri's Webster County
against the sheriff, the county prosecutor, and the superintendent of the State Highway Patrol. He says he was
convicted before Missouri's registry law was passed and therefore should not have to abide by the law.
The man is not identified in the lawsuit. He served three years in prison in the 1990s for two counts of child

Former KC Royal linked to drug operation
Monday, March 31, 2008, 9:51 AM
By Bob Priddy

Former Kansas City Royals catcher Benito Santiago has been linked to a big cocaine operation that was
headquartered in Kansas City's prestigious Country Club Plaza. Police say a car used by a drug dealer is owned
by Santiago.
The man who was using the car, Jacques Lavigne, has pleaded guilty to running a cocaine operation that
catered to the white-collar crowd at the Plaza. Lavigne has admitted importing as much as 154 pounds of
cocaine to Kansas City.

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Beginning teacher survey asks rookie instructors if they were
adequately prepared
Sunday, March 30, 2008, 6:53 PM
By Steve Walsh

More than four-thousand beginning teachers and their principals will soon be receiving word from the State
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that a survey is on the way - it's DESE's second annual
survey of Missouri's beginning teachers.
Gale Hairston, DESE's Director of Educator Preparation, says these rookie teachers have begun their careers in
495 school districts and it's important to find out whether these teachers think they were adequately prepared by
the colleges from which they graduated.
The survey will be conducted between April 21st and May 9th. In 2007 these voluntary surveys were sent to
4,975 teachers, with 63 percent responding. The surveys were also sent to 3,625 principals, with 50 percent
responding. 84 percent of the teachers who responded expressed the belief that their colleges or universities did
a good or very good job of preparing teachers to get into the classroom, while the principals thought 80 percent
of the colleges and universities did a good or very good job.

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USA TODAY In Missouri
Monday, March 31
Marionville - A driver involved in a crash shot to death a man who stopped to offer help, then opened fire on a
police officer. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Joseph Rich, 55, stopped to help after seeing the accident
Friday. The patrol said Jesse Miller, 30, shot Rich, then shot Marionville police officer Andy Clark. Clark returned
fire, killing Miller.

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