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McCaskill wields her clout in probe of war
By Jo Mannies, Beacon Political Reporter

Posted 3:30 p.m. Wed., June 10: The status of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., as the Obama
administration's "hammer'' is underscored once again today, as she chaired a hearing by the Senate's panel on
wartime contracting oversight.
The session could be viewed via Webcast. Portions can now be viewed on Youtube .
(And there was nothing soft in her approach, a break from Rep. Roy Blunt's old moniker, during his House
leadership days, as the "velvet hammer." )
 Earlier this week, McCaskill was all over cable TV backing up President Barack Obama's announcement that
he was committed to "pay as you go'' when it comes to new federal programs. (In short, it calls for outlining how
one would pay for a new program -- budget cuts or hikes in fees or taxes -- before implementing it.
Meanwhile, McCaskill is continuing her relatively new role as the Doler of Federal Dollars (once held by
Missouri's senior senator, Republican Christopher S. Bond, when the GOP was in power). Within the past 24
hours, her staff has issued releases announcing about $6.8 million in various federal grants.
But today's hearing is more in line with the Trumanesque image that the senator and her allies are fostering. She
heads the Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, which is under the Senate Committee on Homeland
Security and Governmental Affairs.
Monitoring the contracts, and unveiling possible waste and abuse, echoes the identical task that then-Sen. Harry
S Truman, D-Mo., undertook during the early days of World War II.
Today's hearing by McCaskill was probing "whether the mismanagement of contracts with a private security
company may have put the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan at risk."
The company in question is ArmorGroup North America (now a subsidiary of Wackenhut).
After the hearing, McCaskill and fellow Sen. James Webb, D-Va., issued a joint statement on various
concerns about wartime contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, in the wake of a report issued by the Commission
on Wartime Contracting.
Their statement said, in part:
The Commission determined, in part, that the following areas of concern require immediate attention:
·     The drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq risks incurring enormous waste, which could range from completion of
work that may not need to be done, to poorly controlled handling and disposition of U.S. government property;
·     There is a need for greater accountability in the use of foreign subcontractors who may not be accountable
to U.S. governmental authority;
·      The effectiveness of contractor support of expanded U.S. operations in Afghanistan is compromised by the
failure to extract and apply lessons learned from Iraq , particularly those relating to poor interagency
·     The Department of Defense should accelerate its plans to establish a contracting command in Afghanistan
; and
·     The Department of Defense should take immediate steps to ensure that contractors providing security for
U.S. operating bases are well trained and equipped to provide strong force protection to our military.

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Bond: ‘Hard to say goodbye’ to St. Louis
fighter wing
By Sean Rose
Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON – All good things must come to an end and for Sen. Christopher S. ―Kit‖ Bond, R-Mo., one of
those good things is the 131st Fighter Wing stationed at St. Louis’ Lambert Field, and its end comes Saturday.
The last two F-15s will fly out this weekend and the base will close later this summer, as part of the 2005 plan
formed by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission.
―It’s hard to say goodbye to the 131st, this fighter wing has long been an important part of St. Louis’ history and
hearts,‖ Bond said.
Bond fought against the wing’s closure, arguing that the region is full of potential targets that need air protection
including nuclear power plants and a uranium enrichment plant in Paducah, Ky.
Most members of the wing will not be going far, joining the 131st Bomber Wing stationed at Whiteman Air
Force Base near Sedalia, Mo.

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Former U.S. Rep. Karen McCarthy has
Alzheimer's and lives in a nursing
The Kansas City Star
Former U.S. Rep. Karen McCarthy, who represented the Kansas City area in Congress for a decade, is suffering
from an advanced form of Alzheimer’s disease, her family said Wednesday.
McCarthy, 62, has lived in a Johnson County nursing facility for about a month. She is ―comfortable and
comforted by the people who care so much about who she is, what she stands for and how the rest of her life
can be led with some measure of peace and satisfaction,‖ according to a family statement.
McCarthy, who retired from Congress in 2005, is single and has no children.
Timothy Colley, a family friend, and Lauren McCarthy, McCarthy’s sister, have been appointed her guardians.
She lacked the capacity ―to meet essential needs for (her) physical health, safety or welfare,‖ according to a
medical evaluation signed by a physician at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
The statement from McCarthy’s family said her difficulties were compounded by a bipolar disorder that
apparently went undiagnosed for at least a decade.
A non-injury car accident involving McCarthy at her home in April prompted her family to seek medical help.
―The diagnosis clearly confirmed she was in the grip of both diseases‖ — Alzheimer’s and the bipolar condition,
the statement said. ―It became clear to Karen’s friends and family that she would be unable to be safe and
secure if living in circumstances without 24-hour supervision.‖
As news of McCarthy’s condition spread, tributes flowed.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, who served with McCarthy in the General Assembly, recalled how she was out front on
the environment.
―She was way ahead of her time,‖ Nixon said.
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who served with McCarthy in the Missouri House in the 1980s, said her
colleague ―cared deeply about the people she served.‖
―When I arrived as a new legislator in Jefferson City in 1983, she was a terrific role model,‖ McCaskill said. ―She
was a reformer and a very hard worker. I learned a lot about legislating from Karen McCarthy. I’m praying for
In 1976, when she was 29, McCarthy was elected to the Missouri House, representing a Westport area district
after a seven-year stint as a high school teacher. She wound up serving for 18 years.
She became chairwoman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee and was president of the National
Conference of State Legislatures.
McCarthy made her move to national politics after U.S. Rep. Alan Wheat stepped down from the House to run
for the U.S. Senate in 1994. In that year’s Democratic primary for Congress, she pulled off the feat of topping an
11-candidate field with 41 percent support.
McCarthy then defeated Republican Ron Freeman in November by 57 to 43 percent. She was never seriously
challenged again.

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Among her accomplishments was congressional authority for the bistate tax, a task she accomplished in one
week through intensive lobbying of key GOP leaders.
―It was a miracle,‖ McCarthy said at the time.
She also cited her work cutting the capital gains tax in President Bill Clinton’s second term and the federal
dollars she corralled for parks in Weston and Kansas City.
But her congressional career ended on a down note. In March 2003, she fell on an escalator in a House office
building and cut her head. The next day, McCarthy acknowledged she had a drinking problem and had ―hit
Shortly before Christmas that year, she announced she would not seek re-election, saying she needed more
balance in her life.
―Too often, I’ve put my career and helping others ahead of my own needs,‖ McCarthy said at the time. ―I made
sacrifices willingly; it was what I did best.‖
A few days later, she left for a monthlong stay at an Arizona rehabilitation center.
In the years following her retirement McCarthy worked several jobs, including a stint as a fellow at the Dole
Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, her alma mater. But she remained largely out of public affairs.

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Zweifel claims record for giving Missourians
their property back
By Jo Mannies, Beacon Political Reporter

Posted 11:15 a.m. Wed., June 10: Missouri state Treasurer Clint Zweifel (shown below) announced this
morning that, with less than three weeks to go in this fiscal year, his office already has set a record this fiscal
year by finding the owners of 71,406 unclaimed property accounts.
The state treasurer's Unclaimed Property Division is the depository for "abandoned assets from bank accounts,
stocks, bonds, insurance policy proceeds, government refunds, utility deposits, wages from past jobs and
contents of safe deposit boxes."
Care to find out if some of that property belongs to you? Go to .
"There is still more than $550 million waiting to be claimed," said Zweifel, a Democrat, in a statement. "We will
continue to track down the owners of these assets through our advertising and outreach initiatives, and we hope
to set a new record next year."
Part of this year's record likely belongs to Zweifel's predecessor, Republican Sarah Steelman, who left office in
January. She also was in office for part of fiscal year 2004, when that previous record was set of 71,155
accounts paid out to owners.
"This record is a reflection of our staff's dedication to finding the owners of unclaimed property, and improving
efficiencies within the office," Zweifel said. "Our efforts have helped put more than $25 million back into the
hands of Missourians during a time of nearly unprecedented economic hardship."

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After years in Hazelwood, Zweifel
moves family to Columbia
By Jake Wagman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel has had enough of the elected commuter life.
After three terms in the State House forced him to travel from his home in north St. Louis County to the state
Capitol, the Democrat has sold his home in Hazelwood and moved to Columbia, just down the highway from his
new Jefferson City office.
Zweifel, 35, was elected to statewide office in November.
Boone County records show Zweifel and his wife recently closed on a four-bedroom home in Columbia. The
move is ―bitterwseet,‖ a spokesman says, because Zweifel had spent his entire life in the Hazelwood area.
Zweifel attended Hazelwood West high and, later, University of Missouri-St. Louis. He plans on enrolling his two
children in Columbia schools this fall.
His new home, though, is just a few miles from the Mizzou campus annd Faurot Field — which should make him
popular with other Democrats when college football season begins.

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Nixon to detail tax cut for small
Thursday, June 11, 2009
ST. LOUIS (AP) Governor Jay Nixon is making three stops around Missouri to announce a targeted tax cut
aimed at helping small businesses.
The Democrat will speak at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Kelly's Furniture in Kirksville, at 11:30 a.m. at Hannibal City
Hall, and at 1:30 p.m. at McArthur's Bakery in St. Louis County.
The governor's office says the plan seeks to help small businesses make ends meet during the current economic
During his stop in Hannibal, Nixon will also ceremonially sign copies of House Bill 191, the jobs bill.

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Nixon: Training bill to 'make a real
Governor signs legislation during Springfield stop.
Jaime Baranyai   News-Leader

Gov. Jay Nixon was in Springfield Wednesday to sign legislation he said would bring "tens of thousands" of jobs
to Missouri.
House Bill 191 provides resources to help businesses create jobs, expand and train workers for future jobs,
Nixon said.
"We passed a bill that will make a real difference," Nixon said during a stop at the Springfield Area Chamber of
As Missouri faces a 25-year high in unemployment, it is critical that the state act to help businesses create jobs
and train workers for the industries of the future, Nixon said.
Asked if Missouri could afford to give businesses tax credits with tax revenue falling, Nixon said the state can't
afford not to do it.
"We can't afford to sit idly by," he said at the ceremonial signing of the bill.
"The only thing we can't afford is to sit still and wait for jobs to be developed."
The bill supports key goals of the Show-Me Jobs Initiative, a bipartisan plan to create jobs and get Missourians
back to work.
The initiative includes expansion of the Quality Jobs, Missouri BUILD (Business Use Incentives for Large-Scale
Development) and job- training programs. House Bill 191 addresses each of those.
It raises the annual cap on the Quality Jobs Program from $60 million to $80 million and removes the annual per-
company cap for jobs in the high-impact and technology categories.
It increases the annual cap on Missouri BUILD from $15 million to $25 million and provides funding for pre-
employment training under the state job- training program.
John Fougere, director of communications for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, said a
number of businesses in southwest Missouri, such as Northstar Batteries and Paul Mueller, have benefited from
the programs.
"They know just how important it is to get incentives from the state."
Additional Facts
"We can't afford to sit idly by. The only thing we can't afford is to sit still and wait for jobs to be developed."
-- Jay Nixon, governor, on signing the jobs bill

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Governor praises jobs bill at EaglePicher
JOPLIN GLOBE --By Susan Redden
With more than 250,000 Missouri residents lacking jobs, Gov. Jay Nixon said the state ―needs bold action‖ to
create and attract the kind of high-tech work under way at EaglePicher Technologies in Joplin.
That’s why he chose the Joplin company, Nixon said Wednesday, as one of the sites for a ceremonial signing of
a bill designed to bring more jobs and business to the state.
―EaglePicher is exactly the type of company we want in Missouri, because it’s high-tech and it’s growing,‖ the
governor said at an event in a company training room. ―And this law will expand the number of economic tools at
our disposal to get more workers back on the job.‖
The new law provides funding for pre-employment activities under the state’s job-training program, raises the
spending limit on state incentives for businesses that create higher-paying jobs with benefits, and removes the
cap for jobs in the high impact and technology categories.
Nixon said the measure will make Missouri more competitive in attracting jobs to the state.
―Before this, we were up against states that had real numbers in hand,‖ he said. ―Now we’ll have the tools to
match, along with the quality of Missouri’s work force, which is second to none.‖
Bipartisan support for the bill that passed in the 2009 session showed that lawmakers ―set politics aside, and put
workers and families first,‖ the Democratic governor said at the ceremony that attracted local Republican
lawmakers, economic-development officials and others to the EaglePicher plant.
Nixon said passage of the bill ―makes me more optimistic Missouri can turn the corner on the economy.‖
―We have to be positioned to accelerate out of the recession; we can’t hold still,‖ he said.
The governor also praised state legislation that allocates $25 million from stimulus funds that would help
EaglePicher tap into additional federal funds to develop commercial batteries that would store power created by
wind energy.
Randy Moore, company president, said after the signing ceremony that the new law should help the company in
development of that technology, along with medical batteries and batteries for hybrid vehicles.
―When you’re looking at next-generation jobs, money for training is a big part,‖ said Creed Jones, vice president
for human resources at the company.
He said state funds have enabled the company to bring in 24 technology students from universities across the
country to work as summer interns.
Nixon noted that the bill was approved 28-6 in the Senate and 153-2 in the House. He joined state Sen. Gary
Nodler, R-Joplin, in crediting the leadership of House Speaker Ron Richard, of Joplin, in helping to get the bill
passed. Along with Nodler, Reps. Bryan Stevenson, R-Webb City, and Tom Flanigan, R-Carthage, attended the
session. Richard, former chairman of the House Committee on Job Creation and Economic Development, was
on his way back from a national event for House speakers.
New jobs
Company officials say EaglePicher is seeking a partnership with an unidentified utility and is prepared to create
as many as 600 new jobs in the development of new batteries to store wind energy.

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Mo. patrol head: No new reports from
fusion center
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Associated Press Writer
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) A law enforcement agency whose leaked report suggesting militia members tend
to favor certain political candidates sparked outrage among conservatives has no immediate plans to compile
other such intelligence reports, an official said Wednesday.
Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. James Keathley told a special House committee that the intelligence
assessments compiled by the Missouri Information Analysis Center, which is part of the Highway Patrol, contain
valuable information but that there were no immediate plans to draft new reports.
''I don't know if we will ever get back in the business of producing strategic reports to be very honest with you,''
Keathley told committee members. ''This report created us a lot of harm, a lot of problems. I'm not going to stand
here and say anything other than that, we all know that's why we're all here.''
The intelligence report that sparked debate contended that some militia members subscribe to militant anti-
abortion or anti-illegal immigration movements. It also noted that members usually support presidential
candidates such as Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas; Libertarian Bob Barr; and Constitution Party member Chuck
Keathley said that under a highway patrol policy change, any future reports would be reviewed by the patrol
superintendent and the director of the Department of Public Safety before being released. The reports also
would have to focus on a criminal element.
He said work on the report began in June 2008 and was specifically requested by a law enforcement agency. He
declined to name who asked for the report.
Keathley said intelligence reports created by the FBI or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would still be
distributed to Missouri police.
The analysis center was created in 2005 to help law enforcement share information. It is part of a national
network of fusion centers that collect intelligence from state and federal agencies to combat terrorism and
criminal activity.
Many lawmakers' questions focused on ensuring that future reports provide information police need without
crossing into broad generalizations of people who follow the law.
Wednesday's hearing was the first for the House Committee on State Intelligence Analysis Oversight. It also
plans hearings in Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield and intends to complete its work in September.
On the Net:
Missouri Information Analysis Center:

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House committee convenes to review
MIAC; Center will not issue further
JEFFERSON CITY | The Missouri Information Analysis Center will no longer perform its own analyses of
crime trends, at least for awhile.
The agency, a "fusion center" intended to link local, state and federal law enforcement groups, was the subject of
a political firestorm earlier this year when some conservatives claimed one of its reports tarred them as
domestic terrorists.
An interim House committee is now reviewing how the center, known as the MIAC, operates and how it can be
In the committee's first hearing on this afternoon, Missouri Highway Patrol Superintendent James Keathley told
lawmakers the center had no immediate plans to prepare more reports like the one that caused the stir in
Compiling its own analyses -- at the request of a law enforcement agency -- was a minor part of the center's
duties, Keathley said. Its top priority is to disseminate information that comes from one agency to others to keep
them apprised of situations or trends.
"I don't know if we will ever get back in the business of producing strategic reports to be very honest with you,"
Keathley said.
Speaking on the February report, he said, "This report caused us a lot of harm, a lot of problems. ... The work of
those reports compared to the scrutiny they got makes me believe we will not be doing anymore of those, at
least in the interim."
If the MIAC does undertake a report, it will be very narrowly tailored, he said, and will be reviewed by a long
chain of command.
Keathley and the MIAC's director, Patrol Lt. David Hall, made their presentation and took questions from
lawmakers for nearly two hours.
Much of the debate turned on what kind of information was appropriate and useful for law enforcement to have
and what crossed the line into profiling.
"How do you assess the difference between someone who is truly deranged and is going commit a crime and
the person who is out there expressing their beliefs?" Rep. Shane Schoeller, a Willard Republican, asked.
For Keathley, the standard was whether warning signs identified in an analysis were applied to a criminal action
taking place or to a person who may have fit a profile but was acting entirely within the law.
"We have to be only concerned with criminal activity," he said, adding, "Law-abiding citizens are of no concern."
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Law aims to prevent repeat DWIs
Breath-activated locks are mandated.
COLUMBIA DAILY TRIBUNE               By T.J. Greaney
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
For years, a determined minority of alcohol offenders in the state have racked up DWI convictions by the handful
and, periodically, made heart-wrenching headlines by committing manslaughter behind the wheel.
―I pray people are ready for a change because it’s not getting any better; it’s getting worse,‖ said Betty Kidwell,
coordinator of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Boone County.
State officials apparently agree and are preparing to clamp down. As of July 1, all drivers in the state who are
convicted of two or more alcohol-related driving offenses must install a breath-activated ignition interlock device
in their cars, and they must remain for at least six months. If the driver wants to start the ignition, he or she must
first give a breath sample with a ―0.0‖ blood alcohol reading.
The General Assembly passed the law overwhelmingly in 2008 and follows the example of several other states
with similar restrictions. These states have each reported steep drops in repeat DWI offenses, Kidwell said.
Although the law primarily applies to people arrested after July 1, it might ensnare some past offenders. Over
Memorial Day weekend, the Department of Revenue sent out notices to 38,000 people who have two or more
offenses on their records but never fully reinstated their driving privileges. The letter warned them that if they do
not fulfill the requirements to begin driving by July 1, they will have to install the interlock device — at a cost of
hundreds of dollars — when and if they seek reinstatement.
The notices also were sent to people who had their licenses revoked for refusal to submit to police alcohol or
drug tests. These drivers must now file a new proof of insurance with the Department of Revenue commonly
known as an SR-22.
The new rules have caused a rush of people to try to complete the state requirements before July 1. The
Substance Abuse and Traffic Offender Program (SATOP) in Columbia, a mandatory class for people convicted
of DWIs, saw a rise in applicants beginning last week and expects it to peak at the end of the month, said
Shelley Riecke, director of Affiliated Court Services, which administers the SATOP class.
Things also are busy at area shops that install the ignition interlock devices. Four Columbia merchants approved
by the state to install them are anticipating a doubling or tripling of requests for their service this year. The shops
reported they now install anywhere from 10 to 20 of the devices per month in vehicles for people ordered by
court to do so.
―I expect it to rise, especially in the fall whenever the students get back,‖ said David Richter, owner R&R Car
Audio on Big Bear Boulevard. ―Quite a bit of drinking goes on downtown.‖
State numbers back up the projected rise. In fiscal year 2008, 1,842 people statewide were ordered by a court to
install an interlock ignition device on their vehicles. In that same year, 6,817 people were convicted of their
second or greater alcohol-related driving offense, according to figures provided by Ted Farnen, spokesman for
the Department of Revenue. Under the new guidelines, all of these people would require interlock devices.
Mark Schumer, owner of Sound Performance Inc. on Indiana Ave., is an approved interlock ignition device
installer and, putting aside the anticipated rush of business from the new law, he said he believes it will help the
customers he calls ―good people with problems.‖ Repeat offenders, he’s found, start out resenting the devices
but end up being thankful for them.
―They bitch about it, and then eventually they realize it’s actually a privilege to drive,‖ Schumer said. ―Because
the alternative is not to be able to drive at all.‖
Others, while applauding the new law, are concerned that some will simply opt not to go through the system at
all. Persistent offenders have been known to drive for years without licensure or insurance. ―In those cases,
taking the driver’s license away doesn’t do any good because they go ahead and drive anyway,‖ Kidwell said.

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MoDOT creates civil rights division
KRCG-TV   Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 6:27 a.m.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A special division within the Missouri Department of Transportation will help
women- and minority-owned businesses get involved in state construction projects.
The department has created the External Civil Rights division to oversee and expand affirmative action, equal
opportunity and nondiscrimination programs. One of the goals for the new division is to develop pre-apprentice
and on-the-job training programs.
The training programs have increased diversity among workers on the Interstate 64 reconstruction project in St.
Louis and a bridge project in Kansas City.
External Civil Rights division Director Lester Woods says the new unit will help MoDOT deliver better projects
with a more diverse work force.

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Awarding Outstanding Older Workers
COLUMBIA - One state department is honoring dependable employees for the 19th year in a row.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Senior Employment Coordinating Committee is
sponsoring the Older Worker of the Year award.
In order to be eligible for the honor, an employee must be at least 65 years of age, work at least 20 hours per
week, and display dependability and new skills on the job.
"Older workers go above and beyond the call of duty every day, they're an asset to any organization. I urge
Missouri employees to think about their older co-workers and nominate them for this award," Department of
Health and Senior Services director Margaret Donnelly said.
The winner and regional finalists will be recognized at a two-day awards ceremony in September in Jefferson
84-year-old Jean Hines of Sullivan won the award in 2008.
She works at the Carden Machine Shop finishing parts for aircraft including the F-18 Hornet and the Osprey
helicopter, which is deployed in Iraq. Some of the parts are worth $6,000 a piece. Grinding in the wrong area can
result in the part being scrapped, but Hines has never ruined one.
In her seven years on the job, she has never been late or missed a day of work.
Nomination forms are available online and can be accessed by clicking the link to the left. Nominations must be
submitted by Aug. 1, 2009.
KOMU-TV Reported by: Alex Rozier
Posted by: Megan Granger

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Pallid sturgeon population of Big Muddy
gets boost
The Kansas City Star
The Missouri River took on about 550 more endangered pallid sturgeon Wednesday near Kaw Point.
Several conservation departments worked together to release the fish, and about 1,500 more will be stocked in
other parts of the river over the next few days.
The pallid sturgeon, which can measure up to 72 inches long and weigh nearly 100 pounds, has been on the
federal endangered species list since 1990. Overfishing, damming and habitat loss caused the primitive fish’s
population to decline to near extinction in the 1980s.
In the past few years, the pallid sturgeon population has increased, but only because of efforts such as
Wednesday’s stocking, said Paul Horner, a fisheries biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also took part in the
Wednesday release.
Over the past three years, the Missouri department placed about 6,000 of the fish back into the river system,
Horner said.
―That’s a drop in the bucket when compared to what should be going on out there in the river if it hadn’t been so
altered,‖ Horner said.
Each fish released is about a year old and 10 to 12 inches long. They are tagged with a microchip so they can
be identified later during monitoring.
The departments will periodically release sturgeon along the river throughout the summer because the river has
a lower flow, which creates better conditions for the fish, said Mark Van Scoyoc, stream survey coordinator with
the Kansas department.
The Army Corps of Engineers annually releases extra water into the Missouri in the spring to make conditions
favorable for pallid sturgeon breeding.

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Missouri casinos OK amid U.S. slide
Lumiere Place, loss limit repeal credited.
Bill Draper The Associated Press

Kansas City -- Revenue dipped 1.1 percent at Missouri's casinos in May and the number of people gambling
there even increased as the state kept managing to avoid the recent double-digit declines in places like Atlantic
City and Las Vegas.
Statewide, the casinos had revenue of $151.9 million in May compared with $153.5 million a year ago.
The numbers included a 17 percent rise in revenue at St. Louis' newest casino, Lumiere Place, compared to the
same month a year earlier. That helped offset declines at the city's other three casinos, including a 45 percent
drop at the President. Overall casino revenue in St. Louis fell 0.7 percent for the month.
Both Lumiere Place and the President are owned by Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment, which plans to
open a new casino in the city next year. The President has seen its revenue plummet since Lumiere Place
opened in December 2007, as its sister casino has taken a greater chunk of market share.
"Lumiere is probably the reason why statewide, year-to-date, we're up," said Gene McNary, head of the Missouri
Gaming Commission. "But Lumiere has not taken away from the other St. Louis casinos to the extent that we
had projected."
The Missouri results contrast with recent figures from Atlantic City, where casinos saw a 15.4 percent drop in
revenue in May, and Nevada, where they had a 14.1 percent drop in April -- the latest report available.
McNary said Missouri's gambling industry is doing well compared to other states with commercial casinos
because of the regional nature of its gambling facilities and demographic factors like senior citizens who gamble.
He also cited benefits from the repeal of the state's unique $500 loss limit after the November general election.
Lumiere has become the third highest-grossing- casino in St. Louis, behind Harrah's Maryland Heights and
Ameristar's St. Charles operation. Harrah's revenues dropped 2 percent from a year ago and Ameristar's fell 5
percent, putting the two casinos within $2,000 of each other in revenues for the month.
Lumiere Place General Manager Todd George said that while the two bigger St. Louis casinos draw heavily from
the suburbs, his downtown casino is focusing more on gamblers who come into the city for sporting events and
"I think things are going slightly according to plan, but I don't think anyone could have predicted this economy
and had looked for the industry to grow more," George said. "We're very pleased with market share. I just wish it
was a bigger market."
In the Kansas City market, revenues at the four casinos dropped 2 percent overall even as the Argosy and Isle
of Capri did better. Ameristar, the city's biggest casino, had a 7.4 percent decline while Harrah's fell 4 percent.
Argosy edged past Harrah's as Kansas City's second-highest- grossing casino in May on the strength of its 5
percent gain. The Isle of Capri's revenue rose 5 percent and the number of patrons increased 6.5 percent
despite a bridge replacement project nearby that has made it harder to get to the casino.
Besides Lumiere, another bright spot in the May report was one of the state's smaller casinos. Isle of Capri's
Caruthersville casino, which was dubbed Lady Luck last June, saw revenues rise 13 percent from a year earlier
and had a 21 percent spike in the number of patrons. Isle of Capri bought the former Casino Aztar in mid-2007.

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EDITORIALS … & Letters to the Editor
Our Opinion: Public trust matters
ST. JOSEPH NEWS-PRESS    Thursday, June 11, 2009

Ending political patronage in awarding contracts for driver’s license fee offices needs to account for both reality
and perceptions.
The recent focus has been on awarding contracts through a competitive bidding process. Bidders present their
plans and state officials evaluate them on a point system. The most points win.
But efficiency in running the office, plans for extended hours and generous sharing of the revenues with the state
take no account of whether selecting one applicant over another might look like favoritism. And to say that
appearances do not count in this process is to miss much of the point about patronage.
Detractors — virtually all of them Republicans — have ample ammunition in criticizing the selection of St. Joseph
attorney James Montee to run the Lee’s Summit office with a partner.
The facts are that Mr. Montee may be as good a service provider as any of the other applicants; his plans may
have been far and away the most impressive of those submitted. But these are just plans at this point. And he
also carries the baggage of being a large contributor to Democratic causes, an active participant in Democratic
politics and the ex-husband of politically connected State Auditor Susan Montee, who of course is a Democrat as
The Republican who had been running the office lost out in this competition, as did a nonprofit group offering
shelter for battered women and another group that would have split its profits with an autism support
The Department of Revenue defends Mr. Montee’s selection, saying critics ―may not like the result, but it was a
fair and competitive process.‖ Perhaps it was, but to many Republicans it looks like the political patronage of old.
One easy fix for the future (with ample warning to all involved) would be to prohibit deals with anyone who has
made recent sizable contributions to the party holding the governor’s mansion. That would meet the classic
cautionary standard for both politicians and business leaders: ―Avoid not only conflicts of interest, but also the
appearance of conflicts.‖
Some qualified people may be taken out of the running for the contracts, but this is a state of many qualified

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Guilt was never really at issue
STLAMERICAN Thursday, June 11, 2009 5:08 AM CDT

It appears that the State of Missouri does not plan to challenge the federal appeals court’s decision to grant
Reginald Clemons a stay of execution while the federal bench considers a pending appeal to which Clemons is
party. We do not know how much longer than until June 17 Clemons has to live, but suddenly there is a little
more time for all of us in Missouri – because it is on our authority, and at our hands, that he is scheduled to die –
to consider his fate.
It is all too fitting that Clemons’ life has been extended indefinitely on a technicality that has nothing to do with his
guilt or innocence – in this case, a technical argument based on the arguable incompetence of Missouri
Corrections’ execution staff, which could render his death excruciating and thus his punishment cruel. Reginald
Clemons’ long, painful journey through the criminal justice system in St. Louis and Missouri never had much to
do with guilt or innocence.
If we are to believe the testimony of five suspects, which is reasonably consistent on this one point, confessions
to two completely different stories were coerced by St. Louis police detectives, who seemed more bent on
charging someone – anyone – for their deaths than with understanding what actually happened to Robin Kerry
and Julie Kerry on April 4, 1991.
The four suspects who then became codefendants, including Clemons, were tried separately, with the same two
witnesses for prosecutor Nels Moss frequently giving completely different accounts of the same alleged acts in
different trials. Clemons was convicted on testimony with the odor of perjury, mixed with a plea bargain, plus his
confession – which should not have been admitted on the ample evidence that it was coerced.
The prosecutor was able to run roughshod over the young man because of the ineptness of his defense counsel,
whose failure was so total that the crack social justice legal team from New York that soon came to Clemons’ aid
has been starved for appeal options, based on the paucity of evidence that Clemons’ trial lawyer introduced and
the fact that he quit raising objections, at critical points, simply because he was annoyed at being overruled.
Moss – on the election trail for circuit attorney at the time – was gunning for capital convictions. Given the
weakness of evidence to convict Clemons on murder (as an accomplice, mind you, not the actual killer), Moss
piled on a large number of sentence enhancers for the jury to consider in weighing the young man’s life. So,
though he was not prosecuted for rape and to this day has not been tried for rape, the jury was instructed to
consider the testimony about his committing rape when deliberating on Clemons’ death sentence. That jury (as
Clemons’ mother argued in a letter to Gov. Nixon reported in today’s story in The American) was not a genuine
jury of his peers and had been weighted with jurors who favored the death penalty – even in hypothetical
instances posed by Moss where the death sentence would not have been constitutional.
If our state government is going to persist in executing people in our name, those we put to death had better be
the worst of the worst, convicted and sentenced through the most transparent and unequivocal process, with
undeniable physical evidence of guilt and very strong, objective testimony assigning motive and premeditation.
None of this – not one element – obtains in the case of Reginald Clemons. If the State of Missouri proceeds with
his execution after the federal appeal is resolved, then a large number of people who know the facts of the case
will have lost a critical amount of faith in the criminal justice system in this city and state. At a time when crime
already plagues us, this is exactly the wrong message to send to our community. We need our citizens to believe
in the rule and the process of law. Reginald Clemons deserves a new and more fair trial before a jury of his
peers, represented by competent counsel, adjudicated in a manner that respects due process unconditionally.
Absolutely, he does not deserve to die at our hands.

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Police missing out on chance to counter
negative reports
Police departments should respond to report on stops based on race.

Police departments across the Ozarks are missing out on a chance to do some inexpensive and effective public
relations work.
With just a little effort, they could be defending themselves against what appear to be damning reports from the
The controversial annual "racial profiling" reports, like the one released earlier this month, include space for
police to respond. But nearly all area departments have remained mum.
It's opportunity lost.
Apparently area police chiefs don't agree with the way reports are done yearly by the state attorney general and
posted on its Web site. So, instead of pointing out concerns, our police officials have chosen to ignore the
If that's the case, city council members and aldermen across the area should have a chat with these officers to
encourage a change of heart. A bit of context can paint a much fairer picture with these reports.
For example, several departments in other areas of the state who took the time to respond stressed an important
fact: the reports compare vehicle stop information by race to estimated population figures in areas where the
stops take place. Then, they create "disparity indexes" to show, for example, how stops and vehicle searches of
whites, Hispanics and blacks compare.
In police responses, chiefs noted the presence of interstate highways and other major arteries carrying minorities
through their cities and towns.
Police in Clayton, for example, responded by first noting it is the seat of St. Louis County. They then created
their own "disparity index" calculating the department's vehicle stops against the racial makeup of the
metropolitan St. Louis area instead of just the makeup of Clayton.
Other departments describe factors such as: improvements in their disparity index from year to year, training
programs they offer to help officers avoid racial profiling and what they perceive to be flaws in the AG's report,
like the absence of a "probable cause" box to explain reasons that officers search vehicles.
On the raw surface of the AG's most recent report, Springfield's police department does not score well. The
report says that black drivers were stopped at 2.3 times the rate of their proportionate population in Springfield.
The statewide rate was 1.59. It also says that about three of out of 10 stops of a black driver in Springfield result
in a search of the vehicle, while white drivers get searched only 11 percent of the time.
We've been told in past years that Springfield Police Chief Lynn Rowe has what he believes to be strong
measures in place to discourage profiling. He's also proud of a tracking system he has created to alert superiors
when a certain officer shows a high number of minority arrests.
Still, he chose not to respond with those points or any others this year. We think that's a mistake.
With diversity growing in the Springfield area, and a more aggressive NAACP now forming, these kinds of
reports can be a great starting point for discussion about profiling. They give an opportunity to talk about issues
before they morph into full-blown problems, either real or perceived.
Once festering, racial strife can be a very thorny problem to undo. Area chiefs should offer whatever balm they
can to keep claims of bigotry from developing -- especially if it involves only a little research and a few extra
strokes on a keyboard while filling out a report.

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GOP offers constructive options to
improve access to health care

Special to The Star
It always seems as if one pressing issue dominates each Congress. After Sept. 11, 2001, it was national
security. After the 2006 elections it was immigration. Last summer it was our nation’s energy policy.
This year, Congress is expected to fundamentally reform health care. If the Democratic majority and President
Barack Obama are committed to a truly bipartisan effort, then we have a real shot at success. If they take a go-it-
alone approach, they might pass a bill, but it won’t improve people’s access to good care.
House Republicans formed the Health Care Solutions Working Group to talk with families, business owners and
doctors to find the most effective ways to approach health care reform. The group has reached out to Democrats
and the White House to let them know we want to help draft legislation with the ultimate goal of providing every
American access to good, affordable health care, regardless of pre-existing conditions.
There are several areas where the group and the president agree. We all want to help Americans have greater
access to health care, allow Americans who like their coverage to keep it, and improve lives through fitness and
preventive care programs.
In addition to keeping your current health insurance, Republicans want to give people the freedom to select a
plan that best meets their health and financial needs. If a preventive plan with coverage for catastrophic costs
makes the most sense for young adults, there is no reason to force them onto the same insurance plan as a 60-
year-old with high blood pressure – or to pay the same premiums.
We are concerned about what will happen if we adopt a so-called public plan, as many Democrats are
proposing. This plan is a creative name for a government takeover of our health care system and lets a
bureaucrat call the shots, not your doctor.
Perhaps the most troubling aspect of a government plan would be the rationing of treatments that exists in
countries with similar systems. There are countless examples of patients in England and Canada who’ve had to
wait months for life-saving treatments. Though we have concerns with the state of U.S. health care, adopting
faulty plans from other countries is not the answer.
Imagine a United States where bureaucrats can deny people a procedure based on economic data, not medical
knowledge, or force people to wait in line for months for a routine checkup. Some might try to entice people to
support this government-controlled plan because they say it will expand coverage. But coverage does not mean
access, and if the government-run plan underpays doctors then access will become increasingly difficult. Many
patients in countries with government-run care have to turn to a separate private plan to pick up the slack.
The Solutions Group developed policy solutions that make health care more affordable by cutting waste, fraud
and abuse. We are committed to fixing medical liability rules that line the pockets of trial lawyers while emptying
the pockets of patients by driving up costs. We can also reduce costs and help improve quality of life by
promoting programs that prevent illnesses rather than simply treating them.

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Current tax laws are geared to help large companies offer health insurance to employees. We need to change
the tax code so small businesses can pool their resources and administrative costs to help provide coverage for
employees. If employers don’t offer health care, Republicans want to give those tax incentives directly to
individuals and create a consumer-friendly way to directly buy health insurance.
Access to good health care in America is too limited and its cost too high. Those are the facts. Republicans’
policy alternatives don’t read like a partisan manifesto but a realistic option that lays the groundwork for a
productive dialogue.
Republicans are ready to work with the Democrats to help make health care better for all Americans.
Reps. Blunt, Graves and Jenkins offer GOP thoughts on health-care reform.
U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri is chairman of the House Health Care Solutions Working Group, and Reps. Sam
Graves of Missouri and Lynn Jenkins of Kansas are members. U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri is chairman of
the House Health Care Solutions Working Group, and Reps. Sam Graves of Missouri and Lynn Jenkins of
Kansas are members.

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In our view: Stop talking and start
If job creation is really a key priority for the state of Missouri, then Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and House Budget
Chairman Allen Icet need to change their tune.
The two talked to members of the media on Monday, suggesting that Missouri universities may have been
―forced‖ by Gov. Jay Nixon to use federal stimulus money on Nixon’s Caring for Missourians program.
The program, which is basically the same as former Gov. Matt Blunt’s Preparing to Care initiative, provides
money to expand health-related training programs, such as nursing, pharmacology and dentistry. We still think
it’s a good idea, and we were happy to see it in Missouri’s budget.
Kinder agreed, as well. But in speaking in favor of the program, he was concerned that the governor may be
forcing universities to pay for something they may not be able to afford in the future. The program is funded by
$33.5 million in federal stimulus money that won’t be available next year.
―I’m raising the concern that it is possible someone could be bludgeoned into doing it when they don’t have
financial resources to do it,‖ Kinder said Monday during a conference call with reporters.
We generally agree with the state’s philosophy of how to use the federal stimulus package, delivered by
President Barack Obama earlier this year. For the most part, the funds are going to capital improvement projects
that won’t require an annual infusion of cash.
But this health-related program is an obvious, necessary exception to that rule.
One message we continually hear: Job creation will get us out of economic ruts. This initiative does exactly that:
It trains future workers to hold down high-demand jobs in an important field.
Instead of warning that the money might not be there next year, Kinder, Icet and other lawmakers should find the
money so that the program can continue.

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Vehicle crashes down, motorcycle accidents, fatalities, on the rise
Thursday, June 11, 2009, 7:20 AM
By Jessica Machetta

More motorcycles are on the roads than ever before. And that means crashes -- and fatalities -- are on the rise
as well.
The popularity of motorcycles is increasing, says Capt. Tim Hull with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Good
gas mileage and retirement plans for lots of baby boomers are a couple of reasons he points to as a big appeal.
Some of them, he says, might be buying bikes bigger than they can handle with little training. "There's no one
reason," he says.
Last year, there were 102 people killed while riding a motorcycle, which was a ten percent increase over 2007,
when 93 died.
Preliminary numbers show there have been 23 motorcycle deaths this year, but the Patrol might not have all
reports from statewide agencies yet, so that number could actually be higher, Hull says.
Recorded are 136 disabling injuries. Of those, 19 were not wearing helmets. Of the 23 killed, five were not
wearing helmets.
Conversely, vehicle accidents are on the decline. Hull says the Patrol recorded "a 15 percent decrease this year
of where we were last year" and a 25 percent reduction over last three years.
Obviously, this is the time when motorcyclists hit the open road. While motorcycle safety month is in May,
traditionally when the weather warms up for enthusiasts, "riding season" starts earlier and runs through October,
sometimes even November, depending on the weather.
Hull says motorcyclists need to be as visible as possible -- turn on the headlight, wear light colored clothing and
watch lane usage. "You never know if a car's going to see you or not," Hull says.
He advises motorists to always look twice when changing lanes or at intersections ... make sure there's not a
motorcycle there you didn't see the first time.
The legislature approved a measure to repeal Missouri's mandatory helmet law; the bill awaits Gov. Nixon's
signature to become law. MoDOT compiled a study that shows other states that have repealed helmet laws have
seen a dramatic increase in fatalities, but Hull says the increase in bikes on the roads might contribute to those
statistics. He says in talking with other states and other agencies, everyone's seeing more motorcyclists on the
road each year.
Click the link below to view the Highway Patrol's updated report with the preliminary report data for this year.

McCaskill not worried about moving Guantanamo detainees here
Wednesday, June 10, 2009, 10:01 PM
By Bob Priddy

The arrival of the first Guantanamo detainee in the United States has provoked the expected political backlash.
Missouri's junior senator says people need to calm down.
The presence this week of Ahmed Ghailani for trial in New York has led Ohio Congressman John Boehner, the
House Minority Leader, to charge Democrats with planning "to import terrorism into America." Ghailani is
charged with being involved in two embassy bombings that killed 224 people. Senator McCaskill says it's time

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people took a deep breath about Guantanamo. She says no one in government wants to do anything to
endanger the nation and its people. She says she's hearing some of the same arguments today that she heard
20 years ago as a state legislator when lawmakers argued about what to do with maximum-security prisoners.
"We're talking about people who are incredibly violent criminals, " she says, " Missouri we've managed to
lock 'em up tight, and we do not have a problem..."
McCaskill says we've had terrorists in Missouri---at the federal prison system medical center in Springfield---and
they've always been under tight security.

Controversial MIAC profiling reports likely a thing of the past
Wednesday, June 10, 2009, 5:38 PM
By Steve Walsh

There is a good probability we will not see too many more documents similar to the controversial Missouri
Information Analysis Center (MIAC) report that suggested certain individuals or group members might be likely to
engage in unlawful activities. That's the word from Missouri State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Dave Hall, the
Director of MIAC, in comments made to a Missouri House committee that held its first meeting Wednesday at the
State Capitol.
"The strategic-type reports as you're referring to," Hall told the committee. "They are no longer being produced
by the Missouri Information Analysis Center. We are not currently working on strategic reports and we are not
going to be working on strategic reports."
The hearing was an organizational meeting designed to set the stage for examining, reviewing, and reporting on
the necessary procedures for enhancing legislative oversight of the methods of state intelligence gathering,
analysis, and distribution to law enforcement agencies. The mandate of the committee is not to rehash the
controversial report, but the contents of that report played a big role in the testimony and comments offered,
including comments offered by Missouri State Highway Patrol Superintendent Colonel James Keathley.
"I don't know if we will ever get back in the business of producing strategic reports, to be very honest with you."
Keathley told the panel. "This report created us a lot of harm, a lot of problems. I'm not going to stand here and
say anything other than that."
Committee members were then taken on a tour of the MIAC Center in Jefferson City. Plans call for future
meetings to be held in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield. A schedule has not yet been finalized.

Washington U reacts to Holocaust shooting and shooter
Wednesday, June 10, 2009, 4:07 PM
By Bob Priddy

A Washington University spokesman says the school knows little about James W. Von Brunn, the man who shot
and killed a guard at the Holocaust Museum before he was critically wounded by other security officers today.
Von Brunn's family moved to St. Louis in the 1800s from Germany. He is a 1943 graduate from Washington
Spokesman Sue McGinn says the school has had no contact with Von Brunn for decades.
M. Frederick Volkmann, Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs for Washington University, issued this statement:
"Washington University is dismayed and shocked to learn that an attack was made today at the Holocaust
Museum in Washington, D.C. The University has a long-standing commitment to human rights and religious
studies, including the Holocaust and Jewish studies, as well as being a sponsor of Holocaust lectures by experts
from around the world.

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"A person by the name of James W. Von Brunn is listed as a 1943 graduate of Washington University with a
Bachelor of Science in Journalism. The University has scant information on this individual, and alumni records
show no contact in recent decades with this individual.
"The University is deeply saddened by this event and our hearts go out to the victims of this unwarranted attack.
Washington University alumni have held prominent positions with the Holocaust Museum, including the current
chairman of the Museum's Memorial Council."
About 30 percent of Washington University's student population is Jewish.

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MONDAY, JUNE 8 -- O'Fallon — Police are investigating the death of a nun who was hit outside a suburban St.
Louis church. A second nun was injured. Officials said the nuns were struck before midnight Friday after
stepping off a tour bus in front of Assumption Catholic Church. Sister Elaine Lamm, 64, was killed. Sister Marie
Frances Wiederholt, 81, was hospitalized in fair condition Sunday

TUESDAY, JUNE 9 -- Wentzville — General Motors Corp. said Monday it will indefinitely shut down one of two
production shifts at its Wentzville plant in August, citing a shrinking market for the full-sized vans produced there.
About 900 workers are facing layoffs, GM spokesman Chris Lee said.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 – Clayton — A suburban St. Louis police officer was charged with involuntary
manslaughter-driving while intoxicated for an accident that killed four people. Sunset Hills officer Christine Miller,
41, was driving in the wrong lane when the crash occurred March 21, the highway patrol said. Miller was off duty.

THURSDAY, JUNE 11 -- Cole Camp — The deaths of a teenage girl and her grandparents, whose bodies were
found Tuesday night in their home, were ruled homicides and authorities activated a rural major case squad to
help with the investigation. Donnie Luetjen, 64, Sharon Luetjen, 61, and Taron Luetjen, 15, were probably killed
one or two days earlier, authorities said. The causes of death were not released

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