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1999 Transport & Safety Stories
Radio Story - Missouri drivers will see more highway patrolmen if a safety program receives more funding.
Radio Story - Missouri will lose 12 million dollars of federal highway construction funding if an open container law is not passed. Farrah Fite has the story from Jefferson City.
Newspaper Story - A senior lawmaker proposed Tuesday to bring toll roads to Missouri in the wake of a highway department budget crunch.
Radio Story - Missouri will lose federal money for road construction unless stricter laws are made against drunk driving
Radio Story - As fires sweep through rural Missouri, Gov. Mel Carnahan reviews a request that would ban open fires.
Radio Story - Governor Carnahan and the Fire Safety Division are urging people not to do any open burning because of the dry weather.
Radio Story - Officials say the fall drought has caused an increased number of tree fires in Missouri.
Radio Story - A federal agency says the leading cause of truck accidents is driver inattention of the car driver, not of the truck driver.
Radio Story - The average cost for a gallon of gas has risen close to 4 cents in just the last 2 weeks.
Radio Story - The Governor's school violence task force spent seven months working on this plan to keep kids safe in schools.
Radio Story - Insurance agencies urge the Governor's building code commission to adopt statewide building codes. Lawrence Schwab says the codes will lower homeowners' overall costs.
Radio Story - MODOT has filed for a 'stay' on an April decision that allowed the KKK to participate in Missouri's Adopt-a-Highway program. The 'stay', if granted, would keep the judge's decision from going into effect until the appeals process is over.
Radio Story - Some parts of Missouri highways have been buckling in days of hot weather. This causes bumps in the road, and sometimes pavement will shoot into the air.
Newspaper Story - The Committee on domestic violence began talks to tackle the increasing problem of violence
Radio Story - The Missouri Association of Counties says the state is using road improvement money for taxpayer refunds. They say the money is desperately needed. The state says the funds are supposed to contribute to the refunds.
Newspaper Story - Like Turkey, Missouri has no state wide building codes, which raises fears of a Missouri disaster along the New Madrid fault.
Radio Story - Like Turkey where absence of building codes is being blamed for thousands of earthquake deaths, Missouri also lacks building codes.
Radio Story - The leading GOP candidate for governor is comming under attack for his $1 billion proposed bond issue for highways.
Radio Story - Two federal teams investigate the death of Russel Willenberg. Willenberg was killed near St. Louis when a crane fell on him.
Newspaper Story - Agreement is reached on a tax bill that both the governor's office and a key GOP leader endorse.
Radio Story - Representatives from the city of Bridgeton and public officials protested a bill which would pave the way for the proposed expansion of Lambert's runway
Radio Story - Under a bill given final approval by the House, motorcycle riders over 21 won't have to wear helmets.
Newspaper Story - House passed a bill to lift helmet requirements for Missouri adults
Newspaper Story - In the wake of shootings in Colorado last week, Gov. Mel Carnahan created a task force to study school violence Tuesday.
Newspaper Story - The campaign to toughen drunken driving laws scored a major legislative victory in Missouri's Senate.
Radio Story - Gov. Mel Carnahan says the task force on school violence will allow communities to speak out on ways to address this issue.
Radio Story - Senator Wayne Goode (D-St. Louis County) proposed a bill that would create a graduated driver's license system.
Newspaper Story - A new house bill that supports 0.08 BAC level was approved by the full house. The sponsor, however, is concern about the little chance of the plan to be approved now by the Senate.
Newspaper Story - Republican leaders criticized "inappropriate plane use" at Thursday press conference
Newspaper Story - Nearly 300 students joined on Missouri's statehouse to rally legislators to lower the blood alcohol content from 0.1 percent to 0.08 percent.
Radio Story - St. Louis county Senator Franc Flotron called for a meeting between Mayor Conrad Bowers of Bridgeton and Mayor Clarence Harmon of St. Louis to discuss Lambert Airport expansion plans.
Radio Story - Debbie Lundstrom lost her daughter to a driver with a .08 blood alcohol limit. But, critics worry a .08 limit targets social drinkers.
Radio Story - The Senate Committe on Finance held a hearing on HB 971 which would strip the city of Bridgeton of its zoning rights.
Newspaper Story - Not two weeks after voters rejected concealed weapons, a bill was introduced that would prohibit cities and counties from suing the gun industry.
Radio Story - Missouri's lawmakers amended Rep. Don Kollers bill that focused on registration of automobiles to reduce the blood alcohol level to .08.
Radio Story - Senator Wayne Goode's bill passed the Senate that allows motorists to register and inspect their cars every two years instead of every year.
Newspaper Story - As part of Tom Bass' induction into the Hall of Famous Missourians, a procession of horseback riders crossed the Missouri River Bridge, stopping traffic for 30 minutes.
Radio Story - A calvary of horses travelling on the Missouri bridge on it's way to the state capitol stopped traffic, in honor of Tom Bass who was being inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians.
Newspaper Story - Amendments to a crime bill debated in the House showed a different side of gun control in Missouri than that expressed by Missouri voters in Tuesday's election.
Newspaper Story - Although the bill that tries to lower the Blood Alcohol Content to 0.08 percent was killed by a senate committee, MADD will gather a students meeting in the capitol to fight for the 0.08 initiative.
Newspaper Story - The Senate Public Health Comittee reversed itself and sent to the full Senate a House-passed bill to ban partial-birth abortions.
Newspaper Story - Lawmakers say Proposition B's defeat will not improve changes for gun-control legislation.
Radio Story - With the failing of Proposition B, lawmakers express conflicting views about the chances of passing stricter gun control laws.
Radio Story - The NRA loses its massive campaign to win the right to carry concealed weapons in the state of Missouri.
Newspaper Story - Senator Caskey has killed the proposal to lower the current blood alcohol content from 0.1 percent to 0.8 percent.
Newspaper Story - Any handgun, defined as having a barrel under 16 inches, could be concealed and carried under proposition B. This includes semiautomatic weapons such as the uzi pistol.
Newspaper Story - After it was learned that the U.S. Attorney's office, in Missouri, was using its business line to direct efforts against the concealed weapons ammendment to be voted on in Missouri on April 5th
Newspaper Story - Urban Democratic legislators met to denounce the NRA's heavy spending in the Proposition B campaign.
Newspaper Story - Senator Kit Bond sent a letter to US Attorney General Janet REno requesting an investigation into Missouri's US Attorneys' use of federal funds to campaign against Prop B.
Radio Story - Eight Missouri legislators met at the Police Chief's Association in order to express concern regarding the financing of the pro-Propisiton B campaign
Newspaper Story - Out-of-state funds dominate campaign contributions for the concealed weapons ballot issue.
Radio Story - Representative Ron Auer proposed a House-approved bill to the Senate that would make the transportation sales tax in the St. Louis metro area permanent.
Radio Story - Missourians Against Crime raised more than 2 million dollars; Safe Schools and Workplaces came up with $750,000.
Newspaper Story - Missouri's two US attorneys are using Department of Justice facilities to lobby against Proposition B, the concealed weapons proposal.
Radio Story - House Majority Leader Wayne Crump proposes doing away with funding for the governor's security force to send the governor a message about the right to carry concealed weapons.
Radio Story - Lobbyists for car dealers and manufacturers are working the state capital this week to swing opinions in their favor.
Newspaper Story - Missouri drivers would be keeping their licenses longer under a plan passed Thursday by the House Motor Vehicle Committee.
Newspaper Story - Lawmakers are trying to bring the total number of specialized license plates up to 77.
Radio Story - The Joint Committee on Transportation will decide Wednesday whether to accept a trasnportation plan that would extend the 15 year plan to 20 years.
Newspaper Story - A proposed sales tax increase to finance highway construction is expected to be reviewed by the legislature's joint committee on transportation Wednesday afternoon.
Radio Story - Lawmaker would like to give Missouri voters opportunity to repeal existing six-cent gas tax and replace it with new six-cent gas tax devoted to highway repair.
Radio Story - A Senate committee passed a bill unanimously that would prohibit anyone, except journalists, to have access to people's driver's license pictures.
Newspaper Story - The Senate Transportation Committee has voted to make the driver license's photo a confidential record.
Newspaper Story - Ballots for the April election are usually printed by this time. A court battle over the wording of the concealed weapons proposition leaves county clerks and voters hanging in the balance.
Newspaper Story - If the bill becomes a law, drivers under 18 only could get an "intermediate" driving license, with some restrictions. For example, they would not be allowed to drive between 1 and 5 a.m.
Radio Story - Sen. Wayne Goode proposed a bill that would require parents to supervise drivers under 18 for at least 10 hours before they can get a license.
Radio Story - With the 15-year plan in pieces, the Highway Department is looking to the state legislature to help them get more money.
Radio Story - A new proposal would stop the Department of Revenue from sharing public driving records. The Senate Transportation committee voted to move the bill to the Senate floor for debate.
Newspaper Story - The Senate Transport Committee approved a bill that prohibit the state to release personal information from the drivers license records. Missouri Press Assosiation was the only opposition to the bill during the hearing.
Newspaper Story - If a St. Louis lawmaker is successful, drivers with 10 or more parking tickets in the same city would have their driver's license revoked until they pay all their fines.
Radio Story - Sen. Betty Sims presented a bill that would allow cities to install a system that would photograph license plates of cars that run a red light.
Newspaper Story - Sen. Russell proposed two bills to require children to attend school. One would eliminate public assistance, and the other would require students under 18 to be in school in order to receive a driver's license.
Radio Story - Motorcycle drivers and riders over 21 would not have to wear a helmet if a new bill passes in the Senate.
Radio Story - Rep. Hollingsworth proposed a database for care providers to help families make a decision.
Newspaper Story - Two Columbia parents spoke in favor of a bill to provide a toll-free phone line to access background checks for elderly and child care providers.
Newspaper Story - The collapse of the 15-year highway plan means state should refund tax money.
Radio Story - Sen. Harry Wiggins presented his bill to the Senate today that woudl give Missouri drivers the option of having specialty license plates that say "Respect Life".
Newspaper Story - A proposal for "Respect Life" speciality license plates has drawn fire abortion rights supporters
Newspaper Story - With legislation proposed Tuesday, Sen. Wayne Goode, D-St. Louis County, said that tow-truck companies have no right ot make a profit out of selling abandoned vehicles.
Radio Story - The circuit court has handed Missouri's Secretary of State power to write the ballot description for the concealed weapons proposal -- throwing out the leigslative description.
Radio Story - Sen. Morris Westfall proposed a bill to lower the legal maximum blood alcohol content to .08 percent to a Senate committee today.
Radio Story - Sen. Danny Staples proposed a consent bill to the Transportation Committee today that would name a part of I-70 after Mark McGwire.
Newspaper Story - Mark McGwire hit 70 home runs last year as he smashed baseball's old single-season record. But thanks to the Missouri legislature, Big Mac's name may soon be linked to the number 70 for a different reason.
Newspaper Story - Special House committee recommends that a fifty cent fee on tire sales be extended through 2004. The fee funds tire waste clean up throughout the state.
Radio Story - A legislative committee proposes extending a special fee on tires used for cleaning up illegally dumped tires.
Newspaper Story - The Missouri Millenium Plan will ask drivers to take on responsible driving behaviors.
Newspaper Story - Lawmakers propose a mandatory $1000 fine for speeding truckers.
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