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Missouri Government News for Week of Sept. 22, 1997

Missouri has no history of partial-birth abortions

The State Health Department reports it has no record of a single partial-birth abortion being performed in Missouri.

State politicians, however, concentrated on the issue during the special session which cost tax-payers $23,000 a day.

Monarch butterflies fly through Missouri

Missouri is one stop for butterflies migrating from Canada to Mexico. During the next few weeks scores of the orange and black insects will fly over the show-me state.

People wanting to spot the butterflies will have the most luck in floural areas with a nearby water source. By the first frost, most of the butterflies will have left the state.

St. Louis To Host '99 Meeting of Governors Association

St. Louis will be the site of the annual meeting of the nation's governors in August 1999. St. Louis was the winner over two other finalists--Charleston, W.Va., and New York City.

"Missouri is the Show-Me State, and we look forward to proudly showing our nation's governors all that St. Louis and Missouri have to offer," said Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan.

The meeting will bring about 1,500 people to St. louis, including state and federal officials and members of the national and regional news media.

Quail numbers rise for eager hunters

The Missouri Conservation Department reported a rise in Missouri's quail population, although the overall numbers remain low.

Quail have doubled in northeastern Missouri and quadrupled in north-central Missouri since last year. The department attributes the low state average to an extremely sparse quail population in the Ozarks.

Quail hunting season begins November 1 and ends January 15.

Former Mayor Bosley starts work in St. Louis

After losing to Clarence Harmon in the Democratic primary election in March, St. Louis' former mayor has begun working at small black law firm in St. Louis.

The Post-Dispatch reported that Freeman Bosley, Jr., had joined the firm of six lawyers and would not discuss if he had any future political plans.

Missouri's longest death row inmate loses a last minute battle

A St. Louis appellate court rejected Samuel McDonald's claim that his mental illness protects him from receiving a lethal injection at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday. The court also denied McDonald a stay of execution.

McDonald was convicted of killing a St. Louis police officer after a convenience store robbery while the victim's 11-year-old daughter watched.

Freshman Senator Sides With Christian Faction

Sen. John Ashcroft, R-MO., is tackling high-visibility issues that are front and center with Christian conservatives, an activist voting bloc that would likely form the core of any Ashcroft presidential bid.

Ashcroft has called for an abolition of the Internal Revenue Service, will head a hearing on religious persecution in Sudan, and has spent the last three days on the senate floor denouncing alleged pornography at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Democratic Pollster Peter Hart said the religious right is a significant element in presidential primaries, and may be a good place for Ashcroft to start if he is looking to a possible presidential candidacy in 2000.