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MODOT Asks for 'Stay' on Judge's KKK/Adopt-a-Highway Ruling

September 28, 1999
By: Kyle Elfrink
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri Department of Transportation says that if they allow the

KKK to join their Adopt-a-Highway plan, they'll lose federal funding.

The attorney for the Klan says that the argument is wrong. Kyle

Elfrink has the story from Jefferson City.

An official from MODOT says a percentage, or even all, of their 600-

million dollar federal funding could disappear if KKK members appear

as Adopt-a-Highway volunteers. Attorney for the Klan, Bob Herman,

says MODOT'S "loss of funding argument" is groundless ...

Actuality:HERMAN1
RunTime: 11
OutCue: ... THEY'RE WRONG."
Contents: HERMAN SAYS THAT MODOT'S FEAR OF LOSING FEDERAL FUNDING HAS ALREADY BEEN RULED BY A MISSOURI JUDGE AS "UNFOUNDED."

MODOT has asked a U.S. District Judge to grant a "stay" on his ruling

that KKK members can participate in the highway program. A judgement

could be announced at anytime.

From the state capitol, I'm Kyle Elfrink.

Date: September 29, 1999

By: Kyle Elfrink

State Capital Bureau

The Missouri Department of Transportation is continuing their 5-year

battle to keep KKK members off of St. Louis highways. Kyle Elfrink

has that story from Jefferson City.

MODOT has renewed their efforts to keep Ku Klux Klan members from

adopting a stretch of Interstate 55 in St. Louis. They're pointing to

Texas' decision to keep a similar group out of their highway cleaning

program. Bob Herman, attorney for the Klan, says the Texas case was

much different ...

Actuality:HERMAN2
RunTime: 17
OutCue: "THAT LOCATION."
Contents: HERMAN SAYS THE TEXAS CASE INVOLVED AN AREA WHERE PROTESTS AND INJUNCTIONS HAD BEEN FILED AGAINST KLAN MEMBERS -- NOT THE CASE IN ST. LOUIS.

While they appeal the ruling in favor of the Klan, MODOT is asking for

a "stay" on the judge's verdict.

From the state capitol, I'm Kyle Elfrink.

Date: September 28, 1999

By: Kyle Elfrink

State Capital Bureau

The 5-year battle between the Missouri Department of Transportation

and the Ku Klux Klan has taken yet another turn. Kyle Elfrink has the

story from Jefferson City.

After losing an April decision allowing the KKK to participate in the

Adopt-a-Highway program, MODOT has filed for a "stay" on the judge's

decision. Spokeswoman Linda Wilson, says that it's now up to a U.S.

District Judge to keep Klan members off of area St. Louis highways ...

Actuality:WILSON1
RunTime: 14
OutCue: "APPEALING IT."
Contents: WILSON SAYS THAT A "STAY" WOULD DELAY THE JUDGE'S RULING FROM TAKING EFFECT UNTIL THE APPEALS PROCESS IS OVER. WITHOUT A "STAY" THE KKK COULD BEGIN THEIR ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY ACTION WHILE APPEALS CONTINUE.

A ruling on the "stay" is expected soon. Without a "stay", the KKK

can begin their cleaning of I-270, running south to Butler Hill Road.

From the state capitol, I'm Kyle Elfrink.

Date: September 28, 1999

By: Kyle Elfrink

State Capital Bureau

After 5 years in litigation, there is still no end to the KKK's

proposal to clean I-270 as part of the state's Adopt-a-Highway

Program. Kyle Elfrink has the story from Jefferson City.

MODOT continues to fight a judge's ruling allowing Klan members to

clean a stretch of I-270 in St. Louis.Spokeswoman for MODOT, Linda

Wilson, says the state has good reason to keep the Klan out of the

Adopt-a-Highway program ...

Actuality:WILSON2
RunTime: 10
OutCue: "CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR."
Contents: WILSON SAYS THE KKK IS NOT WANTED IN THE PROGRAM BECAUSE OF THEIR HISTORY OF VIOLENT BEHAVIOR AND RACIAL PREJUDICE.

The Department has now asked for a "stay" on the judge's ruling

which allowed the Klan to participate in the program. If a stay is

granted, the judge's decision would not go into effect until after the

appeals process is over.

From the state capitol, I'm Kyle Elfrink.

Date: September 28, 1999

By: Kyle Elfrink

State Capital Bureau

MODOT has made another move in the never-ending war to keep the KKK

out of the Missouri Adopt-a-Highway Program. Kyle Elfrink has the

story from Jefferson City.

MODOT continues to appeal a judge's decision allowing the KKK to clean

a stretch of I-270. A "stay" has been filed by MODOT to keep the

judge's decision from taking effect until appeals are finished.

Spokeswoman for the Department of Transportation, Linda Wilson, says

similar cases in other states have offered different rulings ...

Actuality:WILSON3
RunTime: 14
OutCue: "IN TEXAS."
Contents: WILSON SAYS THAT ARKANSAS HAS A STRETCH OF HIGHWAY CLEANED BY KLAN MEMBERS, BUT TEXAS DOES NOT.

A decision on MODOT's filing, is expected in the next 2 weeks.

From the state capitol, I'm Kyle Elfrink.