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Missouri Government News for Week of Oct. 11, 1999


Millenium Manual to include new features

The Official Manual of the State of Missouri, or "Blue Book" was unveiled Thursday by Secretary of State Bekki Cook.

This year's blue book will include new features, including essays on the future by Missouri schoolchildren, as well as color photographs submitted by Missouri residents.

In addition, this year's blue book will be available online for the first time off of the secretary of state's web site, and a CD Rom version of the manual will be available to school districts around the state.

See our newspaper story and our package of radio stories for details.


Tax Reform Committee Appointed

The Missouri Senate has appointed an interim committee to look into the state's entire tax code and to recommend changes for next year's legislative session.

The 6-member committee will be headed by Senator Harry Wiggins of Kansas City. He says that the mission is to look at all areas of Missouri tax law. The committee will report their findings and recommendations in mid-November.

See our newspaper story and our radio story for details.


State Auditor Releases Report on Forfeiture

Various inconsistencies in a state law are impeding the transfer of forfeited property funds from local law enforcement to education, according to an audit report by State Auditor Claire McCaskill.

The report is being submitted to Gov. Mel Carnahan and the state legislature for their consideration. At least one committee, headed by Rep. Jim Kreider, D-Nixa and Sen. Harry Wiggins, D-Kansas City, has already been looking into the issue.

See our newspaper story for details.


Troupe says Corrections Department is wasting tax money

St. Louis Representative Charles Quincy Troupe says the department of corrections misappropriated taxpayer money by hiring two outside physicians to investigate Correctional Medical Services.

He says the doctors hired are friends of department head Dora Schriro and are part of a cover up.

See our newspaper story and our radio story for details.


New Name in for Flu in Missouri

Some Missouri tourists taking cruises to Alaska are coming down with the flu.

See our radio story for details.


Gas Prices Up in Missouri, but Still Below National Average

The latest figures from Missouri's Department of Energy say a gallon of gas is costing Missouri 1-dollar, 15-point-9 cents. This is close to 7 cents below the national average.

John Buchanan, of the Department of Energy, says that lowered production rates, lower supply reserves, and expectations of a colder winter are all raising the price of gas.

See our radio story for details.