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Missouri Government News for Week of Nov. 8, 1999


Carnahan and Ashcroft campaigns continue counter charges about their past.

Military records have been raised in the lastest round of charges between the two leading candidates for U.S. Senate next year.

GOP officials suggest Carnahan misrepresented his military record by claiming he served during the Korean Conflict, when he actually started service after the armistice was signed.

But Carnahan's campaign points to Ashcroft's repeated draft deferments that kept him out of the Vietnam War.


State Auditor finds widespread violation of the "Sunshine Law" by local officials.

Missouri's State Auditor reports that nearly half the local officials contacted failed to meet the requirements of the state's public records law.

The study was conducted by sending an inquire for a document covered by the law to a random sample of local government officials.

See our package of radio stories for details.


Warm weather may save some deer.

Conservation Department officials say the unusual fall weather also may cause some frustrations for deer hunters when the season opens up next week.

It turns out that deer are sleeping, rather than roaming around where it would be easier for them to get shot.

See our radio story for details.


New Approach to Health Care Gets Reactions

Two legislative leaders in HMO regulation say they applaud Missouri's largest HMO for giving the power to choose what treatments it will cover back to doctors. Representative Tim Harlan and Senator Joe Maxwell say it's a step in the right direction in HMO regulation.

See our package of radio stories for details.


Governor and fire officials warn Missourians about open burning

The Fire Safety Division and Governor Carnahan are urging people not to do any burning because of the dry weather.

See our package of radio stories for details.

See our earlier radio story on brush fires for details.