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The key lawmakers in the racism dispute over St. Charles County have agreed to a cooling off period

April 11, 2000
By: Laetitia Thompson
State Capital Bureau

The main players involved in the racism dispute over St. Charles County have met and called for a cooling off period.

Laetitia Thompson has the story from Jefferson City.

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OutCue: SOC

Last week St. Louis Representative Charles Troupe called residents of St. Charles County and their Senator, Republican Leader Steve Ehlmann, racist.

Troupe has agreed to tone down his accusations but still claims two legislative proposals chastising him for his racist charges are further proof of Missouri's institutional racism.

Actuality: TROUPE3
RunTime: 17 SEC
OutCue: "WILL ON PEOPLE."
Contents: TROUPE SAYS IT IS RACISM WHEN THE SENATE CAN FORCE ITS WILL ON PEOPLE BY CENSORING WHAT HE SAYS.

But Troupe also says he will no longer shoot racist pot shots and instead hopes to start a dialogue on race and how it effects the St. Louis economy.

From Jefferson City I'm Laetitia Thompson.


The key lawmakers in a racism dispute over St. Charles County have agreed to a cooling off period.

Laetitia Thompson has the story from Jefferson City.

Story:
RunTime:
OutCue: SOC

Senate Republican Leader Steve Ehlmann and St. Louis Representative Charles Troupe came to the agreement one week after Troupe called a racist.

Troupe says he will no longer disparage Ehlmann.

St. Charles Representative Jon Bennett sponsored a legislative remonstrance against Troupe and says he approves of the agreement but it still doesn't resolve the problem.

Actuality:BENNETT
RunTime: 13 SEC
OutCue: "ABOUT HIS COMMENTS."
Contents: BENNETT SAYS IT SHOULD ONLY TAKE OVERNIGHT TO COOL OFF BUT TROUPE HAS YET TO APOLOGIZE.

Bennett says he will only withdraw the remonstrance if Troupe apologizes.

From Jefferson City, I'm Laetitia Thompson.