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2004 Crime Stories
Radio Story - Officials at the Missouri State Highway Patrol say they don't have the money for expanding DNA testing required by a new law. Officials say the program will cost at least $1.5 million. It expands DNA testing from sex offenders and violent criminals to all inmates who are about to be released.
Newspaper Story - Missouri is one of only three states in the country to allow the use of video games in state correctional facilities.
Radio Story - State legislators created the early release program to reduce the number of inmates in Missouri prisons.
Radio Story - Attorney General Jay Nixon says he wants judges to hear from crime victims before felons can be released early from prison.
Newspaper Story - Oct. 29 will mark the one-year anniversary since an execution has been fulfilled in this state. Some say the Missouri Supreme Court might be imposing an unofficial moratorium on the death penalty.
Newspaper Story - First time Republican candidate Chris Byrd faces off with third-term incumbent Jay Nixon in the race for the attorney general's office
Radio Story - State officials say under CDC guidelines nearly 1/3 of Missouri inmates qualify for flu vaccines. The Department of Corrections received nearly 9,000 flu vaccines.
Radio Story - Terrorism Committee Chairman John Griesheimer says his committee will discuss the use of employee background checks. The proposed hiring change is due to the FBI investigation of the Islamic American Relief Agency and its executive director, an employee of the Department of Natural Resources.
Newspaper Story - Mubarak Hamed, an economist for the Department of Natural Resources is the executive director of an Columbia-based charity organization that was raided by the FBI.
Radio Story - Citing Missouri's lead in the nation in the number of meth labs busted, the Kerry campaign announced a new plan to fight the drug.
Radio Story - Scammers try to get personal information by posing as election officials
Radio Story - If gas prices continue to rise, Missourians might see less patrolmen on the road.
Newspaper Story - Mary Rhodes Russell became the second woman to be appointed to the state's highest court Monday.
Radio Story - The Missouri state capital police increase presence in the wake of the shooting of Illinois state capital security officer.
Radio Story - Govenor Holden will replace conservative supreme court justice Duane Benton.
Radio Story - The nation's Amber Alert system will now use cell phones, pagers and the web to inform policy agencies and the public about abducted children. Missouri Highway Patrol plans on using the technology as an additional tool, but still keeping the current system.
Radio Story - State officlas gather at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Jefferson City Correctional Center... the replacement to the nation's oldest state penitentiary west of the Mississippi
Radio Story - Circuit Judge Thomas Brown delayed the hearing on the state's gun control law because Attorney General Jay Nixon asked him to dismiss the suit altogether.
Newspaper Story - Gov. Holden received a stripped down version of his "Jobs Now" initiative Thursday afternoon after the measure was approved unanimously by the General Assembly.
Radio Story - House passes bill to extend the state Water Patrol's power
Radio Story - Legislature passes bill to require DNA samples from convicted felons and sex offenders
Radio Story - The Senate passed a bill that will make it a crime to remove or confine a child without consent from the parents or guardian.
Radio Story - The Senate passed a bill tuesday that charges convicted felons a surcharge on all felony court proceedings.
Radio Story - Senators gave first round approval to a measure that would make it illegal to videotape a movie being shown in a theatre.
Radio Story - Those who injure dogs that help the disabled survive would be subject to a class A misdemeanor
Radio Story - Senator John Loudon has proposed a bill that would allow parents to sue individuals who help their daighters get across state lines to receive an abortion without parental consent.
Radio Story - The bill, sponsored by Represenatative Larry Crawford would give counties the power to use fees for permits towards related expenses. It comes as the Missouri Supreme Court rules the current law's funding violates the Hancock Amendment in the state Constitution.
Radio Story - The senate passed a bill Thursday to create a committee to combat underage drinking.
Radio Story - Cross burning would be punishable by jailtime under a bill that would prohibit cross burning with intent to intimidate someone.
Radio Story - Two bills would allow St. Louis police to live outside city limits caused dabte in the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee meeting on Tuesday.
Radio Story - Three bills to change the death penalty come before the judiciary committee. One would eliminate the death penalty altogether. Another would give juries sole power to decide on capitol punishment, and the other would stop executions until a commission studied the fairness of the death penalty. The bills need committee approval before they can move to the senate floor for debate.
Radio Story - The Missouri State Water Patrol gains authority under a bill passed by the Senate Thursday.
Radio Story - The House and Senate passed a bill Thursday to punish criminals with jailtime for stealing someone's identity.
Newspaper Story - Columbia legislators voiced disappointment over the state Supreme Court's ruling Thursday that would allow Missourians to carry concealed weapons.
Radio Story - More than sixty people gathered in the Rotunda to show their support of the second ammendment. Maida Coleman says that the right to carry has a greater implication than in others.
Radio Story - Although the state legislature isn't currently debating the right to carry guns, the issue is still receiving attention in the state capital building. Many representatives from the second ammendment coalition of Missouri were on hand. They stressed that there's more issues involved in the second ammendment than simply the right to carry.
Radio Story - About sixty people showed up in the state capital's rotunda today to show their support of the second ammendment. This year's rally was smaller this year because the conceal and carry issue has been decided by the legislature and is now in the hands of the courts.
Radio Story - The Missouri Senat gave final approval to a tax credit accountability bill that aims to reduce tax fraud.
Radio Story - Sen. Maida Coleman, a democrat from St. Louis City, may have personal reasons for sponsoring a bill expanding the definition of identity theft after her son becomes a victim of the crime.
Radio Story - A new bill redefining Identity theft excludes some crimes many may consider to still be identity theft.
Newspaper Story - U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft returned to the state capital for the first time since he joined the Bush administration.
Radio Story - House Speaker Catherine Hanaway has sponsored another bill to change the foster care system because Governor Holden vetoed a similar one last year.
Newspaper Story - All convicted felons in Missouri would have DNA tests on file under a proposal discussed in the Missouri Senate Wednesday. The bill would also compensate individuals cleared of a crime because of DNA evidence and released from prison.
Newspaper Story - Identity theft penalties would be increased from six months in jail to a possible class A felony under a bill initially approved by the House.
Radio Story - The Joint Committee on Tax Policy says improved oversight and reporting will help find out which programs work and which don't
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