St. Louis, MO – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon claims MCI, AT & T and Southwestern Bell have violated the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act by continuing to call Missouri residents for a one-year period after the consumers asked them to stop.
In Missouri, phone companies are exempt from the state's No Call List. Nixon says his federal suit is part of a new offensive to block telemarketers from using that loophole:
Jefferson City, MO – The director of Missouri's Department of Agriculture, Lowell Mohler, is stepping down to take a job with the state's Conservation Commission.
Mohler was named Ag director in January 2001. Peter Hoffher, the deputy director, will head the department in the interim. Mohler's appointment to the Conservation Commission needs state Senate approval.
Mohler was nominated Tuesday by Governor Bob Holden for the commission job; he replaces Howard Wood of Bonne Terre.
Fairview Heights, Ill. – Illinois Senator Peter Fitzgerald's office says they are as surprised as anyone that Miriam Miquelon quit as southern Illinois' top federal prosecutor. Fitzgerald has not said when he'll nominate someone to replace her.
Miquelon announced her resignation as southern Illinois' U.S. attorney Tuesday, less than a year into her term. She said she wanted to earn more money than her current $120,000 salary.