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.
St. Louis, MO – An often boisterous meeting of the St. Louis school board Tuesday night gave the public a chance to hear about the reorganization plan offered by the interim management team now running the district.
The team says it has streamlined operations by reducing the number of people who report directly to the superintendent.
In terms of instructional improvements, educational adviser Rudolph Crew says the district's ability to deliver books by the first day of school will be a critical benchmark of success.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's state Constitution gives Governor Bob Holden until Monday (July 14)to either sign or veto 99 remaining measures from this year's spring session of the General Assembly. The governor's staff says he expects to complete the job by Friday.
St. Louis, MO – The first of three meetings on the fate of St. Louis public schools will be held tonight at the Gateway Institute of Technology. Faced with what it claims is a $90 million budget deficit, the district is considering closing some buildings to divert cost savings into instructional programs.
At the meeting, parents will see large poster boards outlining the district's criteria for school closures, and which schools meet those specifications. Sharon Murphy is with the district interim management team:
St. Louis, MO – A man who was sickened by salmonella poisoning at St. Louis Children's Hospital last month is suing the facility.
Addam Jones of St. Louis was among 101 people who contracted the disease that was traced to the hospital's cafeteria. Jones was visiting the hospital while his son was being treated in the pediatric intensive care unit.
The lawsuit alleges that Jones experienced intense abdominal cramping, diarrhea and nausea, as well as fever and joint pain. No specific damages are requested in the suit.