robo-calls

Morning Round-up
8:53 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, February 24, 2012

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill hopes to transfer funding from construction projects in Afghanistan to road and bridge work in the U.S.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Mo. Senator seeks to transfer funding to U.S. road repair

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she will try to amend a transportation bill to strip funding for large construction projects in Afghanistan. The money would instead be used for roads and bridges in the U.S.

McCaskill hopes to attach her proposal to legislation re-authorizing the federal highway funding program.

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Do-Not-Call registry
8:47 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Mo. Senate endorses adding cell phone numbers to No-Call list

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would add cell phone numbers to the state’s Do-Not-Call list.

There was little to no debate on the bill Monday and it was easily approved by voice-vote.  The sponsor, State Senator Will Kraus (R, Lee's Summit), says the measure has failed in recent years because it was always paired with proposals to ban robo-calls.

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Robo calls
5:21 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Mo. Senate will try again to require disclaimers on political robo-calls

Legislation being proposed again this year in the state Senate would require political robo-calls to include a "paid for" disclaimer during the call.
(via Flickr/Andres Rueda)

For the 6th year in a row, a Missouri state lawmaker has introduced legislation that would require the party behind political robo-calls to inform a person who is paying for the call.

Republican state Senator Scott Rupp from the St. Louis area has sponsored the measure this year. He says free speech protections mean political calls cannot be banned the way that some advertising calls can. But he says providing more information is the next-best thing.

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Auto Warranty Scam
5:44 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Telemarketers in "auto warranty" scam plead guilty in East St. Louis

Two men pleaded guilty to federal charges today in East St. Louis in an auto contract robo-calling scheme that had 15,000 victims in all 50 states. Here's a breakdown of the people, places and charges involved:

These two men were the president and vice president of Transcontinental Warranty...

- Christopher D. Cowart, 49 of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and

- Cris D. Saganelli, 45, of Boca Raton, Florida

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Developing
10:37 am
Mon December 13, 2010

Feds set to take action against "extended warranty" companies

(Seal image from: https://ecf.ilsd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/ShowIndex.pl)

The first federal  salvo in the legal battle over the sales of extended auto service warranties will be fired by Stephen R. Wigginton, the federal prosecutor for the southern district of Illinois.

Wigginton's office will not say who the charges are against, but the "law enforcement action" targets robo-calls the unnamed company made, not the extended auto service contracts themselves.

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