NewsBook: Missouri Government News for September 2, 2002
|.||The Red Cross - which was accused of misleading donors and depriving victims' families after Sept. 11 - is sponsoring the Missouri state Capitol's one-year remembrance of victims (09/06/02)|
Statewide elected officials will participate.
Melissa Friel, executive director of the Capital Area Red Cross, said the organization has "learned a lot since Sept. 11."
"We do want to assure the American public that we are doing what we do best - helping disaster victims," Friel said. "We've learned the lessons, some of them the hard way, and we don't want to repeat them."
|.||State Capitol administration considers background checks on employees (09/05/02)|
This is not the first time a state employee is fired for illegal conduct since September 11. This summer, an employee with the governor's office was fired because his work visa had expired.
|.||The future of the Senate's controversial security door will be discussed next week. (09/05/02)|
The door has been criticized by legislative leaders, including Kinder, for causing problems for state workers.
|.||Anti-death penalty leaders claim a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision raises questions about Missourians on death row. (09/04/02)|
Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon has claimed the ruling will not affect any Missouri inmates.
|.||A top state security official is charged with theft. (09/04/02)|
Mark Allen had been arrested Aug. 18 in Columbia afteer witnesses reported seeing him take a lawn mower from a store.
Allen has since been placed on unpaid leave from his state job.
|.||The Missourian who had been the nation's oldest woman on death row is paroled. (09/04/02)|
Copeland is 81 years of age. She and her husband had been sentenced to death for killing transients.
Her death sentence later was thrown out by a federal court, leaving her with a life sentence. Her husband died in prison while awaiting execution.
|.||Missouri students show little progress in the latest statewide tests released by the Education Department. (09/04/02)|
Results from the 2002 Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests show a drop in math scores at each of three grades tested.