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The Confederate flag may fly again in Missouri

February 2, 2005
By: Travis Thompson
State Capital Bureau

The Confederate flag may fly again in Missouri.

Travis Thompson has more on why one state board may be able to raise the flag.

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State Senator Kevin Engler says he wants the Missouri State Parks Advisory Board to have a new power.

Engler is sponsoring a bill that would let the board decide whether the Confederate flag can fly again at two state Civil War cemetaries.

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Contents: "It's not even the flag most people think about. It's the battle flag that was flown at that time. They'll probably look at it and examine it and say yes this has historical significance."

In 2003, former Presidential candidate Dick Gephardt was caught in a controversy involving the flags at two state Civil War cemetaries in Pilot Knob and Higginsville.

Former Governor Bob Holden's office then ordered the flags to be lowered.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.

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A state advisory board may be able to raise the Confederate flag.

Travis Thompson tells us how a new state bill would give the board new power.

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State Senator Kevin Engler says he wants the Missouri State Parks Adviosry Board to have new power.

Engler is sponsoring a bill that would let the board decide whether the Confederate flag can fly again at two state Civil War cemetaries.

Ed Stegner is a member of the eight-member board.

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Contents: "I know one board member who would do it. That has nothing to do with racism. That has to do with history. Those soldiers fought for what they thought was right. I don't agree with them, but they believed it's right it's history."

If Engler's bill passes, the board must have a majority vote to raise the flags again.

Former Governor Bob Holden's office ordered the flags be lowered in 2003.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.