Archives for August 2010

AG, MO Dept of Ins Going After Scammer

You’ve heard the ads on the radio for extended service contracts, right? The Missouri Department of Insurance said one of them is a scam and now the state attorney general is getting involved. Chris Koster said he’s going after US Fidelis who sold the contracts. Extended service contracts are regulated by the Department of Insurance and not only did US Fidelis sell those, but also what it called additive contracts. The department’s director, John Huff said that’s what his department’s going after. He said US Fidelis has been selling insurance without a license by selling the additive contract. He’s asking the court order refunds for thousands of consumers who bought the products..

Brake Safety Awareness Week Coming Up

How safe are the brakes on your vehicle? More importantly, how safe are the brakes on the other guy’s vehicle? The Missouri Highway Patrol is involved in “Brake Safety Awareness Week”, scheduled for September 12 through September 18. Its for commercial vehicles and is to teach companies and motor vehicle pool personnel about proper brake adjustment limits and air brake system inspections. Highway Patrol invites trucking companies to take part in the program.

HBO Alzheimer’s Film Coming Up

Do yo want to find out more about Alzheimer’s? Then you’ll need to see HBO’s “The Alzheimer’s Project: Momentum In Science”. Its coming up on September 9th here in Kirksville. The program will be shown at the Highland Crest on South Haliburton. This is part of a series on the disease that takes many people as they grow older. This segment is a state-of-the-science film that takes viewers inside the laboratories and clinics of leading scientists and physicians, revealing some of the most cutting-edge research advances. There’s a discussion afterward about the film, services for Alzheimer’s disease and how the Alzheimer’s Association can help. For more, go to www.alz.org/mid-missouri

Lemke: Ethics Law Not Enough

Missouri’s new ethics law went int effect this past weekend, but some lawmakers say it doesn’t go far enough.

Senator Jim Lembke, a Republican from St. Louis, said the newly enacted law does not address the conflict of ex-legislators becoming lobbyists.

He said, “If you’ve got a third of the senators leaving every two years, that might be looking for a job someplace, it might be difficult to get that passed.”

On the upside, Lembke says the bill does address committee to committee contributions. The new ethics law went into effect two days ago.

Cape Air Takes Off From Kirksville

Missouri’s newest regional carrier is now in Kirksville. So you want to fly from Kirksville, to someplace and fly back to Kirksville? You can do that! You can book a round trip online with Cape Air and American Airlines. Cape Air’s Vice-President of Planning, Andrew Bonney said that there are flights available for work or pleasure and it makes connections to and from Kirksville seamless. Cape Air has three daily round trips for instance, between Kirksville and St Louis. For more, go to our website, 1450 kirx dot com.

Legislators: Ethics Law Doesn’t GO Far Enough

Missouri’s new ethics law went int effect this past weekend, but some lawmakers say it doesn’t go far enough.

Senator Jim Lembke, a Republican from St. Louis, said the newly enacted law dows not address the coflict of ex-legislators becoming lobbyists.

He said, “If you’ve got a third of the senators leaving every two years, that might be looking for a job someplace, it might be difficult to get that passed.”

On the upside, Lembke says the bill does address committee to committee contributions. The new ethics law went into effect two days ago.

“Quite frankly, I didn’t think the bill went far enough if we want to really talk about ethics reform,” says Sen. Jim Lembke, a Republican from St. Louis.

Lembke says the bill that finally emerged this year will make financing more transparent, will end sham committee-to-committee campaign funding and make other positive changes. But, he says, it didn’t address the now common practice of former legislators becoming Capitol lobbyists.

“Now, I think that in the process of term limits, that may be difficult to get through, especially the Senate,” says Lembke. “In that if you’ve got a third of the senators leaving every two years, that might be looking for a job someplace, it might be difficult to get that passed.”

Ethics reform became the cry at the beginning of the legislative session as the legislature reeled from numerous problems among its members. Former Sen. Jeff Smith, a Democrat from St. Louis, began the New Year by reporting to a federal prison in Kentucky. Smith lied to federal election authorities about his involvement in a political attack against St. Louis area Congressman Russ Carnahan during their 2004 Democratic congressional primary race. Former state Rep. Steve Brown, a fellow St. Louis Democrat, was placed on two years’ probation for helping Smith in the smear campaign against Carnahan. Former Rep. Talibdin “T.D.” El-Amin, a St. Louis Democrat, was sentenced to a year-and-a-half in prison for bribery. El-Amin has also been ordered to pay $2,100 in restitution. In addition, former Speaker Rod Jetton, a Republican from Marble Hill, pleaded not guilty to charges he assaulted a woman during an evening of rough sex at her Sikeston home November 15th.

Democrats wanted to re-instate campaign contribution limits. State lawmakers removed campaign contribution limits in 2008 after having to adjust to a State Supreme Court ruling that overturned a similar attempt in 2006. Missouri voters in 1994 approved limiting contributions to statewide candidates to $1,350 per election, $675 to Senate candidates and $325 to House candidates. The limits had no effect on federal candidates.

Opponents of limits say they aren’t effective, that campaigns merely found ways to get around them. They claim new reporting provisions make contributions more transparent, which they contend is more important that limits.

Rep. Mary Still, a Democrat from Columbia, says to truly be called ethics reform, the bill needed to address contribution limits.

“When you can give $10,000 to a candidate, that’s just not right,” Still says. “The people of Missouri voted on this. They agree it’s not right. The legislature overturned that and then, this year we tried to get the contribution limits enacted and we failed.”

Cape Air Comes to Kirksville

Missouri’s newest regional carrier is now in Kirksville. So you want to fly from Kirksville, to someplace and fly back to Kirksville? You can do that! You can book a round trip online with Cape Air and American Airlines. Cape Air’s Vice-President of Planning, Andrew Bonney said the are available for work or pleasure and it makes connections to and from Kirksville seamless. Cape Air has three daily round trips for instance, between Kirksville and St Louis. Cape Air offers three daily round trips between Kirksville and St. Louis with a flight time of about an hour. Fares between Kirksville and St. Louis are $49 each way including all taxes and fees and are available at http://www.capeair.com.

Median at Route 36 and Kellogg Avenue in Macon Work Today

Starting at 7 a.m. today, MoDOT will close
the median opening at the intersection of Route 36 and Kellogg Avenue near the east edge of Macon. The work is expected to take about a week to complete, but is weather dependent and could be delayed or rescheduled. The median will not be accessible during the construction. You’ll need to find another way around the area.
Initially, east bound Route 36 traffic will be reduced to one lane to allow construction of the new turn lane. When the work is finished in the eastbound turn lane, west bound traffic will be reduced to one lane to complete the median opening. The closing is necessary to begin construction of the new median opening, which is part of the Route 36 four-lane project.

More Road Construction Today

Patterson Street in Kirksville will be closed today starting a 7 a.m. from Jamison Street. east to Radical Ridge Road to install a bridge abutments. The abutments are part of the Alternate 63 project. The road closure will go on for about four weeks. MoDOT says after the abutments are installed, they will put the bridge in place over Patterson Street. They say that may cause more closeures as needed.

MoDOT to Work on Route M in Randolph Co Monday

MoDot will repair a culvert on Route M in Randolph County today. The work will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the work starts at the junction of US 63 and continue for about a quarter mile. Route M will be reduced to one lane in this location. Drivers should be careful traveling through any work zone. Keep in mind, if the weather’s not condusive to road work, it will be rescheduled. For more information, go to www.modot.org.