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Missouri Government News for Week of Oct. 5 1998


Flood stages don't match predictions; Kansas City damage still widespread

The director of Missouri's Emergency Management Agency says he plans to ask for federal funds that would go to Kansas City flood victims. Jerry Uhlmann says that he'll recommend to the Governor that he send a request to the President.

A Presidential Declaration for Individual Assistance would help Kansas City residents get money to pay for medical expenses, temporary housing and repairs. Uhlmann said his agency has surveyed the damage in Kansas City and believes such a declaration is necessary.

Lieutant Governor Roger Wilson is acting with executive authority until Governor Carnahan returns from vacation.


Flood waters rise as predictions drop.

As the Missouri River continued to rise in the state Capital, officials were lowering their predictions has to how high a crest Jefferson City would experience on Wednesday.

By mid-day Wednesday, some state government parking lots were flooded, but no state office building had been affected.

On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Roger Wilson declared a state of emergency due to flooding across the state. The National Guard, however, was not called out.

Wilson is sitting in for the governor who is on vacation in Europe. Ironically, Mel Carnahan was on vacation, again in Europe, during the record-setting 1993 flood.

See our radio storyor details.


Clinton's behavior could cost him his job if he were a Missouri government employee..

Two state executive departments have sexual harassment policies that prohibit even consentual relationships between some co-workers. The Agriculture and Health departments forbid managers from having sexual relationships with the people they supervise.

Although the other state executive departments have sexual harassment policies, only Agriculture and Health explicitly forbid such relationships.

A spokesperson for the Health department says their harassment policy was designed to leave no room for people to exploit the power gap which lies between supervisors and subordinates. Any violation of the policy can be grounds for dismissal.

See our newspaper story and radio story for details.


Hospitals join Missouri's tobacco lawsuit.

Several hospitals have filed motions to intervene in Missouri's lawsuit against the nation's tobacco industry.

The hospitals argue that, like the state, they too have lost money from the health effects from smoking.