Region/state digest 07/15/05

Friday, July 15, 2005

Poplar Bluff High School dropping ID badges

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Poplar Bluff High School administrators have decided to repeal last year's controversial policy requiring all students and staff to wear photo IDs on campus. "We wanted to try something to increase safety and we thought we had a good plan," said superintendent Randy Winston, "but it wound up not working." Many students attached bright orange "worn under protest" stickers to their tags. People from the district regularly attended school board meetings to complain about the badges. One family went so far as to withdraw its two daughters from school because of the policy.

Former cop acquitted of making speeder strip

PLATTE CITY, Mo. -- A former Parkville police officer was acquitted of making a woman disrobe to avoid a speeding ticket. On Wednesday, a Platte County jury found Richard D. Cullen, 37, of Kansas City, innocent of a felony charge of acceding to corruption. The 20-year-old woman claimed that after traffic stop on June 9, 2004, Cullen had her follow him to a secluded area and partially disrobe. According to court records, the officer told Platte County sheriff's deputies the woman talked him into letting her out of the ticket by taking her clothes off and sitting naked on his police car. Cullen resigned two days after the incident and one day after being suspended.

Blunt has $750,000 for re-election campaign

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Six months into his first term, Republican Gov. Matt Blunt already has amassed $750,000 for his 2008 re-election campaign. Blunt's campaign released his fund-raising totals Thursday, a day before candidates must file reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission. Blunt's campaign did not release details showing who contributed the money, or how it was spent. Blunt's predecessor, Democratic governor Bob Holden, reported $48,819 on hand six months into his term in 2001. Blunt's campaign said Democratic governor Mel Carnahan had $311,438 on hand at the same point of his first term in 1993.

One killed, four injured in Interstate 55 accident

A Cape Girardeau woman sustained serious injuries Thursday afternoon in a car accident on Highway 177, seven miles north of Cape Girardeau, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The accident occurred at 4:35 p.m., when 31-year-old Sandra Pollard's vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned. Pollard was taken by ambulance to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

-- From staff, wire reports

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