State briefs 8/1/05

Monday, August 1, 2005

Anti-abortion group seeks special license plates

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Denied in the Capitol, some abortion foes are taking advantage of a relatively new state law to try to create a "Choose Life" license plate without needing approval of the full Legislature or the governor. The slogan is one of several proposed specialty plates submitted to the Department of Revenue by nonprofit groups willing to fork over $5,000 and line up the first 200 purchasers of the plates. So far, the potential "Choose Life" license plate has moved quietly through the administrative process, garnering almost no public response. Yet that is not likely to last. Similar license plates have sparked vigorous debates, even lawsuits, in other states.

Columbia woman honored for volunteer service

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A Columbia woman was among a group of medical volunteers honored by the White House for their service after an earthquake in Indonesia. Carol Rogers, 50, an emergency room nurse at University Hospital, was among 40 volunteers who went to Indonesia after a major earthquake hit the region, which was already suffering from the effects of a tsunami in December. More than 4,000 people volunteered for 210 positions after the tsunami, said John Howe, a doctor and chief executive officer of Project Hope. "It was a truly remarkable example of volunteerism at its best," Howe said. "The volunteer physicians and nurses put a face on America's humanity."

Blagojevich vetoes three pro-gun bills

CHICAGO -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich vetoed three bills Sunday that were backed by gun-rights advocates, saying the measures would have weakened laws aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals. One bill called for the Illinois State Police to purge background check data 90 days after the check is performed. The measure also would have required background checks on potential firearms buyers at gun shows, but Blagojevich signed separate legislation on Friday that accomplished that same goal. Another bill would have eliminated a waiting period for gun owners trading in one firearm for another. A third would have overridden local laws regulating the transport of guns. The bills are SB 57, SB2104 and HB340.

Chicago man dies while trying to cut down tree

WOOD DALE, Ill. -- A suburban Chicago man was chopping down a 30-foot-tall tree when it collapsed and killed him, authorities said. Tomasz Jandura, 29, of Addison, and another man were helping his brother's neighbor cut down a tree when it fell on top of him, Wood Dale police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday morning. Police say neither man worked for a professional tree-removal service.

-- From wire reports

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