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Region/state digest 12/04/04

Saturday, December 4, 2004

Scott City Christmas parade to be held today

Scott City's annual Christmas parade will take place at 2 p.m. today, starting on Main Street near Bob's Foodliner at 2100 Main St. and heading to the Scott City Park, where Santa Claus, who will be riding on a firetruck, will meet with children and hand out treats at the pool parking lot. There will be about 15 participants in the parade, including the Scott City fire department and local Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.

MADD opens annual safety campaign

Red ribbons at Christmas can be found on festive packages -- and on vehicles of people who support safe, sober driving. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is for the 18th year promoting its "Tie One On For Safety" campaign with a message to drive safe, sober and buckled up. MADD is offering red ribbons for motorists to tie to their vehicles as a pledge to be safe on the roadways and to use seat belts. Sharee Galnore, coordinator for MADD and the city's Safe Communities Program, said the red ribbons are now available at the Cape Girardeau and Jackson police departments and the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. The red ribbon campaign will be in effect through the holidays.

After no-confidence votes, UMKC chancellor resigns

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City resigned Friday after a series of no-confidence votes from faculty groups. Martha Gilliland, 60, said she was stepping down to allow the university, one of four in the University of Missouri system, to "move forward and achieve great progress without distraction." She will keep her tenured job as a professor in the School of Computing and Engineering. Last month, no-confidence votes were cast by four faculty groups -- the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Law, the Bloch School of Business and Public Administration, and part-time faculty. The School of Biological Sciences reaffirmed its no-confidence vote.

-- From staff, wire reports

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