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The Cuba Free Press January 29, 2004--- 12B Missouri children feeling .................................................. ................................................................... ::l::::::llll Illlll[llll[I I[l[llllllllllll IIIllllllllllll IllJlllllll[I Ill[llllllll|llllll[[lllllllllllllllllllll[[Jll[I I ................................... ::::llllll:lllllll ,l, ....... 'IBLLL impact of recession it fa00t in The impact of the national recession has hit Missouri's children hard. Data compiled by Citizens fbr Missouri's Children (CMC) show that the percentage of children who qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches reached a 10-year high. The annual KIDS COUNT data book, a com- pilation of statistical indicators, showed that Missouri improved in six areas, while declining in four others. "The school lunch indicator is a direct reflec- tion of family income," said CMC senior policy analyst Cande Iveson. "It had been rising for the past several years, and made a significant jump in 2001-2002. More than three out of eight schoolchildren qualified for the school lunch pro- gram." (2002 is the latest year for which infor- mation is available.) Other areas in which Missouri declined in this year's KIDS COUNT: Infants with low birth weights Cases of child abuse and neglect Children admitted into the foster care sys- tem The decline in these areas, Iveson warns, means Missouri legislators need to carefully look at program funding and support. "The budget crises of the past three years has forced the Legislature to play a game of 'Survivor' with children, where one program gets voted off so another can be funded," she says. "We need to do better than this 'win-lose' method of budgeting." On the bright side, Iveson notes, the birth rate for teenage mothers has declined dramati- cally, the high school dropout rate is declining, and statistics on infant mortality and child death are continuing to improve over previous years. "The data show that Missouri's teenagers are doing better as a group," Iveson notes. "But the continued increase in child abuse and foster care placements is particularly troubling." CMC recommends that communities provide additional support for parents to cope with stresses they face, and for educators and other professionals who work with children to learn to better recognize cases of child abuse or neglect. For the second year in a row, Nodaway County, in northwest Missouri, was ranked highest of all 115 counties in the 2003 study. Nodaway County placed in the top seven coun- ties in seven categories, and no lower than 49th in any category. The City of St. Louis, which is ranked sepa- rately from St. Louis County, placed lowest in the report, placing in the bottom five counties in six categories. As a group, counties in northwest Missouri tended to rank highest, while southeast Missouri counties tended to rank lowest. KIDS COUNT is compiled annually by Citizens for Missouri's Children, a not-for-profit, non-partisan public interest organization that advocates for the rights and well-being for all Missouri's children, especially those with the greatest need. The report can be found at CMC's web site: www.mokids.org. LjII[IIIIII[IIIIIIIII[IIIIIIIII.. I]ll[lll[lllllllllllllll Illllllllll[llllillll[ll !llllllllll[llllllllllll :lllllllllllllllllllllll llllllillllllillllllllll =lllllllllllllllllllll i,=lJi]=l]iitll]lll[[ l[lllllllll IIIlllll ........... 11 ........ II IIIIlllllllllllllllllll 'l ii ii ILL ! ! !A TTENTION CA TTLEMEN! and all other interested people... CUBA BANKING CENTER is sponsoring 2004's first Business & Professional Persons of Crawford County Thursday, February 19 at Country Kitchen, Cuba Breakfast 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Programs 8,9 a.m. " Adjourn 9 a.m. Ted Cunningham, Cow/Calf Specialist from the University of Missouri Extension Center, will discuss the effects of MAD COW Disease in our area. Seating is limited. Call Cuba Banking Center, 885-0021 to reserve your spot. Bring a Are you running for public office? Do you have what you need to get your name out? The Cuba Free Press offers all types of political advertising. Business Cards. Flyers Doorknockers Pencils Pens Etci" We can also cover all of Crawford County with our three papers The Cuba Free Press Steelville Star and The Extra Stop by and check it out/ Cuba Free Press SAMPLE BALLOT FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY ELECTION TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2004 Crawford County, Mo. (Sec. 115.391 RSMo.) INSTRUCTIONS TO VOTERS Punch a hole opposite the name of the Presidential Candidate for whom you wish Missouri's national political party convention delegates to vote. VOTE FOR ONE ONLY FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES VOTE FOR ONE JOE LIEBERMAN DENNIS J. KUCINICH DICK GEPHARDT WESLEY K. CLARK LYNDON H. LaROUCHE JOHN EDWARDS JOHN F. KERRY HOWARD DEAN FERN PENNA AL SHARPTON CAROL MOSELEY BRAUN UNCOMMITTED 4 ---," 5 ---I 6--I r--I 9m,- lO '!1 --I 12 13 -- 14-- 15-- SAMPLE BALLOT FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY ELECTION TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2004 Crawford County, Mo. (Sec. 115.391 RSMo.) INSTRUCTIONS TO VOTERS Punch a hole opposite the name of the Presidential Candidate for whom you wish Missouri's national political party convention delegates to vote. VOTE FOR ONE ONLY FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES VOTEFOR ONE GEORGE W. BUSH 23 --- BILL WYATT 24 BLAKE ASHBY 25 UNCOMMITTED 26 SAMPLE BALLOT FOR THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY ELECTION TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2004 Crawford County, Mo. (Sec. 115.391 RSMo.) INSTRUCTIONS TO VOTERS Punch a hole opposite the name of the Presidential Candidate for whom you Missouri's national political party convention delegates to vote. VOTE FOR ONE ONLY FOR PRESIDENT OFTHE UNITED STATES VOTE FOR ONE GARY NOLAN N. RUBEN PEREZ JEFFREY H. DIKET UNCOMMITTED POLLING PLACES FOR FEBRUARY Steelville City Hall - Meramec South Courthouse Annex - Meramec North Sullivan Community Center - Sullivan Leasburg Community Center- Leasburg Liberty Community Center- Liberty Benton North - Recklein Benton South - Cuba School Adm. Office Bourbon - Bourbon Junior High Gym Blue Springs - Indian Hills Community Center Delhi - Delhi Baptist Church Fanning - Fanning Community Center Huzzah - Mac's Place Davisville - Davisville Legion Hall Cherryv!lle- Cherryville 1st Baptist Rec, Hall Gibbs - Gibbs School House Keysville - Keysville Store Cook Station - Cook Station Community Center Taylor - Trinity Church NOTICE There will be a public test of the electronic tabul, system at the County Clerk's office on January 30, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. Connie Smith (Sig.) Connie Smith Crawford County Clerk NOTICE The Crawford County Clerk's office WJ I open on Saturday, January 31, 2004 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for anyone to vote absentee in the February 3, Presidential Primary.