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Attorney General Ashcroft Visits His Home Town

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft was back in his home state October 9th and 10th. Ashcroft, and Western District of Missouri U.S. Attorney Todd Graves announced the creation of the "Computer Crimes and Child Exploitation Unit". Speaking in his hometown of Springfield, Ashcroft said the unit will aggressively pursue criminals who use the internet to commit crimes against women and children.

While in Springfield, Ashcroft met with members of the Western Missouri anti-terrorism task force. At a news conference after that meeting, referring to the war on terrorism, Ashcroft stressed the need for cooperation and information sharing between Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies.

When asked by KSMU News if he was satisfied with the level of cooperation between Federal agencies since the Sep 11th terrorist attacks, Ashcroft said:

"Before 9/11, there was an institutionalized lack of cooperation between federal agencies" but added that communication between the CIA and the FBI has improved since the attacks.

When asked by KSMU news if D.C. sniper (who at the time of this report was linked to 7 deaths in the Washington D.C. area) is a terrorist, Ashcroft said there was not enough information available about the person or persons responsible to make that call.

Date:10/09/02 New Superintendent Named at Ozark National Scenic Riverways

A new Superintendent has taken the reigns of leadership at Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Noel Poe succeeds Chris Andress who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year.

Poe's 29 year career with the National Park Service includes positions as Superintendent of the Florissant Fossil Bends National Monument in Colorado, Arches National Monument near Moab Utah, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.

Noel Poe says he's eager to work with his new staff and the people who live in the small communities along the 134 miles of the Current and Jacks Fork rivers in south central Missouri.

Poe cut 1: :29 oc..."private landowners"

In 1995, Noel Poe received the Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award for his work developing and implementing the National Park Service's first "Visitor Experience and Resource Protection Process (or VERP) study. Poe says VERP uses biological and sociological indicators and standards in developed and wilderness areas which result in better information for managing the quality of the visitor experience and better protection of National Park Service resources:

Poe cut 2 :41 oc...."at the park"

Even though this is his 4th job as Superintendent of a National Park Service operation, Noel Poe says he's not one to go into a new park to make quick decisions and change things overnight:

Poe cut 3: :46 oc...."to alot of people"

Noel Poe is the new Superintendent of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, headquartered in Van Buren Missouri.

In 1972, Ozark National Scenic Riverways was established as the Nations first scenic riverway. Last year, overt a million and a half visitors came to the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers to take part in canoeing, swimming, fishing and camping opportunities.

For KSMU News, I'm Mike Smith