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1:12 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Boonville school superintendent cleared in Obama rodeo act

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A Missouri school official has been cleared of wrongdoing in a State Fair rodeo act that mocked President Barack Obama.

Albert Watkins, an attorney for Boonville superintendent Mark Ficken, said Wednesday that an investigation by the school district found Ficken was not involved in inappropriate actions or statements.

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8:15 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Boonville school board begins investigation into Superintendent's role in State Fair incident

The public portion of the Boonville R-1 Board of Education's meeting Tuesday night was very short. It quickly went into executive session.
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The Boonville R-1 School District Board of Education held a special session Tuesday night to discuss investigating the superintendent’s possible involvement in a controversial stunt at the Missouri State Fair. 

Superintendent Mark Ficken was the announcer at the Missouri State Fair’s bull-riding event Saturday when a clown appeared in a mask resembling President Barack Obama and asked the crowd if it wanted to see Obama stomped by a bull.  Now, Boonville’s school board says it has hired a consultant to investigate Ficken’s involvement. 

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8:40 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Obama rodeo clown fallout: "idiot" banned from fair, Boonville looking at Superintendent's role

Missouri State Fair Director appeared on Intersection yesterday to talk about the rodeo incident
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Updated 10:28am, 12:56pm

Missouri State Fair director Mark Wolfe says the rodeo clown responsible for the controversial act over the weekend has been banned from the fair.  The clown had donned a mask of President Obama and asked spectators if they wanted to see "Obama run down by a bull."

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