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Audit: Kinder May Have Had Conflict With Bike Race

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Bike riders in the Stage 1 contest of the Tour of Missouri Bike Race pass by the downtown area, Busch Stadium and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis on September 7, 2009. The seven day race will visit several cities throughout Missouri ending in Kansas City on September 13. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Bike riders in the Stage 1 contest of the Tour of Missouri Bike Race pass by the downtown area, Busch Stadium and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis on September 7, 2009. The seven day race will visit several cities throughout Missouri ending in Kansas City on September 13. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A state audit says Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder may have had a conflict of interest by serving as chairman of both the state Tourism Commission and a nonprofit group that put on the Tour of Missouri bicycle race.

The audit released Wednesday notes that the Tourism Commission has no conflict of interest policy and recommends it adopt one.

The report says Kinder, as tourism chairman, took part in discussions about the Tour of Missouri. And he voted to approve the agency’s budget, which included $2.5 million for the bike race for two years. The audit says Kinder had not disclosed his role with the Tour of Missouri on state ethics reports.

Kinder’s office said that was an oversight and he had no financial interest in the Tour of Missouri.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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