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Mo. auditor to review bus inspection procedures

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The state auditor will be looking into the way the Missouri State Highway Patrol conducts school bus inspections.

Auditor Tom Schweich (shwyk) says the review of bus inspection procedures was prompted partly by a federal investigation of a fatal traffic crash in Missouri.

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended in December that states ban texting and talking on cellphones while driving. That suggestion stemmed from its review of a fatal August 2010 traffic accident caused when a young Missouri driver who had been texting rammed into the back of a truck and then was hit by a school bus.

Schweich said the NTSB report also indicated that the school bus company had neglected mechanical problems.

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