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Blunt pardons 2 turkeys before Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 | 2:46 p.m. CST; updated 4:15 p.m. CST, Tuesday, November 25, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt has saved two turkeys from becoming a Thanksgiving meal.
Blunt pardoned the turkeys Tuesday at the Governor’s Mansion. The birds will spend the rest of their lives on a Weston farm that’s designed to teach urban and suburban children about agriculture.
Blunt said he gave reprises to two turkeys because a statewide vote to name the pardoned poultry was too close to call. Four-and-a-half million votes — more than in the recent election — were cast to name the saved animals Turkulese and Stewie.
Missouri school children suggested five possible names.

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